The “Late Show” took a turn toward the serious last night when David Letterman revealed a $2 million extortion scheme against him, as well as some affairs with women who worked for him.
He explained to his studio and TV audience that he recently found a package and letter left in his car. The letter said, “I know that you do some terrible, terrible things and that I can prove you do some terrible things.” The package, of course, contained the proof. The blackmailer – who has been identified only as an employee of CBS – asked for $2 million to keep his mouth shut.
But whoever the extortionist was, he should have predicted what would come of this. Letterman, who has always seemed a genuine figure, was honest.
“My response to that is, yes, I have. I have had sex with women who work on this show,” he said.
He didn’t say when the affairs occurred, which will surely leave people wondering since he’s been married since March and had a son in 2003. He also said he intends, or hopes, to protect the women involved, his family, himself and his job.
All in all, a brilliantly handled scandal. But will honesty keep him off America’s shit list? We’ll see.