June 15th, 2009
06:16 PM ET

Should David Letterman be fired?

The feud between former V.P. candidate Sarah Palin and late night talk show host David Letterman shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon and now people are calling for him to be fired! 

One week after David Letterman made a sexual joke about Palin’s 14 year old daughter the outrage continues.  Today there is a brand new campaign to get sponsors to pull their ads during Letterman’s show and there's even a petition to pull the show off of the air entirely! 

The whole situation started during Letterman’s opening monologue when he made several jokes about Palin's young daughter including one where he said, “During the 7th inning, her daughter was knocked up by Alex Rodriguez.” 

Palin immediately fired back via her Facebook page saying: "Concerning Letterman's comments about my young daughter (and I doubt he'd ever dare make such comments about anyone else's daughter): 'Laughter incited by sexually-perverted comments made by a 62-year-old male celebrity aimed at a 14-year-old girl is not only disgusting, but it reminds us some Hollywood/NY entertainers have a long way to go in understanding what the rest of America understands – that acceptance of inappropriate sexual comments about an underage girl, who could be anyone's daughter, contributes to the atrociously high rate of sexual exploitation of minors by older men who use and abuse others.'"

Since then Letterman has kept largely mum while Palin has taken to the airwaves.  Her supporters have been very vocal; there is a “Fire David Letterman Rally” planned for Tuesday outside the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City.

What do you think, should David Letterman be fired? We will have a fired up debate tonight on Showbiz Tonight, 11pm Eastern and Pacific on HLN!

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  1. Jaquelyn Hammond

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    April 30, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. TheresaCarusona

    If any one of you had a daughter and someone in YOUR neighborhood said YOUR daughter slept around and got knocked up.. and never let up on the gossip....Hmmmm, let me see as a parent would you then think that its funny ? Dave keeps hammering and hammering away at Palin and Bush.. He means it.. Its not funny anymore.. Its his opening dialouge ever night.. Doesnt he have any better material.. Hes obsessed about her.. Why go after a child .. Isnt that a little sick.. Dave is mean spirited.. Pick on the adults not a child..

    October 15, 2009 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Louise

    We are all working to evolve in Integrity,Respect,and Values....so I would dismiss him.

    October 6, 2009 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. James K. Harris

    Letterman has over stepped his bounds. There is a line that is not to be crossed and the line about involving making fun of someone's children is inflammatory. If someone made fun of your child (those of us who have children), what would you say and do? I would do what anyone would do..protect my children from this kind of pervert.
    CBS should be ashamed, they have sexual harrassment polices in place and Letterman is not above the law, and they are going to let me off with a hand slap and a wink, and tell him to sin no more.
    CBS should have a petition signed by all parents of american children getting CBS sponsors to pull their support for the network, and for Letterman specifically. Have his money taken away from him and let him do some hard, physical labor for a few years and maybe his attitude might adjust some.
    It won't but when this sorry sack of a human dies and stands before God, what will happen then...

    October 4, 2009 at 6:35 am | Report abuse |
  5. teresa

    yes and simply because he had sex with someone that is and still will be to young for him and god knows what hi as promes her in order for her to acconsent to sex. hi always as being a dorty filty man and always will be. this incident is not the first or the last that we will be hearing about it just wait and see what other scandal will came out from the closeth about him

    October 2, 2009 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. glpstrat

    to all the people who stick up for letterman: your a bunch of bleeding heart liberals. just cuz palin is part of the GOP, u think she's blowin this out of proportion. i'd like to see how u'd react to this 'joke' if letterman had used one of obama's daughters in it and not palin's. fire letterman, he sucks anyway. leno got twice the ratings letterman did, the only reason lettermans still on is because hes a democrat

    June 19, 2009 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  7. ezlnwv

    No Letterman Should NOT be fired.

    "Governor" Palin should be fired.

    Why do people still give a damn about this nut?

    June 17, 2009 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. eagop

    Alright...... alright! Mr. Letterman please come up with a similar joke and include your son or Obama's daughters. If you can and do it then keep your job however the opposite should terminate your job. Do you have the courage? I doubt, then you should be fired!

    June 17, 2009 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tim

    It is interesting how much people fear Sara Palin ! Why else would they put her down, to make themselves feel better.She is not perfect. No One is! She has class,David needs to find some!!

    June 17, 2009 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Helen

    What makes Letterman any better than Imus. They fired Imus so I say fire Letterman for his remarks.

    June 17, 2009 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Gammy

    Sara Palin opened herself and her family up to any and all of the conversation and remarks! First of all, she should have stayed in Alaska. It is a shame that she paraded her then pregnant daughter in front of all of the news media. Saying there was a wedding in the plans, and that she and the baby's father were so much in love and were making plans on their future together.
    I don't really care for David Letterman, but he is after all a comic and host of a late night show that I presume is basically watched by adults, and as in most cases, those hosts get away with saying a lot of things that wouldn't occur in Prime Time. However, he did apologize and it is time for Sara Palin to move on!

    June 17, 2009 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. theresa

    For Tony there ..."eskimos" is a derogatory term – its like saying the "n" word! They are called Inuit and Innu people of the north, not "eskimos" – that is an English word made by english ppl. at european contact. Learn the true history.

    No Dave should not be fired, he already clarified what he was referring to and it was not her 14 y/o daughter. Pa-leeze.

    June 17, 2009 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. joe

    I work in a prison and there are people in this prison that have made jokes and comments about young girls all their lives, so have their fathers and uncles. These people are in prison because we as a society think it is ok to make those kind of jokes regarding young girls. It is not ok people, we need to look at the big picture of how many people think it is ok to have sex with young girls because of stupid jokes like David L. We all need to wake up!

