David Letterman took time out of his show again last night to address the whole “blackmailed for sleeping with my female staffers” story, and this time it was an apology to the women he slept with — particularly his wife. Naturally, it got huge ratings. Sorry, Conan.
The Nielsen Co.’s overnight measurement of the nation’s 56 biggest markets netted Letterman’s “Late Show” on CBS a 4.2 rating – higher than anything rival NBC had in prime-time…
As Letterman mixed wisecracks with contrition, he said his wife, Regina Lasko, had been “horribly hurt by my behavior” and stated flat-out that those affairs “are in the past.” … “Let me tell you folks, I got my work cut out for me,” he said ruefully.
As Letterman faces future shows, how he deals with his messy situation could prove significant and, ironically, it could clinch his recent ratings victory in late-night TV.
Oddly, Craig Ferguson — who also appears on CBS — has made any reference to Letterman’s extracurricular pussy-mongering. I kinda wish Conan O’Brien would fight back and go after him a little. I know he’s probably “too classy” or “above” that, but hey, a guy can dream. I like to imagine a world where my late-night hero climbs to the top of the ratings by ruthlessly gutting his competitor. And if Jay Leno drove one of his old-timey vintage cars off a cliff along the way because Conan cut the brakes, all the better.