'He said my name wrong': Maya Rudolph says David Letterman 'embarrassed and humiliated' her on his show

'He said my name wrong': Maya Rudolph says David Letterman 'embarrassed and humiliated' her on his show
Maya Rudolph claims David Letterman called her name wrong on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman' in 2009 (Jon Kopaloff, Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Comedian Maya Rudolph in a recent interview claimed that she didn’t enjoy her time at David Letterman's show as a guest in 2009. The 'Saturday Night Live' star alleged that she was "embarrassed and humiliated" by the iconic host on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman' after he deliberately called her name incorrectly.

“He said my name wrong, and I just sat there, like, I grew up my whole life in love with you. And now my heart is broken. And I’m sitting here embarrassed and humiliated,” she told WSJ magazine in a cover story interview published on Friday, October 28. “I didn’t know how to handle it,” the 50-year-old actress continued. “I didn’t know how to come up with something funny to say. My public persona muscle wasn’t strong yet.”

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Rudolph who earned a name for herself through the ‘Saturday Night Live’ show, which she joined back in 1999, admitted that she had a hard time facing interviews and making red-carpet appearances during her early career. She shared, “It would always feel like someone was stealing my soul. That’s where, over the years, I created a persona to protect myself.” Rudolph further said to the outlet, “I’ve definitely gotten much better. When I’m uncomfortable, I try to be funny.”

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Maya Rudolph attends the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California.
Maya Rudolph attends the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California (David Livingston/Getty Images)

Having been in showbiz for over a decade, the 'Bridesmaids' actress still refuses to be called a celebrity. “I know I’m a working actor and people know who I am, but I don’t feel like a celebrity, because that word means something else today to me,” she justified. “There are a lot of different types of celebrities these days and a lot of self-made celebrities where people are famous for being famous, and that isn’t what I do,” stated Rudolph.

During her appearance at the show back in 2009, Rudolph was pregnant. The 'Grown Ups' star now shares four children, Pearl, 17, Lucille, 12, Jack, 11, and Minnie, 9, with partner Paul Thomas Anderson, reported Page Six.

In her interview, the comedian also talked about how she always makes sure family remains her top priority, amid a demanding work schedule. “Believe me, I am not a Pollyanna who’s like, I smile all day, every day. I get stressed out, I get pissed off, but I learned I could make a choice for myself, and it’s liberating,” she said. “Maybe people who’ve worked as long as I have make other choices and have nicer cars. I don’t know, but it’s so important for me to [try to] have that balance," added Rudolph.

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