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Dec. 21, 2012 at 2:11 PM   |   Comments

Letterman talks of depression, joys of fatherhood on 'CBS This Morning'

NEW YORK, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- U.S. talk-show host David Letterman says he has long battled depression but the proper medicine and joys of fatherhood have helped change his outlook on life.

The 35th annual Kennedy Center honoree spoke about his personal life on Thursday's edition of "CBS This Morning."

Letterman, 65, said he began taking medication about 20 years ago to treat his depression. He said it was a long road to finding the right prescription drug and how much of it worked for him.

The "Late Show" host said at one point he gave up taking his meds because he hated the side effects.

"And part of that created in me this nervous anxiety. And then I was really screwed. So that's when I said to [my doctor] Louis [Aronne:] 'OK, OK, I'll try anything just to get rid of this depression.' Because it was, 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.'"

Letterman said he waited until he was in his mid-50s to become a first-time father to son Harry because he didn't think he could handle his career and being a good dad.

"I just thought, when the topic would come up, 'I can't do both,'" he said. "I can't try to have a successful television show and be a father. And I was wrong about that -- because as difficult as being a father is, it's entirely complementary with everything else in your life. ... It's like you get your prescription updated. You can see things that you never saw before."

He went on to say he wishes he had "like, five or six kids."

Really? CBS interviewer Charlie Rose, 70, wanted to know.

"Well, no. I just say that because I think people would like to hear it," Letterman said. "I wish I had a little girl. ... I have a little boy now. I wish I had a little girl."

Told it's never too late, Letterman replied: "Look at me. You got a better shot than I do."

Letterman said fatherhood is a joy he never thought possible but also a source of anxiety for him.

"Makes you see everything different," he said. "But what I wasn't prepared for was the infinite anxiety that it triggers. You worry about everything. I don't care. Just throw out a topic, go through the alphabet, identify a word that begins with any letter that could be trouble, you worry about it."


Report: Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez reconcile

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Former couple Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez were seen boarding a jet together in Van Nuys, Calif., E! News reported.

The singers confirmed last month they had ended their romance after two years.

But E! News said they seemed to be back together Wednesday as they boarded the plane, even though Gomez, 20, covered her face and part of her body with a big green coat.

Bieber, 18, also visited Gomez on the set of her upcoming comedy film "Behaving Badly" and plans to spend Christmas with her, the report said.


Australia's Rebel Wilson to host MTV Movie Awards

NEW YORK, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Australian actress and stand-up comedian Rebel Wilson is to serve as host of the MTV Movie Awards, the cable television network said.

The fan-voted prizes for the best films of 2012 are to be presented April 14. No venue for the event has been announced.

Wilson starred in this year's hit big-screen musical comedy "Pitch Perfect."


Irish version of American sitcom 'Cheers' on the way

DUBLIN, Ireland, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- An Irish edition of the Boston pub-set sitcom "Cheers" is in the works, The Hollywood Reporter said.

"Teach Sean" would take place at a tavern in a rural West Ireland.

Casting, re-writing and translation of the original show's scripts are expected to begin in January.

If all goes well, shooting will begin in late 2013, with a tentative air date expected in early January 2014, The Hollywood Reporter said.

The U.S. version of the show ran on NBC from

1982 to 1993. Still popular in reruns on cable television, it starred Ted Danson, Shelley Long, Rhea Perlman, Kirstie Alley, Kelsey Grammer and Woody Harrelson.

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