David Letterman Addresses Sarah Palin Controversy

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David Letterman has apologized for his jokes about Gov. Sarah Palin and her family that sparked angry replies from the former V.P. nominee earlier this week.

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Tuesday night on The Late Show, Letterman quipped that Palin's daughter was knocked up Alex Rodriguez during a Yankees game, and that the hardest part of the Palins' New York City trip was keeping Eliot Spitzer away from their daughter.

This prompted the governor and her husband, Todd Palin, to slam Letterman for his "sexually perverted comments" about their 14-year-old daughter, Willow.

Todd fumed on Facebook: "Any 'jokes' about raping my 14-year-old are despicable. Alaskans know it and I believe the rest of the world knows it, too."

A familiar David Letterman expression, certainly applicable to this story.

Last night, Dave said he was referring to Bristol Palin, 18, not Willow. He admitted his jokes were in "questionable taste" and that he regrets telling them.

But, he added, he did nothing to advocate sexual relations with a minor, nor would he ever. As far as being guilty of anything but making jokes in bad taste, of which he has told thousands over the years, the talk show host pleaded innocent.

That about sums it up if you ask us. An acknowledgment that he crossed the line was warranted, as was clarification on what he meant by the aforementioned jokes. But, by the same token, the Palins could chill the eff out a little.

Letterman even invited Sarah to come on the show as a gesture of good faith. Here's his explanation of, and commentary on, the recent controversy:


chill the "ef" out. ... that about sums up the acumen of the juveniles who write about and work in hollywood. i hope when your 14 year old daughter becomes the target of a 60 year old man your attitude and disregard is as casual.


"Palins need to chill the eff out?" Who is the 14 year old on your staff? The writer or editor of this article? Unprofessional hacks... both you and Letterman, that about sums it up for me.


Dave has ceased to garner laughs for at least 10 years now, so i dont buy his excuse that it was humor in "bad taste". as well, the Palin who was at the game was the 14 year old, and its right to point out what sick humor and twisted login Dave is using.


Letterman is indeed a perverted old man in white socks. He has no
class and his attempt to improve ratings is pathetic.


GIVE ME A BREAK!! yea he has done this for years! He used to be funny 20 plus years ago! But there is ABSOLUTELY nothing funny in his comments about Gov. Sarah Palin & her family! The mans a perverted sickOOOOO! and if you see any comedy in his remarks then you are as perverted as he is!!LISA!!!


Give me a break - Dave's right - he's done this for years and no one cared. The Palins have some deep issues. They should be ashamed for bringing 50 times more press to the comments and actually using the words "raped my 14-yr-old daughter" in public statements. Something's seriously not right there with that family.


Dave is really talking about his own son and now wife since he wasn't married when Harry was born. Will not watch Dave anymore. Bristol did make a mistake however she is trying to do the right thing and in the process help other teenager mothers. Shame on you, Dave!


No Apology there. No clerification either. The Palins were there with their 14 year old daughter, not the 18 year old daughter. Low Blow David. You really are a pervert and a cheap shot artist. PS. No Apology here either.


What a dirty old man Letterman is. Very perverted and really lacks class. I never will watch his show again.


Glad to know that sums it up for you and the Palin's could chill the eff out - I hope your readers remember that should your child ever be sexually exploited in some form or fashion!

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