David Letterman — who never speaks about his personal life and is almost never seen outside of his own TV show–has a lot to say to Oprah Winfrey this Sunday. In one excerpt offered by Oprah’s PR, Letterman says he has no one but himself to blame for his sex scandal (you remember he was sleeping with women in the office, someone tried to extort him, etc.)
DL: Having lived through that sex scandal, I realized, wait a minute –
OW: Just to say ‘sex scandal’ Dave, you want to get through your whole life and not have the words sex scandal attached to your name.
DL: That’s right!
OW: You didn’t make it
DL: Did not make it. And, have no one to blame but myself. And now, 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 always thought I was and probably was pretending I was. And so far, it’s been great. Things have been great. I hurt a lot of people. I have nobody to blame but myself. I’m not looking to blame anybody. I’m looking to find out why I behaved the way I behaved.
There’s also Dave vs. Jay Leno, as previously leaked in the last 10 days.
OW: You know there’s assumption over the years that because you didn’t get it and Jay Leno did that that’s where the rivalry between the two of you started. Is that true?
OW: That’s not true…
DL: The rivalry… Jay and I were friends. We were always friends before all of this happened. He has a way, he’s an usual fellow. I’ve never met anyone quite like Jay. And I will say and I’m happy to say that I think he is the funniest guy I’ve ever known. Just flat out, if you go to see him do his night club act, just the funniest. The smartest, a wonderful observationist and very appealing as a comic. Therefore, the fact that he is also maybe the most insecure person I have ever known, I could never reconcile that.
The interview airs Sunday at 9pm on OWN, just about the time “Downton Abbey” scores the highest rating in PBS history.