Ex-Staffer: Letterman Environment 'Demeaning'
But not just because of sexual politics: It's time to hire female writers
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 27, 2009 9:50 AM CDT
In this Sept. 18, 2005 file photo Late night talk show host David Letterman makes a surprise appearance at the Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

(Newser) – Nell Scovell walked away from her dream job on Late Night with David Letterman thanks to the "hostile work environment" created by high-level male staffers having sex with their female employees. She writes about her experience in Vanity Fair—not to name names, but to point out the underlying problem with all the major late night shows: "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."

Scovell recounts her experience, but ultimately wants to "pivot the discussion away from the bedroom and toward the writers’ room." Yes, the sexual politics of Late Night made her feel demeaned. But, she writes, "I don’t want a lawsuit. I don’t want compensation. I don’t want revenge. I don’t want Dave to go down. I just want Dave to hire some qualified female writers and then treat them with respect. And that goes for Jay and Conan, too."

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Mia
Oct 28, 2009 3:49 AM CDT
Nah, all my bestest friends are male.
youngblood
Oct 27, 2009 10:58 AM CDT
@Rob, Excellent! LOL
youngblood
Oct 27, 2009 10:56 AM CDT
The operative word for this girl coming forward is: ex- employee who wants to pivot the discussion away from the sex thing to the writers thing. Girl if you were a talented writer you would still be there writing and Oh yeah you are a rat selling out for your 15 minutes, now wonder they got rid of you lame brain!