OK WTF: Letterman Sex Scandal Snitch Had Financial Problems
Alan Greenspan! This has your bloody fingerprints alllllllll over it! Confess your sins, motherfucker, and stop trying to sell your next dumbass book.
A CBS newsman who prosecutors said was desperate and deep in debt was charged Friday with trying to blackmail David Letterman for $2 million in a plot that forced the late night comic to acknowledge having sex with some of the women who have worked for him.Ok seriously, I can't take much more, the WTFs are getting a tad hard to handle.
The bizarre case created a messy legal and professional problem for one of CBS' most valuable personalities. Commentators and bloggers quickly accused Letterman of hypocrisy because he has made a career of mocking politicians mercilessly, often for their sexual transgressions.
From a strictly business perspective, Letterman's revelations on Thursday's show were an immediate success: His overnight ratings were up 38 percent over the same night a week ago, the Nielsen Co. said.
It remains to be seen whether Letterman will suffer long-term damage just as his career appears to be peaking. Letterman has taken over as the king of late-night in the ratings this summer, and last week he beat NBC's Conan O'Brien for the first time among young viewers.
Friday night's "Late Show" was taped in advance on Thursday, meaning Letterman won't be taping an episode after his revelation until at least Monday. Friday night's episode, though, did include a moment — coincidental in retrospect — when guest Larry David unwittingly suggested that he beat Letterman's record of having the fewest number of dates for someone with a TV show.
"Oh, I don't know," replied Letterman, grinning.