October 6th, 2009
01:48 AM ET
David Letterman took to the airwaves Monday night with an addendum to last week's shocking admission that not only had he slept with female staffers, but that it had become the object of an alleged extortion plot. The news caught staff and audience members by surprise. He addressed the fact that he blindsided them.
“I’m terribly sorry that I put the staff in that position. Inadvertently, I just wasn’t thinking ahead. And, moreover, the staff here has been wonderfully supportive to me, not just through this furor, but through all the years that we’ve been on television and especially all the years here at CBS, so, again, my thanks to the staff for, once again, putting up with something stupid I’ve gotten myself involved in."
Letterman then talked about the impact of his revelation on his wife.
“Now the other thing is my wife, Regina. She has been horribly hurt by my behavior, and when something happens like that, if you hurt a person and it’s your responsibility, you try to fix it. And at that point, there’s only two things that can happen: either you’re going to make some progress and get it fixed, or you’re going to fall short and perhaps not get it fixed, so let me tell you folks, I got my work cut out for me.”
Letterman is right, he has his work cut out for him at home. He's dealing with both the public and personal aspect of his actions. Comedian Lewis Black offered his take on the whole matter Monday during an interview with a CNN producer. He called for a cease and desist of sorts.
"He came out, he told you. That’s it, case closed. You don’t need to write anymore…you don’t need to write whether you think he’s right or wrong. What are you, a priest? Idiots. You don’t make a judgment call. He had sex. Oh god, he didn’t have sex on TV. Privately. And the only reason he had to come out is because some idiot tried to make money off of it. That’s the story. He is not the story. I am tired of it."
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