    June 17, 2009 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Daniela

    Are you kidding? Can you imagine if there weren't any comedians? Life would be rather dull. Comedy is needed to escape the problems of everyday life and the sad stories reported by the news.

    Letterman should not be fired!! This whole thing is ridiculous. Whatever happened to freedom of speech?!?!

    June 17, 2009 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. barb

    Letterman 'YOUR FIRED" !
    Palin, Biden, Obama, Madona, whomever the children belong to are OFF limits whatever the age. You sickies out there, get some professional help!

    June 17, 2009 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Patricio

    He should be fired because he is irrelevant and boring, not because of a joke.

    June 17, 2009 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Sparty323

    Letterman should be fired. What he said and implied about either of Sarah's daughters, no matter the age, was disgusting and dirty. It takes a filthy mind to even go where he did. He belongs on a show with Imus. Then we'll see who's laughing.

    June 17, 2009 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Mare

    It's over, people. Letterman has apologized for something he never said, never intended, and didn't do. He has said he had no knowledge of ANY Palin daughter at the game, only Gov. Palin. If the 14 yr old daughter hadn't been there, there would be no outrage. How can you blame a comedian for a joke that works – except for other people putting their spin on it?

    Letterman was absolutely spot on when he said it's the perception that's the reality. The perception is incorrect and he's made a very eloquent apology. Move on to Kathy Griffin or someone who can be truly offensive (and very funny) as her schtick.

    June 17, 2009 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  19. sandi

    Oh!!! Give me a break. It was a JOKE!!!! Hello......... every AMERICAN citizen has the right to THINK and SAY anything they want. I am a REPUBLICAN that did NOT vote for the whiny and humorless Gov. Palin. If she can't stand the heat – she needs to stay out of the spotlight.....along with her kids. A JOKE....and the fact that Letterman (never have missed his show) felt he HAD to apologize....well that just shows what we have lost in this country. PALIN is a joke....Dave just delivers them. She needs to GET OVER HERSELF.

    June 17, 2009 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  20. TB

    David Letterman should go, he is done.
    Give it a rest Letterman, do the right thing. Do CBS and yourself a favor and retire. Save yourself and CBS the embarrassment of having to fire you. It's very sad to see someones better days long behind them and to continue to be highly overpaid.
    No longer funny, consistently getting his butt handed to him on a platter in the ratings he has to stoop to new lows to get a laugh. He should go away and CBS should smell the coffee and get someone else in there who can compete with the ABC & NBC offerings.

    The only reason he apologized is he was being called out on it. Had that not happened, it just would have been another slam to Palin by he and his writers.
    All Presidents before Obama were up for scrutiny and targets of criticism and jokes yet he and his staff lack the guts to target the president. Instead they go after Palin and only after she pushes back do they recognize any problems with their material.
    Why aren't there any jokes about Obama? his ears? his performance etc? There is plenty there to make jokes about each night yet he and his staff are too intimidated to attempt.

    It's way over due for Letterman and his staff to go. They are struggling, couldn't keep up with Jay on the Tonight Show and have nothing to offer to attempt to beat Conan.

    CBS must have tons of money to waste to continue to pay his salary and to continue to lose so badly in the ratings wars each night.

    June 17, 2009 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Anita

    First of all, he should not have apologized. It was joke. Good God. Second, it was not about her 14 year old daughter whose an innocent little child; it was about a hot behind 18 year old! She was KNOCKED UP!! Come on people get real!!! Stop taking everything so seriously and let's stop sugar-coding everything. She should have been focusing on her books instead of having sex with boys. I think the joke was funny and it bordered on the truth. She is a fast behind young lady!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 17, 2009 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  22. edwinlee37

    No, he shouldn't be fired. The joke was in terribly bad taste, he finally made a thoughtful and sincere apology, Sarah Palin accepted it... then went on to milk it for all it was worth. End of story.

    CNN's sloppy reporting, or right-wing bias is showing in this article which falsely states that: "a sexual joke about Palin’s 14 year old daughter ".... he made no specific reference to the 14 year old....

    June 17, 2009 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  23. Alice

    No, leave him alone. Stuff like that happens and things get said. If it actually to place then I would be upset. We're acting like we don't have anything else news worthy to talk about.

    June 17, 2009 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  24. eagop

    What if the same joke was used involving Obama's daughters? I guess you know the answer. It was a hate joke very much like Don Imus joke and you know what happened to him. Sarah Palin is a conservative figure therefore subject to dirty jokes and not-so-funny comments from the left. Smear is all I see now a days. America is divided for the reason of diversity within our own society. We're here to live together, not to use our own ideology and try to impose it on others. Respect for you is attained by respecting oneself.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  25. go back to alaska

    Let's see.... every other late night comedian has made jokes about the self-righteous, abstinence-only Sarah Palin family but she didn't spend two weeks whining about them.

    She's the one who let her high school-age daughter "hook up" with that guy and get pregnant. She couldn't even get them together for a shotgun wedding.

    The better question is why isn't she at home taking care of her children along with her husband instead of galavanting around the Lower 48?

    But the even better question is why do the dolts in the national media keep feeding her nuggets by giving her airtime?


