Robert "Joe" Halderman, the CBS News producer who was jailed for his blackmail attempt against David Letterman, will skip the News And Documentary Awards even though he’s nominated for an Emmy, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Halderman served four months of his six-month sentence for trying to extort money from the late-night talk host. He was released earlier this month. He was nominated for a News Emmy for his work on a “48 Hours Mystery” segment on the Amanda Knox case.
"He’s not doing any interviews and just wants to return to a quiet and productive life," said his lawyer, Gerald Shargel, who confirmed that Halderman would skip the awards. The ceremony taks place Sept. 27 in New York.