CBS Tries to Bury Letterman Vid
As network works to erase confessional, more info on extortion, galpal comes out
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 5, 2009 8:35 AM CDT

(Newser) – For reasons unknown to Rachel Sklar, CBS spent the weekend removing “unauthorized copies” of David Letterman’s confession from YouTube—and still hasn't posted the clip on its own site. “Check your Fair Use rules,” Sklar writes on Mediaite. “Videos of Letterman’s mea culpa don’t need to be authorized. They’re news.” Plus, “the coverup is worse than the crime—or, at least, the Internet hates when you remove things.” More on Letterman:

  • Robert Halderman could have been spurred to his alleged extortion plot by a grudge between himself and Letterman that erupted when he started dating Stephanie Birkitt. At Late Show events, Letterman “wanted Stephanie there, not Halderman—he didn't like him,” a source tells the New York Post.
  • Despite the controversy, “I would be shocked if someone came forward” with a sexual-harassment complaint, an insider says, calling the Late Show “one of the better places for a woman. Dave's not a groper.”
  • Time offers a look at Stephanie Birkitt, including a roundup of past quotes like: “Working for Dave is great though,” she told a Wake Forest school publication in 2003. “Aside from being incredibly funny and personable he is generous, kind and is great fun to play catch with. I really couldn't ask for a more fun work environment. Dave is truly the greatest boss I could ever have.”