Letterman Jokes His Way Through an Apologetic Return

By Andrew Gauthier 


On his first show since last Thursday’s on-air confession, David Letterman used his monologue to address the criticism that began to brew over the weekend, and to apologize to his wife, his staff, and his girlfriends.

He opened by asking, “Did your weekend just fly by?” and started to make jokes about Bill Clinton, Mark Sanford, and Eliot Spitzer, trailing off after each in mock realization of his new perspective on sex scandals.

In a nod to speculation that Letterman’s female viewers would be most angered by his actions, he said, “I got into the car this morning, and the navigation lady wasn’t speaking to me. Ouch.”

Letterman’s initial explanation, though rambling, was a little sparse on details and chronology. Nobody seemed to know how his office romances fit into his on-again-off-again relationship with Regina Lasko, whom Letterman married in 2003, and with whom he has a 5-year-old son.

On Monday night, Letterman cleared up at least some of the uncertainty, stating that the relationships “are in the past.” He said his wife was “horribly hurt by my behavior,” and that “if you hurt a person and it’s your responsibility, you try to fix it.” He joked, “It’s chilly outside my house; chilly INSIDE my house.”

He claimed “it did not occur” to him at first that this news would create a media sensation, or that reporters would “hound” members of his staff for juicy gossip. He apologized to his staff, for “just not thinking ahead,” and thanked them “for putting up with something stupid I’ve got myself involved in.”