    Go back to Alaska to try sucking up more of the Lower 48's tax dollars for your bridges to nowhere.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  26. B


    Everyone who thinks he should be fired, should go bury themselves back in there bible. IT WAS A JOKE.... Oh, and reality check his reference was to the daughter that is 1:18, 2: Just had or is about to have a baby..... Yeppers, those are some good values when your 18 year old is knocked up. Maybe she should ACTUALLY worry about her family as opposed to concerning herself with her own ego and need for attention.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  27. lvneditor

    Dave should be fired only if Sarah Palin should be fired for allowing her high school daughter and boyfriend to procreate in her own house (thereby allowing themselves to become the brunt of jokes). Oh, but that's right, now the Palin's are all about abstinence. Shouldn't that have been the stance BEFORE her daughter got pregnant?

    There are 2 really bad jokes here:

    1.) The one told by Letterman
    2.) The fact that we area still talking about Sarah Palin

    I try to keep in mind that they are both just bad jokes and will go away as soon as something more important comes along. Letterman has apologized, move on!

    June 17, 2009 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  28. Rhonda

    To the idiot who said she paraded her children around during the election, well what on earth did Obama do. His children are off limits, and have not reached age 18, so don't throw stones. Letterman should have been fired long ago, his lines are not jokes, they are offensive to many groups. I quit watching him long ago, not only does his talk perverted, he looks perverted. Jay Leno was the man and Letterman can't hold a candle to him so he resorts to making fun of anyone from the republican party, these last remarks are over the top. Call in Donald Trump to say "You're Fired".

    June 17, 2009 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
  29. Ann-Marie

    If people can call the President of the United States "terrorist" and nothing happens to them, then nothing should happen to Dave for calling a slut "slut". The joke is dirrected at the Palin woman's claim that kids should not be the butt of sex jokes, claim she made right as she was pimping her 17 year old pregnant daughter to the media (with her gut out to here and splattered all over every magazine cover!) Palin, if you wanted to convince us that you don't think kids should have sex, maybe you should have stashed your pregnant 17 year old somewhere until after she delivered your grandchild. As for Dave, he's just earning his paycheck ... if you have a problem with what Dave said, I suggest you listen to some Howard Stern, so you can hear what INAPPROPRIATE really sounds like. And if you want Washington DC, you'll need to grow thicker skin, Palin, because otherwise those sharks will have you for breakfast and spit you back out before lunch ...

    June 17, 2009 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
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    June 16, 2009 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  31. lawyermommy


    He made a major plunder so he should be canned???

    That is an overreaction.

    Was he right, absolutely NOT but Palins other daughter was knocked up early in the day so why the sanctimonious hoopola.
    Letterman should be cautioned, maybe even suspended.. but get CANNED for this remark??? SPARE ME the DRAMA!

    June 16, 2009 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  32. W.J. Chapman Jr.


    Seriously... It was a mistake, wrong daughter in attendance, not the one who is an unwed mother... oops!
    More crap from the out of touch Republicans.
    Sarah... Just go away...

    Please... Just go away!


    Birmingham, MI

    June 16, 2009 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  33. HonestChitChat

    Palin put her children in the limelight when she 1.) Ran for office and 2.) Was so busy running for office that she forgot to talk to her kids about premarital sex AND protection. Letterman just called it like it was. Sorry lady.

    June 16, 2009 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  34. maricastillo

    It continues to prove Palin can't take the "Heat"! ANYONE who runs for a political office BETTER have thick skin or get out of the kitchen! Yes, it's true the 16 year old "Mother" shouldn't have been the topic of a joke in anyone's late night show HOWEVER she too is out in front of the camera with her ignorant statments as well. Both Palin's need to GET OUT OF THE KITCHEN and stay away from the main land!

    June 16, 2009 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Courtney

    Why is she so worried about exploitation? She forces rape victims to shell out $1000 in the ER for their own rape kit all-the-while her state has the highest rate of violent sexual crime and rape. Obviously, it's not women she's worried about. As a woman, I don't want her "concern" and am personally offended that she would use violence against women as a guise for her own agenda.

    June 16, 2009 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Riki

    Well I saw it and I was not offended by it. I never once thought he was talking about Willow (I honestly didn't know her younger daughter's name). We only know Bristol because she is on the cover of magazines and leading the top news stories because of her untimely pregnancy and her being a Palin. This is absolutely some of the most ludicrous posts I have ever read. I have to just laugh. And by the way, Paul, I haven't heard the jokes that Conan, Leno and John McCain made but I have been laughing since reading your post. Stop comparing this to Don Imus because it is not the same thing. It wasn't the first offensive joke and it won't be the last. If you don't like David Letterman then don't watch him. I especially liked the post from the lady that gave a view of what his shows contained 3 times in one week, IF YOU ARE SO OFFENDED THEN WHY DO YOU KEEP WATCHING....................... jeez get a life people. If you want to be fired up and trying to save the children from predators and sexual deviants then talk/write to your representatives and get tougher sentences for sex offenders. Firing David Letterman for making a joke is not going to make the world a better place for your teenage girls.

    June 16, 2009 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  37. frank from florida

    sarah palin can dish it out, but she sure can't take it! I'm sure letterman wasn't talking about her 14 year old, but her 18 year old whose morals are already in question(especially for a born again christian!) It was alrite for her to accuse Obama of consorting with terrorists, but God forbid a comedian should accuse her already knocked-up daughter of loose morals!

    June 16, 2009 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Lynn D

    The person that wrote that joke should be fired for not doing his homework on which daughter was in attendance with her mother.
    I don't think Dave would have apologized if it weren't for the sponsor's protest. It is all about the $$$$$$ I also agree that A-Rod should be outraged too. I have to say that I WAS offended by the joke about a 14 year old GIRL.

    June 16, 2009 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  39. missdee

    No he should not be fired.......Give it a rest. Yes, the joke was inappropriate however, he is only human and everyone makes mistakes......and he has apologize for his actions. Palin needs to get a life, she opted for this fame,. they always say that bad news is better then no news, she she needs to get a life at this point.

