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The ground-breaking episode of Maude with the abortion that Norman Lear produced divided his family as well.

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The pioneering Maude episode about abortion that was produced by renowned producer

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Norman Lear also raised controversy in his own home.

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The TV icon looks back on his illustrious life and career,

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one that produced some of the most important sitcom moments, 

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in his star-studded birthday special Norman Lear: 100 Years of Music and Laughter.

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included the contentious two-part Maude programme that aired in 1972.

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Lear reveals that one of his daughters "disagrees with every piece of that," 

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adding that CBS wasn't the only one opposed to the plot.

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Lear claims that despite the episode being fiercely resisted by CBS,

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he never gave up and even made a few resignation threats. 

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He also became the target of religious organisations at the time, as Kimmel observes.

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