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David Letterman Apologizes to Sarah Palin for Joke

David Letterman has made a full apology to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin after a joke he made on his show led to a war of words between the talk show host and the former Vice Presidential candidate. To recap, Letterman joked last week that Alex Rodriguez "knocked up" Palin's daughter during a Yankees game they attended. The only daughter who was at that game was 14-year-old Willow. Letterman said the joke was about 18-year-old Bristol, who was pregnant during the presidential campaign. After a week of going back and forth, Letterman apologized on his show last night, calling it a "coarse" and "bad" joke.

Palin accepted the apology, but others are not so forgiving. Here's what people are saying:

"I feel that I need to do the right thing here and apologize for having told that joke. It's not your fault that it was misunderstood, it's my fault that it was misunderstood... The joke, really, in and of itself, can't be defended. But I never thought it was (about) anybody other than the older daughter, and before the show, I checked to make sure, in fact, that she is of legal age, 18."
-- David Letterman, talk show host

"(I accept this apology) on behalf of all young women, like my daughters, who hope men who `joke' about public displays of sexual exploitation of girls will soon evolve."
-- Gov. Sarah Palin, (R) Alaska

"I'm glad he's acknowledged we're right. I think it's a good first step in the right direction, but I don't think it's enough."
-- John Ziegler, creator,

"The example set by Sarah Palin today in accepting David Letterman’s apology for insulting her children is extraordinary. She is showing the world how people should treat one another, particularly when they aren’t getting along."
-- Tommy De Deno, conservative commentator, writing on

"David Letterman’s disgraceful comments were a violation of standards of common decency. They were as bad as the comments Don Imus made that caused CBS to fire him in 2007. CBS needs to apply the same standards to David Letterman they applied to Don Imus."
-- Anna Barone, Democratic strategist

"I'm sorry about it, and I'll try to do better in the future."
-- David Letterman


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