October 2nd, 2009
05:24 PM ET
I have to say that I am disappointed in David Letterman. I’ve always liked the guy; he seemed like a sweet man, devoted to his son and his girlfriend of over 20 years, Regina. I am not a devoted viewer—most of us in the world of broadcast news work crazy hours—but I certainly don’t harbor any ill will towards the man. That being said, when I got the first of many, many emails last night about this scandal, I was disappointed. How could a man who was so well respected and beloved by so many put himself in this situation?
While I am sure it wasn’t fun for Letterman to get to his car at six o’clock in the morning and find a package from an alleged extortionist, I can’t help but feel that Letterman had this coming. This is a man who admitted to having sexual relationships with staffers on his show—staffers; as in more than just one. A spokesperson for Worldwide Pants, “The Late Show’s” production company, released a statement clarifying the timeline of the relationships. "All the relationships David Letterman was referencing when discussing the matter on the Late Show predated his marriage to Regina." Now let me tell you from experience—I’ve been doing this for a while now—statements don’t get more carefully worded than this. They made a point out of saying that Letterman didn’t cheat on his wife—but what, it’s ok to cheat on your girlfriend? Because that is certainly what it looks like.
It would be bad enough if it was just one indiscretion, but clearly there was more than just one—all with staff members. This enters into an ambiguously gray area for most work places, least of which is a celebrity talk show environment! Doctors and nurses, principles and teachers, politicians and staffers, the list of possibly risqué office dalliances go on and on. In most offices he would be sitting in human resources in right now trying to figure out what to do about the situation. Instead he made jokes about how it’s funny that people even want to have sex with him!
We all know that office gossip spreads like wildfire; Letterman should have known that there was no way he could have kept his liaisons a secret for long.
What do you think? What bothers you the most about the Letterman scandal—is it the fact that he had a relationship with his staffers? Is it the fact that he may have been unfaithful?
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