October 6th, 2009
03:55 PM ET
13 years ago

Letterman invokes Palin in apology

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(CNN) - As long as David Letterman is apologizing after revelations he had sexual relations with members of his staff, why not throw an extra one in to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin?

The embattled late night comedian wrapped up his lengthy apology to his staff and family Monday night with a light-hearted reference to the public spat he and Palin had three months ago over an inappropriate joke.

"Through all of this, you have to ask yourself what really happened. And what really happened was you can't be victimized by criminals. So you have to go ahead and push back if you're being pushed by something illegal like this," Letterman told his audience Monday.

"And through all of the heartache, and the attention, and the embarrassment, I still feel like I did the right thing, and now also, because what can it hurt, once again I'd like to apologize to the former Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin. I'm terribly, terribly sorry. So there we go," he added to cheers from the crowd.

Letterman joked in June that Palin's "daughter was knocked up by Alex Rodriguez" at a recent Yankees game, but later insisted he was referring to Palin's 18-year-old, Bristol, who gave birth to a boy in December, and not the 14-year-old Willow who actually attended the game.

Palin, John McCain's running mate in last year's presidential election, called the joke "inappropriate" and "sexually perverted," and a Palin spokeswoman said it would be wise to "keep Willow away from David Letterman."

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soundoff (162 Responses)
  1. Garry

    Probably be more appropriate to keep Sarah away from Dave. He might try to introduce her to his Bering Strait!

    October 6, 2009 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  2. JohnInATL

    Letterman is a pig who lacks any moral compass. If CBS has any decency and honor left in its organization, they would rid themselves of this jerk.

    I manage a staff of over 20 people and if I engaged in affairs with my subordinates, I would get fired. Some defend his actions by saying these women consented to the sexual liasons. However, is it truly consensual when your boss is coming on to you. And what about the women (and men) who weren't sleeping with Letterman, did they get the same opportunities and promotions as those that did.

    Bottom line, his behavior cannot be defended and he should be out the door. I guaranty if he was a Republican, CNN would be all over him demanding a resignation.

    October 6, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  3. Squigman

    I think it's interesting, that CNN, for whatever reason just can not let this Palin creep slide off the radar. Why is this empty headed nobody so news worthy? Why is this empty headed nobody being crammed down the American publics throat? I guess if I was to meet this creep on the street, I'd be relieved if she passed by without speaking. I'd considerthis a good thing..

    October 6, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  4. Bob from Pittsburgh

    While I am not a fan of Palin, the children of any politician or anyone are off limits, making rude comments about a little girl denotes the character of the person making them. With regards at his personal problems, anyone behaving in such way is a selfish egotistical character; the pain that he is inflicting on his wife, a person he is supposed to love is extremely traumatic for his wife and for his son. If you really love your son Mr. Letterman then you should love and respect your son’s mother.

    He deserves everything coming to him..


    October 6, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  5. yuri

    It is lamentable that sex has become a sui generis force to reckon with, involving the commons and the celebs alike. Once an act is committed, an avalanche of apologies descend down on the uninvolved, leadin' to less kind opinion formation about the involved.

    October 6, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  6. Charlotte, NC

    In 10 years, or maybe in 5, at some point his son will get the idea to google Dad, and all this will come up for the boy to read. That's when he will really be sorry. How can he explain such bad behavior to his son?

    October 6, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  7. Enough

    What a jerk!

    October 6, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  8. steven

    David Letterman is a terrible person, anyone who cheats and lies to their wife and children is a terrible person. This is just another awful decision by Obama to go on the David Letterman Show, especially when no president in american history has ever gone on a late night tv show, he chooses the one where the host forcibly sleeps with his young women staffers and lies to his wife and children about it. That should really give a boost to Obama's health care reform hopes. Of course it kind of sounds like Bill Clinton, and what a great role model he was, and that is who Obama gets advice from, another adulterer. If I were Michelle Obama i would be worried.

    October 6, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  9. Avi Shlomo

    we have become a society that sees out of marriage ok. I fault Palin more than This Idiot because she espouses family and Christian values and her kid has an illegitimate kid... So Dave has to aplogogize for committing Adultry when he does not espouse her religeous beliefs..where is Palin and her supporters repentence when they or their kids commits acts against their commandments? Hypocrisy!!

