October 6, 2009

Letterman's Sorry State

Posted: 11:35 AM ET

Washington Post Staff Writer

Letterman on Thursday revealed an extortion attempt based on his sexual relations with staff members. Part of America thinks David Letterman is a dirty dog, and the other part thinks we should keep our noses out of his private business.

Those who see Dave as a showbiz guy who need not answer to anyone other than his family are, in my view, missing the point that the boss was having sex with subordinates. Or maybe they just don't care. If my online chat yesterday was any indication, more people are in the get-off-his-back camp.

Boston: "David Letterman was a famously single man. Other than the Enquirer and Us, who cares who a TV star is sleeping with? I'm sure their celebrity means a heck of a lot more pretty women than most of us though."

Brooklyn: "Am I the only one missing the big deal with Letterman? He's an entertainer, not the country's moral compass. And it seems to be a personal matter, not a public one. Big star has sex with hot young women. Wow. Stop the presses. I'm not even sure why Letterman made such a big deal of it himself."

Maybe because he realizes this could permanently soil his image?

After all, no one forced Dave to address the mess again last night. Something tells me that after a few days at home with his new wife, he realized he had more 'splainin' to do.

Here's my report on the latest developments.

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Michelle D. Fonthill,Ont   October 6th, 2009 1:40 pm ET

David Leterman's bedroom antics are his buisness only . It's a private matter and leave it alone .

Helen Sanders   October 6th, 2009 3:16 pm ET

They always say a man can do anything and never be look down on in will be forgotton, let a woman do this and she will be remember forever. Just just can't blame him, the women are at fault too.

Helen. S   October 6th, 2009 3:17 pm ET

Now that Letterman is married, maybe he won't be doing this anymore. But boys will be boys.

Stephenie   October 6th, 2009 4:02 pm ET

Seems to me David Letterman did the right thing with this black mailer. Now he is under lock and key where he belongs. Let's leave it alone and let David Letterman live his life with his wife and child. There is no sense in bringing up the women he slept with or asking for names. If it was a problem I am sure these women would of said something. It took alof of balls to do what David did by bringing it to his show. Way to go David you rock. Move on will ya leave the man alone.

Stephenie   October 6th, 2009 4:40 pm ET

I agree with you Helen. But enough is enough. Go on with your lives like you have been when this blackmailer thought he was "GOD". Hope he get's his......

dak   October 6th, 2009 5:20 pm ET

yes leave Dave alone. Girls have always been able to get ahead in the workplace by sleeping with the boss. Its ok for him to degrade women and profit from it

chaney   October 6th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Why is everyone so critical of David? he and his wife will have to address the consensual sex with co-workers.... thats none of our business..........people seem to be harder on Dave than on the guy who was trying to extort millions of dollars from him.... go figure when sex is involved everyone seems to lose their perspective......lets move on...

carol kesling   October 6th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

i hope he and his wife can move beyond this... but i can really understand she is upset, she has been with him through thick and thin..... like he said HE has his work cut out for HIM..... hopefully they can work towards a solution....

Dan Pat   October 6th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Please leave David Letterman alone..... Please come out with news. Please don't address the things that matter less. Letterman is american icon.

Mike   October 6th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

I think if every person keeps there comments to there self this whole would not be blown out of our comments....

john   October 6th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

once again its the privledged that are always taking advantage of the less fortunate when he has a wife at home. if it wasnt because he was busted it would have still be going on. then he has the gull to joke about all these celebs they have this "status" and were suppose to forgive them? these are suppose to be role models.too bad letter now i know that i have lost all hope for some clean and simple on late night t.v what a shame.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   October 6th, 2009 10:13 pm ET

It takes 2 to tango.

Donaldlallen   October 6th, 2009 10:14 pm ET

david I see nutting wrong with making out if you please what the hick way can we not do what we please the with house well way cant we so david you or ok if you or if you do it ok they well get over it just dont were about it you no wen you or a star like aus it dont mater what you do you can get by with it what do you think about that see you larry the king

Donaldlallen   October 6th, 2009 10:15 pm ET

if the say you or going with girl you say you or gay mabe they well leve you along you say what I mean you no

mike   October 7th, 2009 12:49 am ET

What is the cbs hour policy? That would solve the issue

Tommy Lee   October 7th, 2009 12:58 am ET

"What goes around comes around". Shame on Letterman for making inappropriate comments on Palin's daughter while he was messing around!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JR   October 7th, 2009 1:21 am ET

On one hand you have a guy extorting money from a rich famous guy for a crime nobody complained about. On the other hand, the only guy complaining got caught extorting. All involved must have had a really good time and got what they wanted – some sex and a great meal with a rich famous guy, a limo ride with a rich famous guy... and to boot they didn't have to hang out in a sleezy bar. None of which has ever happened before – in the last 3 seconds. Seems to me the winners here are the lawyers and the media.

Leave David alone and toss the sicko in jail for extortion and the trouble he caused.

Rick McAteer   October 7th, 2009 4:03 am ET


Honestly do you or your staff having nothing better to do than to devote time to a consensual, sexual relationship between Letterman and whoever. The consequences of his actions are not to be debated amongst your panel but rather between him and his wife and apprently now the coourts. Perhaps focus on the grave economic pressues the USA is facing would be more compelling?

Please don't continue to make your show another entertainment gossip show – if I want that I'll turn into Showbiz Tonite on HLN! Did we not have enough of this trash when you spent night after night on the Brittney Spears saga??

ckelly   October 7th, 2009 8:08 am ET

This is crazy!! Letterman brought this on himself.

On one hand he hasn't committed a crime (that we are aware of) BUT sexual harrassment in the office place is a crime, and a violation of human rights-at least in Canada.

He has brought stress and embarrassment to the life of his wife and son AND to his current staff.

Hollywood celebrities are not above the law either. Moral and ethical conduct are seldom upheld in "celebo-land". A sense of entitlement, egocentricity, self indulgence and lack of responsibility are celebrated and admired by fans who in their daily lives seldom think about ethics and morality..

As long as its legal right?

While he shouldn't be crucified by public opinion, David Letterman is not an example of "a good guy" either, and shouldn't be celebrated as such.

ckelly   October 7th, 2009 8:13 am ET

When are we as a society going to look at women's rights and inequality, abuse and workplace/pay in equality etc? While racism is talked about and debated everyday, the only human characteristic that is guarenteed "inequality, discrimination, increasing violence at all levels of social strata, in all countries and at all ages, is being born female.

Ted   October 8th, 2009 12:00 pm ET

It is a big no no to have sex with your employees.
Did those woman sleep with him because he is so sexy, or were they afraid of getting fired if they say no? If it is the later, then Letterman commited a crime called blackmail or extorsion. He wanted sex as the price for continued employment or promotion.

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