Bill Geddy, the television producer who co-founded ABC’s “The View” with Barbara Walters and served as executive producer for 17 seasons, was announced by his family on Thursday. He was 68 years old.
In addition to his role in creating the groundbreaking daytime talk show, Jedi has partnered with Walters and her production company for over 25 years, serving as executive producer, writer, and director of “Barbara Walters Specials” and “10 Most Amazing People.” Geddy served as an executive producer for ABC’s “Tamron Hall” between 2019 and 2020 and was an Emmy Award-winning producer on “Good Morning America” early in his extensive career.
“He was a big deal on TV, but at home he was a ‘larger than life’ husband and father,” Gedi’s family said in a statement to Variety. “He had a genuine love for television and entertainment.”
They added, “He enjoyed connecting with people, and we know we’re not the only ones who will miss his encouraging way of directing positively. He did so with enthusiasm mixed with sarcasm. His own style of humor was full of puns. He believed in honesty. He was a good man with integrity and always wanted to do the right thing. He lived by example.”
Jedi was born in San Antonio, Texas. An aspiring filmmaker, Jedi studied radio, television, and film at the University of Texas at Austin. He began his career scrubbing and polishing floors at KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City.
He later worked as a news photographer and editor at WKYC in Cleveland, winning numerous awards including six local Emmy Awards and Regional Photographer of the Year.
He has received four National Emmy Awards throughout his career, including a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Jedi is survived by his wife, Barbara, and their two daughters, Allison and Lauren.
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