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Letterman bares soul for Oprah

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R. Kelly

David Letterman says he sees a psychiatrist once a week, part of his attempt to be the person he once believed he was.

The late-night talk show host gave an extraordinary interview to Oprah Winfrey in which he talked about his feuds with her and Jay Leno, and his own effort to make amends for the affairs that became public three years ago when a man tried to extort him.

The interview aired Sunday night on Winfrey’s OWN network after it was filmed in November.

The CBS host says his wife has forgiven him for his transgressions and his life is more joyful than ever, but he hasn’t necessarily forgiven himself. Letterman also called his late-night rival Leno the funniest guy he’s ever known.

‘Downton’ soars

“Downton Abbey” drew nearly 8 million viewers for Sunday’s much-anticipated season premiere.

PBS and WGBH announced Monday that the third-season premiere of the lush British miniseries attracted 7.9 million viewers, according to Nielsen Fast National data.

This audience doubled the viewership of the series’ second-season premiere, and it quadrupled PBS’ average prime-time audience.

“Downton Abbey” has won a Golden Globe and an Emmy for outstanding miniseries.

Actor arrested

Police in Los Angeles have arrested “Criminal Minds” actor Thomas Gibson on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Officer Cleon Joseph says the 50-year-old Gibson was arrested early Sunday after he drove through a barricade set up to keep cars off the course of a night run through downtown. He was booked and released on $15,000 bail.

Cutting path to 1st

The top five movies from the weekend box office:

1. “Texas Chainsaw 3D,” $21.7 million

2. “Django Unchained,” $20 million

3. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” $17.6 million

4. “Les Misérables,” $16 million

5. “Parental Guidance,” $9.7 million

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Actor-comedian Larry Storch is 90. Actor Ron Moody is 89. “Sunday Morning” host Charles Osgood is 80. Singer Shirley Bassey is 76. Game-show host Bob Eubanks is 75. Guitarist Robby Krieger is 67. Singer David Bowie is 66. Actress Michelle Forbes is 48. Singer R. Kelly is 45.

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