New special highlights legendary comedian Richard Pryor

“The Last Days of Richard Pryor” features never-before-seen interviews and an inside look at Pryor’s life almost 15 years after his death.
3:10 | 01/16/20

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special focused on trailblazing comedian Richard Pryor's life. Almost 15 years after his death, we're now seeing never before seen interviews about his life and legacy. "Nightline's" Byron Pitts is here with the exclusive first look at "The last days of Richard Pryor." Why are we talking about him The great producers at ABC news found these interviews to give you new context about his life and today every great comedian we know will tell you they were inspired in part because of Richard Pryor. At his peak in the 1970s he was the funniest man on the planet, period, full stop. In this series you will see that he was also an incredibly complicated man. There was a darkness to his life we explore tonight. Let's take a look at a clip where we meet one of his five wives. Let's check it out. I definitely felt that Richard was my soul mate. Love of my life. That's why I married him twice. Richard Pryor had seven marriages to five women, two of them twice. Richard Pryor's first wife was named Patricia price. Then he married Shelly. After Shelly came Debra then after Debra me. And there was Flynn. He married her twice. And then me. How many times is that? I really am trying. I really am trying. But it's hard to wake up and see the same person all the Time. He said you have to wake up with the same person day after day so really what he was addressing was the kind of boredom of day-to-day living. The night after he was married with Jennifer, he knocked on his lawyer's door and said I want a divorce. The following morning. That was because Richard felt that it was critically important for him to conquer you and then once you gave in, well now the interest was very much less. As a result of when you dpru up in the whole house and there's lie, cheating, all of those things in that world. How do you grow up liking women when you're born and brought up in the house of prostitution? I would think that you would think that every woman was on the make or on the take. I did. Boy, some of the best comedy comes from pain, I guess, but he was quite the complicated figure. Oh, brother, his complications had complications. I mean seven wives, seven marriages tells you a lot. I mean, he was -- this is a guy who was raised in a whore house and everything you can imagine that could happen to a child happened to him. He was addicted to drugs. But one of the things in watching this special in its entirety last night I think for any of us who have ever been wounded by life, you will see yourself in Richard Pryor. And for those of us of a certain age who enjoyed his humor you'll find reason to laugh tonight and if you believe in redemption, watch tonight. I know I'll be blewed to the TV. Can't wait to see it Byron, thank you very much. "The last days of Richard Pryor" airs tonight at 9:00, 8:00

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