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Read This: Where's the Punchline? Edition

David Letterman tells his tale during the Thursday taping of his show. (AP Photo/CBS)

Happy Friday, everyone. How about that David Letterman extortion scheme?

The late-night funnyman surprised his studio audience -- and viewers at home -- Thursday, when he announced that he'd had sex with female "Late Show" staffers, and that another CBS employee had tried to extort $2 million from him to keep quiet about it. (Yeah, we were waiting for the rim shot, too . . . but there's none to be had.)

Writes Lisa de Moraes:

Letterman told the somewhat baffled audience at Manhattan's Ed Sullivan Theater that about three weeks ago he got into his car at 6 a.m. and discovered a package that contained a letter from a man who threatened to write a screenplay about "every terrible thing you've ever done in your life."
The person, whom Letterman did not name, had threatened to go public with the details if the late-night host did not pay the person, the entertainer said.
Instead, Letterman said that he took the matter to the Manhattan District Attorney's office and that he was told by authorities to issue the person a phony check. That ruse reportedly led to the arrest of the person Thursday. No details about the suspect were immediately available.

Looking for cinematic distractions? Then read up on this weekend's new releases: "The Invention of Lying," starring Ricky Gervais and Jennifer Garner; "Whip It," Drew Barrymore's directorial debut; "Disgrace," an "unfliching exploration of moral puzzles" starring John Malkovich; and "The Boys Are Back" with Clive Owen. If documentaries are more your thing, Ann Hornaday checks out Michael Moore's latest, "Capitalism: A Love Story," and Dan Zak recommends "The Way We Get By."

Elsewhere in Style: Michael Jackson's autopsy results were leaked -- and show he was in decent health before his death. Neo-soul singer Maxwell is back, and better than ever. And if you can't read enough about that crotch flash from "So You Think You Can Dance," today's your lucky day.

By The Reliable Source  |  October 2, 2009; 12:06 PM ET
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If no action is taken against Letterman, all the people who were fired under similar circumstances, for sexual harassment, should be hired back. Strangely some of the fired employees did not have sexual relationships with their employees, but it was deemed as sexual harassment.

Women will view CBS harshly for not firing Letterman. Unfortunately, viewership of females and conservatives will go down all across CBS, not just the Letterman show.

Posted by: ashk | October 5, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

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