Friday, May 19, 2006

Wallace Discusses Suicide Attempt, Regrets
'60 Minutes' Journalist Opens Up for TV Tribute

NEW YORK (May 18) - Mike Wallace was too rough? He's sorry? An actress flirted with him off and on camera? His depression was worse than he's ever admitted? The grand inquisitor himself fesses up when his own colleagues ask him those questions in a special edition of 60 Minutes dedicated entirely to the program's legendary correspondent.

These personal revelations and many of Wallace's most controversial and engaging interviews can be seen and heard when Morley Safer, Ed Bradley, Steve Kroft and Lesley Stahl interview Wallace in a special edition of 60 Minutes, this Sunday, May 21, at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

Not so surprising, because he has openly and readily discussed his depression for years, but shocking for its candidness – is Wallace's story of attempted suicide.

Safer asks the question that he says he and others had suspected all along. "Did you try to commit suicide at one point?" asks Safer. Wallace answers yes and says, "I don't know why the hell you asked me that question, because other people have…it's the first time I have answered it honestly."

After the story of the attempt to take his own life, Wallace says that the years since that time 20 years ago "have been the best in my life."