Maya Rudolph reveals David Letterman made her feel ’embarrassed and humiliated’ during first time on show.
Maya Rudolph has revealed she has been left “embarrassed and humiliated” by David Letterman making the first time on The David Letterman Show.
The 60-year-old star had appeared on the comedian’s TV series in 1993 and 1996, but the first time on The Late Show, she was forced to watch him make jokes about her breasts and said she had never experienced anything like it.
The American actress, who is celebrating her 40th birthday on Sunday, said she has never felt such “embarrassment and humiliation” from a major entertainment personality in her life but added: “I don’t know why, it’s not on me that it would happen but I feel like, of all people it’s David Letterman.”
When she appeared on the show she was asked: “I know you know, I mean, let’s get real. You were out of your mind when you came up here. I know you know you were.”
And she said: “I got really embarrassed and humiliated. To make that joke about my breasts. Then I went downstairs and everyone was laughing, thinking he made me out to be a sexual object, like I was some kind of sex doll. And then I go, ‘OK, I think I’m done with him’. It was really humiliating. I didn’t know how to respond to it. I just felt like it was not OK.”
Rudolph said she wanted to “just leave the place, I don’t know what my intention was. I felt very hurt and embarrassed, just embarrassed and humiliated. I just want to get out and I don’t know what to do.”
David Letterman took to Twitter to apologise for the incident and said on Thursday, the 13-year veteran presenter was “not aware” at the time of the joke.
Rudolph’s mother, Carol, and her brother, Michael, told the News Limited newspaper: “Maya told us she feels as if she is an object of ridicule