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Originally posted 06/22/2010 01:35PM
What's the secret to Salma Hayek's curves? One hint: they crawl on six legs.
"Look, I'm salivating," Hayek, 43, told David Letterman Monday night about her taste for grasshoppers. "They're delicious."
The Mexican-born actress even has her favorite recipes from her native land for creepy-crawlies.
Originally posted 04/30/2010 12:25PM
On Friday, it was David Letterman's turn to open up in front of an audience.
The Late Show host, who late last year was embroiled in a $2 million extortion plot stemming from his affairs with female members of his staff, made a rare guest-star appearance, saying on Live! With Regis and Kelly that he's now focused on repairing his relationship with wife Regina Lasko.
"Because you think an explosion has taken place and you're looking at the shards and you say, 'Well, can we put this back together?' " Letterman said. "And by God, maybe you can put it back together. And maybe it won't be the same, but maybe it will be different, and maybe it can even be better in a different way."
Originally posted 03/17/2010 10:40AM
Originally posted 03/10/2010 08:00AM
David Letterman spoke briefly on his CBS Late Show Tuesday to thank authorities who handled the $2 million extortion attempt against him, which earlier in the day had resulted in Robert "Joe" Halderman's guilty plea and sentence to six months behind bars.
Just as the case ended, Letterman released a statement through his attorneys, saying of prosecutors, "When they became involved with this case, I had complete faith that a just and appropriate result was inevitable. On behalf of my family, I am extremely grateful for their tireless efforts."
He added on the air, "It was handled professionally, skillfully and appropriately."
Originally posted 03/09/2010 02:50PM
David Letterman avoided a potentially messy trial that would have shed light on his relationship with employees of his CBS Late Show as a former CBS News producer, Robert "Joe" Halderman, pleaded guilty Tuesday to attempted grand larceny in a Manhattan courtroom.
He was sentenced to six months in prison for attempting to extort $2 million from the late-night host in exchange for keeping quiet about Letterman's affair with a staffer.
Halderman, 52, had originally pleaded not guilty in October but accepted a plea bargain. In addition to the jail time, he received 5 years of probation and 1,000 hours of community service.
"I have great remorse for what I have done," Halderman told the court.
Originally posted 01/20/2010 07:00AM
A request by suspended CBS producer Robert Joel "Joe" Halderman – accused of attempting to extort $2 million from David Letterman – to have the case dismissed was denied Tuesday
Halderman's defense – apparently modeled after the hush-money agreements reputedly brokered for Tiger Woods's mistresses – was that he was simply offering the CBS Late Show host the opportunity to buy a thinly veiled screenplay about his life.
But New York City Supreme Court Justice Charles Solomon called the offer just a "hard-driven" business deal and Halderman's behavior a "classic example of an issue that is best left for a trial jury to decide."
Originally posted 01/14/2010 03:15PM
You would never say that David Letterman is all heart – he's been slicing into Jay Leno lately by referring to him with no hint of affection as "Big Jaw" – but Thursday's episode of Late Show with David Letterman will be a reminder of just how large a part that organ has played in his career.
Ten years ago today, the then-52-year-old host shocked America when he underwent emergency quintuple bypass surgery. To commemorate the anniversary, Thursday he'll be interviewing the man who handled the operation, cardiothoracic surgeon O. Wayne Isom.
For viewers – and, one supposes, for Letterman himself – his health crisis marked a turning point. In the decade since, TV's most consistently contrarian comedian has managed to – endear himself? No, he’s still too prickly for that. Would he want to be endearing? But he has impressed by embracing some major life changes and events with self-effacing dignity, humility and directness:
Originally posted 01/12/2010 07:30PM
If NBC is choreographing the late-night shuffle, then Conan O'Brien doesn't want to dance.
The host of NBC's Tonight Show made it clear on Tuesday that moving his program to 12:05 a.m. in order to make way for The Jay Leno Show at 11:35 p.m. is no laughing matter. "Delaying the Tonight Show into the next day to accommodate another comedy program will seriously damage what I consider to be the greatest franchise in the history of broadcasting," he said in a statement.
Although O'Brien says, "I currently have no other offer," speculation is rampant that he could leave NBC and go to another network. If he did that, he could end up going head-to-head with Jay Leno and David Letterman, who is currently on top of the late-night ratings heap.
Tell us: Who would you tune in to see?
Originally posted 01/12/2010 07:20PM
Late-night TV can usually be counted on for a steady diet of jokes. Now it is the joke.
David Letterman joined in the skirmish Tuesday by making jokes about NBC's late-night host shuffle on the Late Show, according to a transcript of his opening monologue.
NBC vowed Sunday to push Conan O'Brien and the Tonight Show back to 12:05 a.m. to make room for The Jay Leno Show at 11:35 p.m. O'Brien balked at the idea, saying he refused to take part in the "destruction" of the Tonight Show brand and blasted the network for trying to patch up its ratings problems in prime-time by toying with its late-night lineup.
Letterman gleefully called the back-and-forth "chaos and craziness and mayhem" and quipped that an O'Brien departure would be good for his show on CBS. "You know what this means – that's right, I knocked off another competitor," Letterman said.
Originally posted 12/20/2009 10:00AM
In an industry where privacy is hard to come by, celebrities prefer to keep their dirty laundry behind closed doors. But a recent string of extortion plots against Hollywood players has them coming out swinging – no matter the risks of humiliation or hardship.
Larry Stein, an attorney who represented actor Rob Lowe and his wife in an alleged extortion plot by their former nannies, says, in fact, more celebrities are willing to face down their blackmailers.
"Celebrities have to let people know that they’re not going to be extorted, or that they’re not going to be threatened," Stein says. "It’s important to distance yourselves from these people and tell them you’re not going to be bullied by them … People are prepared to stand up to it now."
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