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David Letterman: Oprah "Hated" Me, Because I Stole Lunch From Her (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 29th 2010 2:48AM
David Letterman: Oprah 'Hated' Me, Becaue I Stole Lunch From HerTalk show host David Letterman had a legendary 16-year-long feud with his rival, Oprah Winfrey. But what was the cause of their mutual animosity? Most people think it was started when Dave hosted the Academy Awards in 1995. He kicked off show by making a really awkward (and unfunny) joke, where he pretended to introduce Oprah to Uma Thurman.

The "joke" was that he repeated their odd names again and again: "Uma ... Oprah! Oprah ... Uma!" he said, continuing the leaden gag for what seemed like an eternity. Ever since then, people have assumed that this is why Dave and Oprah disliked each other. But on 'Late Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM on CBS), Dave revealed the actual reason -- he stole a free lunch from Ms. Winfrey!

Letterman related the tale to guest Jon Stewart. "She hated me," he told Jon. He then discussed an incident that took place "long before" the infamous Oscars failure. Apparently, Oprah and her boyfriend were at an expensive French restaurant when Dave and his then-girlfriend Regina showed up. David then came up with a "clever" idea.

"This is hilarious," he said to his girlfriend. "I'm gonna make Oprah buy us lunch." Oh, man! Don't mess with the queen of showbiz like that! But the impressive part is that Letterman actually managed to pull it off. He simply told the water that the "lady" at the next table had agreed to pay for his meal. Then, upon leaving the restaurant, he waved cheerfully at Ms. Winfrey -- sealing the deal (at least in the waiter's eyes) that the two of them had an arrangement. Thus was lunch stolen from one of the most powerful women in America.

But was some free French food worth starting a feud spanning nearly two decades? Jon Stewart didn't think so. "Oh, for f#ck's sake," he said, after hearing about the prank. ... On the other hand, Oprah is worth at least $1.5 billion, so she can definitely handle picking up the tab from time to time. However, Dave also has a fair amount of money himself.

Well, at least Dave and Oprah managed to bury the hatchet, ending their years of rivalry in 2005. Although there's no word on whether Letterman bough her an "apology" lunch after the two made up.

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Hey janna! Shes the but of his joke because she has a large, a very large ass. get it? but of his jokes, large ass. You see you male hatting wench its called a F#cking joke. Thats what he does foe a living.

October 06 2010 at 6:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
janna nikkola

After talking about Oprah like this, I suspect she'll no longer have anything to do with him (again) and I don't blame her. I don't think Oprah ever felt she had a "feud" with Letterman (or anyone else, for that matter). She's not that petty. The real reason she didn't want to be on his show was that he made her the butt of his jokes and his "humor" was all at her expense, just like he's doing now by claiming he made Oprah pay for his lunch. I don't think that's funny at all. I don't thing Letterman is funny either -- he's just mean and he's especially mean to women (he's primitive that way). I guess he takes out his mean-spirited behavior on women because he won't have to fear they'll deck him like a man would. He's basically a bully and picks on people whom he thinks won't fight back. He's not only insulted Oprah on his show, he's also been very mean to Shirley McLaine and Cher, and they don't like him either and don't want to be on his show. I can't stand him. I guess the only man he'd dare bully is Peewee Herman.

September 29 2010 at 10:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Hak Foo

You and Oprah must be pretty close to know her so intimately.

September 29 2010 at 11:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Atticus Draco

I dont like Letterman,,but,,
that was pretty good prank,, Oprah can afford it
IF i could,, I'd stick her the check

September 29 2010 at 10:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

David Letterman is an idiot

September 29 2010 at 9:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Everyone hates you!

September 29 2010 at 8:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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