David Letterman Apologizes to Sarah Palin, Family

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Offering a second apology for the Sarah Palin controversy that has erupted over the past week, David Letterman said his joke about the Alaska Governor's daughter was a lousy joke, no matter how you cut it, and he's sincerely sorry for it.

The late night talk show host still maintained that what got people really riled is the misconception over which Palin daughter the joke was about.

On Monday's Late Show, Letterman said the risque joke about Sarah's daughter getting knocked up by Alex Rodriguez was perceived as an attack on 14-year-old Willow Palin, but was actually a reference to 18-year-old daughter Bristol Palin.

The name of the daughter wasn't mentioned in the joke, part of Letterman's monologue on last Monday's show. Nevertheless, "The joke, really, in and of itself, can't be defended," he declared. It was "a coarse joke," "a bad joke."

"But I never thought it was (about) anybody other than the older daughter, and before the show, I checked to make sure, in fact, that she is of legal age, 18."

Even so, Sarah and Todd Palin issued pointed statements last week condemning jokes about "raping" Willow and calling Letterman "despicable." Sarah Palin decried these "sexually perverted comments made by a 62-year-old male celebrity."

Last night, a more somber Letterman said, "I'm wondering, 'Well, what can I do to help people understand that I would never make a joke like this?' I've never made jokes like this, as long as we've been on the air, 30 long years."

If that's the misconception - that the joke was aimed at a 14-year-old - he understands why people are upset, he said. "I would be upset myself."

David Letterman has said from the start that he thought the daughter who was at the Yankee game was Bristol Palin. But there were no excuses last night.

"I feel I need to do the right thing and apologize for telling that joke," he said. "It's not your fault it was misunderstood, it's my fault it was misunderstood."

He apologized to both daughters, "and also to the Governor and her family and everybody else who was outraged by the joke," he said as the studio audience applauded. "I'm sorry about it, and I'll try to do better in the future."

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Jaime Foxx deserves to be in this mix too!!!!!!!!!!! another crude man!


David was trying to kill 2 birds in 1 stone: A-Rod and Sarah Palin, however, the blunt fell on a 14 year old girl! That is sick! Instead of David apologizing I meant the other girl that is 18! Which is dumb and showed he has no class. Teenage pregnancy is a real issue in America! Over 700,000 a year, 81% unwed mothers and don't know abortion #s. If David had done the math, he would have realized how STUPID he was. David's hate for Palin out weighed his common sense and human feelings. It is hard enough for young teenage girls even if they are 18 they don't deserve to be apart of an "adult jokes". David Letterman own son was born out of wed lock. Lots of children are! The issue of self esteem for these young ladies is hard enough without a dirty old man making them the blunt of his tasteless joke!


Please, she put her kids in the media spotlight by parading them around the campaign trail. If she wants them to not be barbed every so often, knock it off! And seriously, you think Letterman would joke about a 14 year old girl??? Get real. Palin is a moron, and so are the people that think she is the second coming.


This isn't about Palin. It's about society saying we're tired of this kind of talk being rationalized as "jokes". Imus was fired even after he gave a very sincere apology, which was accepted by the women's basketball team. Letterman should still be fired.

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