He started talking to me more, and we developed a rapport.
- Stephanie Birkitt, in 2002, on how she and David Letterman grew close.
When Burkitt uttered those words during a chat with Entertainment Weekly, no one had a clue just how tight of a rapport her and her boss at The Late Show with David Letterman had developed.
Now, of course, the world is aware that she and Letterman carried on a sexual relationship, one that took place right around the time of this interview.
That makes for an interesting examination of her words from 2002, as Stephanie was asked about the backstage behavior of this popular talk show host:
On whether Letterman is a grouch in real lie: He's not that way at all. He's the best boss I've ever had.
On typical interaction with Letterman backstage: One time we had a bunch of pizzas in the office. There were 12 pieces left, and Dave said, ''I'll give you $300 if you can eat it all.'' I managed to eat only nine slices, [but] he was gracious enough to pay me $20 per slice, even the slices I'd eaten before.
Later this week, it was also revealed that Dave paid Holly Hester to eat some of his pizza... if you know what we mean!
Because she began appearing on the air occasionally back then, Birkitt was asked if she was recognized on the street. She replied:
"Once in a while, outside the theater, but in real life, no. I look like everybody else my age. My mother can't pick me out of a lineup sometimes."
This, of course, will likely change going forward, as Birkitt's ex-boyfriend Robert Halderman outed her affair with Letterman when he moronically tried to extort millions from the comedian.