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Oprah and Letterman finally end their feud

(Posted November 23, 2005 by Leah Yoakum)

The cold war between television titans Oprah Winfrey and David Letterman has thawed to the point where Winfrey has accepted Letterman’s invitation to appear on the “Late Show” on Dec. 1.


Letterman made the announcement during a taping of his show on Monday. Winfrey’s appearance will coincide with opening night of the Broadway musical “The Color Purple,” which she is producing.


It’s Winfrey’s first visit to “Late Show,” although she was twice Letterman’s guest on his NBC show before the late-night comic moved to CBS in 1993.


The origin of their “feud” was murky, although Letterman has frequently joked about her through the years. Letterman’s failed 1995 stint as Academy Awards host is best remembered for his awkward “Oprah, Uma. Uma, Oprah” introduction.


Winfrey told Time magazine in 2003 that she wouldn’t go on Letterman’s show because she’s been “completely uncomfortable” as the target of his jokes.


“This just gives you an idea of what a big, big star this really is,” Letterman said on Monday. “She’s huge. Put bygones behind us, the water under the bridge, over the dam, wherever water goes — standing in your basement — she’s going to be here on this show and it’s going to be fantastic.”


Oprah’s appearance is a big boost for Letterman, who has been struggling in the ratings this season and falling further behind his nemesis, NBC’s Jay Leno.


The timing isn’t quite ideal, however: Winfrey will visit the day after the November ratings sweeps period ends.



Source: MSNBC
 


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