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A woman who used to work for The Late Show with David Letterman has written an article for Vanity Fair in which she opens up about what it was actually like to work for the late-night host amidst his ongoing sexual relationships with other female staffers.
In 1990, Nell Scovell became the second female writer ever to be hired for Dave's show, but, within six months, she quit – even though she had found her "dream job."
"My first day as a Letterman writer was one of the happiest moments of my life," the TV writer explained. "But it was all downhill after that."
"Did Dave hit on me? No. Did he pay me enough extra attention that it was noted by another writer? Yes," she writes. "Was I aware of rumors that Dave was having sexual relationships with female staffers? Yes. Was I aware that other high-level male employees were having sexual relationships with female staffers? Yes. Did these female staffers have access to information and wield power disproportionate to their job titles? Yes. Did that create a hostile work environment? Yes. Did I believe these female staffers were benefiting professionally from their personal relationships? Yes. Did that make me feel demeaned? Completely. Did I say anything at the time? Sadly, no." Dave's inappropriate relationships were outed last month, when he came clean to bury the people who tried to use the information to extort $2 million from him.
Scovell says she's not trying to get back at Dave, or trying to add fuel to the fire, she's just hoping things will change. "I just want Dave to hire some qualified female writers and then treat them with respect."
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