    October 6, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |

    Maybe the Prez can offer Letterman a "Ethics Waiver" as he did Valerie Jarrett.......

    October 6, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  11. Chris M.

    What a sleazy, hypocritical, jerk.
    He not only sleeps around with his hirelings but continues to do so after he is married?

    October 6, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  12. floridaborn

    Good for him! He is often thoughtless and crude about the people that he excoriates.........Karma!

    October 6, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  13. Crazy, Ignorant, Uneducated, Misinformed, Rightwing Nutjob

    We love you Sarah Palin!

    October 6, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  14. Yvon Gaillard

    To my seeing Letterman is a PRIME IDIOT. The constant stupid "joke ride" on any public person, like Pres. Bush, Cheney and many others where out of any distindt way of making observations. He prooved to me that he is just a regular stupid individual who unfortunatli has a certain negative carissma. With the exeption of having sometimes some very interesting guests for interview, Letterman is a grate bore.

    October 6, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  15. Robert

    Nice he apologized to Palin (who is an idiot nonetheless), but what about Rodriguez? He owes him one too.

    October 6, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  16. Kevin

    I used to like Letterman. I now know why I don't like him anymore. He is a hypocrite. I hope his wife dumps him and takes him for millions.

    October 6, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  17. zippy29

    Apologize to your staff and to your wife,,,,but screw palin...no apologies necessary.

    October 6, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  18. Bing Hastey

    Letterman is only for people who have nothing better to do with their time, like getting a good night's sleep (one of the basics of the health thing, you know). People who put in a good day's work are ready to get a good night's sleep by 1000 at night. Letterman, then, is admired only by do-nothing people. The few times I have watched him I thought he was funny but a bit twisted, and I was right all along. Letterman is just beginning to reap what he has sown, as we all do.

    October 6, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  19. caprice classic

    I applaud you Dave Letterman, but that Palin lady doesn't need an apology. She gets what she deserves. I wouldn't apologize to an evil girl who yells fire in a crowded theatre

    October 6, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  20. Teknarik

    Retire already! You are so "yesterday" David! Go enjoy your wife and family, stop annoying everyone! You've screwed with enough people...literally!

    October 6, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  21. Robert Austin, Texas

    How anyone can think this will hurt Letterman is beyond me... 75% of his comedy is self-depreciating humor. And he is the funniest host with the best show on the air. This is a godsent to Letterman professionally.

    October 6, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  22. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The joke was classless. He apologized then, and he apologized again last night. I don't know if David is a R or a D, but he's shown a lot more class than Pailin EVER would or did. It is one thing to make a mistake and sincerely apologize for it TWICE. It is quite another, a la Ms. Pailin, to LIE LIE LIE and besmirch someone's character and then act as if you'd done nothing wrong. Sarah, in other words, DID NOT deserve the second apology, and barely the first.

    October 6, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  23. Neal

    Mr Letterman. You are not funny and you should take your non funny show off the air and spend the rest of your life making ammends to all of those your have run over and all the others you would have run over if you hadn't been caught with your pants down.

    October 6, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  24. Kool-Aid In Ohio

    Well it's a good thing he feels horrible about making a joke at the expense of a female politician. Beacuse we all know that any joke directed at Palin or her family, which was so grossly thrust into the spotlight by the her, is automatically sexist and/or sexually perverse.

    You see, in America context no longer matters. After the politically correct 90s, Republicans began whining during the oughts about anything and everything. To a point where apparently someone running for VPOTUS should be free from scrutiny beacuse they are a woman. Equality, you see. Much like the kid gloves we treated Quale, Gore, Cheney, and now Biden...

    October 6, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  25. Jeremy

    So where are all the libs talking about how he has no morals and how he doesn't practice what he preaches and so on? When Sanford cheated on his wife you all wanted him put to death...and Letterman cut dozens of jokes about it. Now looks like your funny boy is as moral or less than Sanford and all you do is support him. Funny isn't it?

    October 6, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
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