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Hayden Panettiere looked simply stunning Monday night on The Late Show with David Letterman, arriving in a lacy black dress with her hair pulled up.

In New York City to promote her new movie I Love You, Beth Cooper, the 19-year-old actress turned heads as she arrived at the Ed Sullivan Theater ...

That's hot stuff. Less so? The misspelled tattoo on her back. Hayden was teased about this by Dave, but took it well, saying that at least the misspelled Italian phrase inked on her says (or is supposed to say) "live without regrets."

That's her mantra - and now it can be applied to living without regrets of her getting a tattoo that's spelled wrong! She also talked a lot about going diving in the Bahamas and her desire to save the whales, as she is often inclined to.

All in all, the Heroes star came across well, as did Letterman, who refrained from saying he wants to see Hayden Panettiere nude (hey, you can't take that for granted after he said he wanted to see the Lauren Conrad sex tape).

Check out Hayden's interview with Dave below ...

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Below is a video of Megan Fox's visit to The Late Show last night.

If you can pry your eyes away from the dress she's wearing, she talks a little about her new movie, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and reiterates her earlier statement that marriage is not realistic - at least for her at this point in life.

Sad news for Brian Austin Green. Great for everyone else on Earth!

Dave concurred that at 23, there's no reason for Megan to rush to the altar anyway. He dragged his feet until age 62 to marry Regina Lasko, by his own admission!

Here's a portion of their chat, with Megan in a portion of a black dress ...

Fortunately, Dave refrained from comments similar to his telling Lauren Conrad that he kinda wanted to see her (non-existent) sex tape. Everyone wants to see Megan Fox nude, after all. It's implied, and taken for granted at this stage.

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Sarah Palin has accepted the second, and slightly more sincere, apology from David Letterman regarding the jokes he made about her family last week.

The Alaska governor issued a statement, speaking for her daughters (at the center of the jokes) and women everywhere, accepting Dave's apology.

Letterman's mea cupla was delivered on last night's Late Show.

"Of course it's accepted on behalf of women, like my daughters, who hope men 'joking' about public displays of sexual exploitation will evolve," she said.

"David Letterman certainly has the right to 'joke' about whatever he wants to, and thankfully we have the right to express our reaction."

Drawn out intentionally for publicity or not, hopefully with Palin's comments, the contentious war of words and opposing viewpoints will now end.

And, lest we forget Palin is a political figure and not merely an attention-starved instigator with a publicist, she worked in a nice shout-out to our troops.

"And this is all thanks to our U.S. military women and men putting their lives on the line for us to secure America's right to free speech - in this case, may that right be used to promote equality and respect," the 2008 V.P. candidate said.

CBS was quick to clarify that the decision to extend a second olive branch (his first was more of a clarification of his remarks, rather than an actual apology) was Letterman's alone, denying that they placed any pressure on him.

Still, despite Palin's acceptance of the apology, it may be too little, too late for some of her more ardent supporters. Supporters wanting CBS to fire David Letterman have tentatively planned to hold a rally outside the Ed Sullivan Theatre today.

Whose side are you on?

 

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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."

Whose side are you on?

 

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Talk show host David Letterman has been hit with criticism over jokes he made last week about Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and her daughter(s).

While Letterman has admitted that his comments were in poor taste, but were just jokes nonetheless, the former V.P. candidate has not backed off.

Neither have some of her supporters. A grass-roots campaign organized to get the late-night stalwart canned, FireDavidLetterman.com, is holding a rally outside Letterman's show at the Ed Sullivan theater tomorrow at 4:30 p.m.

Sponsored by Republican N.Y. State Assemblyman Brian Kolb, along with an attorney and radio host John Ziegler, the site also provides CBS contacts to whom people can complain about what many felt was a tasteless, potentially harmful quip.

"Firing Mr. Letterman would send a clear message that CBS will not tolerate any of its employees even an established media figure like Mr. Letterman making demeaning, degrading comments about women," Kolb wrote to CBS chief Les Moonves.

