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David Letterman Admits He Had Sex With His Staff Members

David Letterman Admits on Air He Had Sex With Staff Members

Well here's something I didn't see coming — while taping tonight's episode of The Late Show With David Letterman, Dave revealed to the audience that he was recently blackmailed for $2 million. Apparently the extortionist sent Dave a letter a few weeks back, threatening to go public with information that the talk show host has had sexual relationships with several female members of his staff.

Dave went on to tell the audience that he met with the individual and had the person in question arrested after passing over a fake check for $2 million. He continued, "This morning, I did something I've never done in my life. I had to go downtown and testify before a grand jury." In terms of the affairs, he said, "My response to that is, yes I have. 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."

Sex scandals are sadly common these days, but I'm still pretty shocked about this news — and even more surprised that Dave came clean on national television. My heart goes out to his wife and family. The episode won't air for a few more hours, but while we wait to see the video — what do you make of this news?

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FrenchCactus FrenchCactus 6 years
I think what he did was wrong, but nobody deserves to deal with this kind of personal affair in public.
skigurl skigurl 6 years
he only admitted it TO THE PUBLIC after being caught. i wonder if his wife knew before the blackmailing incident...i feel for her because even if she did know and had forgiven him, this is now just reopening the wounds...and if she didn't know, well, i hope she can cope with this
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 6 years
he only admitted it after being caught...thats classy.
hiptobesquare hiptobesquare 6 years
I think you guys are all looking at this from the wrong point of view. It isn't easy to sit there and be classy about your wrong-doings. Would any of us want our dirty laundry aired for the world to see? He was blackmailed, and that sucks. It sounds like old news, and as long as he is doing what he needs to do to keep his family safe, then more power to him.
annebreal annebreal 6 years
He's been dating his now-wife since 1986. Let's not trump up the sanctity of marriage too much here; as long as they were in a committed relationship, screwing someone else is just as bad a decade ago as it was yesterday. Unless they were/are in an open relationship.That said, I don't care, but it irks me to see comments saying "well, if he was single...well, if he wasn't married..." He hasn't been single in 23 years. Plus, Dave's right, it's just creepy to shack up with your staff members. But all that aside, he's overrated and unfunny anyway, so it's not a big deal to me.
annebreal annebreal 6 years
He's been dating his now-wife since 1986. Let's not trump up the sanctity of marriage too much here; as long as they were in a committed relationship, screwing someone else is just as bad a decade ago as it was yesterday. Unless they were/are in an open relationship. That said, I don't care, but it irks me to see comments saying "well, if he was single...well, if he wasn't married..." He hasn't been single in 23 years. Plus, Dave's right, it's just creepy to shack up with your staff members. But all that aside, he's overrated and unfunny anyway, so it's not a big deal to me.
skigurl skigurl 6 years
he didn't have a child at the time, and wasn't married but was living with his wife (then long-term girlfriend) - i feel bad that he has to deal with this publicly and i feel for his wife...i wonder if she knew
bengalspice bengalspice 6 years
Scumbag or not, at least he didn't let some guy get away with blackmailing him ... and he came forward with the information instead of trying to shove it back under the rug. Do we know who these women are? No. Did he publicly reveal their identities, thus endangering them? No. He said that he feels obligated to protect the people involved, and I have new found respect for him for not throwing people under the bus or trying to hide the truth after the blackmailer got arrested.
bengalspice bengalspice 6 years
Scumbag or not, at least he didn't let some guy get away with blackmailing him ... and he came forward with the information instead of trying to shove it back under the rug. Do we know who these women are? No. Did he publicly reveal their identities, thus endangering them? No. He said that he feels obligated to protect the people involved, and I have new found respect for him for not throwing people under the bus or trying to hide the truth after the blackmailer got arrested.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 6 years
Red, he was with his girlfriend, now wife at the time.
redchick152 redchick152 6 years
i don't condone cheating in anyway, but we don't know the details, maybe he was single at the time. maybe this was really early in his career. its not any of our business but i do have to commend him for actually admitting it to his audience and not allowing the blackmailers to get away with anything.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 6 years
ummm when did this sex occur? It unnerves me that he is married with a child and doing this.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 6 years
what a scumbag, I feel sorry for the women he was with, if they felt pressured to have sex with him, or had to leave because of it. He should be ashamed of himself. let us not forget he has been with his now wife for many many years.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 6 years
what a scumbag, I feel sorry for the women he was with, if they felt pressured to have sex with him, or had to leave because of it. He should be ashamed of himself. let us not forget he has been with his now wife for many many years.
FrenchCactus FrenchCactus 6 years
I feel sorry for him that he has to deal with it publicly. :-(
sarahcateh sarahcateh 6 years
Yeah, seriously we have no idea what his relationship status was at the time. If he was single, what's the problem? If not, why are we surprised when this continues to happen to men in power? In general Letterman seems like a very decent guy, I very much respect him and will continue to enjoy his show.
TADOW TADOW 6 years
I would understand the shock and awe if he were a politician, but he's not. He's a politician who hosts late night television. While it may be in poor taste for him to have affairs with women at NBC, he didn't use my tax dollars to do it. He did the right thing by coming forward. Who wants to live with such a thing over their head? It still sucks for his family though.
TADOW TADOW 6 years
I would understand the shock and awe if he were a politician, but he's not. He's a politician who hosts late night television. While it may be in poor taste for him to have affairs with women at NBC, he didn't use my tax dollars to do it. He did the right thing by coming forward. Who wants to live with such a thing over their head? It still sucks for his family though.
Ginger Ginger 6 years
But he's been in a relationship with his wife for over 20 years, even though they just recently married. Nothing I saw stated when these affairs were, so it might be really old news. Hopefully it doesn't impact his son, who just started school.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 6 years
Why is this shocking? When he was first on late night on NBC way back in the 80's he was freshly divorced and fairly young. He "dated" many many of his interns and the girls who worked at NBC. Then he had a long relationship with one of his writers Merle Markoe. Then another female writer. It's not shocking, it's not even wrong. Letterman was single for almost 25 years before he married again.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 6 years
Why is this shocking? When he was first on late night on NBC way back in the 80's he was freshly divorced and fairly young. He "dated" many many of his interns and the girls who worked at NBC. Then he had a long relationship with one of his writers Merle Markoe. Then another female writer. It's not shocking, it's not even wrong. Letterman was single for almost 25 years before he married again.
kafarine-tin-tin kafarine-tin-tin 6 years
I think it's good that he admitted it, rather than try and hide it.
eastcoastgirl eastcoastgirl 6 years
Aww,I hope he wasn't married at the time. :(
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