    June 16, 2009 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  40. dallygirl

    OMG people PLEASE STOP comparing Don Imus' filthy remarks to David Letterman's misguided attempt at humour.


    David has apologized – let it freaking GO!!!!!!

    June 16, 2009 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  41. cheryl t

    I didn't realize we are now living in a communist country!!! No freedom of speech. Come on every body, what happened to freedom of speech? I thought anybody with at least half a brain knew he was talking about her daughter Bristol. And it was joke. Everyone has got to lighten up. And Sarah if your reading this, please find another way to keep your name going in the public eye. Now let the country go back to topics that are more important like; Losing jobs to other countries, elderly people losing their part time jobs to illegal immigrants, foreclosures, Global Warming, anything other than this.

    June 16, 2009 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  42. michelle

    Yes, the joke was rather tasteless – but why are people blowing it out of proportion? If you're a "public figure" like Palin, being the butt of jokes (tasteful or not) comes with the territory. Mrs. Palin, why don't you simmer down and go back to building strong foreign relations with Russia. On a side not, I think that the joke was aimed at Bristol Palin, since she recently did a cover for People mag...

    June 16, 2009 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Paul

    Yes, absolutely. And Leno should be fired for this joke: "Gov. Palin announced over the weekend that her 17-year-old unmarried daughter is five months pregnant. And you thought John Edwards was in trouble before! Now he has really done it" (9/2/08). And Conan should be fired for the "keeping the hockey players out of Palin's daughter's penalty box" joke. And Rush should be fired for the Clelsea Clinton is the White House Dog joke. And John McCain should be fired for the "Chelsea is ugly cause Janet Reno is her dad" joke. And SNL should be thrown off the air for the joke about Todd Palin having sex with his daughters. In fact, anyone who has ever told an ethnic or off-color joke should be fired.

    Why is everyone picking on poor old Dave?

    June 16, 2009 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  44. don

    should david letterman be fired? yes! not because of any particular joke but simply because he's run his course as a late night host. he's no longer funny nor innovative. it's over anyway so just leave. he's like the old athlete who's no longer competitive, doesn't contribute much, but still thinks he's really good. he's the only one who doesn't get it. the palin "joke" was a strong testament of this fact.

    June 16, 2009 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Robert L

    David Letterman should not be fired. Yes, while the joke was in poor taste, no one in America thought he was referring to Palin's youngest daughter Willow until SARAH made it about her younger daughter. Once again this woman has found a way to embarras her children and put them in an uncomfortable situation. Does this woman ever put her children first before her own political goals? I think not!

    Sarah, try being a mother to your children first so you don't end up a great-grandmother before you 60!

    June 16, 2009 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Tom

    I hope Palin hangs around.....it will guarantee the GOP loses the next election too.

    June 16, 2009 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Marianne, Montréal

    It's not easy being in the public eye, ask George W! Come to think of it, David Letterman, Jay Leno, Conan O'Brian, Jimmy Kimmel should all be fired for making fun of W!

    The funny thing is when I heard the joke; I laughed more thinking about Alex Rodriguez history than thinking about Palin’s daughter! Please, stop this nonsense! Tell me who actually taught the joke was about the 14 years old daughter! Come on Palin's! Really?

    Public eye 101 Governor: haven’t you heard the jokes about Bill Clinton throughout the years? Hillary showed more judgment and certainly knew and still knows how to distance herself from comedic bits. Didn’t say it was easy for her, but she never needed the military to make a point.

    June 16, 2009 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Mike

    I didn't even know Sarah Palin had a 2nd daughter. It was obvious to me the joke was about Bristol. And honestly, I think it was appropriate.

    Republicans/right-wingers/bible thumpers try to force their views and their will upon the masses. So OF COURSE we love to see when one you fall. You claim to be moral and upstanding people. Your daughters would never have underage sex as they know that is immoral.

    Woops! Reality check. It does happen. And the more you try to cram your views down everyone else's throats, the more we are going to look for the examples of your hypocrisy, and believe me, their are tons.

    So go ahead and try to get Letterman fired. Boycott CBS' sponsors. There will be countless people who don't even care for or watch Letterman that will be glad to take his side simply because you stand on the other.

    June 16, 2009 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Rhonda

    People really need to lighten up. This was a joke – not a good one but I really do not think Letterman meant any malice.
    NO he should not be fired.
    Besides as far as Palin is concerned this was just an excuse to try to be in the spotlight again.
    When will her 15 minutes be over already.

    June 16, 2009 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Linda

    The remarks this liberal idiot made should not have been said about anyones daughter... he thinks it makes it ok because he was talking about the older one? Good grief...has everyone forgotten what happened to Imus because of what he said? When will those who have the ear of the public begin to show respect and not have it be all about the ratings. He should be shown the door sooner than later.
    I really wish she had not accepted his apology...guess that shows who's the classier of the two.

    June 16, 2009 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Carol

    The joke was inappropriate, and Letterman has apologized. However, he should not be fired. When Palin entered the public arena, knowing her family situation with Bristol, she opened herself and her family up to public comment. Now she is trying to invoke censorship when things get inconvenient. Shame on Letterman for making a comment about a teenage girl, but if you don't like it, change the channel. If Palin wants to do right by her daughter, let this feud die and be forgotten and accept the apology as it was given.

    June 16, 2009 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Christina

    Palin is looking for any chance to be in the spotlight. Letterman is too intelligent to make a joke about a 14 year old girl. For goodness sakes, the jokes are all written and created by a team of writers – they are not going to make jokes about a 14 year old girl being molested.

