One of the most effective weapons in Dave Letterman’s arsenal is his faux-naïve act. Unlike his rival Jay Leno, “The Late Show” host can be a relentless interrogator, but he often disguises his grilling with feigned obliviousness.
Case in point: Wednesday’s sit-down with Kim and Kourtney Kardashian, who were in town to promote their latest reality show, or maybe their new line of diet supplements, but really just themselves. Letterman dove right into the subject of Kim’s messy personal life by pretending not to know much about it at all.
“Now, you’re still married to the former husband, Kris Humphries?” he asked, sounding curious rather than judgmental. When Kim replied in the affirmative, Letterman went in for the kill: “Now, when are you going to wrap that up?”
“Well, I’m trying, and it’s a process. ... I’ve been trying for almost two years now, um, to wrap it up, but it’s, you know, it’s hard,” Kim said. (For the record, it’s been less than 15 months.)