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An Upcoming Letterman Spin-off


 

Call this a “desperation clip,” a clip inserted because I don’t know what else to say about this. (As more details come out, we’ll know more about just how creepy Letterman’s behaviour was — as he himself admits, sleeping with your employees isn’t exactly something to talk about with pride — and just how crooked and sneaky you have to be to become a CBS producer.) While he probably did the right thing by coming clean about what he did, there’s something a little off-putting about his decision to make it part of his show. Due to his rhythmic, comedic way of telling a story and the obvious fact that the audience wasn’t sure if he was joking or not, it became almost a comedy set-piece, not to mention something that could help him against Conan. Even if he did the right thing, the way he did it certainly made it seem like he was turning his actions, with the possible abuse-of-power issues they raise, into a ratings stunt.

But due to the positive reaction to this moment, I think the time is ripe for Worldwide Pants — a production-company name that Letterman should probably consider changing at this point, due to the implications — to produce a show based partly on Letterman’s experiences, and partly on this:


 
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An Upcoming Letterman Spin-off

  1. Jeez, 14 years after Leno's rise, Letterman responds: he becomes his own Hugh Grant.

    • I love Letterman but that is a very funny comment.

  2. "Letterman's behaviour was — as he himself admits, sleeping with your employees isn't exactly something to talk about with pride"

    Considering two of Letterman's high profile romances (his wife and Merrill Markoe) worked on his shows, and Conan O'Brien was once involved for 10 years with a woman who'd been a booking agent on his show so it's not like these relationships are completely unheard of, I'm still unsure why we should be condemning him for an office romance, boss or not. Letterman is notoriously reclusive, and assuming that there have been pauses in his 23-year relationship with his wife of six-months, it would make sense for him to get involved with other women that are around him. If sexual harassment charges start popping up, then, yes, this is bad, but as it stands right now, Letterman is the victim in this news story.

    • Fair points. One of the odd things about all this is that Letterman's way of describing the situation may — if the details that come out are similar to the ones that are currently coming out — have made his behaviour sound a lot worse than it was. ("Terrible things," "Guilt," and so on.) But that's the thing about a blackmail attempt; even if you haven't done anything terrible, it makes it seem like you have.

    • Fair points. One of the odd things about all this is that Letterman's way of describing the situation may — if the details that come out are similar to the ones that are currently coming out — have made his behaviour sound a lot worse than it really was. ("Terrible things," "Guilt," and so on.) But that's the thing about a blackmail attempt; even if you haven't done anything terrible, it makes it seem like you have.

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