Tthe second female writer ever hired at NBC’s “Late Night with David Letterman” writes on Vanityfair.com about what she calls the “hostile work environment” for women there, in the early 1990s.
The writer, Nell Scovell, writes that the host didn’t hit on her, but did pay her enough “extra attention” that another writer noticed. She says she was aware of rumors that Letterman was having sexual relationships with female staff members, as were other male employees there, and that the women involved wielded power “disproportionate to their job titles.”
Felling “demeaned,” she writes, she didn’t complain but “walked away from my dream job.”
Scovell, now a contributing writer to Vanity Fair, notes that today there are no women writers on the staffs of Letterman’s show, Leno’s show and Conan’s show. 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 (oh, grow up, people). I just want Dave to hire some qualified female writers and then treat them with respect. And that goes for Jay and Conan, too."
–Elizabeth Jensen and Chuck Ross