DAVID LETTERMAN, after a week off, dived right into material about Tiger Woods on the Late Show, joking that he wishes the golfer would stop calling him to ask for advice.
Even though the CBS late night host is only weeks removed from his own scandal, he kicked off his monologue with the subject of Woods, who has been hounded by claims from several women that they had affairs with him.
“Boy, it looks like that Tiger Woods is having some trouble, huh?” began Letterman.
He joked that if Woods’ situation had happened three months ago, he’d “have material for a year”.
“President Obama is sending troops to Afghanistan,” Letterman said. “Hell, he ought to be sending them to Tiger Woods’ house.”
In October, Letterman admitted to workplace affairs that police say led to a blackmail plot. CBS News producer Robert J “Joe” Halderman has pleaded not guilty to trying to extort $2 million (€1.36m) from Letterman to keep some of the comedian’s affairs quiet.
Letterman later returned to what he called “the Tiger Woods debacle”. He tried to poll the audience members on their support, apparently thinking more would support Woods (whom he called “the greatest athlete in the world”) than would support him.
He asked them to clap if they thought Woods was a “jerk”. He then, referring to his “own personal problems”, asked them to clap if they thought he was a jerk.
Letterman also presented a Top 10 list on how Woods might improve his image, with Tom Hanks making a cameo to react to each entry. No 1 was “Blame Letterman”.
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