|Born||Stephanie Anne Birkitt
Plymouth, New Hampshire
|Alma mater||Wake Forest University, Yeshiva University|
|Known for||Former assistant to David Letterman on the Late Show with David Letterman|
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Stephanie Anne Birkitt is an American attorney and former assistant to David Letterman on Late Show with David Letterman. Although Birkitt was usually treated as a character named Vicki, in some of her appearances, Letterman referred to her by various other nicknames such as Smitty, Kitty, Monty, Gunter, and Dutch. She and Letterman were involved in a relationship.
Early life and education
Birkitt was born in Plymouth, New Hampshire. Her mother is an assistant principal and her father is a dentist. She graduated from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in 1997, with a bachelor's degree in history and a minor in communications.
She graduated from Yeshiva University's Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in June 2008 with a juris doctor. In February 2009, Birkitt passed the New York State and Connecticut bar examinations. Birkitt has been a licensed attorney in California since 2011. She also has had an active Connecticut lawyer license since 2009.
Late Show career
Birkitt's career at CBS started before she graduated from college, when she worked as an intern for CBS News, 48 Hours, and the Late Show during the spring of 1996. After graduation she became a member of the CBS page program. After graduation she worked briefly as an associate producer at 48 Hours on segments for correspondent Erin Moriarty. Deciding she was not "much of a news hound", she applied for a job as an office worker for David Letterman, helping to handle his charities and his Indy car racing team.
Her spring internship led to Birkitt's first appearance on the Late Show, on May 24, 1996. Her next appearance came more than four years later, on December 26, 2000, when Letterman called her in her office during the show. Beginning in January 2001, Letterman began to call her regularly as an on-air feature of the show. Said Birkitt, "He started talking to me more, and we developed a rapport."
By 2002, Birkitt began to be featured on the Late Show as a character outside of her role as Letterman's assistant. She appeared during the CBS Mailbag segment numerous times, sometimes donning costumes that related to a specific ongoing festival or event. She interviewed Survivor castoffs, asking them, "Did you see or touch any monkeys?" much to the feigned displeasure of Letterman. In 2002, she was named No. 21 in USA Today's "Pop Candy's 100 People of the Year!" list. As herself, she gave on-air reports from the sites of the Winter Olympics in 2002 and in 2006. In all, she made more than 250 appearances on the show between 1996 and 2008. By the time of her final appearances on the show, in the fall of 2008, she had completed her law school education.
In addition to her appearances on Late Show with David Letterman, Birkitt co-hosted The Tony Mendez Show, a spin-off program with Tony Mendez (also known as "The Cue Card Boy") that was hosted on the Late Show website.
Birkitt described her relationship with Letterman in an interview with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in 2004. In the article, titled "Letterman Aide is Dave's Main Tease", Birkitt stated, "[Letterman is] just playful. We play catch sometimes in the office, and we all go to screenings together. We eat food together, we sit around and watch TV together and goof on people. And he teases me in real life, too, but I give it back a lot more in real life."
Affair with Letterman
On October 1, 2009, Letterman announced on-air that he had been the victim of an extortion attempt in which an alleged blackmailer—since identified by police as CBS television producer Joe Halderman—threatened to reveal that Letterman had engaged in sexual affairs with multiple female employees. Letterman said that the allegation was true, but did not reveal the names of or any identifying information about the female employees. Soon afterward, the extortionist was identified by media as a former boyfriend of Birkitt, and anonymous sources alleged that Birkitt and Letterman had a sexual relationship.
Birkitt reportedly was neither aware of nor involved in the blackmail attempt. According to CBS News, Birkitt and the CBS News producer Joe Halderman lived together in Halderman's Norwalk, Connecticut, home until August 2009, when she reportedly moved out; she was also romantically linked to Letterman during the same time. The New York Post broke a story on October 6 that Birkitt had an affair with Letterman, which continued during her relationship with Halderman. Copies of Birkitt's diary, as well as emails between her and Letterman, were reportedly the basis of the blackmail package allegedly placed in Letterman's car by Halderman. Halderman was sentenced to six months in jail for the extortion attempt.
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