Barbara Walters asks Richard Pryor if he has AIDS

by / May 11, 2014 video 11 Comments

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This video is one of those classics that you just have to see.  Everyone knows that Richard Pryor was the first black comedian to truly set the world on fire.  But people also know that he was a troubled man who struggled with drug abuse and a host of other issues.

Part of the reason for Pryor’s struggles is that he grew up in difficult circumstances, with his mother working as a prostitute, and his grandmother running a brothel.  This is enough to make anyone lose their mind.

This video is an interview with Pryor a few years after he set himself on fire while freebasing cocaine.  Originally, when Barbara Walters asked Pryor if he caught himself on fire using drugs, he said no.  Now, he’s admitting that this is what actually did happen.

The second thing that Walters addresses is the rumor that Pryor has AIDS.  He’d fallen ill and wasn’t his old self, and people wondered if there was something wrong with the actor.  Pryor takes great offense at the speculation he has AIDS, and says that anyone who writes anything about a person’s life should make sure that they are accurate with their information.

The interview is interesting.

But despite Pryor’s struggles, we still love him.

There will never be another one like him.

Enjoy the interview.


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11 Comment

  1. […] The interview is interesting and you can watch it here. […]

  2. Sounds like to me she was trying to slander and drag the brother threw the mud.
    Typical of some of these so-called great media people.
    Never wasted my time in ever seeing her on tv.
    But I do wonder how many other ‘s have.

  3. Probably wanted to know if she should make him wear a condom.

  4. Richard Prior was a wonderful man. In spite of his flaws he was a wonderful person.

  5. of course..barbara walters asked him this insane question..Jews are always trying to embarrass us

  6. Pryor has been dead for almost 10 years! As Hillery would say “what difference does it make now!”

  7. I truly wonder about the purpose of this freakin page. Mr. Pryor has been dead for almost 10 years. What purpose does it make to even bring this up in 2014 other than try to slander a dead man's name. This was a complete waste of time and keystrokes.

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