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Jerry Lewis has explained it himself. Tensions were there sure, as there would be in 10 years,; but both both men were anxious for a change, and Dean esp needed it; Jerry says it was HE who suggested to Dean in 1956 "Why don't we stop while we're still 'in the ring' (on top) ?" That was it...

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