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Letterman Tells Walters He Regrets Treatment Of Lewinsky

Letterman Tells Walters He Regrets Treatment Of Lewinsky

One last meeting of two media titans. Wednesday night Barbara Walters was a guest on the "Late Show." With both she and David Letterman on the verge of retirement, it was quite a retrospective conversation - and Letterman revealed a regret.

Monica Lewinsky's recent article in Vanity Fair came up, because, of course...

ABC points out Walters famously interviewed her after her 1990s affair scandal with President Bill Clinton.
"I started to feel bad because myself and other people with shows like this made relentless jokes."

"I feel bad about my role in helping push the humiliation to the point of suffocation."
"Good, then we can stop it."

In her article, Lewinsky talks about the pain of the constant media critique and ridicule she underwent during the scandal. Since then, she hasn't been able to leave it behind - she even gets rejected for jobs.

The Washington Post dubbed Walters' and Letterman's conversation "...fascinating, as the way it only can [be] between two people who have been in the business as long as they have."

Letterman even compared the scandal to the recent viral video of Solange Knowles seemingly attacking Jay Z. He wondered if it was fair to make jokes because the three are famous, or if it needed to be recognized as a "sad human situation." (Via TMZ)

Letterman also said he felt particulary bad because Lewinsky was so young at the time, in her early 20s, as he put it "just a kid." Kind to say, maybe, but Walters pointed out she had never heard Lewinsky use her young age as an excuse.

As for Lewinsky's job status, Letterman asked if Walters had ever offered her a position on "The View." The longtime host wouldn't get into details, but said there'd been an opportunity, but it isn't the type of job Lewinsky wants.

Walters' last day on "The View" is this week.

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nama holston May 15 2014 at 3:41 PM

Interesting he is regretful about his treatment of Lewinsky, but not the way he treated Sarah Palin and her children! What a gentleman! Clearly this is one of the reasons I NEVER WATCHED HIM because he was a bullying childish pseudo comic, more critical than comedic.

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mathomps nama holston May 15 2014 at 4:06 PM

Monica was not a public figure. Palin is, along with being an idiot and a nut.

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calarican May 15 2014 at 2:38 PM

mysoginist

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eddie lopez calarican May 15 2014 at 3:29 PM

bal,

Dave's a 'Bhole, a misogynist, a card-carrying '1%er,' a troll, a hack, a worm, he's swine, a louse, a mealy-mouthed lefty, a twit, a dipsh*t, a clod, a snake, a lizard, an amorphous amoeba, a hippo, a mountain lion, an alligator, a smallmouth bass and a whale.

He's also funny as hell.

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muffychops May 15 2014 at 2:36 PM

I saw the show and he seemed to me to be mostly selfsevering and not at all sincere.

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Leo May 15 2014 at 2:31 PM

He may have told Walters that but he is full of S--- he told them because it was tyhe thing to do for comics. He;s an Ass ---e for changing it now.

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liz01219 May 15 2014 at 2:27 PM

For those who are saying that he apologized for the comments he made about Palin's daughter.
He apologized for identifying the WRONG daughter.
He named Willow who was probably younger than 10.
He meant the attack for Bristol.
All he did was say he named the wrong daughter in error.
He never regretted what he said.

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eddie lopez liz01219 May 15 2014 at 2:44 PM

liz,

I can only hope that Letterman has sufficient time before retiring to heap insults on the dingbat Sarah Palin during her run for Congress.

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kramjo May 15 2014 at 2:18 PM

so the Monica Lewinsky at the hard of hearing cleaners joke is inappropriate?
He said "Come again"? and she said "No, mustard this time"

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Kenny May 15 2014 at 2:17 PM

The very best joke was him getting caught with his pants down. Truly one of the most sleeezist people on earth.

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hsenpfeffer Kenny May 15 2014 at 5:09 PM

No you are.

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onionson May 15 2014 at 2:16 PM

I used to like Dave...... long ago but he turned his show into a big political forum and I hate a show like that being used for those purposes. Plus I don't care for his views.

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JoeVetteman96 May 15 2014 at 2:14 PM

Letterman is nothing but an angry old leftist fool...and he's also very mean to even his own staff....screw him....about time he went away.....

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jocardan1434 May 15 2014 at 2:12 PM

Somehow I get the nagging feeling that if Monica had been a Republican, there'd be no regrets today.

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hsenpfeffer jocardan1434 May 15 2014 at 3:13 PM

She is a republiCON. She was caught doing what all republiCONs do.

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lov2elkhnt hsenpfeffer May 15 2014 at 4:46 PM

As I said earlier, it is amazing how liberal dead from the neck ups think. Monica commits adultry with the President of the USA, proves she did it by saving the dress and she's getting the regrets while even when Palin didn't win national office the left wingnut media still wage hell's fire upon her and her family with baseless remarks. Well keep being left wing Dave, and when the left make all the money you made absolutely worthless due to over spending and you say nothing, and mounting monster debt and you joke about nothing. You'll live under the bridge like the rest and wonder who could have save America from bankrupt socialist idealism.

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hsenpfeffer hsenpfeffer May 15 2014 at 5:12 PM

And as I said all republiCONs do exactly what she got caught doing. You c@#&$%^*ers ruined the economy in 2008, allowed the worst terrorist attack in history to happen, attacked the wrong country that had nothing to do with it in revenge and now all you do is scream HERP DERP at the top of your lungs instead of apologizing, shutting up and letting us adults clean up your messes.

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