David Letterman responds to flap over Sarah Palin jokes

Taping tonight's episode of The Late Show, David Letterman took a few minutes to respond to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who called him "pathetic" in a radio interview after he made her and her family the butt of a recent Top 10 list. The late-night host had drawn particular fire from Palin and some pundits for a joke about one of Palin's daughters being impregnated by New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez during a trip to Yankee Stadium. Camp Palin apparently took the joke to be a crack against Palin's 14-year-old daughter Willow, who had recently attended a Yankees game, but Letterman insisted today that the real target was 18-year-old daughter Bristol.

“We were, as we often do, making jokes about people in the news and we made some jokes about Sarah Palin and her daughter [Bristol]… and now they’re upset with me…” Letterman says on tonight's show. "These are not jokes made about her 14-year-old daughter. I would never, 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." Saying he hopes he's "cleared part of this up," Letterman extended an invitation to Palin to come on the show as a guest.

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  • Lyn

    To be fair, he also referred to the governor of Alaska as looking “slutty.” Can anyone imagine him making a similar comment about Michelle Obama, for example???

    • laurie

      But Michelle Obama looks classy she doesn’t look “slutty” like Palin does.

      • no more P D S

        As an independent person , I don’t understand the “PALIN DERANGEMENT SYNDROME” or PDS (similiar to symptoms of PMS) people have re: her .. she is folksy to a fault & Tina Fey was prob had the best satire of her ever of any Political candidate ..but really?! David Lettermen has proven to be a creepy person with his fooling around with staff – very unprofessional and leaves you vulnerable – his jokes of her were not funny and is why people are not mad at Tina Fey because she WAS funny & Dave just isnt re Palin ..she’s a married woman for pete sakes have some sort of decorum

      • churchlovematch

        I LOVE Sarah Palin. Please Marry ME!!! churchlovematch

    • peter waldman

      No, i can’t imagine Dave making a similar comment about Michelle Obama. That would be like Dave saying, Roseanne Barr looks like “white trash”, and then saying, to be fair, can anyone imagine him making a similar comment about Catherine Zeta Jones, for example…

    • JK

      Michelle Obama is educated, intelligent & classy while Sarah Palin is a nasty & mean-spirited person who is getting by on her looks. There is no substance to her. Palin’s speeches do not contain any plans or policies, just the same mean-spirited rhetoric for which she has become known. She does not hesitate to spiel nasty, inaccurate & downright false info, so she needs to learn to deal with what comes back at her. In her world, Rahm Emmanuel gets bad marks for saying something that gets high marks & support when Rish Rush Limbaugh says it.

    • JaySin420

      Is she still governor?

      I thought she quit cause she was too busy writing books and being on FoxNews?

      The simple fact is that if Hillary Clinton looked like Palin, she would be president today.

    • amelia

      There’s no comparison. Our First Lady can read. Palin can not.

  • Elmo

    Letterman is on in my house and will remain on. Palin reminds me of Kate Gosselin. She’ll exploit her own kids to get ahead.

  • kevin

    but michelle obama doesn’t look slutty.. palin does..with her whole slutty teacher look…

  • Kathryn

    CBS has finally crossed the bar of indecency. I will NEVER watch Letterman again and I have lodged a complaint to my Congressional and Senate representatives. CBS holds a public license, they need to pull letterman or be heavily fined or both.

    • Bugeyed

      congressional hearings…yea thats the ticket

    • Bugeyed

      Bye Kathy!!

    • Bobo

      You mean you haven’t seen enough congressional hearings? Sarah has no substance so why pick Michelle as a comparison. The two women aren’t even in the same ballpark. Sarah showed her political savy when she identify Africa as a country and her foreigh relations experiance as Russia as her neighbor. She could not name a magazine she claim to have read and just referred to them as “all of the magazines”. Now anyone feeling that this woman has anything to offer this country as a whole must have stones in their head. If you want to compare Sarah Palin to anyone, try Tina Fae. I guarentee you Tina Fae would come out ahead.

  • kevin

    kathryn you are insane…he didn’t say anything at all that violates decency standards.. and this is late night tv..

  • Mayu

    Let’s see someone get away with calling Michelle Obama manly, or saying something derogitory about his daughters without getting investigated by the secret service for a possible “threat” against his family.
    it’s a sick double standard. Kids should be off limits no matter which side of the political scale you’re on.
    I know letterman hasn’t been funny or relevant since Jay took over the tonight show… but he’s going overboard.

    • JaySin420

      Sorry but Leno makes fun of Obama’s family ALL THE TIME!

      Just cause nobody was watching him at 10 doesn’t mean the jokes weren’t told.

  • Mike

    Does anyone really care what he says? He’s made his living making fun of other people. He had his run, it’s over.

    • Bugeyed

      Go Dave. The plan is working.

  • Shaun

    Kathryn, you’re an idiot… That’s me practicing my right to free speech. The same free speech Letterman’s entitled to. He took a shot at Sarah Palin, that supposd bastion of “family values,” and her adult daughter. It was funny, in my opinion, and there was nothing obscene in what he said (on a late night comedy show, I might add). Take your self-righteous “moralizing” somewhere else. If you found this offensive, chances are you never watched Dave to begin with. Empty, hollow threat. Then again, “empty” and “hollow” pretty much sum up the funadmentalist mindset.

  • Jeff Lichter

    Regardless of political affiliations,his comments about the Palin’s were so far out of bounds that the word “pathetitic” is insufficient. CBS should let him go before he goes further out of his mind.

  • gustav

    It’s inappropriate. If those comments were made about anyone else’s daughter they wouldn’t be tolerated. It should not be defended because next time it could be someone that we like.

  • E. O’Neal

    Letterman is an old creep who was funny twenty years ago, but is now just mean and pathetic. Obviously, he and his staff knew which Palin daughter attended the Yankees game. So he’s a liar as well as a nasty old man.

  • Shaun

    Mike… “it’s over”? Funny, Dave’s still going strong and expected to sign a new contract with CBS soon. He usually ran second to Jay, sure, but Dave pulled in the more coveted demographics that advertisers crave. He’s still a cash cow for CBS.

  • Buford T Justice

    Letterman is lying. If he had made this crack about Obama and his herd, he would have been fired. Give Don Imus his job back, STAT.

    • JaySin420

      Imus! haha

      The most racist old man in the history of radio and tv.

  • Anne

    I stopped watching Dave several years ago when I finally noticed how mean he’d become. His comments about his single status during his now new wife’s pregnancy were particularly uncomfortable. I was a huge fan from back in the days of his morning show, but have lost respect for him. I’m not buying his explanation re Bristol vs. Willow; it just doesn’t matter. Civilized people do not target the children of others. The fact that he’s a parent himself might have given him a clue if he was still lucid.

  • My name isn’t Kathryn

    Holy Gawd Lady(Kathryn)….go smoke a joint and chill out.

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