10 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘The Waltons’
6. Behind The Scenes
After the show came to an end, much of the cast spoke out about how they were treated on the show, and many were not happy. Eric Scott, who played Ben Walton, said that the young actors were taken advantage of, adding they got paid very little even though they essentially dedicated their childhoods to the series. The cast often joked about how cheap Lorimar Productions was, and one time Michael Learned even confronted the producers about their attitude towards the cast. “She went to the producers and said, ‘These kids have given you years of their lives and you can’t get them something?’ We ended up getting a little muffin basket with, like, three muffins in it,” Judy Norton explained.
5. John Ritter
For some The Waltons is best known for being one of the first long-running roles of the late, great John Ritter, who portrayed Reverend Matthew Fordwick through 18 episodes. When he left the show after 1976 it was because he had landed his iconic role on Three’s Company and later said his only regret in taking the part was the fact he had to leave his role on The Waltons.