Late Show host David Letterman has opened up in an interview with Oprah Winfrey about his more than 20 year old feud with fellow late night comedian Jay Leno.
Short excerpts of the interview have been released of Letterman giving his opinion on his former friend and rival in the late night talk show ratings.
The feud between the pair is reported to have begun after Leno was named the replacement for Johnny Carson on the iconic Tonight Show on American network NBC; following what he perceived as a snub from the network Letterman moved to rival network ABC where he has fronted rival talk show The Late Show.
“We were always friends before all of this happened,” the Late Show host, 65, tells Winfrey. “He has a way…he’s an unusual fellow. I’ve never met anyone quite like Jay.”
Letterman describes Leno as one of the funniest comedians he has ever seen perform live and formerly one of his close friends.
“If you go to see him do his nightclub act, [he’s] just the funniest, the smartest, a wonderful observationist, and very appealing as a comic,” Letterman says.
Despite the praise for The Tonight Show host Letterman describes Leno as an unusual fellow who is the most insecure person he has ever met.
“Therefore, the fact that he is also maybe the most insecure person I have ever known…I could never reconcile that,” the comic says.
Catch Letterman’s full interview with Winfrey Jan. 6 on OWN.