I lost my respect for Bob Hope in 1980, when I saw him live, on tour, in Albuquerque. In that venue (The Pit) he was NOT very funny. There was a lot of foul language and slashing, unfunny homophobic humor. I looked nervously around, wondering if any of the 10,000 people there happened to be angry homosexuals. At one point, Hope spotted some unauthorized person in the audience filming his performance, and he stopped the show for three minutes, petulantly whining all the time, until security hauled the offender away. I was relieved to get out of that hall, that's for sure.
Here's a British retrospective on Hope.