Betty on the News: Letterman Producer Defends His Boss to NOW

Will Rob Burnett's efforts prove to be fruitless?

Betty on the News: Letterman Producer Defends His Boss to National Organization for Women

Will Rob Burnett’s efforts prove to be fruitless?

-Carolyn French

David Letterman

Late Show with David Letterman executive producer Rob Burnett has written a response to Terry O’Neill, the president of the National Organization for Women, in an attempt to defend the company’s treatment of women.

O’Neill had previously said that David Letterman’s actions created a “toxic environment,” and Burnett is here to say that that is simply not true.

“Since we started as a company in 1993, we have taken very seriously the issues you raise regarding respect for women in the workplace,” he wrote. “And, as an employee of David Letterman’s since 1985, I have personally found the work environment on his shows to be fair, professional and entirely merit-based at all times.”

Burnett also noted that his boss’ admissions “did not stem from a complaint from anyone on our staff, but rather from an alleged attempt to commit a crime, extortion, against Dave, who decided to take the matter to law enforcement.”

He maintains that the company’s human resources department has spoken with every member of the Late Show staff, and not a single grievance has been filed. (

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