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LeVar Burton

PBS Will Triumph ...

Romney or No Romney

11/6/2012 12:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Big Bird
is safe for now -- at least according to Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton, who tells TMZ, he's confident PBS will survive after the election ... no matter who wins ... despite Mitt Romney threatening to cut funding to the network if he's elected.

Burton had just cast his vote in L.A. -- take a wild guess for who -- and we asked if he was optimistic about PBS' survival next year post-election (in light of Romney's infamous anti-Big Bird agenda).

Burton replied, "I am. In my heart, I absolutely am."

He said,  "A lot depends on what happens this evening. But no matter what happens, PBS needs to reorganize its way of being effective."

Burton -- who has already expressed his outrage over Romney's anti-PBS stance -- added, "A lot of people need to acknowledge that the world is changing, and we got to change with it or get left behind."

Puppet power.


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Win or Lose Sesame Street makes Multi-MILLIONS of dollars a year selling the stuff. The could and should refuse the taxpayers money in the shape it is in now.

684 days ago


Wait, "the world is changing?"

You mean, we no longer have ony four or five over-the-air channels to choose from? We no longer have a commercial and commercialization free PBS? We no longer have money to spend, we have to borrow it from China?

Yeah, the world certainly HAS changed. At least he got the "PBS will survive no matter what" part right - raking in dough from commercials, commercialization, corporate sponsorships, and viewer pledges.

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