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. Chris

    Nice lifestyle Dave....where's the uproar in the Media?

    Can you imagine what would happen if a Republican was caught having sex with his subordinates?

    Shame on you.

    October 6, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  2. Really?

    For those who say, "Letterman is a really nice guy", would you feel that way if you were his wife?

    October 6, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  3. adie


    Palin has more integrity in her little toe than Letterman ever did. he's hit a new low with this
    I feel sorry for his wife and daughter; not him at all. Trying to drum up empathy rom the viewers – pathetic

    October 6, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  4. Ron In California

    People who live in glass houses......even comedians. Actually, all the bomb throwers don't have perfect lives. And talk about hypocites where do you think Micael Moore the anti-Capitalist got the money to do his latest film.....Oh from a CAPITALIST.

    October 6, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  5. carol

    Would have been better not to bring up Palin. It just keeps her in the news, and I would like to go for a long period of time without seeing her name pop up.

    October 6, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  6. Kris

    This apology was way overdue Dave... and you were caught!! Thats the only reason you're saying sorry. The Sarah Palin jokes got tiring, admit it, and I know you lost some late-night viewers because of it.

    Dave is no longer funny, and even more so with this scandal that came out. Ugly, ugly, ugly.

    October 6, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  7. Reny

    Palin should aplogize for embarrasing Alaska with her stupidity.

    October 6, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  8. Lisa

    I wonder when Palin will apologize to all of US. She is not sorry for ANY wrong doing she has done.

    October 6, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  9. Anil

    It's time for Letterman to hang up his boots. I used to be a big fan but not anymore. Agreed that he did whatever he did during his personal life. But the guy did not have a professional relationship with staff...

    October 6, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  10. bc

    You just had to get the Palin name in today's news. This is just so lame! Letterman apologized to her l-o-n-g ago when it first occured. Where were you then?

    October 6, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  11. Janis

    If that's what fame and fortune does to a person, bringing the ugly devil out in the open.....then I don't want anything to do with it. No intigrity and selfworthiness left, then you can have it all. Letterman has hurt so many people, including his own family, he has no intigrity left. He is ultimately....a nobody!
    Shameful. He could have done so much more with his fame and money in helping other people. Just another scumbag!

    October 6, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  12. ken sanders

    Sick sick sick. If you wish to play you have to be ready to pay. I think this will hurt his rep and his ratings. These wise guys make me sick !!!!! Talk about Celebrity Worship. The guy is the same as the rest of us. Except he was dumb enough to get caught.

    October 6, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  13. Grahame

    who cares

    October 6, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  14. "Palin wins apology"

    That is really the wrong headline isn't it? His apology seems as tongue in cheek as ever.

    It would be refreshing if CNN used titles to actually reflect content instead of inflating or skewing it.

    Flare does not become you CNN.

    October 6, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  15. deb0155

    And, what, we're supposed to feel sorry for this pervert?! David Letterman is nothing but a hypocrite! While he struts himself all over his stage damaging other people we're supposed to feel sorry for him because he's doing damage control on himself!

    Give me a break! What has this country come to!

    October 6, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  16. Farrell in Houston

    Now have Palin apologize to the "other" Americans whom she had referenced as being non-American.

    October 6, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  17. Tristan

    Palin doesn't deserve the apology. It was a joke. If anyone should be offended it's Alex Rodriguez.

    October 6, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  18. Sue

    This man is SCUM!!!! Now he is fighting for his TV life and making some FEEBLE excuses. FIRE HIM!!!! Prove that this man can't be vicious, vindictive, immoral and get a JOB doing it.
    FIRE HIM NOW!!!!!!!

    October 6, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  19. Scott, Tucson

    I hope his wife finds a good lawyer and take him to the cleaners.

    October 6, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  20. James-STL

    He's sleezy! He treated the Palin family horribly. I hope Sarah mops the floor with him.

    October 6, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  21. Four and The Door

    There were quite a few posts from liberals at that time saying how overly sensitive Sarah Palin was to Letterman's crude joke.

    I'll put my support behind her character rather than his any day.

    October 6, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  22. Tim Seattle,WA

    I stopped watching David 8 years ago...and never looked back...really I have no missed a single thing in those 8 years. Useless Drivel. Read a Book, spend time with your wife, your kids, write a letter to a loved one, journal, listen to your favorite music, workout for an hour, but its pointless to watch these kinds of shows anymore. Just pointless.

    October 6, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  23. Alicia

    It is hard to believe that people still like to listen to David Letterman.
    He is creepy and dishonet....etc...etc... He should not be in TV

    October 6, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  24. Steve in Kentucky

    Oh, Pahleeeze!

    Enough already.

    October 6, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  25. Obama Victim

    this guy is a loser.........and so is anyone who watches him

    October 6, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
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