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Rhea Perlman, who starred in the classic sitcom "Cheers," considers its 40th anniversary.

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Author/Atul K Rawat

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Rarely does a supporting actor on a popular TV comedy decline the offer to star in their own spin-off show.

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But Rhea Perlman did just that when the Cheers producers.

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On September 30, 1982, the 40th anniversary of Cheers' series debut, Perlman makes a disclosure to Yahoo Entertainment.

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I felt the soul of Cheers was the bar people, and I didn't want to leave the bar to go to a completely different show.

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I told them I didn't want to do it, and could I please stay at the bar? So they went off and made it.

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That decision proved to be sound. The Tortellis, which debuted in January 1987 and starred Jean Kasem as Nick's new wife, Loretta, and Dan Hedaya as Nick, Carla's ex-husband, ran for just 13 episodes.

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