Letterman: Leno an 'insecure' guy

Letterman/Leno. (Reuters/WENN)

Letterman/Leno. (Reuters/WENN)

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David Letterman called his old rival Jay Leno “the funniest guy I’ve ever known” - and also the “most insecure” - in a back-handed compliment-laced interview with Oprah Winfrey on her OWN program “Oprah’s Next Chapter.”

In a promotional clip posted online, Letterman explained to Winfrey why the two nighttime-talk personalities lock horns — and he said it’s not because Leno got the treasured post-Johnny Carson “Tonight Show” gig.

“He’s an unusual fellow - I’ve never met anyone quite like Jay,” Letterman, seated next to Winfrey, said in the video. “And I will say, and I’m happy to say, that I think he’s the funniest guy I’ve ever known. Just, flat out, if you go to see him do his nightclub act, just the funniest, the smartest, a wonderful observationist and very appealing as a comic.”

Then, he hit home: “Therefore, the fact that he is also maybe the most insecure person I have ever known - I could never reconcile that.”

The interview will air on OWN on Jan. 6.


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