An accompanying Facebook group has about 1,800 members.

The campaign's supporters point to Don Imus and Howard Stern as examples of popular hosts who crossed the line - and were held accountable by employers.

According to TV Guide, Embassy Suites has pulled advertising on CBS because of complaints. The company was not an advertiser on The Late Show specifically.

Letterman made the offending joke on Tuesday's show, following a visit to New York by Sarah Palin during which she attended a Yankee game with Rudy Giuliani.

"One awkward moment for Sarah Palin at the Yankee game," Letterman said, "during the seventh inning, her daughter was knocked up by Alex Rodriguez."

In addressing the controversy, Letterman says the outcry was due at least in part to a misunderstanding, as he intended the joke to be about Bristol Palin, 18.

Bristol Palin was very much knocked up by beau Levi Johnston last year, while in minor in fact. However, the Palin daughter at the ball game was Willow, 14.

The loudest response came from Sarah Palin herself.

She told Matt Lauer she didn't buy Dave's "convenient excuse," and said she would never let her daughter near him - implying he can't be trusted around girls.

Letterman clarified that he "would never made jokes about someone having sex with a 14-year-old girl," which Palin, who some believe is resorting to shameless attention-grabbing words and implications, and continues to accuse him of.

Whose side are you on?

 

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Those that take issue with David Letterman mocking Bristol Palin need to hate the game, not the player.

Late-night talk shows exist for one reason: to make fun of those in the news.

Let's go back to 1995: One of Jay Leno's most famous skits was "The Dancing Itos." It was a comedy sketch that was based around lookalikes of those involved in the O.J. Simpson case, such as Judge Lance Ito.

Yes, Jay Leno made light of a double murder case. Not only was he never taken to task for it, audiences ate it up.

Meanwhile, just a few weeks ago, Conan O'Brien made this joke: "Sarah Palin is going to drop the first puck at the Philadelphia Flyers' hockey game. Then, Palin will spend the rest of the game trying to keep the players out of her daughter's penalty box."

That is FAR more offensive than anything Letterman said, as it uses a pejorative term for "vagina" and it doesn't mention Eliot Spitzer or Alex Rodriguez, the two men that were equally at the forefront of Dave's jabs.

But did Palin utter a word about it? Of course not. O'Brien only aired at 12:30 a.m. at the time. His ratings were puny.

Here's a way to kill a few hours: go search the Internet for jokes made at the expense of Jamie Lynn Spears and Miley Cyrus over the past couple of years on late-night television.

The point is simple: talk show hosts make fun of celebrities.

Bristol Palin is a celebrity; not because her mother ran for a political office, but because her mother approved of her appearance on the cover of People.

Sorry, but the moment Bristol's face appeared on the front of the world's leading tabloid, Gov. Palin could no longer claim that her family's private world was being invaded. She has chosen a public life for herself and her children and must live with it.

This is also why Palin's claim of a double standard does not hold any merit.

In her interview with Matt Lauer, the governor said everyone respects President Obama's pleas to leave his family alone, but the same standard does not hold for her.

This is a laughable comparison.

Sasha and Malia Obama are 7 and 10 years old, respectively. Let us assure any doubters out there: if either of them gets caught with a fake ID, drives drunk or gets pregnant as a teenager, every late-night host will be overflowing with jokes.

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Something is wrong when Levi Johnston sounds more reasonable about an issue than a former candidate for Vice President.

Asked by Extra if David Letterman crossed a line with his jokes about Bristol Palin this week, her baby daddy replied:

"I think he might have a little bit. I don't think he meant to hurt anybody. He's a comedian. That's what he does... People are going to make jokes and there're going to talk and say whatever they want. You can't do nothing about it.

"[But] there's somewhere you have to draw the line with some things."

Simple, direct, rational, critical. That's all Sarah Palin had to say. Go ahead and stick up for your family, Governor. Tell everyone you thought the joke was a bit much.

