For the first time outside the comfort of his Late Show set, David Letterman addressed his recent sex scandal during a rare visit to Live with Regis & Kelly.
After Regis Philbin posed a potentially awkward question about Letterman's home life, Dave opened up with sincerity about cheating on wife Regina Lasko.
"I don't know if people know this, but I've had some trouble," he joked. "You know when something like this happens - and mostly it was reckless behavior on my part - if you behave recklessly and it hurts your family, then of course it hurts you.
"It was not a tragedy, it was just stupidity. And thank God, because we all know what tragedies are, and we all know how horrifying and scarring... and you just can't get beyond some of these. We all know what we're talking about."
If nothing else, Letterman is refreshingly candid about his own failings.
"You read about [these tragedies] every day. It's just godawful. And when you're a parent, this is your worst nightmare. So it wasn't that, thank God."
What it was, Letterman continued uninterrupted about the extortion case that blew the lid off his affair with staffer Stephanie Birkitt, was stupidity.
Pure stupidity, with no one to blame but himself.