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Letterman says sorry to wife but still jokes

David Letterman, days after revealing on air that he'd been sexually involved with women from his television program, apologized to his wife on Monday's "Late Show," saying she had been "horribly hurt by my behavior" and that those affairs "are in the past."

The CBS late-night host, building on Thursday's startling confessional, vowed to repair his relationship with his wife, Regina Lasko, whom he married in March after a years-long courtship.

As Letterman faced Monday's show, and the shows that will come after, it was clear that how he deals with his messy situation could prove to be a defining chapter in his long TV career.

His dilemma was the main topic on the show as he mixed wisecracks with contrition in a virtuoso balancing act. Noting the cool weather, he said: "It's chilly outside my house; chilly INSIDE my house."

Then he cautioned, "This is only Phase 1 of the scandal. Phase 2: Next week I go on 'Oprah' and sob."

Guest Steve Martin gave Letterman his kidding consolation: "It proves that you're a human being. And we weren't really that sure before."

Guest Martin Short playfully plopped himself in Martin's lap. "You spend one more minute on his lap, you're gonna get blackmailed," Letterman quipped.

Monday's show was the first Letterman had taped since Thursday, when he disclosed he had had sex with female staff and had been blackmailed for US$2 million. He has not revealed how many women he had sex with.

But CBS producer Robert Halderman, who's accused of blackmailing Letterman, used pages from a former assistant's diary that described an affair with the "Late Show" host, a law enforcement official said.


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