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David Letterman's Extortionist Sentenced To Six Months Behind Bars

May 4, 2010 11:27 AM

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The former Late Show producer accused of trying to extort $2 million dollars from David Letterman has been sentenced today to 6 months in jail.

Robert Halderman, who pled guilty to grand larceny back in march, will also have to serve 1000 hours of community services.




David Letterman Calls Affair "Stupid Behavior," Trying To Put Marriage Back Together

Apr 30, 2010 11:52 AM

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Courtesy Buena Vista Entertainment

David Letterman turned the tables on himself this morning when for once the talk show host sat in the guest chair to talk about the havoc his recent sex scandal wreaked havoc on his life and relationship.

"I don't know if people know about this, but I've had some trouble," Letterman joked when asked about his home life.

"It was stupid behavior," he told Live! With Regis and Kelly. "And you take a look at the explosion, and it knocks you down and you wake up every morning and you’re scared and you're depressed and sad, and you kind of got to let that knock you down and knock you down."

Letterman, who was at the center of an extortion plot by a former Late Show producer who had evidence of an affair David had with a staffer while in a relationship with the mother of his child, said he was hopeful he and wife Regina Lasko would put things back together.

"Because you think an explosion has taken place and you're looking at the shards and you say, 'Well, can we put this back together?'" Letterman said. "And by God, maybe you can put it back together. And maybe it won't be the same, but maybe it will be different, and maybe it can even be better in a different way."

David's extortionist, Robert Halderman, was sentenced to six months in jail and 1,000 hours of community service.




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An American Sweetheart And An American Idol

Jan 19, 2010 01:49 PM

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Monday New York Randy Jackson American Idol American Idol Judge bassist musician record producer singer Grammy Award Winning Producer

Okay, Kristen Bell is no Julia Roberts and Randy Jackson is no Simon Cowell, but still! Both showed up to the Letterman show to promote When in Rome and American Idol, respectively.

But what we really wanna know is if Kristen has any juicy gossip about her co-star Josh Duhamel's alleged extramarital affairs AND if Randy thinks Idol can survive without Simon...




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Letterman Extortion Plot Won't Get Tossed Out

Jan 19, 2010 11:30 AM

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Good news for David Letterman! Well, sorta.

A Supreme Court judge has turned down Robert "Joe" Halderman's request to toss out a criminal case accusing him of blackmailing the popular TV talk show host...

While prosecutors argue that Halderman demanded $2 million to keep Letterman's affair with staffers quiet, Halderman himself simply says that he offered Letterman a chance to buy a "thinly veiled screenplay about his life." Riiiiight.

If convicted, the Halderman could face up to 15 years in jail.

Think Letterman handled the sitch well? I do! Plus, I'm sure he's also super-happy making fun of the late night wars going on over at NBC!




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David Letterman Says Tiger Woods Should "Stop Calling Me For Advice"

Dec 8, 2009 08:52 AM

We'd expect nothing less than David Letterman poking fun at Tiger Woods for poking cocktail waitresses, but in reality, David should be sending him a thank you card!

"Boy, it looks like that Tiger Woods is having some trouble, huh?" Dave said on last night's Late Show.

"If this had happened three months ago, I'd have material for a year!" Letterman joked, referencing his own cheating scandal.

Dave also had Tom Hanks on his show to help read the "Top Ten Ways Tiger Woods Can Improve His Image," which included "Number 1: Blame Letterman!"

Think Dave's wife was laughing?




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Letterman Blackmail Suspect To Ask Court To Drop Case

Nov 10, 2009 09:24 AM

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Robert J. Halderman, the producer suspected of blackmailing Letterman for $2 million to keep the TV host's affairs with co-workers quiet, is expected to ask a court to drop the extortion case against him today.

Lawyers for Halderman tell Access Hollywood that they're challenging whether or not the evidence is sufficient and will ask the judge to dismiss the case.

Halderman has pleaded not guilty to first-degree grand larceny. He could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.




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Sex Scandal Helps Boost David Letterman's Ratings!

Nov 2, 2009 01:34 PM

davidlettermanratings.jpg That sex/extortion scandal sure didn't hurt David Letterman - in fact, The Hollywood Reporter says The Late Show is up 13% for total viewers!

"It doesn't appear to have hurt him and likely got him more sampling," said Bill Carroll, VP and director of programming at Katz Television Group. But what about his reputation?




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Former Female Letterman Staffer Claims She Quit Over Affairs

Oct 27, 2009 09:45 AM

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One of the very few female writers on the staff of Late Night With David Letterman revealed the reason she quit the talk show almost two decades ago was because of the sexually charged atmosphere.

Nell Scovell wouldn't name names or dates in her piece for Vanity Fair, but she says what led her to ultimate quit her "dream job" after less than a season was because she felt the affairs Dave and other high-level male execs were having with female employees created a "hostile work environment."

"Was I aware of the rumor that Dave was having sexual relationships with female staffers? Yes. Was I aware that other high-level male employees were having sexual relationships with female staffers? Yes. Did these female staffers have access to information and wield power disproportionate to their job titles? Yes. Did that create a hostile work environment? Yes. Did I believe these female staffers were benefiting professionally from their personal relationships? Yes. Did that make me feel demeaned? Completely. Did I say anything at the time? Sadly, no."

Nell said the her last day on the show, Dave, who never hit on her, summoned her to his office to ask why she was leaving. "I considered telling him the truth, but with Dave’s rumored mistress within earshot, I balked. Instead, I told him I missed L.A. Dave said, 'You’re welcome back anytime.'”




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