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David Letterman and Oprah Winfrey Discuss Feud, His Sex Scandal

Harpo Studios, Inc.(NEW YORK) -- Once more, old rivals David Letterman and Oprah Winfrey made amends on Sunday's episode of her OWN series, Oprah's Next Chapter.

They famously were not on good terms for years until they buried the hatchet in 2005.

Letterman admitted that he had played up the perceived tension between the two on his Late Show to get laughs out of the audience.  However, he claimed that their "feud" began when Winfrey snapped at him on the phone when he invited her to appear on his program when it visited Chicago.

Winfrey recalled that she did the appearance and felt uneasy due to a rowdy audience. 

She continued, "It felt so uncomfortable to me that I didn't want to have that experience again.  That's really all it was for me.  I just didn't want to be in that uncomfortable experience."

Letterman apologized for the incident, though Winfrey said it was unnecessary.

The two resolved their differences in 2005, when she made an appearance on the Late Show.

During their hour-long conversation, Letterman opened up to Winfrey about his personal life, including the moment on his show in 2009 when he admitted to having affairs with multiple Late Show staff members.  He said his wife, Regina Lasko, stood by him throughout the ordeal, though he told Winfrey he's still trying to regain her trust.

He said, "It will never go away. She's been tremendous. She's got great courage. She is greatly intelligent."

Letterman revealed that by being so upfront with his viewers about his infidelities, he'd hoped to gain a little sympathy from them.

He also said he is working toward becoming a better person in the aftermath of the scandal, in part by seeing a psychiatrist.

The initial segments of the interview -- which was conducted at Letterman's college alma matter, Ball State University in Indiana -- focused on Letterman's early days as a comedian, his relationship with who he described as an "insecure" Jay Leno, and his being passed over for The Tonight Show hosting job in favor of Leno after Johnny Carson retired in the early 1990s.

When Letterman was asked if he felt he deserved to be Carson's successor, he replied in the negative.

He added, "I was disappointed that I didn't get it.  But I never thought, I never felt like something had been ripped from my hands."

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David Letterman: 'I Have No One to Blame But Myself' for Sex Scandal

Harpo Studios. Inc(NEW YORK) -- In a conversation with Oprah Winfrey set to air on Sunday, David Letterman says he has no one to blame but himself for the 2009 sex scandal in which he admitted to having affairs with multiple Late Show staff members.

Letterman, appearing on Oprah's Next Chapter, says, "I feel better about myself, my relationship with my wife is never better, and it's just because I want to be the person I thought I was and probably was pretending I was."

The late-night host adds, "I hurt a lot of people, I have no one to blame but myself."

Letterman revealed the affairs after a former CBS News producer attempted to extort $2 million from him.

As previously reported, Letterman also discusses his rivalry with Jay Leno during the interview, which airs on OWN this Sunday at 9 p.m. Eastern time.

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Mick Jagger Presents Top Ten List on "Letterman"

Bobby Bank/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Mick Jagger presented the top ten list on Tuesday's edition of Late Show with David Letterman on CBS. The subject of the countdown was "The Top Ten Things I, Mick Jagger, Have Learned After 50 Years in Rock ‘n’ Roll."

As he read the list, the Rolling Stones frontman poked fun at the success of the Maroon 5 hit "Moves Like Jagger." He said, "You don't earn a cent when someone does a song about having moves like Jagger."

The top lesson learned by Jagger: "You start out playing rock 'n' roll so you can have sex and do drugs. But you end up doing drugs so you can still play rock 'n' roll and have sex."

Keith Richards had been expected to join Jagger on the show, but he was nowhere to be found. The Stones will play the 12.12.12 benefit concert at New York's Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night, then play two shows in Newark, New Jersey, later in the week.

Here's the complete list of the "Top Ten Things I, Mick Jagger, Have Learned After 50 Years in Rock ‘n’ Roll":

10. "Nobody wants to hear anything from your new album."
9. "Never take relationship advice from Phil Spector."
8. "Before shouting 'Hi Seattle!' make sure you're in Seattle."
7. "You don't earn a cent when someone does a song about having moves like Jagger."
6. "Everybody you meet after you become famous is only interested in you as a person."
5. "Song royalties are great, but even they can't match the guaranteed cash flow of a reverse mortgage."
4. "A good way to keep yourself entertained is to sign every 10th autograph 'Doris Goldblatt.'"
3. "Be considerate of other hotel guests -- trash your room by 10 p.m."
2. "You can't always get what you want -- like a good joke on the top ten list."
1. "You start out playing rock 'n' roll so you can have sex and do drugs. But you end up doing drugs so you can still play rock 'n' roll and have sex."

