Late Night host David Letterman apologized profusely Monday night about jokes he cracked about the 14-year-old daughter of former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
“I told a joke that was beyond flawed, and my intent is completely meaningless compared to the perception” of the joke by viewers, Letterman said. “And since it was a joke I told, 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.”
The Indiana funnyman did his best to make amends with the former vice presidential candidate.
“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,” he said.
This full apology came on the heels of a week-long controversy, where Governor Palin blasted the funnyman in press for a joke he made about her daughter, Willow, sleeping with baseball player Alex Rodriguez. As the controversy swelled, a cluster of Palin supporters, called FireDavidLetterman.com, were organizing a Tuesday rally to demand Letterman’s ouster. Republican New York State Assemblyman Brian Kolb compared Letterman’s joke to the off-color one that caused radio personality Don Imus to lose his gig two years ago.
Letterman addressed the situation, though not with such sincerity, last week when he admitted he regretted off-color jokes frequently.