Bill Clotworthy Dies: ‘Saturday Night Live’ Censor, was 95

The standards and practises executive Bill Clotworthy, affectionately known as “Dr. No” by the Saturday Night Live cast and crew, passed away on Thursday in a Salt Lake City, Utah, hospice. He was 95.

Bill Clotworthy spent 28 years in advertising before deciding to return to NBC, where he had worked as a page right out of college. As an executive in standards and practises, he oversaw shows like The David Letterman Show, Late Night With David Letterman, The Cosby Show, and a number of daytime dramas.

Clotworthy began his career in the 1940s as an NBC page before moving on to a career in advertising at Madison Avenue business, BBD&O. He was born on January 13, 1926, in Westfield, New Jersey. He collaborated with a number of celebrities and productions, including Groucho Marx, Bing Crosby, and “Your Hit Parade.”

After leaving advertising, Clotworthy returned to NBC in the 1970s and joined the standards and practises division. He also served as the on-set censor for “Saturday Night Live,” earning the nickname “Doctor No” from the cast and crew. He handled shows including “Late Night With David Letterman” and “The Cosby Show” while he was employed with NBC. From 1979 through 1991, Clotworthy continued in his position as censor.

He relocated to New York City and spent eight months as an NBC page before joining the Madison Avenue advertising firm BBDO. While there, he appeared on Sid Caesar’s Your Show of Shows, Groucho Marx’s You Bet Your Life, The Jack Benny Programme, and Your Hit Parade as the agency representative.

Bob Clotworthy, a diving champion who won a bronze and a gold medal at the Summer Olympics in 1952 and 1956, was his younger brother.

In his lifetime, Clotworthy, who had Type 2 diabetes for 40 years, gave five gallons of blood, according to his son. You can honour him by giving to diabetes research or the American Red Cross (either with money or with blood).

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