Oprah To Visit Letterman’s ‘Late Show’ After Eight-Year Absence

David Letterman and Oprah Winfrey, seen here last fall in Muncie, Ind., where Oprah interviewed him for her OWN show, "Oprah's Next Chapter." (Photo: OWN)

Oprah Winfrey will be a guest next week on David Letterman’s “Late Show,” her first visit to Letterman’s show since her last high-profile appearance in 2005.

When she came on the show then — on Dec. 1, 2005 — it was widely covered (and heavily watched) because it represented a thaw in the frosty relations the two TV titans had had going back at least to 1995, the year Letterman hosted the Oscars.

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This time around, though, Dave and Oprah appear to enjoy a much warmer relationship. Still, her visits to “Late Show” remain exceedingly rare.

She’ll appear on the show next Thursday night, Aug. 1, ostensibly to promote “The Butler,” a movie she’s in this summer. CBS announced the high-profile booking Thursday (July 25).

The “Late Show” visit may have been negotiated — or at least hoped for — when Oprah interviewed Dave on-stage last November at his alma mater, Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. The interview was taped and later became an episode of “Oprah’s Next Chapter” on OWN last January.

How we covered Oprah’s OWN interview with Dave last winter:
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