Nell Scovell wrote an article for Vanity Fair about her experience working for David Letterman and it is really good. She used to be a writer on Letterman back when he was still on NBC. She decided to use the forum offered to her at Vanity Fair not so much to hammer Letterman, but to hammer an entire industry. Late night writing staffs. She claims that with the exception of Jimmy Kimmel (and we know about that female writer) the rest of the late night staffs have zero women writers. None.
Although Nell does trash Letterman, she admits that she doesn't want him to go down or get fired. She has no interest in suing. She shares her experiences to show what it is like for any female writer that does somehow get hired for a late night show writing job. It's powerful.
"Without naming names or digging up decades-old dirt, let’s address the pertinent questions. 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."
Writing for Letterman was her dream job but she quit after just a few short months because of what was going on there. She does admit though that recently she tried to get hired again on Letterman as a part-time writer so it is obvious that she was willing to throw herself back into the situation. I admire her for that disclosure because it would have been very easy for her to say nothing, but at the same time I wonder why if it was so awful would she subject herself to it again. True, the job was working from home rather at the studio, but why would you ever want to go back to work for the same employer that you couldn't wait to leave before.