June 16th, 2009
11:39 AM ET
5 years ago

Palin accepts apology but says time for change

(CNN) - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is accepting comedian David Letterman's apology over the controversial joke directed at her daughter, but says she hopes "men who 'joke' about public displays of sexual exploitation of girls will soon evolve."

"Letterman certainly has the right to 'joke' about whatever he wants to, and thankfully we have the right to express our reaction," Palin said in a statement. "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."

Palin's comments come hours after the late night talk show host formally apologized for the off-color joke he made last week about one of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's daughters that set off a war of words between the Letterman and the Palin family.

"It was kind of a coarse joke. There's no getting around it," Letterman said in the opening monologue of Monday night's show.

Meanwhile John Ziegler, the conservative radio talk show host who has made a film about Palin, is set to lead a protest Tuesday outside the theater where Letterman's show is taped. Ziegler is calling for the late night host’s ouster.


Filed under: David Letterman • Sarah Palin
soundoff (301 Responses)
  1. Nick in Iowa

    Just lost all respect for Letterman. Way to cave, Dave!

    June 16, 2009 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  2. richard in Montana

    If you don't like the spotlight, quit running your mouth Sarah.

    June 16, 2009 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  3. Robert from TX

    Whatever Palin. Don't be so stiff.....comedians make jokes. I don't see you complaining about sitcoms portraying us males as idiots.

    June 16, 2009 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  4. Fair is Fair

    Hear ye, hear ye...

    The obligatory Palin ticker item is now open. Libs, get your hate-filled Palin comments in before it's too late.

    Hear ye, hear ye.

    June 16, 2009 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  5. Mike O

    The suave urbanite outclassed by the moose-hunting governor? Says a lot, doesn't it?

    June 16, 2009 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  6. Tonto

    The worst thing Dave did was give Palin and her creepy devotees another chance to be in the spotlight.

    June 16, 2009 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  7. Tina, NC

    For Goodness Sakes ENOUGH ALREADY!!!!

    June 16, 2009 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  8. gs923

    IT WAS A JOKE! Why is this such a big deal

    June 16, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  9. SlowGun

    Palin said in a statement. "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."

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    Please...a little over the top with this,...enough

    June 16, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  10. Debra Austin, Texas

    Typical reactionaries. They don't just go for the apology, they go for the jugular. Time to perform euthanasia on the far right demagogues.

    June 16, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  11. Anonymous

    What's really funny? Is a supposed VP candidate who can't even hold her own with a TV comedien.

    June 16, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  12. Binxmom

    Once again Palin tries, awkwardly, to turn this to her political advantage. If she were really so intent on protecting her kids, she would stop trotting them around everywhere like stage props. Letterman's joke was inappropriate, but then, Palin is inappropriate. Could the news please understand that her unearned 15 minutes of fame should have ended as soon as she opened her mouth?

    June 16, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  13. Pete

    Sarah Palin will do anything to stay in the headlines. It will be entertaining to watch her deperation grow as the next few years go on and people realize that she is totally incapable of doing anything on the national level.

    June 16, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  14. Anonymous

    What's really funny? Is a supposed VP candidate who can't even hold her own with a TV comedien.

    June 16, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  15. Anonymous

    Now she's pulling in references to the military and American freedom? Oh gag. I knew she would politicize it, but didn't think it would be this good. So over the top. Overreach, big time.

    June 16, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  16. Vanessa

    Seriously? This is what passes for news? Move on. It was a joke...an insensitive one. Does Palin have nothing else to talk about? Or did I just answer my own question?

    June 16, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  17. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    The joke was the kind one would expect in a small comedy club from some unknown trying to shock the audience. Letterman should have know better.

    June 16, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  18. Lori562

    Evolve? I thought she was a creationist.

    June 16, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  19. Anita

    Why is this news?

    June 16, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  20. Joshua College Station, Texas

    Now she's pulling in references to the military and American freedom? Oh gag. I knew she would politicize it, but didn't think it would be this good. So over the top. Overreach, big time.

    June 16, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  21. Maryann Rose

    Oh, come on! It was a bad joke. He apologized!

    Let.It.Go.

    Gee Whiz!

    June 16, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  22. Richard Kotrla

    Letetrman uis a crude, old man past his prime as a late night host and should be fired. We should all boycott CBS and its advertisers unitl the old geezer is fired. It's not like he will be out of work, he can always go to Fox News, as they will hire anybody. Perhaps he could be Bill O'Reilly's co-host!

    June 16, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  23. Thomas, Baton Rouge, LA

    Zeigler needs to get a life.

    June 16, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  24. Lorna

    Talk about selective outrage. This woman is really good at getting herself in the media no matter what. If you want to follow this to a reasonable place, far worse things were said on a certain Saturday late show last fall and not only did Palin NOT object she ended up on said show doing a skit. She didn't mind 'cos she was in the news already getting the attention she so pathetically craves. I wish the Obama administrations pledge of transparency to be half as clear as the machinations of Palin.....her motives are crysyal clear. I wonder if the Palins will have the same decency about apologizing to Letterman for the "...keep Willow away from Letterman..." comment insinuating he is a pedophile. As the parent of a child who was a victime of child abuse I find that comment as abhorrent as anything Dave Letterman said.

    June 16, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  25. Sammie

    What's really funny? Is a supposed VP candidate having a national temper tantrum over a TV comedien's joke.... Grow up. Both of you.

    June 16, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
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