Happy Days actor Henry Winkler called former co-star Scott Baio ‘family’ despite the two having different political views and after remarks made by the ardent Trump supporter and Don Most made regarding an October Wisconsin fundraiser and show reunion.
The Fonz was making the comments after Baio said that he still had love for Most despite finding it ‘wrong’ to invoke the show’s name to support a political candidate.
‘Scott is my family,’ Winkler, 75, told Fox News. ‘But he has his political life and I have mine.’
The Fonz was making the comments after Scott Baio said that he still had love for Most despite finding it ‘wrong’ to invoke the show’s name to support a political candidate
‘Scott is my family,’ Winkler, 75, said of his former Happy Days costar. ‘But he has his political life and I have mine’
Last week, Most said Baio had made some ‘disappointing’ comments about a October fundraiser the cast held for Democrats running for office in Wisconsin, where the show was set.
‘I know he has expressed some things about the fundraiser and us getting together for it that was a little disappointing. It was disappointing to hear how strongly he felt. And how he was so critical and negative about us doing this. I felt it was way out of line. I really did,’ Most told Fox News.
In response to Most’s comments, Baio, who starred as Chachi, in the 70s sitcom said he still has a lot of love for Most.
Baio told Fox News: ‘Entertainment shouldn’t be political, especially when it comes to legacy shows like Happy Days that have such a powerful place in the hearts of so many Americans.’
Happy Days actor Scott Baio (right) has expressed that he still has love for his co-star Don Most (left) despite their differences in political views
Last week, Most said Baio had made some ‘disappointing’ comments about a October fundraiser the cast held for Democrats running for office in Wisconsin (flyer pictured), where the show was set
The 60-year-old, who is a Donald Trump supporter, then explained why he wasn’t present at the fundraiser: ‘Invoking the show’s name to support a candidate for office was just wrong, in my opinion.
‘That doesn’t change how much I love Donny, Henry [Winkler] and the rest of the crew from Happy Days. I just wish they had thought this all the way through.’
Most, 67, also said last week that he ‘knew that he [Baio] would not be a part of this because of the differences in political views’.
‘So it was not a question of whether he would be a part of it or not. That was a given,’ Most said.
‘Because we are entitled to our opinions. And we were all as a group uniting to do something, just like he proposes his views. He was part of the show and people are aware of him because of that show. And he’s using that as a way to present his views. We’re entitled to do the same. And we were all united in the way we felt,’ Most told Fox News.
‘I know he has expressed some things about the fundraiser and us getting together for it that was a little disappointing. It was disappointing to hear how strongly he felt. And how he was so critical and negative about us doing this,’ Most (pictured with the cast) said
In response, Baio (pictured with castmates) said that ‘entertainment shouldn’t be political’ before saying he thought the fundraiser ‘was just wrong’. ‘That doesn’t change how much I love Donny, Henry [Winkler] and the rest of the crew from Happy Days,’ he added
Before the fundraiser in October, Baio blasted Ron Howard’s Happy Days reunion as ‘shameful’ on Twitter.
Baio’s remark was in response to Howard’s tweet in which he said he was ‘thrilled’ to revisit his role as Richie Cunningham alongside castmates Winkler, Most, Anson Williams, Marion Ross, and writer Lowell Ganz.
Baio tweeted at the time: ‘What a shame to use a classic show like Happy Days about Americana to promote an anti-American socialist. #Shameful.’
The outspoken Republican got even more heated after discovering that two-time Emmy nominee John Stamos asked Howard if he could ‘play Chachi’.
Back in June, the 57-year-old Fuller House alum even shared a ‘#FonzieFriday’ vintage post of himself hanging out with Winkler at a General Hospital versus Happy Days softball game.
Baio retweeted John’s public request to Ron and fumed: ‘This is what Hollywood has come to. #shameful #LiberalsAreDesperate.’
Baio hasn’t had a showbiz gig since executive producing and starring in Nick at Nite sitcom See Dad Run for three season spanning 2012-2015.
These days, Scott is now more known for being a vocal Trump supporter, anti-masker, and Sandy Hook ‘truther’.
Happy Days – created by the late Garry Marshall – aired for 11 seasons spanning 1974-1984 and centered on the Cunningham family’s lives through the 1950s.
Baio’s portrayal of the sixties rocker character on the ABC sitcom was such a hit, he got his very own spin-off, Joanie Loves Chachi, which flopped after only 17 episodes spanning 1982–1983.