Reuters reports that CBS’ host, Mike Wallace died at 93 years on Saturday at Waveny Care Center in New Canaan, Connecticut. The “60 Minutes” presenter will always be remembered for the big contribution he brought to the show.
Wallace withdrew from the entertainment industry in 2006 after having worked for 38 years as a host for “60 Minutes”. The public loved him due to the daring questions he used to ask during his interviews. In fact, the late TV host once told that there is “no such thing as indiscrete question”. The last interview he made was with Roger Clemens, the baseball pitcher who was accused of using steroids in 2008.
Leslie Moonves, president and CEO of CBS Corporation was among the first persons to deplore the host’s death. He told reporters that Mike Wallace was one of the greatest broadcasters he has ever met. The entire CBS staff was saddened by his death because Wallace represented a force in the television industry throughout his entire existence. The television network decided to air a special “60 Minutes” programme in honor of the late TV host on April 15.
Most people complained that the style that Wallace was using was too aggressive for an interview. Those who have had the “chance” to occupy the guest’s chair on his show often said they had been subject to an interrogation instead of an interview. Despite this, America’s most important people agreed to make an appearance on his show. Thus, Wallace interviewed all the U.S. presidents since John F. Kennedy, as well as many famous world leaders, such as, Yasser Arafat, Ayatollah Khomeini and Deng Xiaoping.
There have been some interviews that were very appreciated by the public. Such is the case of the shows featuring American figures like Malcolm X, Janis Joplin, Martin Luther King Jr., Johnny Carson, Vladimir Horowitz and Playboy founder Hugh Hefner.
Although his poignant questions were generally appreciated by all the fans of the show, there have been some legal problems, as well. Wallace was sued by Gen. William Westmoreland after performing an investigation to prove that the U.S. state was trying to misstate the strength of the enemy in the Vietnam War. Although the lawsuit was dropped, Wallace grew so depressed that he tried to commit suicide with a drug overdose in 1984. Luckily, he was saved by his wife and continued his work for another 40 years.