Janet on The David Letterman Show

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Top of pageBottom of page   By dove-7 ( on Tuesday, March 30, 2004 - 04:43 am:


Top of pageBottom of page   By Michael/Cleoharvey ( on Tuesday, March 30, 2004 - 10:11 am:

David Letterman has a reputation in the industry for being unable to interview women. There is a list of female recording and motion picture stars who refuse to go on his show, no matter what they have to promote. His uncomofortable, puerile, frat-boy style can be annoying to women. The interview with Janet Jackson illustrated this in spades. It is understood that since Janet is doing interviews she is going to have pay it to the piper. However the nations continued hyper-reaction to the Super Bowl is ridiculous and Janet should be treated as the star she has become. Last night it was clear that Jackson was not happy with Letterman and will be added to the list of women who will not go on the show again (including, Cher, Madonna, Jessica Lange, among others).

Top of pageBottom of page   By Gary ( on Tuesday, March 30, 2004 - 11:36 am:

Michael...I hope what you say is true and, for her own sake, Janet doesn't make any more appearances on Letterman, or any other talk show for that matter. Her appearance on Letterman did absolutely nothing to improve her image. She came across as a total airhead.

I'm sure she is eager to hype her new CD (which sucks, I've heard), but how can she possibly think the fallout from her Super Bowl antics has died down? It hasn't, and for better or worse, it probably won't for quite some time. For her to think Letterman wouldn't question her at length about that episode is absurd.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Reese ( on Tuesday, March 30, 2004 - 12:24 pm:

I didn't see Janet's interview with David,so I can't comment on that. But I'm sure that it will be all over the various entertainment shows this evening.

But I never heard that Letterman had a problem with interviewing women. I've seen him do very well with Diana, Aretha, and Tina. Each of them have appeared on his show at least twice, and seemed to enjoy speaking with him.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Farrer ( on Tuesday, March 30, 2004 - 12:27 pm:

Is she stupid or what? She should have been ready for him and well coached with a good story. He is an ass. Her handlers should have prepared her better but I'm beginning to wonder if she has any that she listens to or if she's just so huge that she calls her own shots. It seems she called the SB thing on her own which backfired in a bigger way than I would have predicted. Maybe if she cultivated a "bad girl" image she could turn the tide back to her own control. Or further backfire it. Just too much wholsomeness in mid-term Bush times for MTV SB halftime...

Anyway, it was quite a stunt and I applauded it initially for the brass of it but it annoyed me for the sheer, blatant, sensational opportunity it afforded her.

Good luck on her comeback but not really my kind of entertainer.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Livonia Ken ( on Tuesday, March 30, 2004 - 12:28 pm:

Letterman tends to be somewhat flirty and/or mock-flustered with famous female guests. This does not usually work well with guests who tend to be reserved/shy. I did not see the episode last night and can't comment on that either.


Top of pageBottom of page   By KevGo ( on Tuesday, March 30, 2004 - 12:33 pm:

Janet Jackson was as shy with Letterman as she was with Jay Leno when she appeared on "The Tonight Show" to promote her last album "All For You". The only time I actually saw Janet open up and have some degree of fun during a live in-studio interview was when she appeared on Oprah Winfrey's show during the "Velvet Rope" period.

I do wish Janet the best of luck with her new album and her relationship with Jermaine Dupri.

Kevin Goins - KevGo

Top of pageBottom of page   By zulu warrior ( on Tuesday, March 30, 2004 - 02:23 pm:

She was so fine, though.....

Top of pageBottom of page   By Bong-Man ( on Tuesday, March 30, 2004 - 04:09 pm:

After "Zippy the monkey" bit Sandra Bernhardt on the hand, Dave asked Sandra if Zippy had broken the skin. Sandra, who was crying and quite shook up said no. Dave responded, "that's good....or we'd have to get Zippy a tetenus shot".

He gets along quite well with Drew Barrymore....including the personal strip-tease on his desk.

It's that kind of show...don't want to play along, stay home.

Top of pageBottom of page   By DyvaNaye ( on Tuesday, March 30, 2004 - 04:48 pm:

The dress was interesting, actually I have a belt like that square...
She came out dressed provocatively...so she set her self up for another round of questions and jokes and innuendos...I mean I did not expect for her to come out in a turtle neck, but perhaps a more casual apperance to avoid conflict. Oh well, Ce la Vie!

Top of pageBottom of page   By JACKIE ( on Tuesday, March 30, 2004 - 05:27 pm:


Top of pageBottom of page   By The Count ( on Tuesday, March 30, 2004 - 05:36 pm:

Shes just promoting her front out komming, and looking for more exposure.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Juicefree20 ( on Tuesday, March 30, 2004 - 06:01 pm:

We started a thread on this as the interview was happening. My opinion was that she did nothing to sell her CD. Dave was trying to give her an opening to say something significant & she just was not a good subject. Janet has spent the last 10 years busting out of her shell. Last night, she just came across as being vapid.

