David Letterman sat down with Oprah Winfrey for the latest episode of “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” which aired Sunday night (Jan. 6) on OWN. In the interview, he spoke about the affair he had with a “Late Show” staff member and his struggle with depression.
“Having lived through that sex scandal … I have no one to blame but myself. 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,” says Letterman.
“So far, it’s been great. Things have been great. I have no one to blame but myself, I’m not looking to blame anybody. I’m looking to find out why I behaved the way I behaved,” he continues.
In another segment, Letterman addresses his six-month struggle with depression.
“I never knew what depression was. I knew, ‘Oh, I’m kinda sad today’ or ‘Oh, I’m kind of blue today’ … this, I’m telling you, it’s like you get on an elevator and the bottom drops out,” Letterman tells Oprah.
“You can’t stand looking at the sunlight, you can’t wait to get back in bed at night, you’re shaking, you’re shivering. I went through this for about six months and oh my god … I just pushed through it, I had to push through it,” he says.
“It’s a sinkhole. People who have gone through it know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s a sinkhole,” concludes the late night host.