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Breaking: David Letterman addresses affairs again on tonight's show [updated]

[Updated at 3:35 p.m.: In a clip from his monologue posted on CBS.com, a chagrined Letterman opened the show by noting his current unpopularity. "I’ll be honest with you folks," he said. "Right now, I would give anything to be hiking on the Appalachian Trail. I get in the car this morning and the navigation lady wasn’t speaking to me. Ouch."]

"Late Show" host David Letterman spoke about his past relationships with female staffers again on tonight's program, which taped this afternoon in midtown Manhattan. According to an audience member, Letterman said he didn’t want to talk again about his past affairs, but since “everybody wants to talk about it,” he would. He apologized to his staff, who he said were being hounded by questions from the media.

“I’m terribly sorry that I put the staff in that position," he said, according to a transcript provided by his production company. "Inadvertently, I just wasn’t thinking ahead. And, moreover, the staff here has been wonderfully supportive to me, not just through this furor, but through all the years that we’ve been on television and especially all the years here at CBS, so, again, my thanks to the staff for, once again, putting up with something stupid I’ve gotten myself involved in."

Letterman also noted that he had hurt his wife, who he did not mention during his original admission last week. 

“Now the other thing is my wife, Regina," he said. "She has been horribly hurt by my behavior, and when something happens like that, if you hurt a person and it’s your responsibility, you try to fix it. And at that point, there’s only two things that can happen: Either you’re going to make some progress and get it fixed, or you’re going to fall short and perhaps not get it fixed, so let me tell you folks, I got my work cut out for me.” 

CBS plans to post clips from the comic's monologue shortly on CBS.com. We'll bring you the highlights.

-- Matea Gold and Geraldine Baum

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He did not apologize to his son! The apologized to his staff, wife, but not his son.

Whoa, so sincere. Letterman did omit one topic; he forgot to thank his staff for all the sexual favors over the years.

What have we learned people? We've learned that David Letterman is a creepy old man. But we already knew that, didn't we?

David Letterman is boring and annoying.

I guess he had to apologize to his staff; maybe his 'staff' should apologize to his staff?


We love you, Dave!!!! Hang in.

OK Take care of the wife. Dont worry about the comments. In fact I think this whole affair makes you much more attractive.


What a Schmuck.

I've always admired David Letterman, and that hasn't changed.

For years Dave has blasted politicians and public figures, not so much for their indiscretions, but for their lies and stupidity when they get busted.

I think while Dave serves as an example of 'what not to do', much more importantly he's showing us how to properly conduct yourself if you have. Most of us are in no position to throw stones here. We have all made mistakes. I'm impressed with his admission of the mistakes, and the manner he is conducting himself here. If only our elected officials could do the same.

Letterman had to be kidding himself if he thought those affairs would not be exposed some day. One would have expected him to have some sort of game plan in place to handle everything in a situation such as this one. He looks like a fool here because he is one.

He's unpopular because his whole bit is a fraud. He ain't even funny. He's a flaming lib who, just like any of them, can dish it out, but throw it back at em and they get all bent. He's just a fraud. Haven't watched him or "jet jaw" leno in 10 yrs..probably more.

“I’m terribly sorry that I put the staff in that position,"

What "positions" did he put the staff in? lol.

Why are we even discussing this except for the extortion? Every workplace is a mini Peyton Place. I feel for Regina, but I also suspect she may have known a little. And they were not married at the time. If the sex was consensual and the women were of age-who cares-again except for the heinous extortionist.
Dave has done much for many of us. He is human. He was honest even if after the fact. Let's get on to something else.

Letterman is a jerk, and a Socialist sympathizer.

Now he is recognized as a cheat, as well.

Even so, he still found time to bring up South Carolina Governor as a reference.

Tacky to the max, and disgusting to watch.

I don't.

There is vote fraud in Afghanistan where US troops are dieing but CNN keeps the Letterman news on its Main website instead.
you go Letterman!

Is this going to be the new Dave? Intensely public? Just shaddup already.

Anything he says at this time is pointless and worthless. When he hypocritally mocked politicians and others for sex scandals he had no mercy, even mocked their apologies. He has lost any respect that he may have had and CBS should fire him in order to retain any respect they may have as a major television network. If CBS retains him which they may do for the love of money, I hope that disgusted viewers will boycott CBS and their Late Show sponsors.

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