updated 09/11/2013 AT 12:00 PM ET
•originally published 09/12/2013 AT 12:00 PM ET
Now that it’s (practically) fall 2013, he’s returning to the small screen in The Crazy Ones, a new CBS sitcom from Ally McBeal and Boston Public producer David E. Kelly.
Where that will place the 62-year-old often-still-frenetic comedian – who proudly wears his battle scars, including those he earned thanks to problems with the bottle – on the temperature gauge remains to be seen.
For his own part, “The idea of having a steady job is appealing,” Williams tells Parade for this weekend’s issue.
“I have two [other] choices: go on the road doing stand-up, or do small, independent movies working almost for scale [minimum union pay],” he says. “The movies are good, but a lot of times they don’t even have distribution.”
There are also personal reasons: “There are bills to pay. My life has downsized, in a good way. I’m selling the ranch up in Napa [, Calif.,]. I just can’t afford it anymore.”
Pressed on whether his bank account was depleted by his two divorces – from Valerie Verlardi, in 1988, and Marcia Garces, in 2008 (he is now married, since 2011, to graphic designer Susan Schneider) – the sharp-tongued Williams replies: “Well, not all. 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.”
To clarify, he adds, “Are things good with my exes? Yes. But do I need that lifestyle? No.”