July 16th, 2010
05:24 PM ET

Letterman's extortionist gets an Emmy nod

Joe Halderman is back in the news this week, but not for blackmailing a public figure.

This time, the TV news writer, director and producer is up for what could be his eighth Emmy, the Los Angeles Times reports. Halderman is currently serving a six-month jail sentence for attempting to extort money from David Letterman by threatening to expose the "Late Show" host’s sexual affairs with his staff.

Halderman is nominated for “American Girl, Italian Nightmare” – part of CBS’s “48 Hours.”

Filed under: David Letterman

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  1. senadarryGefs

    I appreciate this post. It is wondrful and very useful.

    August 2, 2010 at 6:15 am | Report abuse |
  2. senadarryGefs

    Fresh post and forward-looking ideas! I like them much because they are really useful.

    August 2, 2010 at 3:06 am | Report abuse |
  3. VengeanceOfJackMeHoff

    "e-bullies...lol. You could probably use a real life a$$ whoopin'.

    ROFL!!!!! You're probably the type of guy that wears a bluetooth headset and goes to Star Wars Conventions to brag about the new character you developed on KOTOR II. I can't even get that mad at you, you'd have to suck at life that bad to wish somebody got their ass-whooped for correcting you.

    "So, Jack, your excuse for your own terrible grammar and an obnoxiously arrogant need to stand up for the like-ignorant is that you were too busy having a social life in school to actually have paid attention and learned anything? A priceless excuse, my friend. Only an ignorant oaf – the guy who sat in the back of the class and acted like an idiot to get attention – could, years later, come up with that one. Thanks for the laugh."

    I'm glad it took you at least an hour to proof-read that and doublecheck for misspelling or errors in your sentence structure. You're a little off on the liberal use of the hyphen, but hey, I'm not an English major, so that might be acceptable for your ability to get the point across. If we're going to degenerate into name-calling, however, at least try, for the sake of everyone's intellectual advancement in this forum, to be more original and less of an offended 18th century nobleman. We don't need another pretentious "scholar" attempting to hurt someone's feelings over the internet because their g/f is currently cheating on them with the 'ignorant oaf" he's been hating on for last week or so. Actually, it'd be more of a miracle if he HAD a g/f, with the time he has CRUSADING to correct everyone's punctuation. Lmao!!!

    July 18, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  4. Black Guy

    I m surprised why did the media killed the story of David Letterman, no frenzy, no desprate TMZ ??? Leterman got a break..he didnt get the grilling and he is clean as an dirty egg now..this is America...what a country

    July 18, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  5. bob the nob

    Was the Emmy for his autobiographical story "How I blackmailed Letterman and got to go to jail"?

    July 18, 2010 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  6. Tyrone

    Remember, he only got convicted on a technicality, and the whole prosecution only came about due to Letterman's huge clout.

    July 18, 2010 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  7. canadianchef

    i agree with, whoever asked, is this yahoo? people's responses to these posts, should try and just focus on the story, and the opinions. if a few spelling, typing, and/or grammatical mistakes, are preventing people from understanding the gist of the opinion, they can't be as smart, as they think they are. professional journalists, writers, and poets make spelling mistakes. their proof readers do too, and even the editors and publishers miss them. so to all of you smarty pant, wannabe english teachers, climb down off your high horses, and actually add something to the conversation. judging people based on one single factor, is ignorant, no matter what that one factor is. before anyone pulls out their red pens, for what i just wrote, i am fully aware, i didn't capitalize and of my single i's, or the first word, in any of my sentences, or any proper nouns. you know what, i don't care, i am neither being paid for, or being graded on, this. as for the story, i expect nothing less of any big bussiness, whether its the entertainment biz, tobacco, pharmaceutical, weapons, or oil. they set aside morals, for the almighty dollar. i agree with jim armstrong, dave should return his emmys. although, who knows, he may just not really care that much about it. maybe he's moved on. has anyone heard what dave has to say about this?

    July 18, 2010 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  8. daniel

    So I'm here in Afghanistan and a little bored. I took to reading some of the posts on yahoo and got fed up when I realized 99% of them were moronic and hateful. Then i figured I'd move on over to CNN. It's a huge improvement. Only 95% of them are moronic and hateful. The difference here is that the attacks are more personal and irrelavent to the actual story.

    July 18, 2010 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
  9. Tesa B

    You got to be kidding?? People cant get a job in this country because they have a felony but A jerk like this gets nominated for an award?? I would like to know who made this decision Only in America! Lets send a message to are children that it is ok to break the law, you might be rewarded! This is ridiculous I am sure David Letterman will make light of it though! Kudo's to Mr. Letterman for his honesty! He is the real hero here! !

