David Letterman vs Oprah Winfrey

David Letterman’s profile picture
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Comedian, PersonalityComedian, Personality
Director/Producer, Entrepreneur, Personality, Philanthropist
Net worth 2018
$2.67 Billion
Kosciusko, Mississippi, United States
United States
United States
1.69 m
Bachelor of Arts / Science, Ball State University
Bachelor of Arts / Science, Tennessee State University

The show will be entitled My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman, with the first episode released on January 12, 2018, featuring Barack Obama


" On May 16, 2017, Letterman was named the next recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, the award granted annually by the John F


In 2016, Letterman joined the climate change documentary show Years of Living Dangerously as one of the show's celebrity correspondents


In 2015, he said that "For years and years and years – 30, 40 years – I was anxious and hypochondriacal and an alcoholic, and many, many other things that made me different from other people


While introducing the band's performance of "Miracle" on the October 17, 2014 show, Letterman told the story of how a souvenir video of he and his four year old son learning to ski used the song as background music, unbeknownst to Letterman until he saw it


In his 2013 appearance on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, part of Jerry Seinfeld's conversation with Letterman was filmed in Letterman's outwardly unassuming 1995 Volvo 960 station wagon that is powered by a 380-horsepower racing engine


Letterman was a recipient of the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors, where he was called "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


He won four American Comedy Awards and in 2011 became the first recipient of the Johnny Carson Award for Comedic Excellence at The Comedy Awards


Eventually, on March 9, 2010, he pleaded guilty to this same felony and served a six-month jail sentence, followed by probation and community service


On October 5, 2009, Letterman devoted a segment of his show to a public apology to his wife and staff


According to business news reporter Eve Tahmincioglu, "CBS suppliers are supposed to follow the company's business conduct policies" and the CBS 2008 Business Conduct Statement states that "If a consenting romantic or sexual relationship between a supervisor and a direct or indirect subordinate should develop, CBS requires the supervisor to disclose this information to his or her Company's Human Resources Department


The US$21 million, 75,000-square-foot (7,000 m) David Letterman Communication and Media Building opened for the 2007 fall semester


On December 4, 2006, CBS revealed that Letterman signed a new contract to host Late Show with David Letterman through the fall of 2010


In 2005, police discovered a plot to kidnap Harry Letterman and demand a ransom of US$5 million


The team won the 2004 Indianapolis 500 with driver Buddy Rice


He has a son, Harry Joseph Letterman (born November 3, 2003), with her


In March 2002, as Letterman's contract with CBS neared expiration, ABC offered him the time slot for long-running news program Nightline with Ted Koppel


Worldwide Pants also produced the dramedy program Ed which aired on NBC from 2000–2004


He also appeared as himself in the Howard Stern biographical film Private Parts as well as the 1999 Andy Kaufman biopic Man on the Moon, in a few episodes of Garry Shandling's 1990s TV series The Larry Sanders Show and in "The Abstinence", a 1996 episode of the sitcom Seinfeld


After she committed suicide in October 1998, Letterman told The New York Times that he had great compassion for her


On the Late Show in 1996, Letterman talked about his tinnitus in an interview he did with actor William Shatner, who has severe tinnitus himself, caused from an on-set explosion


On March 27, 1995, Letterman acted as the host for the 67th Academy Awards ceremony


Carson's final television appearance came May 13, 1994, on a Late Show episode taped in Los Angeles, when he made a surprise appearance during a 'Top 10 list' segment


It was Letterman's first association with NBC since he left the network in 1993


In 1992, Johnny Carson retired, and many fans believed that Letterman would become host of The Tonight Show


Subsequently, while still recovering from surgery, Letterman revived the late night tradition that had virtually disappeared on network television during the 1990s of 'guest hosts' by allowing Bill Cosby, Kathie Lee Gifford, Dana Carvey, Janeane Garofalo, and others to host new episodes of the Late Show


Following that appearance, the two had a 16-year feud which arose, as Winfrey explained to Letterman after the feud had been resolved, as a result of the acerbic tone of their 1989 interview of which she said that it "felt so uncomfortable to me that I didn't want to have that experience again"


Beginning in May 1988, Letterman was stalked by Margaret Mary Ray, a woman suffering from schizophrenia


Eastern Time, immediately following The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (a Friday night broadcast was added in June 1987)


It is co-owned by 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal, businessman Mike Lanigan, and Letterman himself, and is based in Hilliard, Ohio


Although Letterman attracted the highest ratings to the annual telecast since 1983, many felt that the bad publicity garnered by Letterman's hosting caused a decline in the Late Show's ratings


In one infamous appearance, in 1982, Andy Kaufman (who was already wearing a neck brace) appeared with professional wrestler Jerry Lawler, who slapped and knocked the comedian to the ground (though Lawler and Kaufman's friend Bob Zmuda later revealed that the event was staged)


In his capacities as either a performer, producer, or as part of a writing team, Letterman is among the most nominated people in the history of the Emmy Awards with 52 nominations, winning two Daytime Emmys and ten Primetime Emmys since 1981


The show was a critical success, winning two Emmy Awards, but was a ratings disappointment and was canceled in October 1980


Letterman became a favorite of Carson and was a regular guest host for the show beginning in 1978


He hosted a 1977 pilot for a game show entitled The Riddlers (that was never picked up), and co-starred in the Barry Levinson-produced comedy special Peeping Times that aired in January 1978


And I thought: That's really what I want to do!Letterman began his career as a radio talk show host on WNTS (AM) and on Indianapolis television station WLWI (which changed its call sign to WTHR in 1976) as an anchor and weatherman


In 1975, encouraged by his then-wife Michelle and several of his Sigma Chi fraternity brothers, Letterman moved to Los Angeles, California, with hope of becoming a comedy writer


In 1971 Letterman appeared as a pit road reporter for ABC Sports' tape-delayed coverage of the Indianapolis 500


He credits Paul Dixon, host of the Paul Dixon Show, a Cincinnati-based talk show also shown in Indianapolis while he was growing up, for inspiring his choice of career:I was just out of college [in 1969], and I really didn't know what I wanted to do


On July 2, 1968, Letterman married his college sweetheart, Michelle Cook (born July 2, 1946), in Muncie, Indiana; their marriage ended in divorce by October 1977


"Letterman and Regina Lasko (born November 20, 1960) started dating in February 1986, while he was still living with Markoe


The show also featured comedy segments and running characters, in a style heavily influenced by the 1950s and 1960s programs of Steve Allen


He also had a long-term live-in relationship with the former head writer and producer on Late Night, Merrill Markoe (born August 13, 1948), from 1978 to 1988


David Michael Letterman (born April 12, 1947) is an American television host, comedian, writer, and producer


His mother, Dorothy Marie Mengering (née Hofert; July 18, 1921 – April 11, 2017), a church secretary for the Second Presbyterian Church of Indianapolis, was an occasional figure on Letterman's show, usually at holidays and birthdays


His father, Harry Joseph Letterman (April 15, 1915 – February 13, 1973), was a florist


ISBN 0-399-16368-9Letterman started his production company — Worldwide Pants Incorporated — which produced his show and several others, including Everybody Loves Raymond; The Late Late Show and two television series for Bonnie Hunt