In particular, Madonna said the word "fuck" fourteen times during the course of the interview.This made the episode the most censored in American network television talk-show history while at the same time garnering Letterman some of the best ratings he ever received.Madonna chalked it up as a part of her "rebellious period", while Letterman admitted that he now understood how beaten up Madonna must have felt by the press during that time and that he contributed to that.Madonna then concluded that they were both having a "weak moment", which was met by laughter from both the audience and Letterman.
This was, however, her first appearance since Letterman moved from NBC to CBS in 1993. " to which Letterman responded, "everything's fine, just relax, will ya?
The Federal Communications Commission received numerous complaints about the language used on the show, echoing Letterman's (sarcastic) remark that she had to stop using the bad language "because people don't want that in their own homes at at night".
This was not Madonna's first or last appearance with Letterman.
In a subsequent interview with USA Today, Letterman noted how Madonna sent him a fax on his birthday, shortly after the episode aired. For example, in an episode of The Critic titled "Sherman, Woman and Child", Madonna is featured as a profane guest of Humphrey the Hippo, a parody of Barney & Friends.
In the Space Ghost Coast to Coast episode "Bobcat," comedian Bobcat Goldthwait sarcastically comments to the character Moltar that Space Ghost's interview with The Ramones "is going as well as the Letterman-Madonna interview." Following the incident, Madonna's appearances on Letterman did not end.
Letterman, following up from events earlier in the program, asked her to kiss a man in the audience; Madonna refused.