Bette Midler's sitcom 'was a big mistake'

Bette Midler launched her sitcom in 2000 credit:Bang Showbiz
Bette Midler launched her sitcom in 2000 credit:Bang Showbiz

Bette Midler's failed sitcom was a "big mistake".

The 78-year-old actress starred in her own sitcom in 2000, but the show proved to be a flop and Bette now looks back on the project with some regrets.

During an appearance on the 'Fail Better' podcast, Bette admitted: "It was a big, big mistake."

Lindsay Lohan actually starred in the pilot episode of the show.

However, the Hollywood star subsequently withdrew from the project, and Bette views Lindsay's exit as a major turning point for the show.

The veteran star explained: "Things happened that were so astonishing. I didn't know those things could happen.

"For instance, Lindsay Lohan was cast as my daughter in the pilot. Well, after the pilot, Lindsay Lohan decided she didn't want to do it. Or she had other fish to fry. So Lindsay Lohan left the building. and I said, 'Well, now what do you do?'"

Bette also acknowledged that the show's name was unimaginative.

The actress - who served as an executive producer on the sitcom - said: "'Bette'. Does it get any more generic than that? 'Bette'. A big, big mistake. I think for several reasons.

"It was the wrong motivation. It was a part of the media I simply did not understand.

"I watched it. I appreciated it. it, I enjoyed it, but I didn't know what it meant to make [a TV series.] I had made theatrical live events, I had made films, I had made variety television shows, I had been on talk shows, but I had never done a situation comedy."

Bette now wishes that she assumed more creative control over the show.

She said: "I didn't know that I could have taken charge, that I could have asserted, because I think because I was so terrified of being branded a grandstander."