David Letterman: Iâ€™m Still Trying to Fix My Marriage After Cheating on My Wife
Three years after his embarrassing sex scandal was exposed, David Letterman says heâ€™s still trying to regain his wife Regina Laskoâ€™s trust â€“ and blames nobody but himself for the drama.
In a rare sit-down interview, Letterman opened up to Oprah Winfrey about his 2009 admission that he had sex with women who worked for him on â€śLate Show With David Letterman,â€ť including his assistant Stephanie Birkitt, who regularly appeared on the late-night show.
"I have no one to blame but myself," the 65-year-old comedian said on Sundayâ€™s â€śOprahâ€™s Next Chapter.â€ť â€śI think if youâ€™re going to have a flow chart of the responsibility for this circumstance, this sex scandal, my name is at the top. Iâ€™m not sure what it means, but Iâ€™m taking responsibly for it, trying to atone for it.â€ť
Letterman talked about coming clean to Lasko, which became necessary when a producer for CBSâ€™s â€ś48 Hoursâ€ť â€“ who was dating Birkitt â€“ threatened to write a screenplay about the hostâ€™s infidelities unless he paid him $2 million. Noting â€śthat was not a good day,â€ť Letterman revealed that he â€śwasnâ€™t certain at the timeâ€ť whether Lasko, whom he married only six months before the scandal broke, would stay with him. When asked if Lasko made him sleep on the couch after he admitted his affairs, he told Winfrey, â€śI slept in a wide variety of places.â€ť
While Letterman says Lasko â€“ who is the mother of his 9-year-old son, Harry â€“ has forgiven him and that their relationship â€śis never better,â€ť he hasnâ€™t forgiven himself. â€śNo, I donâ€™t have that luxury,â€ť he said. â€śI canâ€™t forgive that behavior.â€ť And he adds that heâ€™s been working â€śeach and every dayâ€ť to right his wrongs. â€śIâ€™m still trying to fix it. It hasnâ€™t gone away. It will never go away.â€ť
But not living with the lies has made his marriage better. â€śMy life is fun and full of joy now â€“ I only pretended it before,â€ť he said.
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