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Carol Burnett Sues Over "Family Guy" Gag

3/16/2007 3:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Peter Griffen, Carol BurnettComedian Carol Burnett is suing the FOX comedy "Family Guy" for using one of Burnett's signature characters and an altered version of her theme music without permission.

In a lawsuit filed in federal court yesterday, Burnett alleges that FOX requested permission to use "Carol's Theme" -- the theme music from "The Carol Burnett Show" -- in an episode of "Family Guy." When permission was denied, the lawsuit claims that FOX then went back and had the show rewritten to "disparage Ms. Burnett using Ms. Burnett's signature ear tug."

In the episode titled "Peterotica," the main character on "Family Guy," Peter, goes into a porn shop and remarks how clean it is. One of his friends says it is clean because "Carol Burnett works part-time as a janitor." The lawsuit says the camera then cuts to one of Burnett's signature characters from her TV show -- "Charwoman" -- wearing her "trademarked blue bonnet, bucket and mop" and "a slightly altered version of 'Carol's Theme' is playing."

Later in the scene, one character makes fun of Burnett's signature ear tug by saying, "She was really saying goodnight to her mom." To which another replies, "I wonder what she tugged to say goodnight to her dad." In fact, Burnett's ear tug was actually a hello to her grandmother.

Burnett claims this was all done without her permission or consent and is seeking in excess of $6 million in damages.

A statement from FOX reads: "'Family Guy,' like the 'Carol Burnett Show,' is famous for its pop culture parodies and satirical jabs at celebrities. We are surprised that Ms. Burnett, who has made a career of spoofing others on television, would go so far as to sue 'Family Guy' for a simple bit of comedy."

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JOE    

IS EVERYBODY THESE DAYS A CRY BABY BITCH?

2756 days ago
2.

Leslinka    

Don't mess with Carol Burnett! Have some respect, she is sacred!

2756 days ago
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mb    

Carol Burnett made a career out of making fun of others ?????????
Really ???????????

Like who ??????

She made up fictitious characters as far as i remember growing up, and really enjoyed her humour, instead of all the trash, YES TRASH there is on tv nowadays.

Too bad the "variety" show has died. Some do miss it you know.

2756 days ago
4.

Just Another Hater    

Who is Carol Burnett?

2756 days ago
5.

TomM    

Go Carol!

Family Guy is the hugest disappointment on TV. LOOKS funny. SOUNDS funny. SHOULD BE funny.

It just ISN'T FUNNY.

2756 days ago
6.

SLUT FOR EVER    

She needs to grow up!! its just a joke!! Funny!! What is wrong with a little humor?

2756 days ago
7.

Torrie    

Go Get 'em Carol!

Team Carol....

2756 days ago
8.

deego    

Don't f*** with CAROL.....

2756 days ago
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Marley    

Oh my god your old grow up cause that show kicks ass and to tell you the truth I didn't even realize they copied her so who cares!!!!

2756 days ago
10.

Lady Hadenough    

She should kiss the writer's ass for even trying to pay an homage to her. Ungrateful moron.

2756 days ago
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Justin    

She really needs to lighten up. If everyone was as unnecessarily sensitive as Carol Burnett seems to be, Family Guy would be completely bankrupt. Take it as a compliment, Carol. You're famous enough to be made fun of. Being parodied comes with being a celebrity; you know what you're getting into.

2756 days ago
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Marley    

Hey #7 if something looks and sounds funny that usually means it is funny?? what do you have your head stuck up your ass? you make no sense!!

2756 days ago
13.

Ron    

Carol Burnett sues everyone. She thinks she's something, but in reality she's just a two-bit comedienne.

2756 days ago
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pam    

Oh mannnnnn! Carol seems to have lost it. Flattery is a compliment. I agree with Lady Hadenough. Ungrateful moron.
Dang...............................................I would have thought Carol would have brushed this off.

2756 days ago
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Karen    

Carol Burnett was a true comedienne. Not like these freaks today. If they were denied permission and used it anyway, they deserved to be sued. Period. People sue for less.

2756 days ago
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