Letterman, Crew Steel for Fallout

Scandal may hurt talk show king with female audience

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 5, 2009 3:41 AM CDT

(Newser) – Staffers of the David Letterman show were girding for fallout today before the first two tapings of the program since the talk show king's shocking revelation that he was being blackmailed over sex with female assistants. "We've seen a lot before with Dave," a source told the Daily News. But "this feels like we're in legal territory. It's going to be a strange day."

The identities of two of Letterman's lovers have surfaced, as has the existence of a trysting pad "bunker" at the studio only accessible to Dave and his favorite female employees. Letterman's alleged blackmailer has been busted, but the fallout for the talk show host remains unclear. Some observers believe the scandal will alienate his female audience. "Women are saying, How could you have multiple affairs with members of your own staff and how does that create a fair and equal working environment?'" said NBC News anchor Ann Curry.

David Letterman spills nearly all to his audience last week.
David Letterman spills nearly all to his audience last week.   (AP Photo/CBS)
Robert J. Halderman appears in State Supreme Court in New York Friday on a grand larceny charge in the suspected blackmailing of David Letterman.
Robert J. Halderman appears in State Supreme Court in New York Friday on a grand larceny charge in the suspected blackmailing of David Letterman.
David Letterman tells his audience last week about sex with female staffers.
David Letterman tells his audience last week about sex with female staffers.   (AP Photo/CBS)
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