Monday, April 15, 2024

Ed Koch Exit Interview with the New York Times (Video): “I Was Never Going to Retire”


Ed Koch gave this interview to the New York Times in 2007, to be played upon his death. Surprise! He’s left a documentary and this 20 minute goodbye. He gives it to the Cuomos and others. Koch says: “I was never going to retire.” He says Rudy Giuiliani “destroyed the system,” was “mean spirited,” and made everything about politics in New York. Koch also recalls being very depressed during the Donald Manes scandal, and that a call from Cardinal O’Connor saved him. He said that Mayor Bloomberg is “superb” and that David Dinkins was a “bad mayor.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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