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.
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: