updated 10/06/2009 AT 9:00 AM ET
•originally published 10/06/2009 AT 12:00 PM ET
Now David Letterman knows who his friends are – and there are plenty of them.
At Monday night’s New York City screening of the HBO documentary Good Hair, its star and co-director Chris Rock had nothing but the best to say about Letterman, blackmail scandal or no.
“He’s the greatest host in the world,” said Rock, 44, at the Cinema Society event sponsored by Target. “I would never make a disparaging comment about David Letterman.”
Talk-show host Wendy Williams is also behind Letterman 100 percent. “I like him even more,” she said. “He did a disgusting thing. But I thought it was really great that he came out and told his own story. The real crime is the blackmail.”
Some didn’t even see anything wrong with revelations that Letterman had carried on affairs with women who worked for him.
“I don’t see anything wrong with it,” said Sandra Denton, better known as Pepa of Salt-n-Pepa. “I might have been one of the girls. He’s a man … and he’s kind of cute!”
Funnyman Aasif Mandvi, of The Daily Show, said Letterman is handling the scandal in a courageous manner.
“I think that Letterman is very brave,” he said. “Kudos to him.”
Asked if Jon Stewart had a private bedroom on the set of The Daily Show, Modavi answered, “We don’t need bedrooms.”
Susie Essman, who plays Larry David’s foil and best friend’s tough-as-nails wife on Curb Your Enthusiasm, admitted she hadn’t thought Letterman was a saint before, but she also that people should treat the matter like adults.
“I wasn’t like, ‘Oh, not Dave. It couldn’t be!’ ” she said. “He had a relationship with somebody. What’s the big deal? He wasn’t married. He wasn’t cheating on his wife.”
But could this happen on the set of Curb Your Enthusiasm? “No, not on our show,” she admitted. “We’re too old for that stuff.”
But Ice T said he felt sorry for Letterman – and worse for his wife, Regina Lasko.
“Welcome to the real world, David,” he said. “I can’t be mad at him, but I kind of feel sorry for him, because he can’t hide. He has a job. He has to show up every day. He’s not a rock star, he doesn’t have an image like that. He can’t say ‘F— it.’ If he has to go through court, it’s going to be rough. His wife, unfortunately, will have to weather this.”
And Al Roker stressed that Letterman was living with the consequences of his own actions. “That’s a choice he made, and I hope everything works out,” the weatherman said before entering the theater.