SCANDAL in the world of late night television. Late night legend David Letterman has been blackmailed by a CBS producer. Robert "Joe" Halderman a producer on the trashy news magazine 48 Hours, had been attempting to extort 2 million bucks from Letterman, claiming he had 'a little package' which would expose the 'terrible, terrible things' (link) he supposedly did to a number of fellow, female CBS employees. Halderman was arrested on one count of grand larceny on Thursday. *ahem, bastard, ahem, ahem, swine, ahem*
Goddamn it Dave what have you gone and done? You are king of late night, a place that has been rightfully yours for well over a decade. Did you really have to go all mad with success and power and diddle the interns? Tsk, tsk Dave, now you've got some explainin' to do. Start with your wife and child. As for the rest of us, bollocks, we have no right to peek into your dressing room, the private washroom at the end of the hall, or under your desk. Huzzah to your 62-year-old libido David, you give us all hope.
'The state has no business in the bedrooms of the nation.' ~ Pierre Elliott Trudeau
Really, is it any of our business? If Letterman was some slubb from marketing, some lecherous middle manager, even the CEO of a large corporation, this story would barely make the back pages of a newspaper. Fame in no way denotes superior morality. Folks are folks no matter their entertainment value.
So please, please lets not call for David Letterman's head. Sure chastise him for is loose morals, if that is something you feel you need to do. But a sex scandal no matter how seedy, in no way limits Letterman's ability to entertain. David Letterman will still bring the laughs, regardless his personal life. Remember Johnny Carson and all those divorces? Quit being such frigging prudes.