03/02/1999 AT 12:00 AM EST
A book that documents the creation of "I Love Lucy," the most popular sitcom of all time, also offers a rare script that the show's stars Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz refused to perform. "Desi wasn't comfortable with it," author Gregg Oppenheimer, who co-wrote "Laughs, Luck . . . and Lucy" (Syracuse University Press) with his late father, "Lucy" producer Jess Oppenheimer, tells The PEOPLE Daily. "Desi thought it might portray a negative aspect of the Latino personality." The episode dealt with the Ricardos undergoing an IRS audit -- and Lucy's faulty bookkeeping. Oppenheimer's book also contains a CD offering outtakes from the show, as well as early Lucy influences from her radio show "My Favorite Husband."
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