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Steve Kroft of '60 Minutes' regrets extramarital affair

Journalist Steve Kroft arrives at the 2009 CBS

Journalist Steve Kroft arrives at the 2009 CBS Network Upfront party on Wednesday, May 20, 2009 in New York. Photo Credit: AP / Evan Agostini

Acknowledging a story that first broke in the National Enquirer, veteran "60 Minutes" correspondent Steve Kroft Wednesday released a statement expressing "regret" for an affair he conducted with a New York lawyer during the past three years.

"I had an extramarital affair," Kroft's statement -- first released to the New York Post's "Page Six" -- read. "That was a serious lapse of personal judgment and extremely hurtful to my wife and family, and for that I have nothing but regret. My wife and I are committed to each other and are working hard to get past this, and consider it a private matter."

CBS News declined to comment on the reports Wednesday. There was nothing to indicate that the story -- which chronicled in explicit detail his trysts with the lawyer -- would have any impact on his role at "60 Minutes."

Kroft, 69, who joined the program in 1989, is married to journalist and author Jennet Conant. They live in Sag Harbor.

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