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David Letterman Was In On the Joaquin Phoenix Hoax

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 20th 2010 11:00AM
Joaquin PhoenixAfter Casey Affleck confirmed to The New York Times last week that his Joaquin Phoenix "documentary" was a hoax, now it's been revealed that David Letterman was in on the whole thing.

'Late Show With David Letterman' writer Bill Scheft admitted on Friday that Phoenix's disastrous February 2009 appearance on the show was all planned, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "Dave knew about it and Dave loved it because he could play along," Scheft said. "It was great television."

"I saw the segment notes," he said. "It's an act. I saw Ben Affleck's brother taping the whole thing from offstage."

In fact, Scheft said he was responsible for one of Letterman's quips that night. "I will take credit for the line, 'I think I owe Farrah Fawcett an apology.' That line was mine. I gave that to him during the break."

Letterman will host Phoenix again this Wed., Sept. 22.

Are you surprised Letterman knew about the hoax?

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wayne

A HOAX for the sake of trying to entice future viewers???????? Never! The Hoax was about as lame as the show itself....what's next Dave, are you going to start leaking Porn with your interns or with Paul S, and the band?

September 21 2010 at 10:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bill

I was taken in until the end of the bit, when Joaquin stood up, shook hands with Dave, and took his glasses off and he appeared a lot more animated, but in a friendly way, like they were congratulating each other on the bit. Kind of like normal.

September 21 2010 at 3:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mls

I thought Letterman committed suicide. He should do everyone a favor and drink Jim Jones' Kool-Aid.

September 21 2010 at 3:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
CDP

Dave has the intelligence that all of you folks that hate him do not have. What do you expectggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg YOU FOLKS SHOULLD NOT WATCH LETTERMAN. gO TO A NASCAR EVENT AND EAT UNHEALTHY FOOD. hE IS INTELLIGENT AND KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT'S GOING ON. AND HE CAN BE TOTALLY ENTERTAINING. lENO IS MORONIC IN COMPARISON. hE HAS GIVEN YOU OVER 5000 HOURS OF LIVE TV. WHAT THE FRIGGIN HELL DO YOU WANT FROM THE MAN 33333333sa

September 21 2010 at 1:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Willow

I don't care about Letterman - he is OK. I think Phoenix and Affleck are idiotic losers with a crappy sense of humor. What is this junk? It's not art and it's not acting. It's stupidity at its highest. I'll never watch Phoenix in anything again and Affleck is the leach loser brother of Ben. Drugs are real funny to Joaquin - were you laughing when they killed your brother, River? Joaquin - shame on you.

September 21 2010 at 1:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
betty

RIGHT ON aNN!!

September 21 2010 at 12:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Denizio

Sure, it's always fun being dishonest with your viewers

September 21 2010 at 12:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Charlie Goose

Yeah, some hoax. It wasn't funny or clever, nobody believed it was legit, and even less people cared.

September 21 2010 at 12:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Barbara

I do not care for Letterman. I remember how he made fun of Bristol Palin and Sarah Palin. In my opinion, even if you do not care for people, especially when "celebs" like Letterman,think that they are beneath his self created pedistal, it is very hurtful the way that he makes fun of them. Anything for ratings(???)

September 21 2010 at 12:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jayd0811

David Letterman is in Love with his on conceded self,he thinks he is hot sh*t, and he is not at all funny with his silly ass corny Jokes. And i fill sorry for Paul, he has to sit there and laugh, and Kiss his Silly Corny ass every nite. So i dont watch that show anymore.

September 20 2010 at 11:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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