Oprah Winfrey to Kick Off 2013 with Rare David Letterman Interview

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Oprah Winfrey to Kick Off 2013 with Rare David Letterman Interview
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It will be a rare next chapter on Jan. 6, when Oprah Winfrey kicks off the first episode of "Oprah's Next Chapter" for 2013. And to make things especially interesting, the Queen of Talk will be talking to someone who usually doesn't talk -- at least not to interviewers.

Late night host David Letterman will be in Oprah's hot seat, and the press release for the episode reveals that the notoriously private star will dish on everything from his longstanding rivalry with Jay Leno to the headline-making 2009 sex scandal that blew the lid off of his secret affairs with several of his "Late Show" staff members.

Winfrey conducted the interview with Letterman at his alma mater, Ball State University in Indiana.

The preview clip for "Oprah's Next Chapter" shows Letterman talking about Leno, who beat him out as Johnny Carson's "Tonight Show" replacement in 1992.

"He's an unusual fellow," Letterman says. " 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 before you think he paints a picture-perfect portrait of his late night rival, Letterman adds: "Therefore, the fact that he is also maybe the most insecure person I have ever known...I could never reconcile that."

When asked about his 2009 sex scandal and the subsequent $2 million extortion attempt, which culminated in an on-air apology to his staff and to his wife Regina Lasko, Letterman says, "I hurt a lot of people." He also tells Oprah how he saved his marriage after the scandal broke and how he dealt with an ongoing battle with depression.

What makes this interview even more interesting is the fact that, for nearly two decades, Oprah and Letterman weren't on speaking terms.

Viewers may recall Letterman's longstanding "feud" with Oprah, which ended in 2005 when she appeared on his "Late Show" after 16 years of refusing to do so. Oprah told CBS News the bad blood started when she had previously appeared on Letterman's talk show and "during the process of the show, people started yelling bad things."

"I thought that he should have taken control of the situation ... it was just such an uncomfortable experience for me," Oprah said.

Looks like it's Dave's turn to feel uncomfortable.

The "Oprah's Next Chapter" interview with David Letterman airs on Sunday, Jan. 6 at 9/8c on OWN.

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