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Will David Letterman's Antics Turn Off Women Viewers?

Will David Letterman's Antics Turn Off Women Viewers?

David Letterman surprised viewers last week by revealing that he had affairs with multiple women on his staff. The confession raises ethical concerns, such as whether Letterman used his position of power to get in bed with female underlings. But besides these ethical questions, some people want to know what this means for his ratings.

The AP wonders if the "creepy" revelation, along with previous spats with Sarah Palin that many considered to be sexist, will turn women off so much that they turn off his show. (Note: women make up 58 percent of Dave's audience.) Back in June, Letterman said Palin sported the "slutty flight attendant look," and he caught heat for making an indecent joke about Palin's young daughter.

Following the latest scandal, Dave is in good shape. His ratings were up 22 percent Thursday night. But who knows, maybe his apparent womanizing will make some viewers change the channel.

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equestriennechic equestriennechic 7 years
I've always hated him. I hope he gets fired.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
I'm not a fan of letterman, but I think that if he wants to sleep about then thats between him and his wife. Regardless of whether the "incident" happened now or ten years ago.
doogirl doogirl 7 years
Who cares that he had sex with his staffers? Is anyone really surprised by this? He's fun to watch, he didn't force anyone into anything, what he does behind closed doors does not make a bit of difference to me!
kurniakasih kurniakasih 7 years
I don't watch him and will not start watching him too because of this. But his 'scandal' doesn't concern me. I still think this is between him and his family, as for him sleeping with his underlings, well, it's up to CBS (or the power that be on that network) to deal with that one.
care0531 care0531 7 years
If anything I will watch him more. I admire his courage to come clean on his own and on his own terms. I am sure this happens more then we know and it's better that he gets to tell all of America before the rumors start.
sparklepants sparklepants 7 years
i do think his personal life has everything to do with the show but don't think his ratings will be affected. he was immediately honest and addressed it which i think will go a long way with viewers, especially women. in my opinion, he really didn't even do anything wrong. he wasn't married at the time. his ethics may be a little questionable, but isn't everyone's to some degree?
Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
It won't affect me either, I've never watched his show (or any late night show for that matter - I'm usually in bed lol, besides I just don't watch that much tv).
ali321 ali321 7 years
I used to watch his show years ago. I don't really now, so it won't affect me. You know I honestly always thought he came off as a cheater. Not really sure why. I suppose I respect him a little less, but I think it will blow over. It's a personal thing and he was honest about it.
Choco-cat Choco-cat 7 years
it's not that i don't think what happened shouldn't turn people off; it's just that i don't think it will. it's all to common men in power use that power to bed women - i don't think we even bat an eyelash at it.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
agree michlny... it wasn't rape, it wasn't manipulation, it was consensual adults, though a little skeezy since he was dating his now-wife and since they were his underlings. and you know what? he is not the first boss in history to hook up with coworkers, and certainly won't be the last.
michlny michlny 7 years
The women were of age and totally willing parties - he did nothing wrong.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
i doubt it will have an effect....hard core females who would be offended by this kind of thing probably aren't watching late night talk shows anyway...there was so-called offensive stuff on his and other shows before, as well, and i think that the viewers who tune in to letterman will continue to do so
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