On July 5 1987, Madonna was interviewed by Jane Pauley on NBC-TV’s “Today” and caused a controversy when she referred to her hometown of Bay City, Michigan as “a smelly little town” – a comment that enraged the citizens of Bay City. On July 7, Madonna performed at the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan and apologized to 42,000 fans for the comments she made about her hometown during the interview.
On June 9, 1987, Madonna made her first TV talk-show appearance on NBC-TV’s The Tonight Show (hosted by Johnny Carson).
On April 18, 2012, Madonna told NBC’s Harry Smith, “I need to be a tougher mom.”
Juggling a new album that debuted at number one and being a single mother to four kids is not easy, Madonna told Smith, saying she may need to toughen up after photos surfaced of her 15-year-old daughter smoking a cigarette.
On March 31, 1994, Madonna guested on CBS-TV’s Late Show With David Letterman: during the 20-minute interview, she says the word “fuck” 13 times, makes obscene remarks and wisecracks, refuses to leave the set and is rude to her host; her lewd and vulgar behavior causes a public and media controversy and Letterman also expresses his displeasure by her appearance on his show.
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