Dave welcomes Oprah to New York City.

Start spreading the news! For her 22nd season premiere, Oprah took her show on the road to the only place big enough to hold it…Madison Square Garden in New York City!

For her first guest of the season, Oprah called on the man who rules New York's late nights for a special daytime appearance. He rarely does interviews, and she's never interviewed him before—host of the Late Show, David Letterman.
Oprah-mania strikes New York.

"I'm standing backstage minutes ago, and I hear this ovation and it's huge. And I said to someone, 'In my entire life in television and just walking around in real life, I've never heard an ovation like that,'" Dave says. "And the ovation continues—and it continues and continues. And now it's just getting silly. So I said to the guy back there, 'Oh my God, what is Oprah doing out there to get this kind of ovation?' And he says, 'She's just standing there.'"

The audience members aren't the only New Yorkers cheering for Oprah. "Did you see the Statue of Liberty?" Dave says.
Dave Letterman reads from his Oprah Log.

For Dave, getting to be a guest on Oprah is the culmination of a six-year-long pursuit. In 2001, Dave routinely asked some of his most famous guests—Barbara Walters, Martha Stewart, Julia Roberts and Tom Cruise—about their experiences on the show…and for tips about how he could get to be a guest, too.

Dave even started keeping an "Oprah Log." Every day that Oprah didn't call him, Dave would write an entry and read his thoughts on the air. One of Dave's favorite entries in the log is, "Day #20: 11-27-01. Oprah? Nope-rah."

"It was a joke, but I did really, really want to be on," Dave says.

"I always thought if you really wanted to be on, your people know my people, you know how to pick up a phone," Oprah says. "I thought you would have just picked up the phone."

"I wanted to be asked, Oprah," Dave jokes. "Don't you understand that?"
Oprah keeps this photo in her office.

It wasn't his exact wish, but Oprah appeared on Dave's show on December 1, 2005. After the show, Dave walked Oprah from the Ed Sullivan Theater—his show's home—to the Broadway Theatre for the premiere of The Color Purple.

"It was one of the highlights of my career," Oprah says. As proof, she says she keeps a photo of that event on the wall of her office—among photos of her with Stedman, Stevie Wonder, Sidney Poitier, John Travolta, Tom Cruise, Elie Wiesel, Nelson Mandela and Princess Diana.

"Well, God bless you. I'm truly touched," Dave says.
Dave Letterman reads his top 10 list.

One of the signature nightly comedy pieces of Late Show with David Letterman is the top 10 list. He brought along a special one—"Top 10 Reasons I Love Oprah."

10. She smells great.
9. Without her, we would have never known that quack Dr. Phil.
8. She helped me start my wildly popular D Magazine.
7. We're yoga buddies.
6. Oprah's incredibly busy, yet she always finds time to ignore my calls.
5. She agreed to validate my parking.
4. Taught me how to launder money in the Cayman Islands.
3. Anytime I'm in Chicago, she lets me crash on her couch.
2. Oprah gave me my first post-surgery sponge bath.
1. She's giving everybody in today's audience a new house.

"Nobody gets a house," Dave says. "It's a joke!"
Does Harry think his dad is funny?

Dave is 60, but Oprah doesn't think he seems like a 60-year-old. "You remember when we were younger and our parents were 40, they seemed 60? That's why 60 is the new 40—because you don't seem 60 at all," she says.

One reason Dave may not seem 60 is that he has a 3-year-old son, Harry. Does Harry think his dad is funny? "Mommy has to tell him a lot that I'm just teasing," Dave says. "We kind of have to do that with our audience every night, too!"
Dave talks about his son, Harry.

Dave says he and Harry do lots of father-son stuff together, like watching airplanes take off from a nearby airport. "He loves airplanes," Dave says.

Dave enjoys helping Harry in his fieldwork as a budding 3-year-old entomologist. "He has a little box that he likes to collect bugs and put the bugs in the box. And you can put them in dead, you can put them in live—it makes absolutely no difference. And then at the end of the day we release them, dead or alive."

One area Dave says he struggles with is the "razor's edge" of when to be patient with Harry and when to use discipline. "When I was a kid, when everybody's a kid, you see your toys out in the yard and you don't think about them. And then later Dad will say, 'You know, Dave, you left your damn bike in the blah, blah.'

