Whitney Cummings stopped by to promote her show, "Whitney," telling Howard she was unusually nervous: "I'm sweating already. Profusely...I'm following Elle Macpherson, which is really killing my self-esteem." At Howard's request, Whitney then stripped off her stockings, mock-covering her legs: "Aren't they pale?" Howard hoped Whitney had weathered the critics: "Are you on medication? You know why I say that? I say it because I detect it in you. You're a woman who's full of anxiety. And, I mean, even when you come in here you get anxious and sweaty and all that stuff...[and then] you were taking a beating in the paper. Reviews were, like, brutal."
Bullets From All Sides
Whitney said she was afraid of tearing up: "The negative feedback about the show was not just about the show. It got very personal." Critics speculated openly that she was too skinny, looked old, or slept her way to the top. Howard noted that even Norm MacDonald had joined in, joking from the mock-perspective of an NBC exec: "There's a young girl that's middling-attractive that swears a lot. Let's get her." Whitney joked: "He thinks I'm middling attractive? That's so sweet." Whitney said she'd had much bigger issues to deal with that gave her perspective, Her mother had a stroke and she had to send her sister to rehab during the media storm. Whitney explained how she had to pry her sister from her dealer with the most threatening words she could find: "I was, like, lifting the speech of Liam Neeson in 'Taken'." To cope with it all, she's now on an anti-depressant: "Its side-effect is drowsiness. So I actually use it as a sleeping pill." And Whitney's producers have repositioned the show as a more Friends-like ensemble, a position Whitney characterized as: "Let's do some stories that you're not in to take the pressure off."
Why Whitney Doesn't Date in Hollywood
"These men get paid millions of dollars to be sexy, attractive, charismatic--all these things. You fall in love with them. … You're defenseless against these men."