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Has Letterman’s wife forgiven him at last? Couple pictured together in rare public appearance three years after cheating scandal

By Hugo Gye 00:43 03 Dec 2012, updated 13:29 03 Dec 2012

David Letterman famously – and very publicly – admitted cheating on his wife with staff at his late-night talk show in 2009.

And for the past three year, Regina Lasko has kept a very low profile indeed – she rarely appears with the TV funnyman, and he generally avoids making any reference to her.

But now it seems she might have forgiven him at last, as the pair were photographed together at the Kennedy Center Honors gala where he was feted for his contribution to American culture.

Reunited: David Letterman and his wife Regina Lasko, seen at the 35th Kennedy Center Honors on Sunday, appear to have put their marital woes behind them Big surprise: Just six months after their wedding after 23 years of dating, the couple’s news of infidelity splashed

The couple married in March 2009, after dating for 23 years – they had a son born in 2003.

But just six months after their sudden wedding, the pair’s relationship ran into major trouble when it emerged that Letterman was being blackmailed by a worker from his long-running show.

The attempted extortion forced the host to make a public confession of infidelity with his assistant Stephanie Birkitt, which he announced during his opening monologue.

A few days later, he addressed the scandal once more, issuing a personal apology to Lasko as he said she had been ‘horribly hurt by my behaviour’.

While rumours that she had initiated divorce proceedings proved false, Letterman admitted ‘I got my work cut out for me’ as he attempted to rebuild his shattered marriage.

Reunited: David Letterman and his wife Regina Lasko appear to have put their marital woes behind them Chuckling: The late-night host was receiving an award at the Kennedy Center Honors on Saturday night Troubles: Letterman was forced to admit cheating on Lasko on air in 2009 after facing blackmail threats Good humour: The comedian was lovingly mocked by his fellow chat show host Stephen Colbert

A few months later, the comedian again referred to the damage done to his relationship with Lasko, saying: ‘It was stupid behavior.

‘And you take a look at the explosion, and it knocks you down and you wake up every morning and you’re scared and you’re depressed and sad, and you kind of got to let that knock you down and knock you down.’

By May this year, the couple seemed to have patched things up somewhat, as when Regis Philbin asked Letterman how his wife was doing he replied: ‘She’s fine.

‘She’s a lovely woman and she’s just fine. I don’t know what to say about her.’

And on Saturday night, the forgiveness process appeared to be complete, as Letterman and Lasko posed on the red carpet together ahead of the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington DC.

Prestigious: Letterman with the other cultural figures celebrated at the Kennedy Center Honors Star: The host has drawn hundreds of big-name guests since launching his late-night show in 1982

They looked loving as they chuckled and shook hands for the cameras while dressed in their finest black-tie attire.

During a celebratory dinner for Letterman and his fellow honorees, Stephen Colbert paid tribute to the host’s influence on his fellow comedians during the 30-year run of his late-night show.

‘Dave was stupid,’ the comic quipped. ‘Dave was ours. Dave was like us. We wanted to throw things off of buildings.

‘We would love to stick our heads out the window of 30 Rock and yell at passers-by, “I’m not wearing any pants!”‘

Colbert also marvelled at Letterman receiving such a presitigious award after he ‘corrupted the minds of a generation’.

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