The recent Letterman scandal that everyone has been buzzing about is making many wonder where to draw the line when it comes to office place romances.
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Audra Lowe: Recent Letterman scandal that has everybody talking about. A lot of people are wondering where you should draw the line when it comes to office place romances, so here to help break it all down for us a celebrity relationship expert and psychologist, Dr. Nancy Mramor, welcome to the show. Dr. Nancy Mramor: It’s great to be here. Audra Lowe: There’s a lot going on with this particular topic. Dr. Nancy Mramor: Yes, they keep us busy. Audra Lowe: They do, but the big deal here is celebrities versus real people. There’s a difference in how they handle versus everybody else, right? Dr. Nancy Mramor: Well, celebrities are used to feeling they’re important and they used to having a lot of attention and so they are much more susceptible to an affair or a relationship outside of their primary relationship because of that nature of celebrity itself. Audra Lowe: Okay. Dr. Nancy Mramor: So, they are more at risks. That’s kind of a set up for them to be taken in by an affair much more easily. Audra Lowe: Right. Dr. Nancy Mramor: It doesn’t excuse it and I think we’re starting to see that right now, that in light of the current situation with David Letterman, he is not going to get out easy. Audra Lowe: He is not and in real life typically, you don’t get out too easy. There’s a lot of harsher. Dr. Nancy Mramor: It’s a lot of harsher and I think a lot of businesses really want to keep the business rolling, keep things moving. I’m sure that that’s exactly what the network wants to do. They want to keep things going smoothly but at the same time they don’t want to ignore the situation because what they do with David Letterman is going to set the bar. Audra Lowe: Exactly. Dr. Nancy Mramor: Because he is not the only one. Audra Lowe: Right. Dr. Nancy Mramor: And he won’t be the first and the last. Audra Lowe: And won’t be the last either. Dr. Nancy Mramor: No, not the first or the last. Audra Lowe: Alright, so there are a lot of negative effects when it comes to office romance and let’s go down a couple of the points here. What do you think you say there’s an increase risks in too much disclosure, right? Dr. Nancy Mramor: Of too much disclosure because their lives are too public and some celebrities really enjoy the publicity, others do not. Audra Lowe: Yeah. Dr. Nancy Mramor: And in this case he is not going to be able to manage trying to mend his marriage in a quiet sort of the way. The way somebody perhaps in an office situation might. Audra Lowe: And in an office situation you might be revealing sensitive company information to one another, that’s the big deal right there, is it right? Dr. Nancy Mramor: Exactly, yes it is. Audra Lowe: Alright, also you blur the lines. You distract the environment and also affect the other employees too. Dr. Nancy Mramor: Very much out of the jealousy because they assume you’re getting things that they are not because you’re having a relationship with the boss that you’re getting a promotion or just more attention or just more inside information. Audra Lowe: Right. Dr. Nancy Mramor: Because you’re having that. Audra Lowe: You talk about this a little bit earlier but proximity is a big issue especially for celebrities. They are constantly on the set with them all the time. You’re talking about a lot more than you would. Normally, if you just have casual encounters. Dr. Nancy Mramor: Exactly. Audra Lowe: Is that the same with people on the office. Dr. Nancy Mramor: Well, no because you usually well not in David Letterman’s case but most celebrities are acting out love scenes. Audra Lowe: Yeah. Dr. Nancy Mramor: With their co-hosts and their relationships become much more elevated because the relationship that they play on the screen is very romantic. It’s much more romantic than what happens in real life. Audra Lowe: Yeah. Dr. Nancy Mramor: But whether you’re playing out the scene or whether you’re off the set with the same star or the same co-star, you really are developing a different kind of rela