    Once again Palin is playing up the protective pit bull soccer mom thing. Any opportunity to be in the spotlight – even if it means dragging her kids there over and over.

    June 16, 2009 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Arlene

    It doesn't matter if Letterman's remarks were intended for Bristol, they were still inappropriate. Going after a politician is one thing but leave their children alone. I also find fault with his remarks about Governor Palin. Just "fight attendant " would have been funny. Over-the-top with "slutty". . . . .definitely. I can be fairly sure what the reaction would have been if disparinging comments were made about the First Lady or her children.

    I agree with those who say that David Lettermen has begun to show more of his liberal views. He has that right but he needs to be more responsible and accept any consequences. An apology was made and accepted. Enough said.

    For those of you who say Sarah Palin ask for this by putting herself and her family in the limelight, does the same go for everyone in the public eye? ( including actors, models, singers, other politicians, etc.)
    It should but the Palin-hating media and public will not let that happen.

    Governor Palin is a public servant and that is a thankless job but we need all the Sarah Palins we can get for 2012.

    June 16, 2009 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Fair is Fair

    Jane – Nice!! Blame the Palins for Lettermans bad joke. Do you blame the basketball players for Imus's bad joke too??

    June 16, 2009 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  55. jman

    I am not a fan of Sarah Palin, but I believe David Letterman was wrong in what he did. To me this no different then what Don Imus did a couple of years ago. I believe that Letterman should be punished in some way whether losing sponors or some other form. Celebrities need to realize that no matter how famous they are, they still need to think about what they said. It doesn't matter if the joke was about Bristol Palin or her younger daughter, it was still the wrong thing to do especially for a cheap laugh.

    June 16, 2009 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Judy

    Everybody get over it!!! Palin is getting the publicity she looking for and all the sheep are following. If you don't like what Dave says in his show change the channel

    It's time to move on!!!

    June 16, 2009 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Kathy

    Give it up........it was a joke.....it was a poor joke........he apologized...if he had made the joke against a Democrat no one would have cared

    don't we have more important issues going on in this country other than Sarah Palin ???????

    Hey Sarah if you can't take the heat stay out of the kitchen .......

    June 16, 2009 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  58. AW

    I don't think he should be fired but I can assure you he would have been fired already if the joke had been about a young Obama, not a young Palin.

    June 16, 2009 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Think Tank

    Letterman is a hack, and he's not even funny. You mentally challenged liberals are defending him ONLY because the comments were directed at Sarah Palin....and we all know how you feel about Sarah Palin and her political beliefs. If these comments were made by a conservative host then you guys would be screaming, waving signs, protesting, and looking like idiots outside his studio...

    June 16, 2009 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  60. DDSilks

    Sounds like a Don Imus event all over again. If it was my daughter, I would probably not like it, but I would not make such a big stink out of it. Think of all the people who heard it JUST BECAUSE of the publicity. I didn't hear it, and most of the people I spoke to did not hear it, but now that it was made so public, EVERYONE now has heard it!

    June 16, 2009 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Starshine

    Oh, please!

    June 16, 2009 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Jane

    This is the kind off stuff Fox news lives for. Why is Cnn going alone with this garbage. Who cares, it was a joke of poor taste. If the Palin family had not been of such low moral standards to begin with they would not have been the brunt of this joke.

    This is what happens when you don't teach you children about birth control.

    June 16, 2009 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Fair is Fair

    Don Imus got fired!!

    June 16, 2009 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Brian

    Wait this is the same daughter who had the child and was on the cover of People Magazine? You know turning her underage mother daughter into a symbol for her mother Palin's political ambitions?

    She is a public figure, we all have been hammered down with her daughter's sex life by Palin's political people.

    Way to go MOM! Palin puts her daughter in the spot light jokes like this would happen so she can continue her political career. Palin

    On David Letterman, that joke was in bad taste. He and his writing staff did a bad one. No he should not lose his job. I do not find Letterman funny but love the Top Tens.

    This is so a non issue, Palin does nto want jokes good or bad about her family do not use them as political tools.

    If you think Letterman's joke was bad. There are stand ups saying a lot worse right now.

    June 16, 2009 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Don

    Actually, it's Palin who should be fired.

    June 16, 2009 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Aurora

    Of course he should NOT be fired. Palin is a low life and a lousy mother. Every woman knows that a mother's number one repsonsibility in raising a daughter is to keep her from getting knocked up and ensure that she completes higher education as preparation for the rest of her life. Palin has failed miserably and should be ashamed of herself.

    June 16, 2009 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  67. glen

    Mr. Letterman was wrong. He should be fired. He should do some community service and do some work with pregnant teenagers or spend some time with young girls who have been sexually assaulted. He's been around for a very long time and there was no excuse for this. He must be an example. Some mistakes you can't walk away from. I

    June 16, 2009 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  68. jim

    As a married father of two daughters I find his comments, and those who defend him, as totally reprehensible. Letterman long ago became a political commentator and ceased being a comedian, and thus is part of the issue. CBS should fire him immediately.

    p.s. I learned as a small child that apologies that end with ".I'm sorry but..." are no apology at all.

    June 16, 2009 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  69. cyndi

    Oh Yes!! Let's fire Dave. Lets fire anyone who expresses an opinion. Please, dumb joke. Get over it. Let's look at Jay and his jokes about The Govenator, Arnold........I didn't see Arnold asking for Jay to be fired over his jokes, you know why? Because comedians tell jokes about politicos, end of story.