We all know Letterman, if you don't like his type of antics, or, humor, don't go on to show. What I saw was 10 minutes of nothing & honestly, she said nothing that helped her image. I dont know if she's still shellshocked, scared that she may say something wrong, I don't know. If she honestly expected him not to ask about the whole fiasco, I don't know why. I do know that when you have a product to sell, you try to sell it. Even when he asked her about the CD, she had nothing to say. She said nothing to sell her CD, nothing to sell herself & nothing to make herself appear to be bright. Janet is a bit more expressive than that. All I feel is that she wasted 10 minutes of my time.


Top of pageBottom of page   By Greg C. ( on Tuesday, March 30, 2004 - 07:12 pm:

I felt Janet carried herself with a certain level of tact and decorum last night. Letterman came off like a jerk! That was a terrible interview. Leterman would NOT let the 'NIPPLEGATE' incident go. He kept bringing it up over and over and grilling her about it as if she was suppose to give him the correct and appropiate answer that would appease him. She was visibly annoyed and she had a right to be. This incident has been OVERPLAYED to the hilt. We all know about it. We all have our opinions. Let's move on.

Then he asked about her to comment about Michael and asked if she'd spoken with him and when she said she had he asked what did she say. Her answer was priceless. "Things brothers and sisters talk about." Translation: None of your damn business, Dave!

There was very little said about the album. That was an afterthought. Oh well...

Top of pageBottom of page   By LadyMystique ( on Tuesday, March 30, 2004 - 08:14 pm:

I have Janet's CD and I think it is very good...really explicit, but good. Sometimes I think she should tone it down, but that's just my opinion. That's all I could say! :)

Top of pageBottom of page   By Dinelle ( on Tuesday, March 30, 2004 - 08:36 pm:

All jokes aside. At least we could just forget about that stupid Super Bowl epidsode. After all, we should be blaming Justin Timberlake for this whole thing.

Top of pageBottom of page   By mybrother1 ( on Tuesday, March 30, 2004 - 09:57 pm:

All I got to say is that she is fine as she wants to be and I seen the interview and it was clear to me that David Letterman loved what he was looking at and although he was funny, he was straight forward and blushing and acting as if he wished he could see more of Janet, but who wouldn't. I do wish she would of been alot better in her interview, but due to the circumstances and I know she was just trying to promote her new album, like everyone else(Madonna,Cher, Christian Algular, Britney)Janet has done nothing different from any of them, they need to leave fine ass janet alone before she really gets loose and take it all off, ha ha

Top of pageBottom of page   By Stephanie ( on Tuesday, March 30, 2004 - 11:16 pm:

Janet is a professional.I think she handled herself very well. It seemed as though Letterman wanted her to admit to something. He continually asked her the same question,about what happened at the Superbowl. I'm just happy that Janet maintained her initial statement that it was not done intentionally. The support that Jermaine Dupri has shown towards Janet is incredible. He resigned from the recording academy due to what happened that night at the Superbowl. Janet looks truly happy this time around and I wish them both all the happiness in the world.

Top of pageBottom of page   By zulu warrior ( on Tuesday, March 30, 2004 - 11:25 pm:

It reminded me of why I/we love her, tender, talented, supple, willful, beautiful.....

Top of pageBottom of page   By Charise ( on Wednesday, March 31, 2004 - 04:18 am:

She did look good. He tried to pry answers, but she wasn't givin' up NOTHING & I'm glad! I hope he didn't think she was going to give him an exclusive! He asked her about Michael and she said she could not comment on that, and that they talk. She asked if they could talk about something else, because she is over the SB stuff.
On another note: I saw her on the show Access Hollywood and the interviewer asked her did she refuse to do the Grammy's or was she asked not show up and she said that they asked her not to show up, She said I'm not going to go where I'm not wanted-(I SECOND THAT EMOTION)
She was also asked if everything was okay between her and Justin Timberlake, she said they have not spoken since SB incident. She asked her are you still friends and she said "at some point he and I need to talk." Oh, and I know most of you know that CBS censors bleeped her when she said "Jesus"
She said that in exasperation when Letterman asked her about the SB malfunction. Now that is a freakin' shame when you have to bleep the name of Jesus!!! Bunch of Hypocrites!!!! I do find it interesting that Timberlake likes being accepted by the black community because of his singing style, but when it comes down to owning up to the part he played, he turned his back real quick!!(Actin' like she was on stage by herself!)
CHICKEN LITTLE!!!!!! You all know that's why she said at some point they need to talk. I'm not a person who likes a lot of idol gossip, but I would love to hear that conversation!!!! P.S. she is on Good Morning America 3/31/04 and SNL 4/10/04

Top of pageBottom of page   By Charise ( on Wednesday, March 31, 2004 - 04:26 am:

Greg C. & Stephanie, ditto on the comments!!!! He probably wanted her to stand up on his desk like Drew and Courtney and FLASH him!! NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The most he got to do was kiss her hand.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Michael/Cleoharvey ( on Wednesday, March 31, 2004 - 10:11 am:

So that anyone won't think that it was only my opinion that David Letterman was unfair to Janet Jackson, Liz Smith in today's New York Post called the interview smirking, insulting and prosecutorial in Letterman's manner, and said that one could only be on Jackson's side in what was little more than an excuse to mock her. Liz said that in spite of everything, Janet has a kind of built-in dignity, sweetness and mystery that rose above the interview.

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