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David Letterman Apologizes For Sexism While Hosting ‘Late Night’

David Letterman is speaking out against his own acts of sexism in a new interview with Vanity Fair.

In the interview, the former "Late Night" host speaks to former "Late Night" writer Nell Scovell about a story she wrote a decade ago, in which she called out Letterman for sexist behavior behind-the-scenes.

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In the original article, Scovell wrote about Letterman not hiring enough female writers in addition to having inappropriate relations with staffers, ultimately leading to her quitting the show.

"You know, the other night I read the piece that you wrote 10 years ago," Letterman tells Scovell.

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"And I thought, ‘Holy [explective], this is so disturbing’ and, sadly, a perspective that I did not have."

He continued, "I’m sorry I was that way and I was happy to have read the piece because it wasn’t angering."

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"I felt horrible because who wants to be the guy that makes people unhappy to work where they’re working? I don’t want to be that guy."

"I’m not that guy now. I was that guy then," Letterman admitted.

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Reflecting on their recent conversation, Scovell wrote, "We need more dialogue so men can understand the difference between criticism and condemnation. And we need more dialogue so women can voice discomfort without fear of retaliation."

Scovell concludes, "Dave’s willingness to speak to me on the record is part of him making amends. His acknowledgment of mistakes and regret go out to those who were wronged. They also go out to the enablers and defenders of his behavior. That’s equally important."

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