Colbert pays Letterman a visit
May 5th, 2011
12:34 PM ET

Colbert pays Letterman a visit

In the recent tradition of Craig Ferguson showing up on "Conan," Stephen Colbert singing "Friday" on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" and Ferguson trading gifts with the "Late Night" host, Wednesday night's "Letterman" had another appearance that could indicate a softening of the late night wars.

When Colbert started discussing the recent severe weather in the South (asking his viewers to donate to the Red Cross, of course), he soon found himself in need of a bathroom. Unfortunately, the shared Viacom (the company which owns CBS and Comedy Central) bathroom key is in Letterman's Ed Sullivan Theater.

So naturally, he interrupted Letterman's show looking for it. This took place on both shows, though only "Colbert Report" viewers saw that outgoing CBS anchor Katie Couric had occupied the john.

What do you think of this recent spate of late night hosts showing up on each others' shows? Do you think they're showing that they can get along after the Leno-O'Brien mess? Share your view below.

Filed under: Conan • David Letterman • Late Night comedy • television
February 17th, 2011
09:47 AM ET

David Letterman 'apologizes' to Lindsay Lohan

For once the joke was on David Letterman —  the talk-show host has admitted he was "duped" into thinking that Lindsay Lohan had agreed to appear on the "Late Show."

As Marquee previously reported, Lohan recently denied the "Late Show's" claims that she was set to deliver the Top Ten list tonight, tweeting, "I'm not sure how this happened, but I am sorry for the confusion."

Now Letterman is clearing the air on how it all went down.


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
May 4th, 2010
05:55 PM ET

Former CBS producer starts jail time for Letterman extortion

Robert Joel Halderman knew the jail time a New York judge would give him Tuesday when he was sentenced for trying to blackmail comedian David Letterman about the "Late Show" host's sexual affairs.

The former CBS news producer admitted guilt in March to attempted second-degree grand larceny in exchange for a promised sentence of six months in jail, five years' probation and 1,000 hours of community service.

After formal sentencing in Manhattan Tuesday afternoon, Halderman was escorted to jail to begin serving his sentence, according to a spokeswoman for the district attorney.


March 1st, 2010
10:20 PM ET

Jay Leno's 'Tonight Show' monologue: Monday, March 1

Below is a transcript of Jay Leno's monologue on Monday, March 1:

It's good to be home. I'm Jay Leno, your host... at least for a while.

I've got to admit that I'm a little nervous. Not because it's my first night back. Because I know that Dave and Oprah are watching.

Actually, we were off for the last couple of weeks. Kind of like the Russians at the Olympics. What happened to them? FULL POST

Filed under: David Letterman • Late Night comedy • television
February 26th, 2010
10:23 AM ET

The late night wars get political

David LettermanDavid Letterman got a lovely boost in ratings during NBC’s late night schedule flub, but as Jay Leno prepares to reclaim his old job as host of "The Tonight Show" on March 1, the former rivals will be battling for viewers once again.

Leno’s guest list for the first week back, you’ll recall, features Jamie Foxx and Olympic Gold Medal skier Lindsey Vonn on Monday and Olympic Gold Medal snowboarder Shaun White and Sarah Palin on Tuesday.

Sounds like pretty tempting television and Letterman isn’t going down without a fight. He has his own actor on Monday with the likes of Bill Murray, and will also have his own GOP card to play on Tuesday night with Mitt Romney.

He’s following that up with Tom Brokaw and Jerry Seinfeld Wednesday, Tom Hanks on Thursday and Matt Damon on Friday.

Filed under: David Letterman • Late Night comedy • television
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