    July 18, 2010 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
    • john

      letterman is a hero? so you think that guy is one to lead our children? as for the message you think our children get, how many notice stuff like this? they are more influenced by you and you think letterman is a hero. great. stop crying about how the world negatively influences your children and focus on your influence. letterman is no hero; he is weak.

      July 18, 2010 at 5:58 am | Report abuse |
  10. Kevin

    Good letterman is a creep and should be sued by the women he abused. This guy...well his life should go on.

    July 18, 2010 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  11. Matt

    Shouldn't people convicted of felonies be excluded from get awards?

    July 18, 2010 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jerry

    Who said this world was just? You work hard 8 hours a day all your life and won't make the kind of money Joe will make just by breaking the law! Who says crime doesn't pay? There is no justice in life. He wanted money from David and knew the right way to do it – by landing in jail! LOL.

    July 18, 2010 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  13. Evan

    I thought he was going to win an Emmy for his performance in Letterman's extortion attempt. At least it's for something legit.

    July 17, 2010 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Fan of JackODummy

    So, Jack, your excuse for your own terrible grammar and an obnoxiously arrogant need to stand up for the like-ignorant is that you were too busy having a social life in school to actually have paid attention and learned anything? A priceless excuse, my friend. Only an ignorant oaf - the guy who sat in the back of the class and acted like an idiot to get attention - could, years later, come up with that one. Thanks for the laugh.

    July 17, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. JackMeHoffMoore

    This isn't an elementary classroom, Sherri. It's a discussion forum where people of like minds and like values share their ideas and feelings about the topic on hand. Those that would shamelessly violate someone based on their literary educational background or lack of basic communication skills deserve to be shown up for the e-bullies that they are. And just because WE had a social life when we were growing up in the public school system doesn't mean you have the right to lord it over us with your smooth and charismatic undercutting of our cultural and neo-texting values.

    Now study Heresay's post and gnash your teeth in rage, woman. We are the future and no1 can tell us how to text!

    July 17, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darth Vader


      You could probably use a real life a$$ whoopin'.

      July 18, 2010 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
  16. Heresay

    No thing like several grown-ups having heated conversation, with out no one getting violently hurt, except the English!

    July 17, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Huh?

      Like "no thing" and "having heated conversation" and "no one getting 'violently hurt' except the English"? You get the award for having the most mistakes in the shortest single sentence. Give this guy an Emmy... or a Webbie?

      July 17, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • David1958

      Thats 'without' not 'with out', and 'anyone' not 'no one'. LOL. Have a nice day.

      July 18, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  17. txkboy

    Sounds like something the looney toon entertainment industry would deem laudable.

    July 17, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Sherri

    Hey Jackmehoff, no, people who notice misspellings do not have low self esteem. We just wish that some of you would have paid attention in school so you would know how to spell: here, English, doesn't, you're. And having a single parent household has nothing to do with spelling. It is a matter of learning the correct way to spell and use English grammar. If you are going to post, then learn to spell, proof your remarks before posting. Too bad teachers do not teach/stress correct spelling and grammar any more. And it shows

    July 17, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  19. WiseGuy

    ...Aaaah...Fame is so fleeting anyway...Oh- Wait! It's "Fleet" as in the enema..me thinks?

    July 17, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  20. lipstick

    I don't understand something her. This Joe has seen Emmy's and now is nominated for one more. Why is this guy in need of money after gettingall these Emmy's ? He should be paid millions like Lettersucker.

    July 17, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Dan Lemon

    Hey Joe – J Leno called and wants you to guest!!!

    Wonder Why?

    July 17, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  22. John

    Right on Mr. Meoff, or Jack if i may call you that

    July 17, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  23. John

    Right on Mr. Meoff or Jack if I may call you that!

    July 17, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Darth Vader

    "The TV business is uglier than most things. It is normally perceived as some kind of cruel and shallow money trench through the heart of the journalism industry, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free and good men die like dogs, for no good reason."

    Hunter S. Thompson

    July 17, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  25. shrinkyadinky

    makes my dinky shrinky

    July 17, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  26. CouldBeWrong

    Um... I might be wrong here. But, the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) has nothing to do with the Emmy Awards. The Emmy Awards are given by the Academy of Television Arts & Science. So... I'm still baffled why A made-up "secret list" of MPAA Board Members is actually relevant to the conversation.

    July 17, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thomas H.

      Because he's not too bright. But he IS trying to participate, so just smile and pat him on the head.

      July 17, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  27. SteveK

    Maybe David Letterman can give ten reason's why he shouldn't get it. Or maybe 10 reason's why someone shouldn't cheat on their spouse.

