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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."

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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. (Read more David Letterman stories.)

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