*Married “60 Minutes” newsman Steve Kroft has apologized to his fellow correspondents after details of his three-year affair with a lawyer became public, reports Page Six.
It was revealed that the veteran correspondent had a series of hotel hookups with New York attorney Lisan Goines, and sent her a series of sexts, which left some of Kroft’s female colleagues “creeped out” and “cringing,” according to Page Six.
The sexts include: “Working late. Just ordered out. Would rather be eating your pudding.”
A source tells Page Six: “Kroft has had a reputation as a ladies’ man for years, and female members of staff feel that now he owes everybody an apology. But Kroft isn’t going to apologize at a meeting, that would never happen.”
Instead, according to the column, Kroft made private apologies to his key allies, including boss Jeff Fager and correspondent Leslie Stahl. “He’s struggling at the moment,” the source said, adding that he’s back at work.
While Kroft is well-known for socializing and drinking with his colleagues after hours, another source told The Post’s Leonard Greene that, privately, Kroft is dismissive about his colleague Stahl. “He told his mistress that Lesley Stahl was deluding herself into thinking that she would be the next Barbara Walters,” the source added.
The TV hotshot was terrified that his wife of 25 years, journalist Jennet Conant, would find out about the affair. And he was “really paranoid about right-wing zealots” using the tawdry details to destroy his career, sources told The Post.
While admitting the affair, Kroft insisted, “This was a personal failure, not a professional one, and had no impact whatsoever on my job as a journalist.” A friend of Kroft said of the racy revelations, “This is an orchestrated attempt to try to destroy Steve and his family.”
A “60 Minutes” source added of Kroft’s affair apology tour: “This, like much that has been written, is simply not true.”