Letterman is working on being 'a decent guy'

  • Updated: January 8, 2013 - 9:46 PM

PASADENA, CALIF. - Three years after an extortion scandal that led him to bare his infidelities, David Letterman said he sees a psychiatrist once a week to try to be the person that he believed he was.

The late-night talk show host gave an interview to Oprah Winfrey in which he talked about his feud with her and Jay Leno and about his efforts to make amends for his affairs with "Late Show" staff members, which became public in 2009. "For a long time I thought I was a decent guy," Letterman said. "But yet, thinking I was a decent guy, I was still capable of behavior that wasn't coincidental to leading a decent life. That's what I'm working on. I want to really be the person I believe that I was. I wanna be a good person."

Letterman said his wife, Regina, has forgiven him, and he tries every day to regain her trust. He said he still hasn't forgiven himself. Letterman said he went through depression that he described as a sinkhole that he thought he wouldn't come out of. But with medication, he said, he pulled through and told Winfrey he now has compassion for others who have gone through depression. "I always thought, 'Aw, you're depressed? Go do some push-ups and you'll feel better,' " he said. "But it's not that."

The interview aired Sunday on Winfrey's OWN network and will be repeated Jan. 20.

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