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Oprah Winfrey Chats with David Letterman at His Alma Mater

Discovery Communications, Inc.(MUNCIE, Ind.) -- David Letterman welcomed Oprah Winfrey to his alma mater, Ball State University in Indiana, on Monday as part of a lecture series he hosts there.

Winfrey reflected on her difficult childhood, which included sexual abuse and living in poverty.

She said, "Being born and raised in rural Mississippi, which was like apartheid America at the time I was born, 58 years ago, when I went to Africa for the first time I felt like, Oh, this is no different than how I grew up."

Winfrey established an all-girls school in South Africa in 2007.

The former daytime queen said her achievements are a direct result of her upbringing.

She told the audience of more than 3,000, "That's why I'm so grateful for my years, literally living in poverty, because it makes the experience of creating success and building success that more rewarding for me."

Winfrey had not been on terms with Letterman for many years, but the two buried the hatchet when she made an appearance on his Late Show in 2005.

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David Letterman Wishes Jimmy Kimmel Good Luck in New Time Slot

Ray Tamarra/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Wednesday's edition of Jimmy Kimmel Live! from the host's hometown of Brooklyn, N.Y., featured Kimmel welcoming his comedy idol David Letterman.

While the interview was what you may expect from an admitted Letterman fanboy -- Kimmel showed Letterman pictures of his Late Night birthday cake and his first car which had a vanity plate reading "L8 Night" -- it also included Letterman wishing Kimmel luck in his move to an earlier time slot that will put him opposite both Letterman's Late Show and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

“I wanna wish you the best of luck when you move the show.  I think it will be exciting, I think you're going to be perfect at 11:30...I think it's going to be great, and I couldn't be happier to have you in the running,” Letterman told Kimmel.

ABC is moving Jimmy Kimmel Live! to the 11:35 p.m. time slot on Jan. 8.   ABC News' Nightline will shift to 12:35 a.m.

During Wednesday's show, Kimmel kept insisting that he and Letterman hang out, something the notoriously private Late Show host is reportedly hesitant to do with many celebrities.  When Letterman admitted he likes fly fishing, Kimmel invited him on a fly fishing trip with pal Huey Lewis, but Letterman didn't take the bait.

"Just move in with me for a month," Kimmel pleaded, after Letterman turned down offers to join a Wiffle or softball team.

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Dustin Hoffman, David Letterman: Kennedy Center Honors Recipients

Gusmano Cesaretti/HBO(NEW YORK) -- Dustin Hoffman, who starred in the film All the President's Men, will be honored by the president this December.

The 75-year-old actor and CBS late-night host David Letterman are two of this year's recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors, announced Wednesday.  The award recognizes recipients for their lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts.

The chairman of the Kennedy Center said in a statement, "Dustin Hoffman's unyielding commitment to the wide variety of roles he plays has made him one of the most versatile and iconoclastic actors of this or any other generation; David Letterman is one of the most influential personalities in the history of television, entertaining an entire generation of late-night viewers with his unconventional wit and charm."

The seven recipients will be presented medallions at a State Department dinner hosted by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Dec. 1.  The following day, President Obama will salute them at a White House reception prior to a gala at the Kennedy Center Opera House, which will be taped for a CBS special set to air on Dec. 26.

The other 2012 recipients are the surviving members of the legendary British rock band Led Zeppelin, bluesman Buddy Guy, and Russian ballerina/choreographer Natalia Makarova.

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Michelle Obama Presents Top Ten List on "Late Show"

Alex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The first lady just can't get enough of David Letterman.

Last week, Michelle Obama dropped by CBS' Late Show with David Letterman to discuss the election season and her "Let's Move!" nutrition and fitness campaign.  She returned to the program on Wednesday night, appearing via satellite from the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., to present a top ten list.

Mrs. Obama read the "Top Ten Reasons to Watch the Democratic National Convention."  She joked that there would be "no Kiss Cam," recalling a moment at a basketball game in July when she and President Obama initially refused to smooch while featured on a Kiss Cam.

Number two on the list: "Joe Biden says it will be a big you-know-what deal," alluding to the vice president using the "F" word in range of an open mic a few years ago after health care legislation was passed.

The number-one reason delivered by the first lady: "At long last, I'll reveal who I'm voting for."

Here is the top ten list, in reverse order:

10. "Spoiler alert: the Democrats will nominate Barack Obama."
9. "It's like having a crowded convention center right in your own living room."
8. "You don't have to be a Democrat to enjoy balloons."
7. "Finally, you get to see some coverage of the presidential campaign."
6. "As a healthy alternative, we're using low-fat confetti."
5.  "If you were appearing at a national political convention, I'd watch."
4. "There will be no Kiss Cam."
3. "It's gotta be better than what you're watching now."
2. "Joe Biden says it will be a big you-know-what deal."
1. "At long last, I'll reveal who I'm voting for."

