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David Letterman: My Affairs Were 'Reckless' and 'Stupid'

In a rare guest appearance on 'Live! With Regis and Kelly', David Letterman spoke about the scandal surrounding his workplace dalliances and called his affairs 'reckless'.

"How's everything at home?" Philbin asked, to which Letterman replied, "I don't know if people know about this, but I've had some trouble."

"You know when something like this happens, and mostly it was reckless behavior on my part, and if you behave recklessly and it hurts your family, well then of course it hurts you."

"And it was not a tragedy, it was just stupidity. And thank god, because we all know what tragedies are, and we all know how horrifying and scarring... and you can't get beyond some of these. We all know what we're talking about; you read about them every day. It's just godawful. And when you're a parent, this is your worst nightmare. So it wasn't that, thank god."

"It was stupid behavior," Letterman continued. "You take a look at the explosion and it knocks you down and you wake up every morning and you're scared and you're depressed and sad."

"And you kind of got to let that knock you down and knock you down, and then pretty soon you've got to start knocking it down. And then, when that happens, you start looking at the pieces left of your life."

"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."

"So right now that's what we're doing, we're putting the thing back together to see what it's gonna look like. Is it viable, is it something that can be satisfying and fulfilling."

The 63-year-old made no specific mention of his wife, Regina Lasko, whom he married last year after dating for over twenty years. They have a 6-year-old son together.

May 3, 2010 |

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