There's a Little Bit of Guilt We All Share in Robin Williams' Death

8/20/2014 6:00 AM PDT, by
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Robin Williams' death has evoked a range of emotions, from grief to love. But the one emotion none of us is talking about is guilt.

TMZ has reported Robin was hit hard by the cancellation of his show, "The Crazy Ones." He viewed it as a "personal failure" because everything rode on his back.

When Williams died, the outpouring of love was enormous and immediate -- people were talking about Robin as the genius of entertainment who was unequaled.
 
Fact is ... Robin had a hard time in the last 5 years. The roles dried up because of his age -- something he complained about. And the biggest fact: people didn't support his show. Maybe it wasn't good enough or we had other things to do when it was on, but it wasn't supported. And that hurt him.

Fact is ... everyone's life is marked by highs and lows. When we deify people who die and create false images of unqualified success, it does no one any good. By deifying Robin Williams, we created the guilt in ourselves for not supporting his last big project.

Fact is ... he was a genius with many successes and failures -- a great human being. It's OK that we didn't support every single one of his projects. His batting average gets him in the Hall of Fame ... and isn't that good enough?

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Steppa
99 days ago

The show was really funny, we were disappointed to see it go. Since when should a Kardashian or a Duggar or a Honey Boo Boo or "Real" Housewife get to stay on TV but someone as genius as Robin Williams struggles for viewers??? The answer should be NEVER. Those reality "stars" are famous just for the sake of being famous. No talent or real contribution to genuine happiness in our lives. TV is supposed to be a break from our own reality, not a viewing party for a bunch of people whose reality isn't even real. Actors like Robin Williams gave 1000% in everything he did so that we can laugh & in my opinion there are very few actors today who have that natural ability. So sad to see him go. I grew up watching Mork & Mindy and have loved him since.

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erin
99 days ago

How fucking dare you... that really crosses the line, telling people that they hold some of the responsibility for his death. That's disgusting.

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Seligkeit
99 days ago

No one is guilty for a person's mental illness. Caregivers strive to become educated advocates as with any disease, such as heart disease, cancer diabetes etc.

Elissa
99 days ago

and just like that you're a moron again - that didn't last long.

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Sonja
99 days ago

What a stupid headline. I liked Robin's stuff, but I did not like that show. It felt forced. TV is about entertainment.. about unwinding, so sick of people saying this show is above or below .. if it helps you unwind, if it gives you 30 or 60 mins of escape from your own stresses than good enough. I watched Mork and Mindy growing up too but you know what... it wouldn't fly today and looking back the 'jokes' were often juvenile and sometimes downright stupid. How about just focusing on the fact that this was another person who suffered depression, like the millions suffering everyday and stop trying to milk things by wondering why or how.. "he was so funny", "he was such a comic genius" ... he was guy in a fickle business, who had a great career run and personal issues.

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Connie
99 days ago

Blaming the public for Robin's death is beyond low. Although I was a big fan, his show was not that good. Entertainers realize that there will be successes and failures. The failure of his show was not the reason he took his life. Substance abuse and depression were the cause. Get it straight TMZ. Ridiculous article.

Robby
99 days ago

The writer of this article is an idiot wrapped in a moron.

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Quasar
99 days ago

Wait a minute. The title of the article suggests that we all - fans and viewers - share a bit of guilt in Robin Williams' death and goes on to use the cancellation of "The Crazy Ones" as an example, because "people didn't support his show ... and that hurt him." But then, the article concludes by saying "It's OK that we didn't support every single one of his projects."So, what exactly is the point of this article?

EJD1984
99 days ago

It is so sad they he couldn't find relief for his personal pain. In regards to watching The Crazy Ones, I have no guilt at all. I watched, and loved, every episode. In fact, as long as I have my current DVR box, it will always be set to record new episodes. I hope that when the season comes out on DVD that it'll be filled with hours of outtakes. :-)

I truly wish/hope that Robin Williams has finally found peace

Renee
99 days ago

Sorry, I don't subscribe to the idea that we should feel guilty. I never even HEARD of his show.... So maybe it's YOUR fault? Mmmh?

JJ
99 days ago

This Sarah Taylor chic has crossed the line. How can SHE keep her job, when she blames Robin Williams death on the public. This website along with TMZ is getting a bit over zealous with their so called "facts". This woman should be fired. How dare her. Stupid liberal wench

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Maureen
99 days ago

I loved the Crazy Ones!! I was so upset when CBS pulled the plug on it...especially when they kept the awful show The Millers.

Kat
99 days ago

Fact: The show was great. Robin was great. IMO SMG (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is the one who sank the show. It got cancelled because of her. She's a horrible actress. They should have just done the show without her. Everyone on the show was great except her. They should have spotted that during the pilot and cut her out. I say some of the blame should be on her hands!!
I also would like to say that I don't think he mean't to kill himself. I think he was trying to call out for help. He was probably waiting to see if someone would come in and find him and stop him. But nobody checked on him. I think it was a tragic accident.

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Jazzy Jeff
99 days ago

This has to be one of the worst articles I've ever read. There was really no point to it or any facts backing up anything written in it. It just said we should all feel guilt because I guess if every star's project isn't a complete success they kill themselves? No fans should feel guilty about this because most of us don't know Robin Williams, we only think we do from his work. Sure we were entertained by him over the years and he certainly was a great comedic talent, but saying we should be guilty over this makes no sense. As if all his fans that never personally knew him could have saved him by watching the crazy ones or some other thing is a stupid notion.

pat
99 days ago

what kind sick person are you??? Ms. Sarah Taylor i hope you lose your job after writing this. You are sick individual.

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Janet Soto
99 days ago

You are ridiculous. This man had issues that required special care. This article is garbage and you should be ashamed of yourself for even suggesting that everyone is responsible for this man taking his life. Perhaps you should seek employment elsewhere since clearly this isn't foryou, unless offending people is your business.

Fran Takacs
99 days ago

It was on when I was at work, but I did get to see it once. He was great, as always, but his supporting cast needed tweaking. I still didn't wabt it canceled. But saying we were responsible dor his suicide! Goodbye TMZ.

caroline
99 days ago

Might as well blame the advertisement team for This show that I never heard of before his death!!!!

Jason Klemm
99 days ago

Blame the network for the time slot it was given!

patricia
99 days ago

I agree with you. I am from Latin America but I watched the show and I liked it. I DONT understand why people like the kardashians ... And good series,struggle for audience in USA. Now all of us arw crying and missing Robin, but we didn try,to support his latest projects.

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