Chris Hardwick gunning to fly "scary" Lucille Ball statue to L.A.
@midnight host Chris Hardwick wants to give the infamous "scary" Lucille Ball statue a new home in sunny California.
Hardwick posted a plea on Instagram Thursday for the statue to be relocated to the @midnight studio in Los Angeles, the same sound stage where I Love Lucy was filmed back in the 50s.
Hardwick wrote, "Fun fact! The @midnight stage is actually the original I Love Lucy stage. My dressing room was Lucy's. I think we need to #BringLucyHome to @midnight. If the town gets rid of the statue, she should live proudly on our set WHERE SHE BELONGS!!! Help us make this a real
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ATTN INTERNETS!! This metal monstrosity is NOT going to swallow your soul. It is, in fact, supposed to be Lucille Ball. It was made to go in a park in Lucy's home town of Celoron, NY, presumably to control the minds of the children playing nearby through their nightmares. There is an initiative from some of the horrified residents on Facebook "We Love Lucy! Get Rid Of This Statue" (https://www.facebook.com/pages/We-Love-Lucy-Get-Rid-of-this-Statue/337376016351514?fref=nf). That's where WE come in. Fun fact! The @midnight stage is actually the original I Love Lucy stage. My dressing room was Lucy's. I think we need to #BringLucyHome to @midnight. If the town gets rid of the statue, she should live proudly on our set WHERE SHE BELONGS!!! Help us make this a reality! And special thanks to points earner Dawn D'Orazio who drove two hours to place this very necessary sign. BRING. LUCY. HOME. We'll let her play at the club.
The Lucille Ball statue was erected in the actress' hometown of Celoron, NY in 2009 to honor her legacy, but many locals have complained about its "frightening" appearance. Some have even taken to Facebook to express their discontent, creating a group advocating for its removal and replacement.
The village of Celoron has already created a Kickstarter campaign seeking to raise $20,000 to refurbish the statue.
When asked for comment about Hardwick's request, the mayor's office told THR that no decision about the statue could be made until sufficient funds were raised. Until that happens, the statue will remain in public view.
The sculptor, Dave Poulin, has told THR that he takes full responsibility for the piece and is willing to fix it at his own expense, but Mayor Scott Schrecengost has said he'd rather hire a new artist.
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