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Letterman's Blackmailer Takes Deal, Pleads Guilty

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 9th 2010 8:12PM
Here's a late breaking surprise ripped from the headlines: Robert Halderman, the '48 Hours' producer accused of blackmailing David Letterman, has admitted to his guilt.

He took a plea deal with prosecutors in federal court that nets him six months in prison and 1,000 hours of community service, plus four and a half years of probation. For the unfamiliar, Halderman was busted in an undercover sting in which he tried to extort more than $2 million from Letterman. If Letterman didn't pay, Halderman would go public about Letterman's secret relationships with female members of his staff.

News of the plea came as quite a surprise since he and his attorneys have waged a loud campaign to expose and humiliate Letterman in open court. Halderman has since made a public statement, as seen in the video below, apologizing to Letterman and 'Late Show' staffer Stephanie Birkett and their families.

[via Comedy News]

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Letterman extortion case on trail to trial

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 20th 2010 9:30AM
It's time to look back to a simpler, less vicious time in late night television when the alleged extortion of a major talk show host and his office flings was all the rage in the daily news rags.

Robert Halderman, the 48 Hours producer accused of extorting Late Show host David Letterman, lost his recent bid to have a judge throw out his grand larceny charges. His defense claimed that what Letterman and the FBI call his actions blackmail, he called it simply an offer to buy a screenplay about the talk show host's life.

Call me crazy, but offers to do artistic work don't usually involve threats of dragging people through the mud for personal gain and profit. Then again, I've never worked for NBC.

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Letterman's extortionist says he's innocent because of ...Tiger Woods?!?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 30th 2009 8:02AM
Robert Halderman, David Letterman scandalThe scary-looking man to the right who looks like he's trying to swallow your soul through your computer screen has made one of his boldest statements yet.

Robert Halderman, the man federal prosecutors have fingered as the David Letterman extortionist, has laid (ahem) a claim on his case that uses Tiger Woods' recent trysts as evidence to back up his innocence.

His attorneys claim since Woods paid one of his gaggle of secret girlfriends to keep things quiet, that should earn their client a get-out-of-jail-free card for making the same gracious offer to Letterman. That only makes the tiniest bit of sense if the person Letterman was having sex with was Halderman. Actually, forget I just said that. Whoops, too late.

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Cheaters guy gives his take on the Tiger Woods scandal

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 15th 2009 1:02PM
CheatersJust when thought you had already heard the whole world's take on the Tiger Woods saga, out comes the last person you want to see on a date.

Professional soul patch wearer and Cheaters host Joey Greco talked to the Los Angeles Times about Woods' philandering ways.

He describes his take on the reaction, the coverage and even Tiger's handling of the event. He even likens it to David Letterman's recent scandal and says that Letterman handled his public reaction to the event much better and Tiger should have done the same. So does he mean that Tiger Woods also should have released his own Top Ten list?

[via TVTattle]

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Halderman wants to go to trial

by Danny Gallagher, posted Nov 9th 2009 8:13PM
It looks like we've got the makings of a fight on our hands.

Robert Halderman
, the man accused of extorting David Letterman and turning the always funny Late Show into a storm of innuendo and gossip, wants his case to go to trial and most likely won't accept a plea deal or make some sort of arrangement with prosecutors.

So far, he's got two things going for him: a whirlwind of press surrounding his case and the fallout of his arrest and money. The New York Observer reports he's raised almost $100,000 in legal funds for his case.

I hope this doesn't happen, but is it just me or is it starting to look like Halderman's trial could actually hurt Letterman and company more than it helps him?

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You've been warned... David Letterman may have his own sex tape

by Danny Gallagher, posted Oct 24th 2009 7:38PM
Late Show host David LettermanIt turns out the David Letterman sex scandal hasn't reached its climax. It was just napping.

The National Enquirer reports that the Late Show host may have been caught on camera getting it on with a member of his staff.

The footage in question came from a surveillance camera in the show's offices that Letterman and his "much younger female co-worker" did not know had been installed in the building. The tape may be released when Robert Halderman, Letterman's extorter, goes to trial or when some sick son of a bitch with nothing but time on his hands and bandwidth to waste decides to post the thing on the Internet. For the sake of humanity, its vision and waning sex drives, don't. Just don't.

[via Fark]

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Is Kimmel pulling a Letterman?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Oct 12th 2009 4:33PM
Jimmy KimmelIt's official, "pulling a Letterman" means sleeping with a co-worker. Why? Because I said so.

It seems that ABC's late night host Jimmy Kimmel has been in a relationship with a member of his staff as well. This time, the host has been dating the show's head writer Molly McNeary for "several months."

This forced Fox News to pose the question if Kimmel is "pulling a Letterman" and ask if he should be forced to apologize on the air to Ben Affleck. That normally would be hilarious if Fox News didn't handle all of their news with the same level of integrity and tact.

And yes, I'm jealous they came up with that line first.

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Paul Shaffer on David Letterman's extortion scandal: "(silence)"

by Danny Gallagher, posted Oct 7th 2009 7:02PM
Paul Shaffer on the Late ShowOne notably close figurehead in David Letterman-gate seems to have gone overlooked, a shiny bald one.

Letterman's longtime sidekick and band leader Paul Shaffer has just released a new memoir called We'll Be Here the Rest of Our Lives about his rise to late night music infamy. He talked more than a few ears off about his own life in music, but he's kept very hush-hush on the whole Letterman brewhaha.

"You know, I just can't talk about it," Shaffer told a Time reporter in a recent interview. "There is a legal proceeding going on. I've been advised that I can't comment on that stuff."

He couldn't even tell Harry Smith on CBS' Early Show on his own network just what the mood is like around Late Show central. However, the rest of both interviews offer a very interesting peak into a life in music that has spanned just about every end of the TV dial and a very funny diversion from Smith's persistent reporter powers to get something out of him about the whole scandal. Something tells me Shaffer would have made one hell of a good press secretary.

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Imus returned to TV this week

by Danny Gallagher, posted Oct 7th 2009 10:03AM
Don Imus on the Fox Business ChanellJust as one broadcasting legend faces his slow downfall, this week also marked the triumphant return of another to the airwaves.

Don Imus, MSNBC's former morning show man who was ousted from his TV and radio time slots for racially charged comments he made about the Rutgers' women's basketball team, returned to TV on Monday on the Fox Business Channel.

The morning shock jock wasted no time at his new home by getting back to his old tricks, lambasting everyone in the biz from David Letterman to his new co-worker Glenn Beck. And the move seems to be paying off since Fox Business scored their biggest ratings hit since ... well, ever.

Do you think Imus should be back on the air?

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Is Stephanie Birkitt still working for Letterman?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Oct 7th 2009 2:02AM
Is Stephanie Birkitt still working for Letterman?
It's become the new scandal of the week of the century that just won't go away. Now TVTattle.com has discovered that Stephanie Birkitt, the "former" Late Show employee who had a fling with host David Letterman, is still getting credit in the show's closing credits.

The image above lists Birkitt, the girl who also worked in front of the camera as Vicki the prize girl during the show's "Know Your Current Events" bit, as Letterman's assistant.

Talk about a scandal that literally just won't go away. Of course, there are a number of explanations for this (it's just an inside joke, it was a mistake, etc.) Keep watching the closing credits and see if her name still pops up under the "assistants" slot and be sure to let us know below if you see it.

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