Imagine if Jonathan Ross had been blackmailed over numerous affairs he’d had with women he worked with, by the producer of Crimewatch.
That’s the equivalent of what’s happening in the US, where Robert Halderman, one of the producers of 48 Hours Mystery, is charged with attempted extortion. He allegedly tried to extort $2m from chat-show host/king David Letterman over the fact that two consenting adults had decided to have sex with each other.
There are differences – for a start, Jonathan Ross has not been having affairs, and has been married with kids for 20+ years.
I was in mid-transit flying between London and Cleveland via Minneapolis as this story broke, so I didn’t catch much of it. But I did note all of the airport TV screens were tuned to a CNN discussion on the issue. And not what might have been the other big story of the day, Rio De Janeiro getting the 2016 Olympics. I didn’t hear that until HyperHam mentioned it two days later…