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. Lance Coardill

    Amazing how contrition replaces smugness when one is down on his luck. It's too bad it took an extortionist, rather than a minimal moral code, to elicit such a response from this overpaid, under-talented paragon of mediocrity.

    October 6, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  2. minnie

    Letterman is the most self centered jerk on tv. What a creep. He knew all along he had done worse than anything Sarah Palin or her family could possibly ever do. He was making a joke at a child's.
    Why hasn't he been fired?????

    October 6, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  3. Lee Chen

    One Word for Dave. Karma.

    October 6, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  4. Jacob

    Sarah Palin...she always gets the laugh! very funny!

    October 6, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  5. USN

    He's a lib , It's all good

    October 6, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  6. Liberals are Sneaky

    Too little too late.

    October 6, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  7. phoenix86

    Letterman needs to be removed from television. First, he's not funny and second, he is a bad example for everyone with respect to office relations (unless that's part of the job at CBS!).

    October 6, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  8. Puff the Magic Dragon

    America forgot about that episode weeks ago. Why did Letterman think it was appropriate to bring up Sarah Palin and his wife in the same monologue? Hurting his wife playing with staff members was waaaay nastier than a joke he tossed out at a wannabe celebrity who exploited her family. Eww. No comparison. Come on Dave.

    October 6, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  9. Fed Up

    When is this jerk going to be fired? Sexual harassment at work was illegal the last time I heard.

    October 6, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  10. Independent Again

    So because he is embattled in same sex scandal as all the people he ridicule now he is contrite?!!!!


    Seems to me he is sorry because he got caught. Plain and simple! It is phon and it is too late!

    Letterman is a pig and he does not respect women at all. To him women are just tools he can use!!

    October 6, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  11. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Palin can go suck an egg.....

    October 6, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  12. dan smith

    Time for letterman to retire. He's a bitter moron, and not funny at all.

    October 6, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  13. JJ in NY

    Lets be clear............letterman is a hypocrit. Not only is he a bitter and angry person, but now has shown how shallow and morally bankrupt hs really is . Letterman is not a hero, nor a role model . In fact, he's a good example of what's wrong with Amreica .

    October 6, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  14. Brian

    The right thing????? Yea, screwing subordinates probably seemed like the right thing.

    I just don't understand what or who keeps him on the air.

    October 6, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  15. Kel

    Looks like Palin was finally right about something!

    October 6, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  16. Hugo

    Let he who is without sin cast the first stone....

    October 6, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  17. wm weeks

    When will Letterman and his fan club begin to take this serious, he has joked himself through this ordeal with cheers from his fan club. Goes to show the state of the US.

    October 6, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  18. Classy 57

    Letterman is just about the worst late night host I have ever seen in my lifetime of watching late tv - that's why I don't watch him - once was enough. He's rude, crude, vulgar and disgusting - and he's still all of those things.

    October 6, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  19. zek

    Everyone is always terribly sorry – after they get caught.

    October 6, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  20. Patman

    Why don't you change your letters from CNN to PNN (Palin News Network) and just be done with it?

    October 6, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  21. Hypocrisy

    So Letterman's starting his own "apology tour" now? Maybe he can tour with Obama so they can save money.

    October 6, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  22. buckwheat

    Letterman, like most of the people raised since the rise of Socialism, is just a product of the times. All the values this country was built on do not exist anymore. All you have to do is watch reality tv and see what is acceptable now. Look at Lettermans ratings climb the sorrier his character appears and the more he trys to destroy people with character.

    October 6, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  23. Jay Leno fan

    He is right to issue an apology. Sometimes life throws you a curved ball and leaves you in an embarrassing situation.

    October 6, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  24. too little too late

    Normal people lose their jobs over this -- CBS is standing behind this sexual pervert who is not funny -- Time for Dave to go away - CBS needs to stand up and do the right thing, and not sell its ethics and morals down the toilet for the few bucks that Letterman brings to them

    October 6, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |

    Once again, why in the world does CNN have to give this woman almost daily coverage in the media ? Is she really worth it ? I believe that there are more important things going on in our world !

    October 6, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
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