Horwitz slams accusations made by Halderman’s camp. “She was crazy about him, so she put up with the situation.” But Letterman was always drawn to other smart, funny women as well.
“Stephanie is sweet, goofy and quirky, which is a major allure for David,” says the source, who has discussed both Lasko and Birkitt with Letterman.
But “this will be his legacy, and that’s a shame, because he’s better than that.” Beyond the world of comedy, he has another legacy—and one who matters more than ever.
“The most important thing in the world to David is his son Harry,” says the Late Show insider.
On Thursday nights David Letterman drove his longtime assistant Stephanie Birkitt home from work.
For years that meant traveling more than an hour from midtown Manhattan’s Ed Sullivan Theater to drop Birkitt off in the driveway of the modest Norwalk, Conn., home she had shared with her boyfriend, CBS News producer Robert “Joe” Halderman, since 2004.
“She’s got this incredibly dry, wry sense of humor,” says a longtime pal.
“She’s very bright and self-effacing.” When the alleged affair became public, Birkitt took a leave from Letterman’s production company Worldwide Pants and hasn’t been seen in public since.
But he was in love with Stephanie.” The two women have much in common.
College friends recall Lasko as “sharp and bright and funny,” says Northwestern University classmate Leilani La Belle.
Letterman spilled the beans about his marriage to Lasko in his "Late Show".