I couldn’t do this (which is another reason I don’t have kids):
He said a long custody battle with a girlfriend over their son, Cole, forced him to curtail his TV appearances and visibility beginning in the mid-1980s, when Brenner lived in Aspen, Colo.
“In a nutshell, I couldn’t work more than 50 nights a year (out of town) or I’d be an absentee father,” he said. “That was when they were giving out the talk shows, the sitcoms” [at the height of the “comedy boom.”]
He was asked if he regretted his decision.
“I didn’t even make a decision. I didn’t even think about it. How could you not do it? I don’t mean to sound noble,” Brenner said. “Besides, I come from the slums of Philadelphia and everything in my life is profit. My downside is what most people would strive a lifetime to get to.”
Decades ago, he had burned out on filmmaking — “You don’t change the world by doing documentaries,” he told “CBS Sunday Morning” in 2013 — and decided to give comedy a try. He was on the verge of quitting when his effort to impress talent bookers at “Tonight” worked.