    July 17, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Kate

    Think before speaking, saith my mom. Why do only the worst perverted parents have children who misspell words and fail to properly form sentences? Only a real idiot uses words where you have no comprehension of the meaning or spelling.

    And, you're passing judgment on someone else? Now that is funny.

    July 17, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • JackMeHoff

      Wow, Kate, wow! I guess we're the all knowing Goddess of Intellectualism on the the InterWebz now, aren't we? Not only do people that judge others based on their mispelling of simple words have low self-esteem, they can't wait to crack down on their unsuspecting victims because they happen to be slightly uneducated and have a poor, single-parent background. Just because they've horribly butchered the english language in their opinion post doasn't mean you have the right to bring down their massive ego because of YOUR insecurities. Maybe they're really that retarded...

      July 17, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • mark c

      "worste perverted parents"?? "to properly form sentences"? "uses words where"?? "And,..."???

      You write like an imbecile.

      July 17, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dr.SmoothTalk

      mark c, it is you who took Sherri's words and sentences and butchered themi! She formed those sentences and spelled her words perfectly! 🙂 Of all the gall!

      July 18, 2010 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
    • lotsaluck

      mark c, you just confirmed what Kate said. Thanks, dummy.

      July 18, 2010 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
    • daniel

      Did I get transported to yahoo somehow? Go there to post hateful, moronic comments like these. Leave CNN alone–adults are trying to write here!

      July 18, 2010 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
  29. mike

    He is getting an ennama about now. how are you feeling joe/

    July 17, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  30. Stacy

    Ok so let's see, a derogatory song about a girl with Down syndrome gets an Emmy nod and now a convicted extortionist gets an Emmy nod as well? Well, I suppose it isn't the first time Hollywood put the bottom line of money and ratings before social responsibility.

    July 17, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  31. Joe Halderman

    I'm seriously thinking about Blackmailing all of you at this point in time.

    July 17, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  32. bofo

    This just pretty much validates my belief that a large sector of the entertainment business is totally decadent beyond any hope of redemption. And as another poster noted, with all the real issues impacting on our lives, who really cares what happens to these people?

    July 17, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Bredlo

      Decadent? Putting on a rented tux and getting a 10" gold-plated statue doesn't mean these people aren't mortgaged to the hilt, behind on child support and about to lose their leased Jag.

      Now if you're referring to Letterman, sure – guy practically prints his own money. But not all that glitters is independently wealthy, and this extortionist was something like $100K in the hole, from what I recall. If that's decadence, I'll pass.

      July 17, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Only $100K in the hole? This guy was rich compared to some of us... I'm over $150K in the hole on my house alone!

      July 17, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • bno

      Sounds like you need to get your act together, Bill. I'm in no debt whatsoever!

      July 18, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  33. jim armstrong

    Does David have any emmys? If so he should turn them back in. And joy? he may get rich from the proceeds from the movie he will have made when he gets out, not to mention the book sales and tee shirt sales. It's how america works, doncha know?

    July 17, 2010 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  34. Rob

    Who cares? Hollywood sucks., Letterman sucks.

    July 17, 2010 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Fred L. Fraud

      Oooh Robbbb, You know suck!

      July 17, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Carol

      Second – Letterman does suck.

      July 17, 2010 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim McDonald

      Rob, Good on you. Somebody down there finally says it the way it is.

      July 18, 2010 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
    • bob the nob

      Except Letterman is out of NYC...

      July 18, 2010 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Butterball

      Bob, he was saying Hollywood in the "all of American entertainment" sense... where Letterman's show is shot is irrelevant. And let's be honest... blackmailing is wrong, but so is schtooping the interns who work for you.......

      July 18, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  35. Joy

    The awards are based on work, not crimes. He may as well get the Emmy because he won't be getting any more. His career is pretty much ruined.

    July 17, 2010 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
    • evoc

      Aw, the Emmy nod will get him offers. He will make money, can pay his legal fees.

      July 17, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      The Emmys are bought and paid for. This guy is a dirt bag and so are the producers of the show. Money talks and bs and ya'll walk. Don't be fooled by awards like the Emmys. B.S... They mean nothing in the long run.. I have three myself...
      I use them as door stops...

      July 18, 2010 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
    • dave

      Are you saying that Hollywood would impose a Black List, for those that don't march to their drummers . Sounds like some things never change. The will defend Snipes, Polanski so why not a blackmailer?

      July 18, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  36. Jo

    And we wonder why people will put their lives in danger to get to this country. Only in a America does nothing count!

    July 16, 2010 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thomas H.

      Yeah! Only in Amer...waitaminit...what?

      July 17, 2010 at 2:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Jo, that's corny little colloquialism that could be spoken from/about any country and make the same amount of sense.

      July 18, 2010 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |

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