In interview with Winfrey, Letterman talks about his public feuds and sex scandals

  • Article by: DAVID BAUDER , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 8, 2013 - 9:28 AM
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ScottSimonJan. 7, 13 3:21 PM

I think it is "quaint" as Dave enters his twilight years that he now attempts to mend fences and smooth the ruffled feathers of all those he has spent decades in an effort to make their lives miserable. He has no more respect for Leno or anyone at NBC than can possibly be expected after what they did to him following the promises they made and then reneged by failing to name him as Carson's heir. Let us not forget that it was Lettermen who proved to NBC and all the other networks that there was a "market-post-midnight" and the way they showed their appreciation to him was to tell him he could stay-put. These guys are all more than a little strange and being called "career-driven" would be a compliment to them. But Leno either can't or won't have children and "THE ACT" always comes first. I've always thought he was sort of a "UNIK" and now that Letterman has a son, a wife and sees a shrink weekly, his show might not be as intensely funny, but it has a warmer feeling. He doesn't care about making Oprah look silly or Leno look bad. He just wants to live long enough to see his son grow up and share a few laughs with those who appreciate his humor.

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detachedJan. 7, 13 3:57 PM

Leno is funny- if your idea of humor is getting beaten over the head with a punchline.

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callmeronJan. 7, 13 4:08 PM

David Letterman has been beat in the ratings by Jay Leno for most of the past 20 years. There is a reason for that: David Letterman is awful. He can't tell a joke without stammering. "Uh, what about those uh airplane peanuts?" And those top 10 lists were not funny 20 years ago, they aren't funny today.

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pseudonymJan. 7, 13 4:12 PM

Letterman used to be so funny . . . before he became a dedicated shrill for the Democratic Party

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joe_mnJan. 7, 13 4:36 PM

How true. Dave has been on autopilot for years. Edgy and hip has turned into bitter and dull.

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Wally_99Jan. 7, 13 5:07 PM

"Oprah" - what a psychiatric "authority" to whom one can spill their guts with confidence! Letterman, you are a complete idiot. Please keep your professional psychiatric issues between you and your DOCTOR, not a woman masquerading as such.

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d434478Jan. 7, 13 5:18 PM

Love David Letterman...and his style of humor. And the reason there are alternative options in life...like Leno or Red/Green or Colbert...not one person can please all. Don't care for Leno-style at all but certainly do not need to pick a "winner". I give Dave credit for trying to be a better person at any stage in life. He makes this house laugh and that's enough for me.

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ScottSimonJan. 7, 13 7:32 PM

callmeron if you knew what you (and others) were talking about (which of course, you don't) then, why is it that Letterman is paid more; his ad rates are significantly higher; and if a top movie is about to be released, the #1 star or director appears on Letterman first and MUST appear on Letterman first? Leno may win some or even most quantitative ratings. But he has never won ANY qualitative ratings vs. Letterman. In fact, Jay often finishes behind 3 or 4 shows in the most desirable categories with networks and advertisers. In fact, The Tonight Show has become the "trailer trash" of latenight television.

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atoonceJan. 8, 1312:41 PM

They are both pretty good shows, and haven't changed much over time. I prefer Leno, even though he explains his jokes. Letterman's monologue is too "insider". Leno has more variety of skits, JayWalking was a classic series, compared to Letterman dropping watermelons off the roof or having random characters appear on stage for no reason.

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