Nell Scovell isn’t angry. At least that’s what she writes in this month’s Vanity Fair. You see, Scovell was once a writer for The Late Show with David Letterman…and one of the only female writers at that.
As you are all aware by now, Letterman got himself into some hot water recently as a former producer tried to extort money from him to keep the lid on Letterman’s affair(s) with his female staffers. Letterman came clean and it seemed that all was forgiven (unless of course, your Letterman’s wife).
Scovell decided she wanted to come clean as well, and tells Vanity Fair readers about what it was like working for late night television.
“Did Dave hit on me? No. Did he pay me enough extra attention that it was noted by another writer? Yes. 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.”
Scovell was the second female writer for Letterman’s show. There have only been seven female writers total in the show’s history.
She added that on her last day with Late Night, Dave asked her why she was leaving. According to her, Letterman’s mistress was close-by so she lied stating that she wanted to return to LA. He told her she could return anytime. I wonder if that still holds true?