Les Smith: ‘I didn’t quit the news business; I quit life’
Norfolk, Va. – Who could forget Les Smith and his flawless delivery in the aftermath of the Suffolk tornadoes in 2008?
Les and I go way back, we anchored together in the 1980′s.
We’ve shared the triumphs and travels that come with the news business in our public and personal lives, but what I didn’t know, is my friend of more than 20 years was experiencing a personal turmoil as powerful as that Suffolk storm.
“I didn’t quit the news business; I quit life,” says Smith.
He disappeared from the airwaves without explanation. No one knew why. One day he just didn’t come back to work.
When he re-emerged, it was as if his personal screen went dark.
“I ended up in a hospital in NYC, where I was working, and I really wanted to die. I was trying to die, because I was that depressed. I didn’t want to go on anymore,” says Smith.
Les was pulled back from the brink of self-destruction.
Tonight at 11 he sits down in an exclusive interview, sharing a journey that took him from the darkness to the light.
It`s a testimony you won`t want to miss!
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