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  • Letterman admits affairs, claims extortion

    By DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer David Bauder, Ap Television Writer – 8 mins ago

    David Letterman acknowledged on Thursday's show that he had sexual relationships with female employees and that someone tried to extort $2 million from him over the affairs.

    During the taping of his CBS late-night show in New York, Letterman discussed receiving a threat to either pay $2 million or risk the relationships being made public.

    In a release from the show's production company, Letterman said he referred the matter to the Manhattan district attorney's office and that an investigation ended in an arrest Thursday. Letterman did not identify the person he said was arrested.

    As part of the investigation, Letterman said he issued a "phony" $2 million check to the individual and the arrest followed — along with testimony by Letterman.

    "This morning, I did something I've never done in my life," said Letterman. "I had to go downtown and testify before a grand jury."

    In his testimony, he said he acknowledged sexual relationships with members of his staff. It was not immediately clear when the relationships took place; Letterman and longtime girlfriend Regina Lasko married in March. The couple began dating in 1986 and have a son, Harry, born in November 2003.

    "My response to that is, yes I have," Letterman said. "Would it be embarrassing if it were made public? Perhaps it would. I feel like I need to protect these people. I need to certainly protect my family."

    CBS spokesman Chris Ender said Thursday that "Letterman's comments on the broadcast tonight speak for themselves."

    It's the second set of embarrassing headlines for Letterman in four months. In June, he apologized to Sarah Palin for making a crude joke about the former Republican vice presidential candidate's 14-year-old daughter. Although there was a small "fire Letterman" demonstration outside of his studio later, CBS stood by its late-night star.

    After nearly 15 years in second place to NBC's Jay Leno in the ratings, Letterman took over the top spot this summer after Conan O'Brien became "Tonight" show host.

    Letterman's CBS "Late Show" has been on the air since 1993 and before that, he had a late-night show on NBC.

    Alicia Maxey Greene, a spokeswoman for the Manhattan District Attorney's office, declined to comment.

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    AP Television Writer Lynn Elber in Los Angeles and Associated Press Writer Tom McElroy in New York contributed to this report.
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  • #2
    Now he has two things working against him.

    1. He hasn't been funny for about 10 years.
    2. He is a despicable piece of crap.
    War to the knife and knife to the hilt.

    TERM LIMITS!

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    • #3
      BWAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA...Letterman was all over Spitzer when his issues was going on, now he got caught w/ his pants down...

      Sarah Palin must be smiling too...
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      • #4
        Yeah, Letterman used to be funny. Now he's just a grumpy and mean-spirited tool.
        "All that is, ever
        Ever was, will be, ever
        Twisting, turning, through the never."--Metallica

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        • #5
          It is the exact opposite of Spitzer....maybe I read wrong but all he did was have sex? It's not like he was married or paid for it.
          yeah!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Groove View Post
            Now he has two things working against him.

            1. He hasn't been funny for about 10 years.
            2. He is a despicable piece of crap.
            Haha I know right!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Taylor13 View Post
              Haha I know right!
              Do your parents allow you to watch Letterman?
              ...hunter of the shadows is rising...

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              • #8
                Originally posted by SkepticAlways View Post
                Do your parents allow you to watch Letterman?
                Yep, and I've got no desire to watch him. Not just for the Sarah Palin things, or the presidential videos he puts on, but his comedy, just don't find him funny.

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                • #9
                  The secret that he didn't want to get out is that the women were laughing during sex.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by JasperST View Post
                    The secret that he didn't want to get out is that the women were laughing during sex.
                    The only time in the past few years he has gotten any laughs.

                    Also, I wonder if they can find any corelation between the release date for Cialis and when his affairs started?
                    War to the knife and knife to the hilt.

                    TERM LIMITS!

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                    • #11
                      Conan is the funniest late night show host, by a long shot.

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                      • #12
                        See, I just don't see why anyone thinks Conan is funny. He just doesn't strike me as funny at all. One of those things that I just don't get, I guess. But if he helps get Letterman off the air by sucking his ratings away, then that's cool with me.
                        "All that is, ever
                        Ever was, will be, ever
                        Twisting, turning, through the never."--Metallica

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Groove View Post
                          Now he has two things working against him.

                          1. He hasn't been funny for about 10 years.
                          2. He is a despicable piece of crap.
                          So, the time I was in high school and I had sex with one of my co-workers makes me a "despicable piece of crap" as well?

                          I'm pretty sure he wouldn't openly admit to it if he had coerced them or forced them or whatever you're implying. Also, unless a specific time-frame is revealed, you don't know whether or not he was married when he had sex with these women. As long as he wasn't, who the hell cares?

                          I love when people on here seem to act as if they've never done a single bad thing in their entire lives

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                          • #14
                            I know he is a lefty but I thnk Lettermen is pretty funny.

                            Brilliant tactical move from a PR standpoint. Admit the affais up front and take a beating for a few days rather than letting it fester and getting slammed by the tabloids for the next year. His wife OTOH may not be so understanding.
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                            • #15
                              Does this hurt his future material?...The next time a famous person or politicians are having realtionship issues/affairs is he going to make fun of them?...I think people are on his back more b/c of how he went after Sarah Palin and her daughter along with the others who did the same thing...

                              Letterman just set women back, then again it does take two to tango, and it seems to be more then 1 woman/intern/employee involved...The next time a woman is promoted in the Letterman show people will be thinking/wondering...
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