Drudge Report, the popular conservative webpage that provides links to a number of stories, is highlighting one that seems to blame the Mrs. Doubtfire role for Robin Williams suicide.
While Drudge provides a number of links, one is highlighted the most, with a picture and large text for the link right above the Drudge Report letters. It’s the first thing users see when they land on the page.
On Wednesday, the page has a picture of Mrs. Doubtfire, the cross-dressing role that Williams undertook, with the words “‘Doubtfire’ Did It.”
The link takes whoever clicks on it to a story by The Telegraph, in which a friend of Williams reveals that the actor resented having to do a Mrs. Doubtfire sequel.
The friend and neighbor, who wasn’t named in the report, told the Telegraph that Williams resented having to work on films such as the sequel and only felt compelled to do so to keep money coming in.
Williams had been working on four projects when he committed suicide.
The friend claims that Williams dreaded making more films because they “brought out his demons” and were not conducive to his mental well-being.
“Robin had promised himself he would not do any more as he invested so much in his roles that it left him drained and particularly vulnerable to depressive episodes,” the friend said.
A woman takes a picture with her phone as others pay their respects at the home where the 80s TV series Mork & Mindy, starring the late Robin Williams, was set, in Boulder, Colo., Monday Aug. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
This June 15, 2007 file photo shows actor and comedian Robin Williams posing for a photo in Santa Monica, Calif. Williams, whose free-form comedy and adept impressions dazzled audiences for decades, died Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, in an apparent suicide. Williams was 63. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)
Flowers are placed in memory of actor/comedian Robin Williams on his Walk of Fame star in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
“He signed up to do them purely out of necessity. He wasn’t poor, but the money wasn’t rolling in any more and life is expensive when you have to pay off two ex-wives and have a family to support.”
“He didn’t like being away from the family for too long, which was a big issue for him when he was shooting films,” the friend said. “That’s why he agreed to do the TV show (The Crazy Ones). It was filmed nearby in San Francisco and they were very flexible with him.
“He was hit hard when they cancelled it – it was helping him pay the bills.” Williams was reportedly paid $165,000 per episode for the show, which was on the bubble before CBS ultimately decided not to bring it back for a season 2.
The friend concluded that the suicide stemmed not from money, or work, alone but a “confluence” of several factors.