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David Letterman extortionist hired for Paula Zahn show

December 29, 2011 |  2:43 pm

Joel halderman

Joe Halderman, the former "48 Hours Mystery" producer who tried to extort $2 million from talk show host David Letterman, has been hired as a producer of Investigation Discovery's "On the Case With Paula Zahn."

Halderman recently joined the staff of the documentary crime series, and is not expected to work in the field.

Scott Weinberg, executive producer of "On the Case," said in a statement: "On behalf of 'On the Case's' production team, we have been impressed with Joe Halderman's professional accomplishments as an Emmy award-winning producer for '48 Hours' and CBS News. With the network's prior approval, the team has brought Halderman on as a producer for 'On The Case.' We are confident that Halderman will make significant contributions to the success of our award-winning investigative newsmagazine."

Halderman was released from jail in September 2010 after serving four months for pleading guilty in a case that put the spotlight on Letterman's affair with a staff member. Halderman admitted he demanded $2 million in hush money to keep from revealing information about the talk show host.


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Photo: Joe Halderman pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted grand larceny in the David Letterman extortion case.