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Letterman Apologizes to Sarah Palin, Plus 5 More Famous Apologies

by Kelly Woo, posted Jun 16th 2009 12:00PM
David LettermanLast Monday, David Letterman took a number now controversial jams at Sarah Palin and her family's recent visit to New York.

Last night, he apologized.

In a special 'Late Show' segment, Letterman recanted a "coarse" joke said to be targeted at Palin's 18-year-old daughter, Bristol, which claimed she had been knocked up by Alex Rodriguez during the Yankees' seventh-inning stretch.

"There's no getting around it, but I never thought it was anybody other than the older daughter, and before the show, I checked to make sure in fact that she is of legal age, 18. Yeah. But the joke really, in and of itself, can't be defended," he said.Last Monday, David Letterman took a number now controversial jams at Sarah Palin and her family's recent visit to New York.

Last night, he apologized.

In a special 'Late Show' segment, Letterman recanted a "coarse" joke said to be targeted at Palin's 18-year-old daughter, Bristol, which claimed she had been knocked up by Alex Rodriguez during the Yankees' seventh-inning stretch.

Watch Letterman's Apology



"There's no getting around it, but I never thought it was anybody other than the older daughter, and before the show, I checked to make sure in fact that she is of legal age, 18. Yeah. But the joke really, in and of itself, can't be defended," he said.

Palin, who presumed the joke was actually about 14-year-old Willow, has since accepted the mea culpa from Letterman, who now joins a long list of famous talk show apologies.

Here are some of the highlights:

1. Hugh Grant on 'The Tonight Show With Jay Leno'
The British actor set the bar for future celebrity apologies in 1995 when he admitted he'd done a "bad thing" when he was arrested for an encounter with a prostitute



2. Alec Baldwin on 'The View'
In 2007, the Emmy-winning '30 Rock' star left his daughter a voicemail tirade calling her a "rude, thoughtless little pig." He later told Playboy he had "very serious thoughts" about suicide during the incident.



3. John McCain on 'The Late Show'

When the presidential candidate canceled on Dave in 2008, he drew the host's ire and ignited a public furor that he never quite lived down -- even after this make-up appearance. Wonder if Obama ever sent Dave a thank-you note?



4. Rosie O'Donnell on 'The View'
In 2006, the controversial host caused a worldwide commotion when, commenting on a recent (seemingly drunk) appearance by Danny DeVito, she said, "You know, you can imagine in China, it's like, 'Ching chong. Danny DeVito.'" Her so-called apology didn't exactly help matters, either.




5. Michael Richards on 'The Late Show'

Also in 2006, the 'Seinfeld' actor offended audience members at a comedy show by using racial slurs. His on-camera, satellite apology





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