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VIDEO: David Letterman On Rebuilding His Marriage; Says Affair "Was Stupid Behavior"

Apr. 30 2010, Published 2:42 p.m. ET

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In a rare move, David Letterman opened up about his marriage on Friday's Live with Regis and Kelly, as it has been a hotbed of speculation since last fall's revelation that he’d been targeted in an extortion plot over an affair he had with a staffer.

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"Because you think an explosion has taken place and you're looking at the shards and you say, 'Well, can we put this back together?'" Letterman said of his marriage to Regina Lasko, who he has a son with. "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.”

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Letterman said the affair he had with a staffer “was stupid behavior. And 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 so right now, that's what we're doing, we're putting the thing back together to see what it's going to look like."

Letterman said he had great support from those close to him through the trying times.

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Letterman also continued taking jabs at late night rival Jay Leno, and the late night fiasco of 2010 that ended when NBC paid Conan O'Brien $44 million to leave The Tonight Show so Leno could reclaim it.

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"Well, it was exciting!" Letterman said.

Letterman, 63, said that he's known Leno since 1975, and said that while he's always been a super-talented comic, he's always been "a bit of a knockwurst.

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"It was entertaining to me just to see all this going down," Letterman said of Leno's multiple attempts at smoothing over the situation, both on his show and in a subsequent interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Letterman also took a jab at Leno, mimicking  his trademark speech pattern in a whiny voice, and in reference to Leno's comment that both him and Conan got screwed by NBC, Letterman wondered aloud how Leno exactly got screwed.

"Conan got cancelled, you got the show!" Letterman said.



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