Jan. 3, 2013 at 5:57 PM ET
For the first time since David Letterman publicly admitted he had an affair and then apologized to his "horribly hurt" wife in 2009, the late-night host talks about the scandal to Oprah Winfrey in the upcoming episode of "Oprah's Next Chapter."
Billed as a "no holds barred" interview, Letterman tells he has "no one to blame but myself" for the sex scandal.
But things have gotten better since then. "Now, I feel better about myself, my relationship with my wife is never better, and it’s just because I want to be the person I always thought I was and probably was pretending I was," he said. "And so far, it’s been great. Things have been great. I hurt a lot of people. I have nobody to blame but myself. I’m not looking to blame anybody. I’m looking to find out why I behaved the way I behaved."
The interview also includes frank talk about Letterman's assumed NBC rival Jay Leno. Letterman contends that the idea there's a rivalry between the two is not true.
"Jay and I were friends. We were always friends before all of this happened," he says of being passed over to take over Johnny Carson's seat.
"He has a way, he’s an unusual fellow. I’ve never met anyone quite like Jay," Letterman tells Oprah of the "Tonight Show" host. "And I will say -- and I’m happy to say -- that I think he is the funniest guy I’ve ever known. Just flat out, if you go to see him do his night club act, just the funniest. The smartest, a wonderful observationist and very appealing as a comic."
See what else he has to say about his scandal and more when "Oprah's Next Chapter" airs Sunday at 9 p.m. on OWN.
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