Josh Charles Discusses Will Gardner’s ‘The Good Wife’ Death (Video)

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Josh Charles Discusses Will Gardner’s ‘The Good Wife’ Death (Video)

In his first television interview following his character Will Gardner’s shocking death in Sunday’s episode of the “The Good Wife,” actor Josh Charles discussed his decision to exit the critically-acclaimed CBS drama series and sent a special message to his fans when he visited the “Late Show with David Letterman” Monday, March 24 (11:35 PM-12:37 AM, ET/PT) on CBS. Read the transcript and view the video below.

Letterman: “What the hell happened?”

Charles: “What an intro!” (audience laughs)

Letterman: “You got killed off!”

Charles: “That’s what you gotta do to get on the Letterman show. I had to do that, I had to get killed off to get on your show.”

Letterman: “Now, you knew this was going to happen?”

Charles: “Yeah, we’ve known this since last year. It’s been one of the greatest gigs for me in my entire career, but at the end of last year, my contract was up and I was just ready to kind of move on…”

Letterman: “That’s a very courageous thing to do.”

Charles: “Ah, you know – “

Letterman: “In show business, don’t you think?”

Charles: “It might be. Yeah, I guess it is. It is tough to leave stability and leave sort of structure…”

Letterman: “Yes, but moves like this always pay off. I think they’re always for the better.”

Charles: “Well, I could just tell you that I think what we decided last year was to come back and do these 15 this year, which I think really was great for the show and also was a really proper goodbye to the character, so that was special.”

Letterman: “What has been the reaction of fans, friends, family to this? It was all secretive, right? You couldn’t tell anybody.”

Charles: “It is kind of amazing. We’ve been able to keep it a secret for an entire year…Yeah, I told some family members that I know could keep a secret, which is a very few.”

Letterman: “Yeah. What about neighbors and people on the street?”

Charles: “Uh, no, you know, there’s the neighbors – today, I will say this. When I went out to – I went downstairs, and I saw by our mailbox, the neighbors across the street, who I don’t even know, had left my wife and I a really beautiful note just saying that we feel like a family member had died and we know this is just a TV show and all that. But it was, I have to say, I was very touched by it. A lot of the, you know, the response on Twitter has been much the same and I just want to say to the fans that, you know, I really appreciate all of your comments.” (searches to look directly into camera) “I don’t know where I’m looking, but I just want to tell them that I really appreciate that. Sorry, Dave.” (Charles, audience laugh)

Letterman: “That’s all right.”

Charles: “But I really do. It’s meant a lot. I get invested in characters in TV shows, too, so. Everything’s going to be ok! I’ll call your mom later.” (Letterman, audience laugh)

Letterman: “Do you have, in the back of your head, a plan – you must have a plan of things you want to do now?”

Charles: “Oh, I have no plan.” (audience laughs)

Also visiting The “Late Show” tonight was President Jimmy Carter, who was promoting his new book, “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power,” which will be released today (Tuesday), and musical guests The Hold Steady.

The “Late Show with David Letterman” is a production of Worldwide Pants Incorporated. Barbara Gaines, Matt Roberts, Jude Brennan, Maria Pope, Eric Stangel, Justin Stangel and Rob Burnett are the executive producers.

The above press release was issued by CBS

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