David Letterman’s longtime bandleader, Paul Shaffer, appeared on The View Wednesday and couldn’t stay out of controversy’s path for very long.
The first question from The View’s resident jokester Joy Behar: “Did you ever sleep with David Letterman?”
Shaffer, a dyed-in-the-wool Letterman loyalist, handled the question with a sense of humor — but refused to say anything nonetheless.
“As the son of a lawyer,” the 59-year-old bandleader said. “There’s an ongoing legal investigation, and I’m not at liberty to say anything.”
Last week, more than 5.8 million viewers tuned in to see Letterman tell his audience he was the target of a $2 million extortion plot and that he had “sex with women who work for me.”
Shaffer’s new book, We’ll Be Here For the Rest of Our Lives: A Swingin’ Showbiz Saga, is in stores now.