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He started talking to me more, and we developed a rapport.
- Stephanie Birkitt, in 2002, on how she and David Letterman grew close.

When Burkitt uttered those words during a chat with Entertainment Weekly, no one had a clue just how tight of a rapport her and her boss at The Late Show with David Letterman had developed.

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Now, of course, the world is aware that she and Letterman carried on a sexual relationship, one that took place right around the time of this interview.

That makes for an interesting examination of her words from 2002, as Stephanie was asked about the backstage behavior of this popular talk show host:

On whether Letterman is a grouch in real lie: He's not that way at all. He's the best boss I've ever had.

On typical interaction with Letterman backstage: One time we had a bunch of pizzas in the office. There were 12 pieces left, and Dave said, ''I'll give you $300 if you can eat it all.'' I managed to eat only nine slices, [but] he was gracious enough to pay me $20 per slice, even the slices I'd eaten before.

Later this week, it was also revealed that Dave paid Holly Hester to eat some of his pizza... if you know what we mean!

Because she began appearing on the air occasionally back then, Birkitt was asked if she was recognized on the street. She replied:

"Once in a while, outside the theater, but in real life, no. I look like everybody else my age. My mother can't pick me out of a lineup sometimes."

This, of course, will likely change going forward, as Birkitt's ex-boyfriend Robert Halderman outed her affair with Letterman when he moronically tried to extort millions from the comedian.

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We love our job.

As one of the leading celebrity gossip sites on the Internet, you'll never hear The Hollywood Gossip complain about how fortunate we are to serve the public our take on the latest scandals, nude photos, relationships and more.

Sometimes, though, we cringe at the obligation to publish such craptastic stories as the contrived marriage between Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom.

Wedding Pic

To all those that somehow believe gay couples ruin the sanctity of marriage, what about this kind of nonsense? Where is the outrage over celebrities that use sacred vows as a means for publicity and money? It's something to think about.

With that out of our system, we're not proud to present a look at the recent wedding ceremony and reception.

Follow this article's jump to view clips of Khloe showing off her obnoxious ring and the couple pretending to tie the knot for any reason aside from reality show fodder.

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When David Letterman told the world about the extortion plot against him on Thursday night's Late Show, the host said he's slept with women on his staff.

In other words: it sounded very much as though Stephanie Birkitt was not the only employee to have sat atop Dave's Top 10 List... if you know what we mean!

Now, Holly Hester has told TMZ that she interned on the talk show in the early 1990s; long before Letterman was married or became a father to son Harry.

A student at NYU at the time, Hester says she and Dave went on a series of secret dates, a relationship that was unknown to anyone else on the staff.

"I was madly in love with him at the time. I would have married him. He was hilarious," Hester said, adding that the courtship ended after a year.

Clinton and Letterman

We can only imagine what Bill Clinton and David Letterman are laughing about during the former President's appearance on The Late Show.

Jay Leno, meanwhile, got in a friendly, harmless jab at his fellow host. When he came out for his monologue last night, the NBC star told the studio audience:

"Settle down. If you came here tonight for sex with a talk show host, you've got the wrong studio."

As we've said before, Letterman is NOT a hypocrite for sleeping with anyone on his show. As a hired, self-deprecating, admittedly imperfect entertainer, he's the opposite of an elected, two-faced politician.

Now that the joke is on the other foot, however, it will be interesting to see how he responds to digs at his expense.

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A terrible actress, a poor singer, the sister of an escalating trainwreck and wife to an annoying band member, Ashlee Simpson-Wentz turns 25 today.

The B-list celebrity will likely celebrate by spending time with husband Pete and cute son Bronx today; though we hope she also hangs out with an acting coach.

Seriously. Have you seen her performance on Melrose Place?!? Ashlee makes her fellow stars look like the cast of The West Wing.

We kid, but we also hope Simpson-Wentz is doing well. Send in your birthday wishes to her and check out the following photo montage in her honor:

  • Smiling Simpson
  • Upfront and Center
  • Fake Firecrotch
  • Uselessness Personified
  • Nice Lingerie
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This much we know for certain: Bethenny Frankel is getting her own reality show.

When the Real Housewife of New York City exits her current series is another matter entirely.

According to Life & Style, there's already a deal in place that will replace Frankel with fellow socialite Sonja Morgan. While the former will still be around, the latter is rumored to make her first appearance around episode five of the season.

"It was just signed yesterday," an insider told the tabloid. "It's not pretty between Bethenny and the other cast members in the episodes that they've already taped... the show is going to explode this season!"

Rising Reality Star

Frankel, however, insists she isn't going anywhere. She Tweeted this week:

the rumors about me not being on housewives are false. you're stuck with me!!! I repeat:I'm on housewives for season 3!!

As usual, and as Bravo of course wants us to, we'll need to tune in and find out.

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Rest in peace, A.J. Jewell.

The former fiance of Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Burruss was killed after suffering a severe head injury during a fight outside an Atlanta strip club Friday night.

"It appears he was involved in an altercation in the parking lot and he received a severe blow to the head," said Atlanta Police Lt. Keith Meadows.

Jewell often appeared on the Bravo reality show, clashing with his fiancee's mother. On her Twitter page, Burruss reacted to the tragedy by writing:

im just in one of those moods where i dont wanna talk, i dont wanna b held & told its gonna b ok. i just wanna cry myself 2 sleep, alone.

I could never n a million years imagine this happening. please pray for AJ's children. that's who im the most concerned 4.

