Bob Hope ends NBC contract

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Bob Hope on Wednesday ended his 60-year contract with NBC to become, in his own words, "a free agent." Mr. Hope's final NBC special, "Laughing With the Presidents," will air Nov. 23. Mr. Hope stressed that this is not a retirement, and that he is currently on tour with his 12th book and overseeing production of a home video series of his TV specials. NBC Radio first signed Mr. Hope to a contract in 1935, and the entertainer joined NBC TV in 1950. "I've enjoyed 60 memorable years with NBC," said the 93-year-old Mr. Hope. "I started before the peacock, and he wound up taking my parking space."

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