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How To Deal With Dave

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Unless you've been living under a rock, you probably know most of the details about the current David Letterman scandal.  Letterman revealed on his show last week that someone had recently attempted to blackmail him.  In exchange for $2 million the alleged extortionist told Letterman he would not go public with evidence he had of Letterman's past sexual exploits with women on his staff. 

Since Letterman's first account of the crime on his show, the alleged extortionist's identity has been revealed as prominent 48 Hours producer Robert Halderman.  And more news has surfaced that Halderman's ex-live-in girlfriend was Stephanie Birkitt, Letterman ex-assistant.  Though Birkitt herself has not come forward it has been reported that she was one of the women involved in a sexual relationship with her boss, Letterman.

The public's reaction to the shocking news appears to be split.  Some stand behind Letterman, believing the way he has conducted himself the last few days to be respectable and worthy of redemption.  The relations he had with his staff appear to be, at this point, consensual.  And during the time of his affairs he was not married to his now wife Regina.  By revealing the attempted extortion on his show Letterman has managed to remind people that he is the victim in this case. 

On the other hand there are many people speaking out that find Letterman's past exploits to be reprehensible and think he should be disciplined by the network.  Letterman may not have been married, but he appeared to be in a long term (23 year) committed relationship during the time of the relationships with his staff members.  And any time you have someone of authority having sex with his subordinates questions arise over whether work place code of conduct was violated.

What do you think of the latest Letterman scandal?

Do you think Letterman should be disciplined in any way by his network?

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  • L_camille By L_camille
    10.14.09  

    I don't think Dave should be punished, he did nothing wrong, he didn't rape anyone or push himself on them..(that we know of)..it was always a two way thing, the media just needs someone to trash talk..this months choice just happens to be Mr. Letterman.

  • mommymomo By mommymomo
    10.13.09  

    I think the issue here is not the affairs that Letterman may have had or may not have, I think the bigger issue is the media. I don't really care if Mr. Letterman had a thousand lovers, it is not my business. If he was an intimate partner of mine, I then would care. I really feel bad for Mrs. Letterman. As the wife of a famous person, she is not only suffering the pain and trouble of the issues between her and her husband, she is also subjected to the criticism of the media. I want to hear news, not gossip. Mr. Letterman, President Clinton, or whomever has a booty call is not our business. Leave the sordid details to the parties involved only~! I want to hear about news that affects my community, my country, my world. Gossip is just filler for the mesia and if this is the sign of the future, we are not moving forward but we are stepping back~!

  • ksumm77 By ksumm77
    10.13.09  

    Why do we have to hear about this? It probably goes on with other famous people, but it's not televised.

  • cheflisa By cheflisa
    10.12.09  

    You invite this person into your home when you turn on his program and put money in his pocket .So yes , your opinion does matter. If your Ok with a man who would treat women this way (consensual or not )no one will change your mind .But if you have any respect for women , your daughters,sisters ...yourself. You will realize this is unacceptable behavior.And ALL ...men , celebrity's ,politicians etc DONOT cheat ,you are missing out ,because you accept this behavior and that allows this behavior to continue

  • Squirtbird By Squirtbird
    10.12.09  

    Who cares. I don't understand why this is a big deal.

  • VBARRERA By VBARRERA
    10.11.09  

    I think this is a problem with him and his wife, .Most married men have affairs..Dont care.

  • tastebud12 By tastebud12
    10.10.09  

    What ever happened to privacy? What happens behind closed doors is none of our business. I am not condoning what he did at all, he was in a relationship and slept with other women, so therefor, he needs to deal with his lack of morals with his wife. If he violated company policy, then he should be dealt with by his employer and leave it at that. What he does or has done may change how people view him from now on but to me, well, I was never a fan to begin with and probally will not be now...

  • momagarry By momagarry
    10.10.09  

    This is a family matter and my opinion does not count.

  • roconne By roconne
    10.10.09  

    I think he handled it very well. The fact that he came and told his viewers the truth right away is more than what a certain previous president has done in regards to sexual misconduct. The fact is that his job is comedy not morality and yes he did abuse his power in the workplace but that none of the women have filed lawsuits or come out to complain means that perhaps they enjoyed his company as much or more than his power.

  • dozette By dozette
    10.09.09  

    I agree that it isn't the publics business. I do think it's great that a man that could afford to pay 2 mill stood up for himself and refused to be blackmailed.

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