After a long weekend of media hubbub following David Letterman’s revelation of an extortion attempt against him due to affairs with female staff members, David Letterman returned to the Late Show Monday night with a handful of apologies and moments of righteous indignation. Along with acknowledging his crimes against wife Regina Lasko (“my wife has been horribly hurt by my behavior…and if you hurt a person and it’s your responsibility, you try to fix it…let me tell you folks, I got my work cut out for me”), he expressed his regret to his current staff for any media innuendo and humiliation following his confession last Thursday (“My thanks to the staff for, once again, putting up with something stupid I’ve gotten myself involved in”).
But Letterman has made clear that, despite his penitence, he’s glad to have brought up the extortion attempt on air. “You can’t be victimized by criminals, so you have to go ahead and push back…through all of the heartache, and the attention and embarrassment, I still feel like I did the right thing.” And since Letterman isn’t officially a CBS employee, he probably doesn’t have to worry about them investigating his “Supervisor/Subordinate Relationships” now—of which there may have been more than a few. Will he have more to confess tonight?