Letterman Formally Apologizes; Palin Family Accepts

by | June 16, 2009 at 8:09 AM | TV News

David Letterman has formally apologized to Sarah Palin’s family for his joking about the Alaska governor’s 18-year-old daughter, Bristol, getting “knocked up” by New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez.

“I told a joke that was beyond flawed, and my intent is completely meaningless compared to the [joke's] perception” he said during yesterday’s taping of ‘Late Night with David Letterman.’

“And, as they say about jokes, if you have to explain the joke, it’s not a very good joke – I take full blame for that. I told a bad joke. I told a joke that was beyond flawed, and my intent is completely meaningless compared to the perception.

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In a statement released this morning, Palin thanked Letterman and accepted his apology.

“Of course it’s accepted on behalf of young women, like my daughters, who hope men who ‘joke’ about public displays of sexual exploitation of girls will soon evolve,” Palin said. “Letterman certainly has the right to ‘joke’ about whatever he wants to, and thankfully we have the right to express our reaction.”

Last Tuesday, Letterman – or most likely his staff – mistook Plain’s 14-year-old daughter Willow, for her 18-year-old daughter – unwed mother, Bristol. It was the former that attended the Yankees game, and the latter that was the intended target of the now-infamous joke.


“I would like to apologize especially to the two daughters involved, Bristol and Willow, and also to the Governor and her family and everybody else who was outraged by the joke. I’m sorry about it and I’ll try to do better in the future,” Letterman said.

There is no word on whether or not a planned rally of Palin supporters in front of the Ed Sullivan Theatre, where ‘The Late Show’ is taped, will still take place today.