December 12th, 2009
01:18 PM ET
4 years ago

Palin pokes fun at William Shatner

Palin made a surprise appearance on The Tonight Show Friday.

Palin made a surprise appearance on The Tonight Show Friday.

(CNN)– Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin made an appearance Friday night on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien, where she poked some fun at William Shatner.

Earlier this year, the actor made fun of Palin by reading some of her tweets during an appearance on The Tonight Show. Friday, Shatner continued by reading excerpts from her book "Going Rogue."

"I always remind people from outside of our state right that there is plenty of room for Alaska's animals. Right next to the mashed potatoes," Shatner read.

Then, Palin surprised the audience with her appearance and decided it was time for some payback.

"I think it's appropriate that I read a few choice excerpts from Mr. Shatner's autobiography," Palin declared. "I attended my first Star Trek convention in November 1975. The money they offered me to attend this convention was… do I dare? Yes, I do. Out of this world."

According to an aide traveling with Palin, she mingled with other guests including Tony Bennett and Zack Braff after her appearance, and wore the red jacket from her book cover for the last time.

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  1. Diana

    Has her family fallen totally to the wayside?

    December 12, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  2. brokearrow

    I met Bill Shatner back on the set in the making of 1963 Twilight Zone episode entitled "Nightmare at 20,000 feet." Bill Shatner is one great actor and a person that could really put this dumb Sarah Palin in her place...maybe in the monster's costume of that episode would be a good place for her!

    December 12, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  3. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Thanks CNN for the Palin update.... news we really need! 😦

    December 12, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  4. Sharon

    Stop putting her in the news. Have discovered this lady has been shielded by Alaska government for illegal activities. Laws in Alaska are for protecting their government officials. AG is and ethics committee are appointed by the presiding Governor. Bias in favor of the of the governor most definitely exists, and was quite obvious with toopergate investigation. Sarah Palin/her family were quilty of trying to get her brother inlaw fired. Alaska didn't have all those lawmakers indicted by FBI up in Alaska for running good honest government. Sarah Palin had nothing to do with cleaning up these lawmakers. FBI did. Their investigation started long before Sarah Palin a elected governor. But she just capialized in all the indicted officials when she ran to be elected, and then claimed she did it herself. This was not true. As for all the ethics complaints – they were not trivial. But her self appointed ethics committee just whitewashed. And her appointed AG helped. All concerning Sarah Palin appears to have been a huge political coverup. And it still exists to this day. Sad to discover as I am a registerd Republican. I was initially so excited she was selected. This soon turned to huge alarm.

    December 12, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  5. Annie, Atlanta

    This woman is toxic to our country, yet everwhere you turn, there she is. I can't believe the attention paid to ignorance, especially by CNN. Is it a trend or a plot? Who was it that said something to the effect that when facism comes to America it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross?

    Facism, defined by Wikipedia: "a political ideology that seeks to combine radical and authoritarian nationalism with a corporatist economic system ..."

    Well, there you go. "Drill baby drill."

    December 12, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  6. jacob

    Who cares she couldn't even finish the job in Alaska.

    December 12, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  7. AJ

    I'm not a fan of Sarah Palin, but I did enjoy her brief appearance and poking fun at William Shatner. Hopefully Shatner will take it in stride, as I don't the Palin intended her appearance to be hurtful or mean.

    I really just thought the whole thing was hysterical and I applaud them both!

    December 12, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. independent

    there was a food and fuel crisis in alaska and she didnt even go to the site, very POTUS Bush like, shows you what kind of governor she was and to think, she wants to run for POTUS

    December 12, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  9. Jed

    Boy..., I'm sure getting burned out on all the Sara Palin stories. When she has something positive to offer society, please let me know. I think CNN should consider that if all there is to report in sensationalized tabloid fluff, let's leave it to Fox.

    December 12, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  10. American Expat

    I wonder how many dry runs she had to go through to even appear? Or, maybe flash cards? She certainly is not the brightest light in ANY room!

    December 12, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  11. C from middle GA

    Palin "...wore the red jacket from her book cover for the last time...".

    Better check out Ebay – some Right Wingnut will no doubt pay her $200K to sleep with it...

    December 12, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  12. DAVE

    just brilliant!

    December 12, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  13. A. Smith, Oregon

    Recent Polls indicate the American Tea Party is more popular than the entire Republican Party, go figure.

    Given the outrageous tea baggers and the texan hypocrites who routinely rely on offshore tax havens to protect their billions of american dollars from the IRS, you would think those wing-nuts would be pretty far down on the bottom feeders list!

    Not so, the Republican party is lagging far behind the tea baggers in popularity.

    Sarah Palin is a wonderful spokesperson for the Republican Party, I hope she teams up with Dick Cheney as the GOP nominates to take on President Obama in his second term. She can quote poetry, and Dick 'shooter' Cheney can sit back and glare with an occasional grunt to the cheering Republican crowd.

    December 12, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |

    Great show! The audience loved her. GO SARAH!!! Regardless of her future aspirations, i think she deserves some good times considering the clobbering her family took. God Bless You Mrs. Palin!!

    December 12, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  15. Tanya Kujath

    She really doesn't get it does she?

    December 12, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  16. Tom Dawson

    Who cares??? Who really cares about this woman other than to have a few good laughs over her actions and words......?

    December 12, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  17. haren

    I am sad and gave up on America.
    We don't deserve a smart and intelligent president whom whole world admire.
    We have to blame our selves if we admire Bush and his 8 years of disaster and totally wacko person like Pailin.

    December 12, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  18. ran

    Dear Santa: Please make CNN stop reporting on this person and make them report on our troops instead. Thanks.

    December 12, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  19. Mel

    ...And this is why SP can never be president. Always has to take her personal vendetta everywhere she goes. Always has to have the last word. "Time for some payback" is not the kind of mindset we need. What we need is mature, rational, calm. We have that. Thanks but no thanks.

    December 12, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  20. Mario in Texas

    Sarah Palin can read? With a Ghost Writer typing up her book, my guess is Sarah was lip-synching the words she read.

    December 12, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  21. aware

    Bravo Sarah! Roll on 2010 & 2012! 🙂

    December 12, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  22. Did you hear the ovation......

    Sarah got from Conan's audience???...fantastic.......Palin's approval numbers now equal Obama's...she's loaded with dough and ready to go.........

    Sarah Palin/Liz Cheney 2012'

    Obama is ONE and DONE. Start the drumbeat.

    December 12, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  23. David

    ....... no comment.

    December 12, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  24. SamSunny

    Golly, Sarah certainly has a thin skin. Not one person has said anything about Sarah that she didn't come back swinging against them in one way or another. Can you imagine if Obama did that, he'd be at the podium 24 hrs. per day countering the terrible things people say about him.

    December 12, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  25. Bill

    I think this shows Sarah can take it AND dish it out. Shatner seemed to handle it O.K. The only problem is that it lends some credibility to that slug, Letterman.

    December 12, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
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