Letterman felon to skip Emmys despite nom

Robert 'Joe' Halderman wants a 'quiet and productive life'

Robert "Joe" Halderman, the Emmy-nominated news producer who went to jail for attempting to blackmail David Letterman, won't be attending the 31st News and Documentary Emmy Awards being held at Lincoln Center on Sept. 27.

Halderman, who was released from jail in early September, served four months of a six-month sentence for trying to extort Letterman. He is Emmy-nominated for his work on an episode of CBS' "48 Hours Mystery" about the Amanda Knox case.

Halderman's lawyer, Gerald Shargel, confirmed that the former CBS news producer would be missing the awards ceremony Monday night, explaining that "he's not doing any interviews and just wants to return to a quiet and productive life."

Shargel told THR earlier this month that Halderman's "plan for the future is simply to re-enter the world of news and television."