Paris Hilton has opened up about how David Letterman “purposefully” humiliated her in an uncomfortable interview from 2007 that has recently resurfaced. This isn’t the first time Letterman has been criticized for making women uncomfortable as other interviews with Lindsay Lohan and Janet Jackson have also been heavily commented on.
Lettermans team asked Paris to go on the show for months however she refused as she didn’t want to talk about her time in jail. When she was promoting her newest fragrance Paris agreed to appear on The Late Show with David Letterman as she had been on the show many times and they agreed to go on so long as her jail time wasn’t brought up.
"He'd always have fun with me and joke around, but I thought he would keep his word on this and I was wrong."
After some small talk Letterman immediately grilled Paris and asked invasive questions about the experience. Looking visibly uncomfortable she tried to shut the conversation down saying she’s moved on with her life and no longer wanted to talk about it but Letterman still continued his questioning.
"Just being up there, it was like he was purposefully trying to humiliate me. And during commercial breaks I'd look at him, like please stop doing this. You promised me you wouldn't talk about this and that's the only reason I agreed to come on the show."
Paris didn’t tell him off as she is not that kind of person but she told him "It was just very cruel and very mean. And after it ended I looked at him and I said I'm never coming on the show again. You've crossed the line." Following their interview, Letterman apologized and sent her a case of wine.
We’re proud of Paris for opening up about her experience and we hope that this allows talk show hosts to think again when trying to cross young womens boundaries in interviews.