America's most famous chat show host has confessed on air to a string of affairs with his staff after an extraordinary alleged blackmail plot by a television producer. The extortionist is alleged to be Robert Halderman, 51, an Emmy award nominated producer from Conneticut. Scroll down to see video of Letterman's confession.
Letterman, 62, made the confessions to the audience during a taping of " The Late Show " for broadcast Thursday night, according to a statement by Worldwide Pants Inc. He said that the package contained a letter that said, " I know that you do some terrible terrible things and I can prove that you do these terrible things The audience, most likely waiting for the punchline that never came, laughed nervously along as he went on to describe how he called his attorney and then set up a meeting with his blackmailer.
About 7 minutes 25 seconds in, Letterman explains what the "creepy stuff" in the blackmail package was: " The creepy stuff was that I have had sex with women who work for me on this show. The AP's Lynn Elber called the near minute monologue "an extraordinary journey that was part confessional, part entertainment and wholly, if jarringly, hypnotic The medium has come close to moments like this before — Hugh Grant's prostitute mea culpa on 'Tonight' is the familiar example of recent years — but never achieved the merger of farce and drama that Letterman finessed
The most surprising thing about David Letterman's admission on his television show Thursday night that he was being blackmailed as a result of the fact that he'd had sex with some of his female staffers is that, by 10am this morning, only one of my Facebook friends had mentioned it. A famous, powerful entertainer had a few sexual affairs? The people in my world seem unfazed. Letterman's audience seemed similarly unperturbed.
So let me tell you folks: I got my work cut out for me. The mea culpa capped an intensely tumultuous, painfully public few days for a man who has fiercely guarded his privacy for years. On Oct.
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Show transcript. That was the question many were debating Friday, the day after the CBS "Late Show" host revealed to his audience that he had sexual relationships with female employees and had been the victim of an extortion attempt to keep that information private. Letterman unraveled the sordid story his way Thursday night, with humor, honesty and self-effacement.
At the center of David Letterman's extortion scandal is Stephanie Birkittan assistant who appeared on the show and who apparently had sex with Dave. But as information about her leaks out, pundits are already asking whether we should care. Click to view. In the clip above from last night's Late ShowLetterman discusses some details of the extortion case — a blackmailer threatened to write a screenplay about Letterman's sexual relationships with employees — and admits to sleeping with women who worked for the show.
The Late Show host admits he engaged in sexual relations with employees. Three weeks ago, according to a press release from reps of the TV host, Letterman found a package in the backseat of his car left by somebody claiming to have information about sexual activity between the year-old star and employees of his program. Letterman decided to take action.
After 33 years in late night television, 6, broadcasts, nearly 20, total guest appearances, 16 Emmy Awards and more than 4, career Top Ten Lists, David Letterman says goodbye to late night television audiences. Photo by Jeffrey R. Letterman has never been particularly shy about revisiting the scandal. Zinoman describes a meeting before the show, between Letterman and his writer Steve Young, during which they wrote the monologue.