Vanity Fair: David Letterman’s ‘Late Show’ Is ‘Like a Cult’

by | March 2, 2010 at 1:03 PM | Late Night, The Late Show with David Letterman, TV News

'The Late Show with David Letterman' (CBS)

'The Late Show with David Letterman' (CBS)

Television audiences have loved David Letterman for years, and it sounds like his staff is smitten with the comedian, too. Vanity Fair writes that the adoration Letterman’s crew has for him is “like a cult.”

This “cult” like following is being spotlighted as editor Mark Seal writes of the vibe around the ‘The Late Show with David Letterman‘ set following last year’s tabloid scandal involving an alleged extortion attempt and Letterman admitting to having had multiple affairs with his female staff.

Seal spoke to Matt Lauer on ‘The Today Show‘ and talked of Letterman staffers telling of an “almost Bill Clinton-like charisma” about their boss. “People want to be around him. People want to be close to him,” Seal said.

Another former female employee admitted to watching the show, nearly 18 years after leaving, and hoping Letterman still likes her.

With a trial date in the alleged extortion case expected to be announced soon, word from a ‘Late Show’ executive producer that Letterman is willing to testify in court is certain to keep things interesting once proceedings get under way.