publication date: Thursday, December 10, 2009 (part of Round XLI)
clue: This jilted ex-boyfriend's mistake was choosing one of the top ten famous people you don't try to extort for money.
explanation: Halderman knew that David Letterman had been sleeping with one of his ex-girlfriends. His failed blackmail attempt went public when Letterman discussed the matter on his show in October 2009. more…
solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Mike Rothstein, Erik Bates, Steve Dunn, Amy Austin, Mike Eberhart, Aaron Shurtleff, Tony Peters, Scott Horowitz, Ryan Dunn, Sarah Kyle, Walter Chesser, Jesse King, and Melissa Anderson
|This goo was part of 2009 Year in Review. These ordinary people became overnight celebrities, inspiring the headlines that made 2009 memorable.|