Conservative firebrand Ann Coulter DENIES dating Good Times star Jimmie Walker after the show's developer insisted they are an item
- Good Times developer Norman Lear said Coulter had been dating Jimmie Walker
- The 94-year-old produced the hit CBS sitcom Good Times in 1970s
- Lear told Entertainment Weekly that the two have been an item 'for some time'
- Coulter and Walker appeared in public together, but she insists they're friends
- Walker's right-of-center views are outside mainstream of black community
Conservative firebrand Ann Coulter has shot down rumors that she is dating Good Times actor Jimmie Walker.
The political commentator responded to Dailymail.com's story about the allegations in a tweet on Wednesday saying the two are just the 'best of friends.'
'Best of friends, love him, no romance,' the 55-year-old tweeted.
The claims were originally made by a source close to Walker, executive producer and developer of Good Times, Norman Lear.
Lear, 94, had said the unlikely pair were an item during a recent interview for Entertainment Weekly with Black-ish creator Kanya Barris.
No romance here: Ann Coulter knocked down rumors alleging she was dating Good Times star Jimmie Walker and said they are the 'best of friends'
Jimmie Walker (left), the TV star most famous for his portrayal of J.J. on the hit 1970s sitcom Good Times, was rumored to be dating conservative firebrand Ann Coulter (right)
Barris, 42, had been picking Lear's brain about his experiences in television when the conversation veered toward the 'phenomenon' that was Walker's character, J.J., on Good Times, which aired on CBS.
'I knew that the role could make him a star,' Lear said of Walker's character, who was known for his signature exclamation - 'Dy-no-mite!'.
Then he dropped the real bombshell.
'I love him; he's a wonderful guy, but I'll tell you something about him that'll astound you: He dates Ann Coulter.'
Barris at first was incredulous about the claims, yet Lear insisted this was the truth.
'No,' a shocked Barris answered. 'No!'
'I've sat with [them] for an entire evening,' Lear said, alleging that Walker and Coulter have been together 'for some time.'
Lear said that he and his wife had sat down for dinner with Walker and Coulter, recently. Although his wife was initially reluctant to meet with Coulter due to her outspokenness, Lear said that she came across as 'a dreamy, delicious, sweet person.'
The stunning claim was made by Norman Lear (right), who knows Walker, 69, from his stint as the executive producer of Good Times. Lear, 94, said the unlikely pair were an item during an interview for Entertainment Weekly with Black-ish creator Kanya Barris (left)
The two have been seen together in public in recent years, though Coulter insists they are just friends. The two are seen in this April 10, 2016 photo
Though the rumored-couple may seem an odd pairing at first glance, a closer look at their political views shows that it may not be so far-fetched after all. Pictured left: Jimmie Walker in 1974
'I am as serious as I can be, and I spent an evening at the same table with them, so I know,' Lear said.
'As we're driving to the dinner, I said, 'Ann Coulter will be at the table.' [And my wife] said, "I can't sit at the table with Ann Coulter, I will not sit at the table with Ann Coulter." And Ann Coulter was a dreamy, delicious, sweet person.'
'J.J. dates Ann Coulter!' said Barris. 'You couldn't write that! That's fantastic!'
The two have been seen together in public in recent years, though Coulter insists they are just friends.
Though the couple may seem an odd pairing at first glance, a closer look at their political views shows that it may not be so far-fetched after all.
Walker, a self-described 'realist independent,' told Bill O'Reilly of Fox News in 2012 that he did not vote for Barack Obama in either the 2008 or the 2012 election.
He also told CNN that he was opposed to affirmative action and gay marriage, though he favored legalizing same-sex marriage since it was not an issue worth fighting over.
He has taken right-of-center views on issues like the death penalty, the size of government, and capitalism.
Walker is also a supporter of Bill Clinton's anti-welfare policies. In his memoir, he writes that he voted for Ronald Reagan.
Coulter, meanwhile, is one of the more controversial conservative commentators in the country.
Critics say that her commentary veers into racism and white supremacism.
After Al Qaeda committed the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Coulter wrote: 'We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity.'
In 2007, she told a Jewish cable news host on CNBC that her dream was to see an America become completely Christian.
When asked if that meant she preferred a world with no Jews, she replied: 'No, we think – we just want Jews to be perfected, as they say.'
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