One-time quasi-adversaries Oprah Winfrey and David Letterman sat down for a wide ranging interview on Oprah's Next Chapter last night. On the docket:
Dave's affair and telling wife Regina Lasko about it; Letterman's battle with depression and threshold for embarrassment; His thoughts on rival Jay Leno.
Oprah didn't shy away from asking tough questions. Ditto Dave answering them, including the sex scandal of 2009 that nearly ended his marriage.
After a producer for CBS’s 48 Hours threatened to write a screenplay about the host’s infidelities unless Letterman paid him $2 million, he went to the police.
Robert Halderman was arrested, but Letterman's dirty laundry was aired; he publicly confessed to affairs with Late Show interns in an on-air monologue.
“I have no one to blame but myself,” Letterman told Winfrey, adding that he knows he “hurt a lot of people.” But there’s a silver lining to the scandal:
“I feel better about myself," he says.
"My relationship with my wife is never better, and it’s just because I want to be the person I always thought I was and probably was pretending I was.”
Letterman also delved into his depression, including a six-month “sinkhole” during which he couldn’t shake the urge to stay in bed all day or tolerate sunlight.
When Winfrey asked how he managed to work throughout that period of darkness in his life, Letterman answered that he simply “had to push through.”
As for his late night adversary, Dave said Jay Leno is talented and insecure - probably more so in both departments than anyone he's ever met.