    June 16, 2009 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  70. ames

    Ridiculous! This has been so blown out of proportion. Palin is clearly using this as an opportunity to be seen and heard. And this crap about statutory rape... COME ON! Letterman is a cool cat and would never joke about something like that. Get it off the news! We get it, bad joke, move on!

    June 16, 2009 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Norma Jean

    OMG! I cannot believe the right-wingers on this blog! For those that say they will boycott the advertisers of Letterman's show, go ahead. There are not enough of you to make a dent!

    And, is it me or do the right-wingers not understand what a joke is? No wonder they are anal retentive huns!

    You right-wingers needs to watch the clip again and realize that the joke is CLEARLY about Bristol Palin and IN NO WAY is in reference to Willow. Oh wait. You wouldn't get it anyway because you hear what you want to hear and then impose your views on the rest of America.

    David Letterman should NOT be fired! If he is, the rest of us liberals should boycott the network for giving in to the right-wingers. So, the network will probably have 3 people watching....LOL.

    David, keep doing your thing! Don't be intimidated!! These right-wingers need to go!!

    As for Sarah Palin, she sets women's lib back about 50 yrs. She is an embarrasment to the female gender!! I am ashamed she is in same category as I am!! She speaks of "exploitation of children" then what does she call parading her children in front of every camera? Right-wingers don't see that, huh?!

    June 16, 2009 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  72. L. Fontaine, Peshtigo, WI

    Are you kidding me? He's a comedian. So he had the daughter's names mixed up. Big deal! The national media is giving this thing a profound amount of life and attention, instead of focusing on something that actually is important. How about doing some real news...like us laid off grandparents forced to give up their life and careers, in order to raise their grandchildren...because their own children can't take care of them.

    And by the way...Sara Palin is nothing more than a politician chose to accept the national spotlight on her own terms; and all the media and public scrutiny that goes along with it. Last I checked, I didn't see the name "Untouchable" attached to her name. Stay in Alaska Sara, and look after your family. They're far more important.

    June 16, 2009 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  73. alan

    I am of the old way.

    If my daughter was joked about being knocked on national TV saw by millions of viewers. I would stand up and fire the man, Letterman.


    To women who comment here, would you like being joked that you were knocked up on TV???

    June 16, 2009 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Heidi

    The joke was not about rape. And let's not forget it was a JOKE! He has since apologized... let it go. I would love to see some of this negative attention directed at a tenth of the unpatriotic comments Rush Limbaugh has uttered.

    June 16, 2009 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Kelly

    Please...David Letterman is a comedian...it's his job to make jokes about people and it's all taken light heartedly. Palin needs to lighten up...Hello Palin...you lost the election so get over it and stop trying to stay in the limelight. If you don't like Letterman then stop watching the show. I'm sure Conan would have made a joke as well, but Letterman beat him to it! Go Dave...We love you!

    June 16, 2009 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Jeff

    Lets see, Don Imus makes a joking comment about nappy headed hoes and gets fired. David Letterman makes a joke about sex with a 14 year old and keeps his job. What is the difference? David Letterman is a "liberal" so his comment about a Republican is just a joke and why all the fuss. Don Imus made a comment about one of the "liberal" sacred cows (african-americans) and must be dealt with severely and was fired. Liberals are all about equality so fire Letterman!

    June 16, 2009 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  77. orderofrayne

    Actually I think Letterman should push it farther. The fact that people are making such a big deal about this is only going to cause comedians like Dave to be more cautious about their material. I have the ability to separate a joke from my real life, maybe some of you got screwed by genetics and weren't born with that skill
    Either way I hope he continues to push the envelope and doesn't become too scared of idiots like Palin supporters. We need laughs now more than ever and limiting the material funny men like Letterman can use is the real crime.

    June 16, 2009 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |

    You know...you people should get over yourselves!!! You want to FIRE everyone you don't agree with. JHC! Sarah Palin is a professional victim. Don't take my word for it, look at her record. It is the ONLY way she can make news. The state of Alaska is in trouble. They DON'T love her. PLEASE back away from the keyboard and grab a newspaper...or better yet, a history book.

    June 16, 2009 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  79. Megan

    Of course he shouldn't be fired! She's just finding an excuse to jump back on the media wagon. She didn't fire back when he made jokes about her bastard grandson – she loves making the news over petty, ridiculous things. It's his JOB to make fun of public figures. It's not her job to spend time on these issues. I think it's pretty telling that she claims to be a true conservative and this display of hypocrisy just affirms her ignorance.

    June 16, 2009 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  80. k.e

    no,letterman should not be fired its an adult show and palin should go back to fading away like she was!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 16, 2009 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  81. ja

    You're in the public eye. You're open to scrutiny. And comedy SHOULD be no holds barred. There's always a shred of truth in comedy... that's what makes it funny.

    Everyone get over yourselves... and learn to laugh about life.

    June 16, 2009 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  82. Betty

    I say fire him. It seems the only way he thinks he is "funny" is making jokes about public republican figures. I never liked show for this reason. One could make a poor joke re his young wife, but no one has. He has crossed the line and needs to be put our of our misery. If it was my young daughter, I would be in his face, I say back Palin. You would never hear a so-called joke from Jay Leno – he has class and respect for everyone.

    June 16, 2009 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  83. JJ Jones

    Rush Limbaugh has said worse and still has a job.

    June 16, 2009 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  84. cara

    Maybe if Ms. Palin spent as much time attending to her children's needs privately as she does in using every opportunity available (personal or otherwise) as a political propaganda tool, her kids wouldn't get knocked up in the first place.

