LOS ANGELES – Being locked in a cell was “like, totally traumatic” and something he never expected after driving his '68 Firebird with a suspended license, a subdued Bobby Jailbird, aka "Snake," told CNN's Larry King on Wednesday.
Letters from dozens of Springfield residents, including his lawyer Troy McClure and fellow felon Sideshow Bob, helped him get through the 23 days in lockup, Snake told King in his first broadcast interview since leaving jail on Tuesday.
“I've, like, totally been through a groty deal,” said Snake, drawing a greasy pocket comb through his trademark pompadour. “And, fer shur. it was, like, sooo traumatic! But, you know, I have so totally grown from this.”
He added that going to jail was the last thing he expected when Superior Court Judge Michael T. Sauer ordered him to his court in May for violating probation in an alcohol-related reckless-driving case.
“I was totally walking in there assuming I was, like, just going to get community service fer shur, you know?” Snake said. “So when he like sentenced me to that much time in jail, man, it was like totally bogus.
Asked if he thought she got a “raw deal,” he said "totally."
At the same time, Snake told King he thought the experience had changed him for the better.
“I feel like, you know, God totally makes everything happen for a reason,” he said. “And it gave me, you know, a time-out in life ... And even though it was, like, reeelly reeely hard, I, like, took that time to totally get to know myself.”
Snake said he is looking at getting involved in a number of charitable causes, including those helping children.