It's a good time to be Oprah Winfrey and David Letterman. Her namesake network has finally turned a profit, and he's (maybe) poised to extend his contract with CBS beyond next year. He just passed 30 years in late night; could 35 be the next landmark? (On Monday, CBS chief Leslie Moonves called Letterman the best late-night show in history with the exception of Johnny Carson, an indication this long and mostly happy marriage will continue.)
So little wonder that their latest encounter -- on last night's "Late Show With David Letterman" -- should be anything other than another cozy, two-segment chat without rancor or baggage. That old feud that was never really a "feud" at all is ancient history, as a recent series of chats -- both on OWN and at Letterman's alma mater, Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. -- have debunked.
CBS and "Late Show" shipped out only a brief preview clip of their latest encounter, which was harmless -- mostly chatter about meditation and Oprah's "mantra," and so on. ("Do you meditate?" she asked Dave, to which he replied, "I'm meditating right now.) The timing of Winfrey's appearance is opportune: Her feature "Lee Daniels' The Butler," her first starring role in a movie since 1998's "Beloved," opens Aug. 16.
Press time for this story was before the show aired, it was unknown whether Letterman asked about a bizarre back of the hand Winfrey recently got from her "The Color Purple" co-star Rae Dawn Chong. But it would seem unlikely. That's not a subject an old "friend" brings up, right?