Now this is a comedy bit -- or is it? Last night on the Late Show, David Letterman told a 10-minute-long story in which he revealed himself to be the target of an blackmail attempt, and admitted to having conducted sexual affairs with numerous members of his staff over the years. We've posted the video after the jump.
There's a lot to take in here. One, it's just weird how much the audience laughs at a monologue that doesn't actually include any jokes. Of course, if Letterman wanted to tell his side of the story to a sympathetic audience, he couldn't do much better than his own audience.
Two, you have to give Letterman credit for coming forward with the story, and admitting to his own mistakes. He does bury his own transgressions late in the story, while sort of alluding to them throughout, but it takes some guts to do that, especially on national TV.
Three, though, admitting to having done that is not really applause-worthy. Workplace harrassment laws are in place for a reason. As the head honcho on the Late Show, Letterman has all the power in his relationships with employees. He abused that power.
What do you think? Does Dave deserve props for being forthright about his actions, or censure for having committed them in the first place?