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PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 3:14 pm    Post subject: David Letterman's ugly personality no laughing matter Reply with quote

Late-night legend David Letterman's ugly personality no laughing matter, former colleagues say
http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv/david-letterman-ugly-personality-no-laughing-matter-colleagues-article-1.2995387
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A new biography of the now-retired talk show host portrays Letterman as more self-loathing than self-critical — and an often miserable man who inflicted his pain on his staff.


one longtime writer told author Jason Zinoman wrote:
“He was never truly comfortable unless he was seething with unhappiness at something,”


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“It got worse when he went to CBS,” recalled Shaffer. “Any flaw, minor flaw, he exaggerated. He was most uncomfortable at No. 1.”

Comic Rich Hall, a writer for Letterman’s NBC show, was floored by the host’s new, abrasive nature when he appeared as a guest. Hall followed actress Andie MacDowell, who had just flopped in her segment. Before the cameras came on, Letterman leaned over and snarled, “How’d you like to be married to that c---?”

What the author calls Letterman’s “ferocious fear of failure” was there from the first.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 11:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As someone with a degree in psychology, it sounds to me like Letterman is a classic case of clinical depression.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

David Letterman: Antidepressants Saved My Life

http://www.newsmax.com/Health/Health-News/depression-medication-life-saving-David-Letterman/2015/05/15/id/644909/


David Letterman wrote:
"I used to wonder how other people weren't always screaming and punching the Sheetrock. And then I started this, and I felt like, 'Ahhh, I see!' And now I don't punch Sheetrock and scream as much."


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Letterman had suffered from depression for 20 years, but he was reluctant to take medication. "My friend and doctor, Louis Aronne, 20 years ago, he said, 'You should take something for this,' and I said no, because I thought it would make me loopy or make me hallucinate or make me drowsy," he told CBS' This Morning.


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"I said to Louis, 'OK, OK, I'll try anything just to get rid of this depression,' he told CBS' This Morning. "Because it's different than, 'Oh, I don't feel good today.' It's different than feeling sad. It's different than feeling blue. It's really, like a friend of mine says, it's the world with 20/20 vision."


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"For a long time I thought I was a decent guy," Letterman said in an interview with Oprah Winfrey. "But yet, thinking I was a decent guy, I was still capable of behavior that wasn't coincidental to leading a decent life. That's what I'm working on. I want to really be the person I believe that I was. I wanna be a good person."


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"I always thought, 'Aw, you're depressed? Go do some push-ups and you'll feel better,'" he told Winfrey. "But it's not that."

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It seemed to me that David Letterman always handled his egotistical guests with great panache & tolerance.He almost encouraged their egos & self-indulgences to entertain the audience.Perhaps then, he was too tolerant for his own well being?.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Flight From Ashiya wrote:
It seemed to me that David Letterman always handled his egotistical guests with great panache & tolerance.He almost encouraged their egos & self-indulgences to entertain the audience.Perhaps then, he was too tolerant for his own well being?.

When he was on NBC he used to insult his guests with impunity. He was at his best lambasting these people. It was hilarious. His wit is so acerbic, sharp and quick that nobody could touch him.

When he went to CBS, that all came to a stop. I suppose they told him to stop and he just cashed in.

Early Letterman was awesome, yet painful to watch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlPCeufl6_I

The follow on interview with John Candy is hilarious. He does his hair the same way and then talks about it.

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