David Letterman told his “Late Show” audience on Monday that he and longtime girlfriend Regina Lasko got married on March 19.
“On Thursday, at 3 p.m., March 19, 2009 at the Teton County Courthouse in Choteau, Montana, I was married to Regina Lasko,” Letterman said. “Regina and I began dating in February of 1986, and I said, ‘Well, things are going pretty good, let’s just see what happens in about 10 years….’
“I had avoided getting married pretty good for, like, 23 years, and I — honestly, whether this happened or not — I secretly felt that men who were married admired me … like I was the last of the real gunslingers, you know what I’m saying?”
Letterman and Lasko began dating when she worked on his late-night talk show. The couple welcomed their son, Harry, in 2003.
Letterman recounted the drive to the courthouse to the audience during Monday's taping.
“No, nobody — so I get out of the truck and I walk 2 miles back to the house into a 50 mile an hour wind. It’s not Beverly Hills, it’s Montana, for God’s sakes. And the whole way, I’m thinking, ‘See, smart ass, see, see, you try to get married, this is what happens. See, well, you’ve got nobody to blame but yourself. Could have happened any other day, but you wait now, see, this is what you get.’
“So then we get in the car and Harry says, ‘Are we still going into town?’ and I said, ‘Yes, we are,’ and he gets very upset because mom had told him if I wasn’t back in an hour, the deal was off.”
Letterman was married once before, to college sweetheart Michelle Cook. The marriage lasted seven years.