David Letterman

In 1995, Letterman was invited to host the Academy Awards. Critics expressed disappointment with Letterman's gig and believed his jokes undermined the value of the event. One in particular made fun of Oprah Winfrey and Uma Thurman and what he considered to be odd names. "Oprah ... Uma. Uma ... Oprah," "Have you kids met Keanu?" Letterman joked. While Letterman brought in the program's highest ratings since 1983, his own show suffered a ratings slump shortly after his role as host.

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