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David Letterman talks to Oprah about Harry

09/11/2007 at 10:23 AM ET

Harry Letterman loves airplanes, bugs and leaving his toys in places he shouldn’t, his dad shared yesterday on the season premiere of Oprah.  The 3 1/2-year-old son of David Letterman is not yet of an age to fully appreciate his dad’s famous sense of humor, David said, so his mom — David’s longtime partner Regina Lasko — "has to tell him a lot that I’m just teasing."  Case in point:  David told Oprah that after he recently discovered Harry had left his tricycle in the driveway of their home — just as David had done when he was a young boy — he struggled with the "razor’s edge" decision of whether or not to discipline his son, who apparently resembles his dad in more ways than one.

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.

When Harry’s not in time-out he and David enjoy watching airplanes take-off and land at a local airport, and scouring their yard for insects to study. 

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.

Harry — who turns 4-years-old in November — is the first child for David and Regina.



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gabriella on

David seems like a sweet dad and harry is cute, looks a lot like his daddy.

preesi on

On Oprah Dave did say that they are trying for more kids…

Dancer on

David Letterman is funny. I saw the interview with Oprah, and he still managed to get in some gentle barbs at Oprah, which she so deserves. Some parts of the interview was surprisingly poignant, and he does seem to be a good Dad.


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