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Alec Baldwin Tells David Letterman He Did Not Punch Photographer

FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Alec Baldwin insists he did not punch a New York Daily News photographer while picking up a marriage license in Manhattan earlier this week.

The 30 Rock star commented on his altercation with photographer Marcus Santos during an appearance on CBS' Late Show with David Letterman on Wednesday.  Baldwin, claiming it was not his first run-in with the photographer, said he pushed Santos out of the way because, he alleged, Santos almost hit him in the face with the camera.

Baldwin maintained that he did not punch Santos, joking, "Had I punched him, I'd be in jail, then I would've pressed charges against him for assault, then we'd both be in the jail cell together, and then you don't want to know what would happen in the jail cell if we were together in the jail cell."

Baldwin also complained that unlike in past decades, Hollywood studios try to make money off of actors' failures.

Baldwin occasionally mixed in humor throughout the interview; he pulled down his pants while explaining how much weight he's lost, and David Letterman followed suit.

After he taped his Late Show appearance, Baldwin walked the red carpet of the premiere for his new movie, Woody Allen's To Rome with Love.

He told reporters, "There's a different part of the press, what I would call the illegitimate press, who, they have made an appointment for me that I wasn't aware of, and they come jumping out of the bushes to remind me about it.  And that's a problem."

The attorney who represents Santos says his client met with New York prosecutors and detectives Wednesday morning and that they are taking the case "very seriously."

Attorney Sanford Rubenstein also said, "Mr. Baldwin should be held criminally accountable for what he did.  There were witnesses, they are cooperating with the district attorney's office, as well as photos.  Pictures of the truth."

Baldwin obtained a marriage license for his impending nuptials with fiancée Hilaria Thomas.

According to the New York Daily News, Baldwin on Wednesday ran over the foot of an Inside Edition reporter while on a mountain bike.  He allegedly hit a Daily News reporter and photographer with the bike's handlebars, too.

Baldwin later tweeted, "I am told I ran over someone's foot on my bike today. I think it was that person who placed their foot under the wheel of my bike."

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David Letterman, Conan O'Brien Bash Jay Leno on "Late Show"

Michael Tran/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- On Thursday's Late Show with David Letterman, Conan O'Brien made his first appearance in 13 years.  O'Brien's short-lived stint as host of NBC's The Tonight Show, and his ouster in favor of Jay Leno were topics of discussion.

Letterman has exhibited somewhat harsh feelings for Leno for what happened to O'Brien and himself.  Letterman was famously skipped over by NBC when Johnny Carson retired from The Tonight Show in 1992.  Leno got the job and that damaged the relationship between the two late night hosts. 

It seems Leno's situation with O'Brien brought up some old feelings for Letterman.

When O'Brien first came out and sat down, he and Letterman didn't say anything to each other, but just smiled. 

Finally, Letterman blurted out, "I think the longer we just sit here, the more uncomfortable it will make Jay."

O'Brien laughed, and said, "You know Jay's watching," and then, imitating Leno said, "Dave doesn't look happy...I think he's gonna pack it in, soon."

During the lengthy segment, Letterman said he's known Leno since the 1970s when they were both young comics in Los Angeles, and remembered Leno being "the funniest guy...the guy you always wished you could be."

However, Letterman quickly added, "He was also a bit of a brat." 

Letterman told O'Brien that when the O'Brien/Tonight Show mess happened he thought to himself, "Oh, there's the Jay I know."

O'Brien stepped down as host of The Tonight Show in January 2010, and was soon replaced by Leno, after Leno's primetime talk show was canned.  Letterman recalled relishing the criticism Leno got at the time from other comics who rallied to O'Brien's side.

Letterman told O'Brien, "I was delighted by everything that happened -- except you losing your job...I refer to that period as the golden age of broadcasting."

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Conan O'Brien to Appear on David Letterman's Show Next Week

Michael Tran/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- David Letterman will welcome his one-time Late Night replacement, Conan O'Brien, onto his CBS program next week.

O'Brien, who hosts his own late-night show on TBS, will drop by CBS' Late Show with David Letterman on Thursday, May 17.  This will be the first time he's appeared on the Late Show since 1999.

O'Brien replaced Letterman as the host of NBC's Late Night in 1993.  He hosted Late Night until 2009, then had a brief, ill-fated run as host of The Tonight Show.

Jimmy Fallon is the current host of Late Night.

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