But don't turn this crack into some example of a much grander issue by saying:

"No wonder young girls especially have such low self-esteem in America when we think it's funny for a so-called comedian to get away with such a remark as he did."

Pardon? Is there a pandemic of jokes about older men knocking up younger women going on that we haven't been made aware of? Does Palin plan on dedicating her life to the eradication of all questionable jokes on late-night television? If so, we have one thing to say:

Awesome! That would be a much better job for her than anything involving politics.

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OMG, Sarah Palin is out of her mind.

Look, we're fine with the Alaskan Governor sharing her political views, even if we don't agree with them; and we'd never blame her for defending her family against actual, unfair attacks.

But her current feud with David Letterman, which may have been initially based on a misunderstanding that Letterman calmly cleared up this week, has turned into nothing but a defamatory attack against a long-time, respected talk show host.

We'll even give Palin and husband Todd the benefit of the doubt. We'll believe they were under the original impression that Letterman made a joke about Alex Rodriguez and Eliot Spitzer having sex with their 14-year old daughter, Willow.

But the facts are these:

  • Bristol Palin is 18 years old and recently gave birth;
  • Sarah Palin says anyone that believes Letterman was referring to Bristol, as opposed to Willow, is "naive."
  • Addressing the Palin's criticism on his program, Letterman stated: "These are not jokes made about her 14-year-old daughter. I would never make jokes about raping or having sex of any description with a 14-year-old girl... Am I guilty of poor taste? Yes. Did I suggest that it was okay for her 14-year-old daughter to be having promiscuous sex? No."

What else is there to say? It was a misunderstanding, Letterman admitted that the jokes were questionable and that he was going for a "cheap laugh." But seriously, people, he's a comedian. He makes a living mocking those in the news.

Yet the Palins wouldn't let it die, ratcheting up their critique by actually implying that Letterman was a pedophile and/or rapist. A family spokesperson said:

"It would be wise to keep Willow away from David Letterman."

On The Today Show this morning, Matt Laurer grilled Palin over the meaning of that statement.

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David Letterman apologized (kind of) Wednesday for his jokes about Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her family, and extended an invite for them to come on his show.

Well, the former Republican Vice Presidential nominee, who seems intent on making People magazine headlines at every opportunity, issued a reply Thursday:

"The Palins have no intention of providing a ratings boost for David Letterman by appearing on his show," Palin family spokeswoman Meg Stapleton says. Zinnng.

"Plus, it would be wise to keep Willow away from David Letterman."

So ... Letterman is a pedophile now, according to the Palin spokesperson? We thought we weren't allowed to joke about underage girls ... not that anyone was.

Seriously, no one is saying the jokes weren't inappropriate, but the Palins are clearly just using Letterman, and by extension their own daughter, as an opportunity to rally support for ... something. Makes us wonder if they own NBC stock.

In case you missed it, David Letterman jabbed at the Palin family after Sarah and Todd visited NYC and took in a Yankees game with 14-year-old daughter, Willow.

The host cracked that the worst part of the trip was "keeping Eliot Spitzer away" from her daughter, and that Alex Rodriguez knocked her up in the 7th inning.

The Palins denounced Letterman on Facebook, calling his comments "sexually perverted" and saying "Any 'jokes' about raping my 14-year-old are despicable."

Letterman took eight minutes on Wednesday night's show to explain the jokes, clarifying that he was referring to 18-year-old Bristol Palin (who did get knocked up when she was a minor, incidentally) and admitting his material was in bad taste.

"These are not jokes made about her 14-year-old daughter. I would never make jokes about raping or having sex of any description with a 14-year-old girl," he said.

He continued to emphasize: "Am I guilty of poor taste? Yes. Did I suggest that it was okay for her 14-year-old daughter to be having promiscuous sex? No."

He called the jokes, "borderline ... but again, made in an act of desperation to get cheap laughs, which is what I've been doing for the last 30 years."

Which side are you on in this war of words?

 

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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.

Sort of.

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: