Tom Brokaw Grants Rare Interview To Letterman

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Tom Brokaw gave a rare interview to David Letterman on Thursday's show. The very private TV icon spoke about his health issues with Letterman and talked about how his treatments are going.

"I'm very pleased with the progress, and that's about as far as I want to go. There are a lot of other people out there … going through what I'm going through, and they don't have the advantages I do. I'm so conscious of that every day, because it involves the whole family and it's tricky and it becomes a big strain.

"In our case, we've got the resources and access, and so I am much more aware of what other families are going through, and I think we all have to be, as a matter of fact," he said.

Brokaw handed over his show, Nightly News, to Brian Williams in 2004. However, he has not stopped working. Far from it, in fact. He held a special correspondent post for NBC. He also played a major role in the coverage of the 2008 elections and the McCain/Obama battle.

More recently, Brokaw did a fascinating 2-hour special on the assassination of JFK on the 50th anniversary of the tragedy back in November, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Letterman asked about his continuing to work, despite his illness and ongoing treatment. He replied, "Well, that's been therapy for me," he explained. "I'm writing, I've been working, I've been on this broadcast, I've done things at NBC, and I want to have my other life."

After this rare interview, will Brokaw be any more open about what's going on with him? Probably not.

He told Letterman, "As you know, I was keeping it as private as I possibly could, which I intend to continue doing."

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Lacy Langley
Lacy is a writer from Texas. She likes spending time in the home office, homeschooling her kids, playing the didgeridoo, caring for her chickens (Thelma and Louise), Rolos, Christmas, and Labyrinth.