"So yesterday Harry left his little tricycle down in the driveway—and I found this so touching because it was reminiscent of when I was a kid—and late in the day I thought, you know what, I'm just going to go down there and bring it up for him and tell him, 'Oh, don't worry about your tricycle. I brought it up from the driveway.'

"And it was, 'You did what? I wanted that tricycle in the driveway.' And this was disturbing mostly because that's exactly how I behave. … And then do you know what I had to do? Naughty chair. … So we put him in the naughty chair, and he's still there."
David Letterman

While today's show marks the beginning of Oprah's 22nd season, Dave is beginning his 25th! After 25 years in late night television, Dave says he still feels the pressure to entertain his audience. "You feel like these people have invested a significant amount of their time and their money to come see you," he says. "So you want them to leave having enjoyed themselves. And to me that's the single biggest pressure each and every day."

When he has time off to kick back and relax, Dave says that if he could be anywhere it would be in Montana on a horse. Dave owns "a comfortable piece of property" there where he says the people and the atmosphere are great. While Dave may not be the one manning the barbeque—"let's not get crazy," he says—he enjoys spending time there with friends.
David Letterman speaking at Ball State University

Recently, Dave's alma mater, Ball State University, gave him one of the biggest honors of his life by naming its communications building after him. "That's when you know you're really somebody, when they're naming buildings after you," Oprah says.

All jokes aside, Dave showed how honored he truly was while speaking about his father. "In 1973, my father, who was 57, dropped dead of a massive heart attack, would have loved this," Dave said during his speech at Ball State University. "It would have been the most exciting day of his life. And I hope to God, literally hope to God, that wherever he is, he's enjoying this day."

At age 56—just one year younger than the age his father died of a heart attack—Dave had bypass surgery. "For a hypochondriac, it's perfect," Dave jokes. "Because it gives you so much to talk about. You get to talk about yourself and you get to, you know, stop people on the street and they ask you how you're doing. I loved everything about it."
Lisa Marie Presley duet with Elvis Presley

August 16, 2007, marked the 30th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley. Lisa Marie commemorated the anniversary with a special video duet with her dad, a moving experience for her.

Lisa Marie Presley takes the stage to perform "In the Ghetto" with the Harlem Gospel Choir and vintage footage of her father, Elvis Presley.

You can download "In the Ghetto" by Elvis Presley and Lisa Marie Presley exclusively on iTunes. All proceeds go to Presley Place, a transitional housing project in New Orleans.

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Lisa Marie Presley talks about singing with her father.

Although she says she normally does not get emotional, Lisa Marie says she gasped for air the first time she heard the rough mix of the song and thought, "I don't sing as well as he does," she says. "I can hide behind him as much as possible, but that made me very emotional."
Lisa Marie Presley talks about 'In the Ghetto.'

Of all the songs in Elvis Presley's repertoire, Lisa Marie says the meaningful lyrics of "In the Ghetto" made this song jump out at her the most.

"I ended up going to New Orleans because the director I wanted was in New Orleans, so I flew," Lisa Marie says. "As I was going from the airport to go shoot the video, I'm looking at all this, you know, abandoned desolate place that I was thinking was being repaired. I was under this wrong impression. So I was pretty shocked. Then I went, 'This all makes sense. For some reason I'm doing this. I don't know why. I'm following my instinct. And this is why. Here's the answer.'"
Riley Keogh

In her first ever television interview, Riley, Lisa Marie's daughter, says that Elvis was not made into "this huge thing" by her family, but rather was shown to her in photo albums like a normal grandfather. So despite being the granddaughter of a legend, Riley says it was not hard for her to define her individuality. At 18 years old, Riley is already in the midst of a successful modeling career. Ultimately, Riley says her career aspiration is to become a photographer.

Instead of flaunting the family name, Lisa Marie is proud her daughter is earning money for herself. "I didn't want her to have that shadow where she felt competition and intimidated by anything," Lisa Marie says. "I wanted [my children] to be able to do what they wanted to do."

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FROM: Oprah and Letterman Together Again in New York City
Published on September 10, 2007


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