    June 16, 2009 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  85. carla

    David Letterman's comments about Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and one of her daughters has prompted a hotel chain to pull its advertising on CBS' website — and spawned a campaign to fire the Late Show host that includes a planned protest outside his studio.

    Embassy Suites, part of the Hilton Hotels Corp., pulled advertising on CBS' site because of complaints, company spokeswoman Kendra Walker told TVGuide.com. The company was not an advertiser on Late Night with David Letterman.

    June 16, 2009 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  86. d.j,

    Palin should be fired.
    The president should be looking at how she conducts herself.
    People are placed in political positions to represent and project positive relationships with the majority.
    Her disrespect for David Letterman is ridiculous.
    Letterman should be sueing her for slander for calling him a pedophile.
    where is the uproar for Palin's slanderous remarks.
    Why is nothing said about her children having unprotected sex at such an early age.
    Palin just exploits all situations around her for political and economic gain.
    She should be fired for child expoitation, but she would twist that also with her denial of what is the real picture.
    good luck Palin, your future is done in the political aspect.

    June 16, 2009 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  87. carla

    Don Immus got fired. So should this shriveled up pervert Litterman.
    How many black men have been lynched in the last year?
    How many teen girls have been raped?
    Sexism is as bad as racism.
    Even if he meant the 18 year old daughter, why should she be singled out for sexual abuse? Implying that a single mom is a whore is outrageous and Litterman insulted all single moms.
    Also a sitting governor is a slut? Outrageous and he needs to be fired.
    I have called sponsors, and emailed CBs demanding as many many others are that he be fired.
    Notice he made another apology? Yeah he is feeling the heat from the many who are insulted ... 40% of births last year were to single moms.
    disgusting and so are the other intolerant liberal pigs posting on here.
    Promicuity and single moms are not linked together.
    Don't single moms have it tough enough with out a late night "entertainer" implying they are whores?
    All you poster on here that think this isn't offensive are what is wrong with this country.
    disgusting mysionginist pigs.

    June 16, 2009 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
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  89. Loni

    I can not beleive, all who defend David Letterman!
    These posts, seem more about who is liked more or less, by those who post.
    The Real issue here is not even if what was said was funny or not,
    It is or should be, How would You or I feel if it were said about our own child.
    YES! He should be fired!!!
    As even he said in his Appology; It was not funny; and What was the real intent, as he used that term several times.
    Saying “This was not my intent”
    This is not nor should it be a forum to lash out at whoever we might not like, but rather defend those who are used at anothers expense to advance their political stand.

    June 16, 2009 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  90. Carol

    Yes, he should be fired. It is not whether the joke was about an 18-year old or a 14-year old. Joking about rape is an outrage. I hope no one near and dear to him is ever raped. Maybe then he will "Get it". I am going to send letters to his sponsors urging them to pull their advertisements. Maybe this will grab the attention of the execs at CBS!!

    June 16, 2009 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  91. Eric

    Why do we give this woman so much publicity? She has no business being in any spotlight what-so-ever! 20 years ago someone like Palin would have been all but forgotten weeks after the lost election, she's honestly NO ONE! I guess it sucks to go from obscurity & back again, but thats your reality sweetheart, you didnt win, and IF you show up on any ticket in '12 I'm moving to Canada (southern, so as not to be close to you after you lose a second time)

    June 16, 2009 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  92. karen

    no david letterman should not be fired!!! the state of alaska should fire sarah palin for inpersonating a governor!!!

    June 16, 2009 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  93. Steven

    Should he be fire? Give me a fragging break here. The man made a mistake. How many time have each one of us said something very stupid and latter regetted saying. The man is a comedian. Have you listen to other comedian like Dice Clay, Richard Prior, Red Fox, and others? Thank God he is not like them. However, they stayed on the air and nobody claim. The stuff that they have said was much worst. Last night David Letterman gave a very heart felt appology. Again,David made a mistake. With all the other things that is going on, this needs to be dropped.

    June 16, 2009 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  94. Marvin

    Fired? No.

    His "joke" was in very bad taste, and would have caused a firestorm had this been about Chelsea Clinton, or god forbid, one of Obama's daughters. If I recall correclly, Rush Limbaugh was taken to the "tool shed" for referring to Chelsea Clinton as ugly. Dave needs to take a trip to the tool shed as well

    June 16, 2009 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  95. shamika

    This is too much!!! Palin & others are taking this wayyyyyy to far!!! He apologized for something (I wouldn't have done) & he's still having to deal with all of this drama!!!
    I heard someone on the news mention statutory rape for what he said!!! Are you kidding me???? There are much more serious cases than this! Come on people get over it & focus on important "rape" cases!

    June 16, 2009 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  96. Donna

    Dave Letterman is on late night TV. It was a joke although not a very good joke and he apologized.

    I think the far right is desperate and will latch on to anything they can at this to point to have outrage over.

    I'm inclined to be a bit more upset over the far right talking heads who are publicly praying for the demise of the current administration, and in my view should be locked up for treason.

    I'm for boycotting anybody who advertises on Glenn Beck, FOX news etc., for their hateful ways, but I've never said they should all be fired, but wouldn't that be lovely if it happened!

    I guess freedom of speech only applies ro rabid republicans.

    June 16, 2009 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |

    You have got to be such a media slut to attact a fourteen year old

    June 16, 2009 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
  98. Mel

    No, David Letterman should not be fired. I can't believe this has all gotten so out of control!!! Sarah Palin sure has a way of digging herself deeper into a reputation of being a ridiculous outspoken, emotional, and irrational person. I think she must be digging a hole for herself right out of politics. I would have to think at some point she would be embarrassed at what she is doing to herself and her entire family too!! I personally cannot believe she is still even holding the govern's job for Alaska today. ALaskan's have got to be embarrassed also to be supporting Sarah and her big mouth. WOW! when will it ever stop?

