Monday, October 5, 2009

Letterman Gets Some Late Night Action

I grew up being a huge fan of David Letterman. In my mind, he was second only to Johnny Carson on the comedy food chain.  Over the years, Dave has gotten a bit grumpier with age but he still knows how to work a crowd and still puts on a great show.

There has been a lot of talk lately about Letterman being, at worst, a perverted old man and, at best, a hypocrite. This all stems from recent revelations that Letterman had, over the years, had a number of sexual affairs with women who worked for him. Letterman has always been quick to skewer politicians who were caught up in the same type of shenanigans. The difference here is that Letterman, unlike folks like Palin, has never claimed to stand for a certain type of moral agenda. The worst that Letterman is guilty of is fishing off of the company pier, which probably isn't that big of a deal at CBS, considering what happened between Les Moonves and Julie Chen.

The so-called 'scandal' is nothing of the sorts. He had consensual relationships with women of age, who, while they did work for him, none of them have ever even hinted at feeling harassed. The true scandal here is that a sleazy CBS producer tried to blackmail Letterman in order to get back at his ex and earn a little payola.

Out of this whole thing, I have come to respect Letterman more. Consenting sexual relations between two adults is a basic tenet of our society. And if the women felt in any way pressured, they would have sued Dave a long time ago. It's actually refreshing to see anyone, celebrity or not, take ownership of their flaws.

As difficult as this whole thing must be on Letterman, his family and the women involved, you can bet for sure that Letterman's ratings are going to go through the roof. Stuff like this is Late Night TV ratings gold.

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