LOS ANGELES -- Bob Hope is still miffed -- miffed, that is, about not being able to bring women onstage in Saudi Arabia to entertain American troops over the holidays.
"I can't figure it out," Mr. Hope told TV critics gathered here, "to me it's a little ridiculous that they won't let us entertain our guys. I'm the first guy that had a chance to stand up and tell jokes over there."
Americans will get a chance to see some of Mr. Hope's performance at 9:30 Saturday night on WMAR-TV (Channel 2), when NBC airs "Bob Hope Entertaining The Troops," a 90-minute special. The show is a compilation of tape from four shows Mr. Hope did in the Saudi desert and a show done on ships near Bahrain. Women were allowed to perform on the ships; including Ann Jillian and the Pointer Sisters.
Mr. Hope, who has been entertaining American servicemen and servicewomen since 1941, said, "I've been doing these for a long time and I find [servicemen and women] just marvelous. I hope they adjust this thing so we don't have to go into combat."