David Letterman Did NOT Ask Staffers To Pay For Farewell Party, Despite Report

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David Letterman did NOT try to charge his staffers $50 apiece for a party marking the end of his run on “The Late Show,” despite a National Enquirer report claiming the host had “stunned” his show’s workers by supposedly demanding they cough up their own money for the bash. Gossip Cop can exclusively bust the story.

According to the Enquirer, Letterman “pulled a shocking El Cheapo insult” by allegedly asking for a cover charge for the show’s farewell party. The outlet says his long-ago head writer Merrill Markoe was particularly upset about the alleged “form letter” Letterman supposedly sent to employees, asking for cash.

A so-called “spy” tells the magazine, “Merrill was so steamed that after not speaking to Dave for over ten years, she phoned and really ripped him for treating her and his staff SO shabbily.” The Enquirer source says that Markoe’s call prompted Letterman to send out a “new invitation, rescinding the cover charge for staffers.”

Allow Gossip Cop to set the record straight. This is NOT how things actually happened. We spoke to someone well-placed at the show and exclusively learned the real story.

Some former Letterman staffers from his three-decade late-night TV career decided, on their own, to throw a party to commemorate the end of his career. They invited everyone, including the host himself, to a soiree, asking people to help out with costs. When Letterman learned about this unofficial, alum-driven event, he said that he would pay for it himself. That’s in addition to the official party he’s throwing for current “Late Show” staffers in conjunction with the program’s final broadcast next month.

In other words, rather than being “El Cheapo,” as the Enquirer says, Letterman is being doubly generous to former and current staffers. Maybe the Enquirer should pay for better sources.

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