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Old 08-03-2005, 10:06 PM
samclem is offline
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Let me amend my earlier post about it appearing in an episode of the MTM show.

My find was a column by Gary Deeb, great TV newspaper writer from the times.

This was about the premier episode of "The Betty White Show," a spinoff from the popular and literate Mary Tyler Moore show. It was from the MTM factory. Written by David Lloyd. The factory had written such tv hits as The Mary Tyler Moore show, Bob Newhart, and Tony Randall shows.

This first episode, written by Lloyd, who also wrote the classic "Chuckles the Clown" episode, flat-out has Betty saying "Yes, dear--it's a dirty job, but somebody has to do it."

To anyone who watched that show, and other MTM shows from the period, it's not hard to imagine that the writers invented the exact phrase. CBS comedy at the time ruled the roost. They were the most literate of comedies on TV.

[* Also, let me say that posters who have found similar expressions are doing a great service. The thought was out there before 1977.]