David Letterman under fire for 'gross' Lindsay Lohan interview

Marni Dixit
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·4-min read

David Letterman is copping huge backlash after an interview he did with Lindsay Lohan in 2013 recently resurfaced, showing him repeatedly making fun of her for going to rehab.

The interview was meant to be about Lindsay's new film Scary Movie 5, however, The Late Show host instead brought up the actress' court-ruled rehab stint which was set to take place soon after. It was also something David didn't bring up in the pre-interview, leaving Lindsay shocked and clearly uncomfortable by the questioning.

David Letterman is being slammed for a 2013 interview with Lindsay Lohan where he repeatedly asks her about rehab. Photo: CBS
David Letterman is being slammed for a 2013 interview with Lindsay Lohan where he repeatedly asks her about rehab. Photo: CBS

"Aren’t you supposed to be in rehab now?" he asks the star.

"Do you not watch anything that goes on? What are you a tabloid now?" Lindsay responds, clearly annoyed.

David then continues his questioning asking her, "How long will you be in rehab?" He then quickly followed up with, "How many times have you been to rehab?" As well as, "How will this time be different?"

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"What are they rehabbing first of all? What is on their list? What are they going to work on when you walk through the door?" he continued.

Getting exceedingly uncomfortable, Lindsay tells him: "We didn’t discuss this in the pre-interview, just saying."

"I think, to be honest, I’m the happiest when I’m working and the healthiest and I think this is an opportunity for me to, you know, focus on what I love in life and I don’t think it’s a bad thing. I think it’s a blessing," she added.

Despite her attempt to get him to move on with his questioning, David continues to ask her about rehab and her lifestyle. At one point, Lindsay tells him they've already spoken about this in the past.

"Really? When did we? Now I’m the one having blackouts. I ought to be in rehab, for the love of God," he said.

"We're here for a movie, let's stay on the positive," she responded.

David then tried to move onto a pre-planned segment, but Lindsay didn't trust him, asking to check his notes after being taken by surprise by the rehab questions.

Lindsay was clearly unimpressed by David's line of questioning. Photo: CBS
Lindsay was clearly unimpressed by David's line of questioning. Photo: CBS

Unimpressed by his notes, the actress later told him: "You can’t make a joke of it, that’s so mean. No, you’re not doing that. We’re not doing that. No, it’s my show now."

The clip was shared on Twitter with the caption, "This Lindsay Lohan interview on David Letterman in 2013 is horrifying to watch now."

Many fans were impressed with how Lindsay remained calm and kept the mood light despite being obviously annoyed by the questions.

Lindsay tried to keep the mood light, asking David to talk about the movie she was there to promote. Photo: CBS
Lindsay tried to keep the mood light, asking David to talk about the movie she was there to promote. Photo: CBS

"He really enjoyed asking women inappropriate questions and watching them squirm while the audience laughed," one person wrote on Twitter alongside another clip of an interview David did with Christina Aguilera.

Another said, "This clip is horrifying in so many ways but one thing that stuck out to me is it is the perfect example of when women try to politely advocate for themselves in a way that society would hopefully deem 'not bitchy' and yet they get steamrolled and ignored."

"Cruel and ignorant," someone else wrote. "Until people understand addiction is a disease there is no hope. My God."

"She was very poised, sweet and classy here," one user wrote on YouTube. "I really felt sorry for her."

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The video was shared to Twitter with fans commenting on how "cruel" David was. Photo: Twitter

"I really admire her composure but this is just so gross," another said.

"To make fun of someone going to get help and recover is just so low," someone else added. "He did not have to do all this to her. she handled it gracefully but to expect that from women in Hollywood is absurd. Being kind should be the golden standard."

"How cruel," another wrote. "He didn't do this to her in the pre-interview and then he's changing things for the cameras.

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