From 1951 to 1996, Bob Hope, who had been one of NBC's biggest radio stars, did a series of TV specials for the network. These variety specials featured comedians, actors, actresses and singers doing sketches and engaging in banter with Hope. 1996's "Laughing With The Presidents" was the last official special on his NBC contract, but there were two more in 2002 and 2003, one of outtakes and the other a 100th birthday special, which would have Hope's final on-screen appearance before his passing.