The iconic, sometimes brash founder of CNN Ted Turner sat down with a fellow Ted, Ted Koppel for an interview at his massive ranch in Montana that will air on this week’s edition of CBS Sunday Morning.
During their chat, Turner told Koppel that he’s battling Lewy body dementia.
“It’s a mild case of what people have as Alzheimer’s. It’s similar to that. But not nearly as bad. Alzheimer’s is fatal,” Turner said. “Thank goodness I don’t have that. But, I also have got, let’s – the one that’s–I can’t remember the name of it.”
He said he often feels tired, exhausted and forgetful.
Turner was also asked about his TV news viewing habits, and said that while he doesn’t watch the news much anymore, he still will check out CNN once every so often.
“I think they’re stickin’ with politics a little too much,” Turner tells Koppel. “They – they’d do better to have – a more balanced – agenda. But that’s, you know, just one person’s opinion.”
Turner also told Koppel about the time he thought about running to be commander-in-chief.
“Well, the closest I came to running for office was when I was married to Jane Fonda. And when I discussed it with her – she was married to one politician,” Turner told Koppel. “And she said, you know, ‘If you run for, for office, you run alone.’”
Here’s a look back at Larry King presenting Turner with the News & Documentary Emmy Award for lifetime achievement in Sept. 2015, and Turner’s acceptance remarks: