Despite David Letterman's on air admission of sexual encounters with staffers being all the rage last week, CBS apparently has done everything in its power to eliminate the record of his Thursday evening mea culpa from the popular video website YouTube.
It appears the host of CBS's "Late Show" might have been at the heart of the decision.
Such was reported by the New York Times Sunday:
Keeping quiet about an apparent extortion attempt against David Letterman and "The Late Show," CBS worked over the weekend to stamp out unauthorized copies of the late-night host's televised explanation.
The network did not post official copies of the segment on CBS.com or on YouTube, proving that while media companies are now generally eager to distribute their material on the Web, there are still some TV moments they would rather not spread widely. [...]
Copies of the segment were uploaded almost immediately to YouTube by users, but many of them were flagged by CBS for removal, citing copyright claims. The network did not provide an official copy.
Who might have been responsible for such editing?
CBS’s decision to withhold the clips online was prompted by a request from producers at Mr. Letterman’s production company, Worldwide Pants, according to a person with knowledge of the decision.
Hmmm. Color me unsurprised.
Just for hahas, here's one that was posted on YouTube Sunday. Let's see how long it survives, shall we?
Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock...