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Robin Williams Returning To TV Because He Needs The Money

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Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar attend CBS 2013 Upfront Presentation at Lincoln Center on May 15, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
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Robin Williams reveals why he's returning to TV for the first time in more than 30 years: he's broke!

As the comedian told Parade, "The idea of having a steady job is appealing. I have two [other] choices: go on the road doing stand-up, or do small, independent movies working almost for scale. The movies are good, but a lot of times they don't even have distribution. There are bills to pay. My life has downsized, in a good way. I'm selling the ranch up in Napa. I just can't afford it anymore."

What brought the Oscar-winning actor to this point? He's been through two divorces, which he says didn't quite take all his money. "Well, not all," he told Parade. "Lost enough. Divorce is expensive. I used to joke they were going to call it 'all the money,' but they changed it to 'alimony.' It's ripping your heart out through your wallet. Are things good with my exes? Yes. But do I need that lifestyle? No."

Williams, now 62, stars as an "unorthodox adman" in CBS's The Crazy Ones, with onetime vampire slayer Sarah Michelle Gellar as his daughter. The show debuts on September 26. According to babies (who are the latest demo to predict whether shows will be a hit), the show will be wildly popular.

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Williams hasn't had a regular TV series since Mork and Mindy.

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