Skip to comments.LETTERMAN'S OFFICE SQUEEZE ISN'T FUNNY EITHER
Posted on 10/05/2009 4:25:48 PM PDT by L.N. Smithee
Details are emerging about David Letterman's sexcapades with women in his employ other than his acknowledged longtime girlfriend Regina Lasko, mother of his now five-year-old son Harry.
CBS News producer Robert J. "Joe" Halderman, the man who was arrested for allegedly attempting to extort $2,000,000 out of Letterman by threatening to write a screenplay detailing uncomfortable aspects of Dave's dalliances, is a former boyfriend of Stephanie Birkett, a former Letterman personal assistant.
I have already gone on record as saying that after watching Letterman going back to my days working graveyard in the eighties, I gave up on him and his show after he became more focused on persecuting George W. Bush than being funny. As things deteriorated to that point, Late Show fans were introduced to Ms. Birkett in an unbelievably lame weekly segment called "Know Your Current Events." The premise: Members of the audience are selected to pretend they know the answer to unknowable questions on the index cards Dave has in his hand. In fact, the guests are simply reading (off camera) the punchlines Dave's writers have provided. Bringing prizes when the attendees correctly answered was Birkett, who would give her best shot at acting, failing miserably every time.
Here is a video of one of Birkett's appearances in "Current Events" circa 2005 via YouTube (It's subtitled by the YT user in Norwegian, or something):
Haven’t bothered watching him (can’t now that I don’t even bother with television), but he seems to be more and more of a jacka** every time I hear about him.
And while far better looking than his wife, far from a beauty. What's the deal Dave? If you are a rich guy that's going to cheat, you should at least pick a pretty one and make it worth the trouble.
At least Gov. Sanford had an affair with a Real, Professional, Beautiful Woman! Letterman picked a Teenybopper who was functionally Illiterate, Abysmal at Acting,and was Paid by Letterman, at the end of the day, for SEX and COMPANIONSHIP!
Letterman is a sleazy Horndog!.....:-)
I just do not get how he is being held up like some “champion” or something.
Wow, you became aware of Birkitt's character in 2005 (do you know Michael Jackson is still dead?). Smitty was appearing on The Late Show years before that time
I wonder if he’d give JoJoJones and Bethanna a squeeze.
Are you referring to Barbara Gaines, now the Executive Producer? She's a lesbian. Whether she was "out" going back to her days on the NBC show, I don't know, but I do know this: In June, before any details of actual sexual intercourse between Dave and his staffettes emerged, I remembered for the record Letterman groping Gaines on-camera.
Strange you should say that, because I vividly remember back in the NBC days how Letterman did EXACTLY that on camera.
Dave used to do a bit in which he would call people at random from the White Pages from across the country (that's how he found Arnie Barnes, a "meat shaper" working at Omaha Steaks). Given the task of bringing the phone directories to his desk was Barbara Gaines, a production assistant. Gaines would enter from stage left and put the phone books on Dave's desk. As she would bend over and flip the pages and place her finger on a person selected to be called, a grinning Dave, while making idle chit-chat, would slowly reach behind her with his left hand. She would flinch and giggle and playfully say "C'mon!" or something.
At the time, Letterman was widely known to be dating writer Merrill Markoe, so it struck me as odd that he would be goosing a staff member on camera. Years later, Gaines, who eventually became Executive Producer, came out of the closet, making it more mysterious. Nevertheless, it happened that way, and wish I had video to prove it.
Tip for today. When you're in a hole, stop digging.
"Smitty" is Stephanie Birkitt.
How about the fact that Letterman is no beauty?
The man is ugly.
I don’t like to look at him (like Kornheiser was on MNF), and I can’t for the life of me understand how any woman would let him touch her. Yuck.
Whoa, there's a lotta attitude coming from Down Under. Forgive me for having forgotten over the last four years all the unfunny schtuff I left behind when I stopped watching Letterman on a regular basis.
Whatsamatter, you think Dave's a laff riot and Birkett is the new Lily Tomlin or something?
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