updated 03/09/2010 AT 3:20 PM ET
•originally published 03/09/2010 AT 2:50 PM ET
David Letterman avoided a potentially messy trial that would have shed light on his relationship with employees of his CBS Late Show as a former CBS News producer, Robert “Joe” Halderman, pleaded guilty Tuesday to attempted grand larceny in a Manhattan courtroom.
He was sentenced to six months in prison for attempting to extort $2 million from the late-night host in exchange for keeping quiet about Letterman’s affair with a staffer.
Halderman, 52, had originally pleaded not guilty in October but accepted a plea bargain. In addition to the jail time, he received 5 years of probation and 1,000 hours of community service.
“I have great remorse for what I have done,” Halderman told the court.