Kandi, who was part of the former girl group Xtreme, has received support from her co-stars. NeNe Leakes Tweeted: "RIP AJ from the real housewives of Atlanta! My thoughts & prayers r with Kandi, his children & family;" while Kim Zolciak  added:

"please Pray for my dear friend Kandi and her loss.I adored AJ and he will be misssed dearly"

** UPDATE: Fredrick Richardson has been charged with voluntary manslaughter in Jewell's death.

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A Chicago-area man, Michael David Barrett, was arrested last night at that city's O'Hare airport for secretly taping ESPN reporter Erin Andrews nude.

He is due to appear in federal court Saturday morning. The charges were filed against Michael David Barrett in L.A., where she first learned of the tape.

Barrett faces federal charges of interstate stalking for taking the videos, then trying to sell them to celebrity gossip sites and posting the videos online.

Several TV networks and newspapers aired brief clips or printed screen grabs from the scandalous, virus-laden Erin Andrews peephole video in July.

Andrews thanked FBI agents and prosecutors for their work on the arrest and said she hoped that the case will help others who have been victimized.

"For my part, I will make every effort to strengthen laws on a state and federal level to better protect victims of criminal stalking," she said in a statement.

Andrews' attorney, Marshall Grossman, said last night that Erin is "probably sleeping more soundly tonight than she has since these videos surfaced."

Grossman said the videos appeared to have been taped by a serial stalker who followed Erin from city to city: "He wasn't an accidental tourist," he said.

FBI agents report that seven of the eight videos posted online were taken through a modified peephole while the 31-year-old Andrews was alone and naked.

They believe Michael David Barrett called many Nashville, Tenn., hotels to find out where Andrews was staying and requested a hotel room next to hers.

Agents said Barrett, 48, also made reservations at a Milwaukee hotel she visited in July 2008. They found her door's peephole rigged, but he didn't check in and the furniture in the room did not match furniture seen on the eighth video.

Barrett first tried to sell the tape to celebrity gossip website TMZ, but an employee there informed Erin Andrews' attorneys, according to the complaint.

FBI agents matched information in the e-mail to Barrett, and also examined telephone records and credit card charges from Barrett's Nashville hotel stay.

Agents also concluded that the videos of Erin Andrews naked, which are far from high quality, were probably all recorded using a cell phone camera.

Barrett sought to place Andrews under surveillance to harass and intimidate her, and to cause substantial emotional distress, the federal complaint said.

He faces up to five years in federal prison if convicted.

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Below, our staff takes a look back at some of the defining moments of the past week in celebrity gossip, which was the most exciting since ... well, probably last week.

It's THG's Week in Review!

Some of the highlights were:

  • Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom actually got married. Seriously. We were sure it was all a ratings-generating sham, but there are wedding pictures.
  • Miley Cyrus scores a cameo in the Sex and the City sequel. And Twitters about being in pain. And dances on stage as if she loves taking it from behind.
  • A David Letterman extortion plot was revealed after the talk show host admitted on air that he was being targeted for a past affair with a staff member.
  • The woman in question? Stephanie Birkitt, a former Late Show staffer who began working with Dave in the late 1990s (their relationship ended in 2003).
  • Dave also may have dated Holly Hester.
  • The alleged culprit? Robert Halderman (pictured), a CBS producer who arraigned in a Manhattan court and pleaded not guilty after his arrest Thursday.

Robert Halderman is accused of blackmailing David Letterman.

  • Britney Spears releases her latest sex-themed single, "3."
  • Amy Winehouse rapped. It's even freakier than it sounds.
  • The Hills is back. It is everything we thought it could be.
  • We was already there with fans, but Adam Lambert hit #1.
  • Jon and Elizabeth Edwards may be headed for a divorce.
  • Obligatory Jon and Kate Gosselin news: The douchebag was allegedly fired, and the show renamed Kate Plus 8. He then said he was going to quit the show anyway and pretended to care about his eight kids.
  • Kate slammed this as just another PR stunt. Sigh. As Jon's new soul mate Hailey Glassman eloquently put it on her Twitter page, Jon and Kate drama has "taken over the entire world." For better or for worse.

Don't forget to follow THG on Twitter for all of the latest Hollywood news, celebrity gossip, rumors, commentary and humor as it happens, 24/7/365.

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Robert "Joe" Halderman has pleaded not guilty to charges that he aimed to extort $2 million from David Letterman.

The CBS producer was arraigned in a Manhattan courthouse this afternoon, following his Thursday morning arrest on charges that he threatened to expose Letterman's affair with staff member Stephanie Birkitt, who was living with Halderman at the time.

Late Show Interview

Sources claim Halderman was seeking money to help with child support payments he owes ex-wife Patty Montet, from whom he divorced in 2004.

 The Internet is buzzing with searches and opinions on Robert Halderman and Stephanie Birkitt, two complete strangers to the world of celebrity gossip a few hours ago.

Lead attorney Gerald Shargel described his client as a respected father of two that coaches soccer in Connecticut.

"He was a responsible person," Shargel told reporters after the arraignment. "He has never been in trouble with the law before."

Halderman's bail was set at $200,000.

On last night's program, Letterman spent 10 minutes detailing the alleged, attempted blackmail, while owning up to his past affair with Birkitt. Fans appreciate Dave's candor on the issue; while critics disparage him for his infidelity.

Where do you stand on the issue?

 

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