By now we’ve all heard of the crazy extortion plot by Robert “Joe” Halderman, a 48 hours employee, against Letterman. It turns out Stephanie Birkitt, Letterman’s lover, had lived with Joe Halderman and he got hs hands on Birkitt’s diary. Read more on this story below!
Stephanie Birkitt was David Letterman’s former assistant who has made several small appearances on the “Late Show.” Birkitt lived with the blackmailer Robert Joe Halderman who had gotten his grimy hands on Stephanie’s diary, letters, and photos, that incriminated the talk show host.
David Letterman and Birkitt had a sexual relationship that reportedly ended before 2003, when David Letterman and Regina Lasko’s son Harry was born.
RadarOnline has reported that: “Birkitt and Letterman slept together for a period of time before he married his girlfriend Regina had their son Harry” and that Birkitt is reportedly “mortified Halderman is using her fling with Letterman to blackmail her boss.”
Birkitt is a 1997 graduate of Wake Forest University who interned in the writers’ department at the “Late Show” in spring 1996. After a stint at “48 Hours” — incidentally, where Halderman worked as a producer — Birkitt moved back to the “Late Show.”
After a job as producer, Birkitt applied to be Letterman’s assistant.
“I heard there was a job in Dave’s office opening up and I applied, because I didn’t think I was much of a news hound, as it was a little too serious for my personality,” she told the New Hampshire Union Leader in 2004 (via Nexis).
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In a 2002 interview with Entertainment Weekly, Birkitt called Letterman “the best boss I’ve ever had.”
She expanded on that claim in a 2003 interview with her alma mater, telling a Wake Forest publication:
Aside from being incredibly funny and personable he is generous, kind, and is great fun to play catch with. I really couldn’t ask for a more fun work environment. Dave is truly the greatest boss I could ever have.
Birkitt would often appear on the “Late Show” — sometimes as a character, “Vicki.” She became well-known for her reports from the Winter Olympics in 2002 and 2006 and her “Jaywalking”-style polls of people on Manhattan’s streets. She also interviewed “Survivor” castoffs and appeared in the “CBS Mailbag” segment of the show.
Videos of Birkitt’s appearances on the show below:
You will see Birkitt at about 3:30 in this video:
Birkitt at about 1:00:
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