A Great Day for David Letterman

It was a great day for David Letterman! The man who attempted to blackmail him pled guilty, and he beat out Jay Leno in the ratings. INSIDE EDITION reports.

David Letterman spoke out about his extortion case victory.

"I need to talk to you about a segment of my life that began six months ago, I found myself in some legal trouble," he told his studio audience.

Letterman put jokes aside and talked about the blackmail scandal, which was resolved when former CBS news producer Robert "Joe" Halderman pled guilty and received a six-month prison sentence.

"I'd never been involved in anything like this in my life and I was concerned and full of anxiety and nervous and worried and the people in the District Attorney's office said, 'This will be handled professionally, this will be handled skillfully and appropriately.' Well the matter was resolved today and they were exactly right," said Letterman.

"It's a win-win for both. Letterman saves days of cross-examination on the intimate details of his life and Halderman gets to resolve this case with a very short sentence and move on," criminal defense attorney Gerald Lefcourt tells INSIDE EDITION.

Meanwhile the late night ratings war between David Letterman and Jay Leno continues. In his second week back as the host of The Tonight Show, Leno eked out a slight win over Letterman.


But the day the deal was made, it was Letterman who came out on top.with his extortionist pleading guilty and a win in the ratings.