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Dave on Jay: Most insecure person I've ever known

Letterman breaks down his long-running rivalry with 'Tonight Show' host

By Mekeisha Madden Toby Dec 28, 2012 11:05AM

'Letterman and Leno' '/' CBS and Getty

It's not clear if David Letterman is the Hatfield or the McCoy in his longtime rivalry with Jay Leno. The only thing that is clear is that the contention between the two late-night titans is far from over.

 

In an upcoming interview with none other than Oprah Winfrey -- the woman who tried to broker Super-Bowl inspired peace between the two in 2010 -- Letterman breaks down his issues with Leno. He also said the problems didn't start when Leno was named the host of the "Tonight Show" instead of him. Look for the interview on "Oprah's Next Chapter" in January.

 

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"We were always friends before all of this happened," Letterman told Winfrey. "He has a way … he's an unusual 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 nightclub act, just the funniest, the smartest, a wonderful observationist and very appealing as a comic."

 

But, and here's the rub, Letterman said, "The fact that he is also maybe the most insecure person I have ever known … I could never reconcile that."

 

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Humph. So Letterman and Leno won't be hugging it out in 2013? Got it.

 

"Oprah's Next Chapter" airs Sunday, Jan. 6, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on OWN.

54Comments
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David Letterman needs to get a life and worry about himself and stop talking about Jay Leno, he is jealous of Jay Leno that is why he keep talking about him.
Dec 28, 2012 7:00PM
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Jay Leno would screw his mother if he thought she took his so called tonight show.

He stabbed Connan in the back so why not anyone else that gets in his way.

I have liked some of his shows but for the most part its boring.

I think Dave has better guests by far..

Dec 28, 2012 6:57PM
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I used to watch Dave once in a while. He is not clever. His top 10 is so sad, I guess that what makes some people think its funny. Dave come on, get some better writers. Come up with something new. Better still, move out of the way old man, so some one better and younger can entertain us late at night. Do us all a favor and retire. You have negative energy in yopur old age. Oh by the way, you never competed with Jay. You have no class, at least he has some. He is also much more humerous to those with an IQ of over 50.

Dec 28, 2012 6:23PM
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I dont find Dave funny. He acts like a 12 year old and gets paid millions.  He can also be nasty like he is politically.  I think he has the brain of a 12 yr old. 
Dec 28, 2012 5:58PM
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Oprah interviews Letterman?? Now there is a program I won't be watching.  Dave is still bitter but one thing he said is true... Leno is very funny plus he treats his guests well. Remember  when Cher   called Dave an assh****???  Big laugh from everyone & no one disagreed. Lenos rating are higher & that annoys Dave to no end.  The way Dave puts down his guests & is rude shows he is the insecure one. I also won't watch TV award shows where every late night show host is nominated but Jay. The nominations are all political. Jay is a liberal but  he treats guests from both side equally & Hollyweird doesn't like him for   that!! 
Dec 28, 2012 5:37PM
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What a CHEAP way to TRY to get people to watch Oprah/Letterman. Yawn. "Frankly, my dear",...and you know the rest of that quote.
Dec 28, 2012 5:32PM
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I would rather be insecure than be an a hole!


Dec 28, 2012 5:20PM
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Letterman has never been funny.  He doesn't wear well.  At least Leno is a good host. He lets his guests talk....with Letterman, it's all about him and unfortunately that doesn't make for good entertainment.
Dec 28, 2012 5:10PM
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Letterman is an A%& and I don't like him he is right up there with Howard Stern ....UGH

Sounds like he might be a little jealous of Leno to me

and why would Oprah need to stir this pot again...

Dec 28, 2012 5:05PM
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I used to think that Letterman was edgy and funny 15 years ago, but now he is just mean-spirited and bitter, and seems to think that he is the spokesperson for the democrats. 
Dec 28, 2012 4:50PM
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Dave.. you protest too much. GET OVER IT!! GEESE!
Dec 28, 2012 4:25PM
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When SO CALLED star  RIP down other entertainers',  nothing turns me off them more. Here you are with all your riches and fame and you still feel the need to tear down someone else in an attempt to make your self look better and all you do is come out looking like a loser. Oh wait that does make you a loser.
Dec 28, 2012 4:22PM
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And que in the sneezing monkey for the 5th time in 15 minutes of monologue.
Dec 28, 2012 4:18PM
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If letterman was the only show on tv i would give my tv away!!
Dec 28, 2012 4:15PM
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Everybody I know in show business is insecure. Letterman slams Leno every chance he gets. Now who is the one being so insecure?
Dec 28, 2012 4:14PM
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Who cares what letterman thinks...I happen to think he's a whiny asshat and would gladly volunteer to give him the bitch slap he deserves
Dec 28, 2012 4:10PM
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My opinion Craig Ferguson is better than both of them.  I enjoy his humor and accent.

Dec 28, 2012 4:04PM
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I can not stand Letterman. He's turned into nothing more than a bitter, liberal hack.  Leno isn't the funniest either, but at least he isn't such a bitter person and doesn't use his show to use it as a political platform.
Dec 28, 2012 4:01PM
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I have always liked Letterman far more then Jay Leno, only thing I like about Leno is his CAR collection period. Jay Leno is very insecure and did cut Letterman throat in getting that spot he has, Johnny  Carson wanted Letterman to take his place on the tonight show but again Leno begged pleaded and stole that spot and for that act alone I have never liked him at all.

Letterman is a much better Host in every-way, I love the top ten count down
Dec 28, 2012 3:39PM
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Letterman has way too much "fill" time with sneezing monkey type crap. Half his monologue is fill time. Jokes have never been funny. Not everyone lives in Jew York and likes the Yanks.
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