June 16th, 2009
11:39 AM ET
14 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. iupg

    Letterman shouldn't have appologized to Palin. She doesn't care about her daughter. She's just using the screen time it to plug her own agenda.

    June 16, 2009 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  2. Expat American

    ....she hopes "men who 'joke' about public displays of sexual exploitation of girls will soon evolve."
    She is absolutely right; in the same vein as educated people in the U.S. and abroad can also hope that those who encourage racial and religious bigotry and justify their actions with their belief in an American bastardization of European Christianity will soon evolve as well.

    The Queen of the slack jaws needs to practice what she preaches. She’s no victim.

    June 16, 2009 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  3. Ben Alcobra

    Since Palin has graciously accepted the apology, Ziegler's planned protest is empty. What is he going to protest? The two protagonists have moved on. Angry protests at this point will be nothing but contrived character assassinations, excuses to express hatred towards someone Ziegler simply wants to hurt. What a lousy attitude he has.

    June 16, 2009 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  4. confused

    Good, now go away! Oh and Ziegler, feel free to let this go whenever you are ready to.

    June 16, 2009 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  5. johnny be good

    O my god sum1 please get rid of this woman. This has nothing to with our military why did she even bring it up? Stupid just stupid.

    June 16, 2009 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  6. Joseph

    This has done nothing but boost letterman's ratings and he knows it. I wouldn't be surprised if he mentions palin every show now. People tune in just to see what he says about her. I'm not a palin supporter by any means, but she does have a strong following.

    Letterman has single handily stolen the spotlight from conan because of this.

    Sorry John Ziegler, but Dave's job is very secure.

    June 16, 2009 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  7. The Party of NO is only “pro-life” to save a zygote now, so it can then kill the “babies” 18 years later as soldiers in an elective religious war.

    The rabid Reich and limpbaugh lemming communists are only trying to take away Letterman's right to free speech!

    June 16, 2009 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  8. stike 1

    Ziegler another 2nd rate talk show host ???? trying for his 15 min of fame.

    June 16, 2009 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  9. Scott g

    It was a cheap joke, but trying to get letterman fired is an overkill. Time to move on.

    June 16, 2009 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  10. Old_Squid

    That's funny – I spent 23 years in the Navy, including four deployments to Vietnam – and I don't recall fighting for anyone's 'Freedom of Speech' as Sarah Palin claims. If anything, I really wanted to deny that right to a lot of protesters in my younger days. That battle was fought in the courts by Civil Libertarians – but then again, what would she know......

    June 16, 2009 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  11. RightWingLoon

    All I have to say is Sarah Palin =
    'CU Next Tuesday' 😉

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

    Once again, Sarah throws in some nonsense. I hardly think our right to free speech is due to the military. I can't think of a single war that would have resulted in our loss of free speech. (Hitler's army was stretched too thin as it was, to take us over, and that is the only one that comes close.)

    My uncles were Marines and I am proud of them, don't get me wrong! I think the military is impressive and stirring to watch. I just am not impressed with Sarah Palin.

    June 16, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  13. Richard L

    Where is Palin's apology to Letterman? She basically said that he is a pervert and a child molester. Letterman was joking. Palin was serious. Let's she how much class Palin has now.

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

    Have a listen to the Howard Stern show today. Leno made the same joke and didnt take any heat for it.
    And she ran with a man who make a similar type joke about Chelsea Clinton.

    Palin is a two-faced twit just looking for publicity.

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

    It is niece to see that Letterman finally came out with a legitimate appology. That stuff he said last week was an excuse. Who wants to bet that CBS forced his hand on this appology. It looks very suspicious. I would have believed him more if he would have appologized first. But I guess the damage was getting to CBS. His ratings are embarassing.

    June 16, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  16. Rumsfeld

    Who cares. Letterman is a comedian; he was doing his job. Sarah is a self-righteous tube of lipstick; she was doing her job.

    June 16, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  17. Richie

    I'm starting to think Letterman and Palin are in cahoots to maximize publicity. Stop buying in, CNN.

    June 16, 2009 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  18. patNY

    Palin is a hypocrit...she only believes in free speech as long as she agrees with what you say.

    June 16, 2009 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  19. BJK

    whos' apologizing to A Rod?

    June 16, 2009 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  20. Garrett

    Are people still talking about this? CNN, I formally ask you to stop featuring these stories, because you're just making Palin feel like people other than her family care about what she says.

    June 16, 2009 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  21. Matt

    I thought Palin didn't believe in evolution.

    June 16, 2009 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  22. RevGreen

    quit exploiting your kids first. Oh, and read Jay and Conan's jokes.

    June 16, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  23. Jon

    They should oust Palin and give Letterman the key to the city.

    June 16, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  24. Telomere

    The day Republicans start formally protesting David Letterman is the day I start watching him to increase his ratings. This entire thing, from top to bottom, is absolutely ridiculous.

    June 16, 2009 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  25. brian

    lol! Shut up Palin! You hunt wolves from helicopters...is that your idea of evolution? You're an idiot.

    June 16, 2009 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
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