David Letterman & his all-male writers

Interesting take on David Letterman’s affairs with staffers in this Vanity Fair article by Nell Scovell, one of Letterman’s former writers – actually the only woman ever to write for his Late Night show.  She points out the overwhelming majority of male writers and how that affects sexual politics in the workplace.

The article begins:

At this moment, there are more females serving on the United States Supreme Court than there are writing for Late Show with David Letterman, The Jay Leno Show, and The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien combined. Out of the 50 or so comedy writers working on these programs, exactly zero are women. It would be funny if it weren’t true.

Late-night talk shows have long snubbed female writers. (“Blaaaaame Johnny!”) Now old charges of sexism have joined new concerns about sexual harassment, triggered by an alleged extortion plot that prompted David Letterman to admit on-air, “I have had sex with women who work for me on this show.”   (continues here)


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