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Oprah Winfrey returning to David Letterman's 'Late Show' after 8 years

July 25, 2013|By Yvonne Villarreal
  • Oprah Winfrey on Aug. 1 will visit "Late Show with David Letterman."
Oprah Winfrey on Aug. 1 will visit "Late Show with David Letterman." (Elise Amendola / AP )

Eight is enough? It is for Oprah Winfrey. The media mogul will visit "Late Show with David Letterman" for the first time in eight years.

Her return, which will take place Aug. 1, marks her second visit to the show -- the first was that aggrandized appearance in 2005 when she promoted the Broadway musical "The Color Purple," which she produced.

It was a historic TV moment (for some). It seemed to signal a burying of the hatchet after a 16-year feud -- apparently the product of a 1989 dine and ditch tab, which was later compounded with Letterman's infamous Uma-Oprah joke as host of the Academy Awards in 1995. It's a feud that Winfrey implied was all in Letterman's head when she appeared on his show.

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While Letterman certainly hasn't usurped Gayle King as Winfrey's BFF, the two TV kingpins do play well together. Letterman has appeared on OWN's "Oprah's Next Chapter." And who can forget the Jay-Leno-Winfrey-Letterman sandwich at the Super Bowl three years ago?

Now, Winfrey has a film project in the works in need of promotion.

Since she can't interview herself (wait, it's Oprah -- she probably can?), Winfrey is heading to the "Late Show" once more to get the word out about her upcoming film "Lee Daniels' The Butler."  In it, the network executive stars as Gloria Gaines, wife of Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker), who served as a White House butler. The film, which is based on the account of former White House butler Eugene Allen, is set for an Aug. 16 release.

We just hope he returns the favor by appearing on "Sweetie Pies" or "The Haves and Have Nots." Please.

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