Amy Ryan
July 21, 2005 AT 06:16 PM EDT

Give Fonzie his due; Henry Winkler wants to be remembered as more than just the guy who inspired the phrase ”jumping the shark.” Even though the term is now synonymous with TV failure, and even though Winkler is currently promoting his starring role in CBS’ fall series Out of Practice alongside fellow TV jinx Paula Marshall, he doesn’t think he deserves a bad rap over his notorious water-skiing stunt on Happy Days

According to Zap2It.com, Winkler offered reporters at the Television Critics’ Association confab this week a funny explanation of how his immigrant parents were actually responsible for Fonzie’s aquatic stunt, and he also said, ”You forget one thing, when we jumped the shark, we went on for six years to be No. 1. And at that time I had great legs.” Sorry, Fonz, we stand correctedamundo.

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