Stand-up comic Karen Knotts grew up as the daughter of famous comedian and actor Don Knotts. And it’s probably fair to say that Karen knows the difference between comedy and tragedy, too – not least through her father’s famous role in The Andy Griffith Show. But humor and heartbreak were virtually intertwined as she sat at Don’s deathbed in February 2006. In fact, at one point, Karen was so overwhelmed that she had to run out of the room – and she’s since gone on record to explain exactly why.
Interestingly, Karen has talked about Don a lot since he passed away – although it perhaps helps that she has a great many stories to tell. “My father was a multifaceted character,” she said to The Wichita Eagle in 2014. “He was always a bit of a mystery. He could be so outgoing and charming, but he could also be introverted and shy.”
And in 2018 Karen embarked on an extensive interview with Closer magazine in which she naturally discussed her father. She went into detail about her personal relationship with him, too, as well as his career in movies and on The Andy Griffith Show. Perhaps most significantly, though, she spoke about running from the room where he lay on his deathbed – and she revealed exactly why she regretted that unusual move.