appeared on Late Show with David Letterman
on March 31, 1994, her coarse language, including thirteen uses of the word "fuck
", made the episode the most censored
in American network television
talk-show history; it also resulted in some of the highest ratings of Letterman's late-night career.
Madonna's language and behavior—which was provocative, seemingly random at times, full of double entendres
, and ended with a refusal to leave the set—caused a large public controversy
. Time Magazine
The Federal Communications Commission
received numerous complaints, echoing Letterman's remarks that "people <!-- check the transcript/recording: Letterman said nothing about "middle America" --> don't want strong language in their homes on late night television
This was not Madonna's first or last appearance with Letterman. She was a guest on his talk show in 1988
with comedienne Sandra Bernhard
On a September 30, 2009 appearance on Letterman, Madonna stated she had smoked a joint before appearing on the program, although it was not clear if she was joking or serious.
When Madonna was a guest on the March 31, 1994 edition of The Late Show
, it marked her first appearance on American television
that year. <!-- It would help to understand the rest of the details if this introduction were to be expanded with context about the various kinds of publicity Madonna... Read More