    June 16, 2009 at 5:44 am | Report abuse |
  99. Jonathan

    Fired? are you kidding me!!! it was a JOKE get over it... and if you dont like it dont watch his show. I swear people dont have anything better to do.

    June 16, 2009 at 4:59 am | Report abuse |
  100. Kenneth

    it was wrong,period wether it was about an 18 yr old or a14 yr old.

    June 16, 2009 at 4:17 am | Report abuse |
  101. Kenneth

    i am not a sarah palin fan.having said that i don't care for letterman either.
    he did go too far with this so called joke.i didn't like the man when he was a local weather-man on tv here in indiana.i thought him to be crass,and crude then.it seems he hasn't changed.the only difference,now is he's paid millions to be that way.

    June 16, 2009 at 4:05 am | Report abuse |
  102. roni

    He made a bad joke so what. We have all made bad jokes. She is just stupid

    June 16, 2009 at 3:52 am | Report abuse |
  103. Mikey

    People that think Dave should be fired are just a bunch of idiots. Freedom of speech!

    June 16, 2009 at 3:50 am | Report abuse |
  104. g. stone

    Palin's fame clock is is coming to 14 minutes and 59 seconds, and she needs to keep herself in the media market. She has exploited one of her kids, who did get pregnant while under her mom's abstinence plan, already why should it stop there. The GOP is grasping at straws as well is the rest of the conservative old people with out dated ideas of how things should be in this country.Does the 1st amendment ring a bell to anyone? Or are we just waiting for her to 18 years of age so you can feel better about it. Suck it up America the buffet of scandal has been replenished. Let worry about this instead of anything that really matters like the Persian Gulf Distraction part II. We are going through change and it is never easy especially for those who are loosing their power. Why does anyone listen to her anyway. But loosing his job over a joke is retarded as thinking anyone in government or media give a sh*t about anyone except themselves.

    June 16, 2009 at 3:24 am | Report abuse |
  105. Richard Gonfiles

    I am planning to boycott all companies that advertise on the David Letterman show. That's the only way to get him fired.

    and I'm telling my friends and coworkers too.

    June 16, 2009 at 3:23 am | Report abuse |
  106. Jessie

    No, David Letterman should NOT be fired. He has apologized for his remarks and I think he should be forgiven. This issue has been blown WAY out of proportion.

    June 16, 2009 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
  107. T from St Louis

    No way...Dave was doing his job...and quite well I believe ;o) I will continue to watch David Letterman, and pray that I NEVER have to hear Sarah Palin speak in public again. She is embarrassing, and a joke.

    June 16, 2009 at 2:46 am | Report abuse |
  108. LOL

    Absolutely not. Letterman was not out of line.

    June 16, 2009 at 2:41 am | Report abuse |
  109. Eddie

    Only the self-righteous, right-wing folks have taken offense at Letterman's joke. While clearly not in the best of taste, the joke is no reason to fire him. They had no problem with the issue of free speech when their idol Palin was accusing Obama of "palling around with terrorists" or when her crowds was calling for Obama's head during her rallies in '08. But they have no problem turning a molehill of a joke into a mountain. As usual, right-wingers are wrong.

    June 16, 2009 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
  110. me

    Love Dave, he's usually a very classy guy & now he's apologized TWICE. Barbie needs to hightail it back to Wasilla & get to work because word is she probably won't even be governor for much longer – she's got some deadly competition (in both parties) in her reelection campaign.

    June 16, 2009 at 2:23 am | Report abuse |
  111. George B

    We should just watch Conan or someone else – that is the best way.

    June 16, 2009 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
  112. Angela

    I got a kick out of Matt Laure's interview with Gov. Palin. He pointed out very clearly that she was being a hypocrite about this whole thing as she attempted to defame David Letterman in retalliation for his comments. She claimed to not even have been watching and would not admit that she heard about it second hand and got the context wrong before she made comments to the press about it. Matt had her and she got visibly upset when she could see she was being made a fool of! I thank Dave for taking the high road and ending this nonsense but I have to admit it is fun to watch her hang herself over something so unimportant! I am sick to death of her!

    June 16, 2009 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
  113. dave

    David Letterman should be fired. If Imus can be fired for a slur, than what's fair is fair. I'm not watching letterman anymore anyway – he has gone political – and he does not know what he is talking about anyway.

    June 16, 2009 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  114. Mel

    Amazing!! If you think it is inappropriate for an old man to make lewd comments about a young girl then it is assumed that you are a republican.
    What is wrong with you people that call yourself democrats? Do you have no sense of decency or morals?
    Can we call all your liberal movie stars that won't even consider getting married while having children sluts now? How about the ones that get engaged, have a baby and then wait until after the baby so they can have a huge expensive "white" wedding? Can we call them sluts? How about the stupid woman that David Letterman knocked up? Is she more susceptible to A-Rod? He is younger and better looking.
    Or can we say that it is wrong to talk about ALL WOMEN that way?
    By the way, I have been a democrat I'm embarrassed to say. . I have never been a republican. I will never be a registered democrat again. The stench of hypocrisy in the democrat party is just too much to bear.

    June 16, 2009 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
  115. kathy

    Fire him, I wonder what would happen if these jokes were aimed at Obama's daughter's. Sarah Palin for President.....

    June 16, 2009 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
  116. monkeyfighters

    If everybody would do his and her job as well as Letterman does his job
    this country wouldn't be in such deep mess. Unfortunately some can't handle criticism at all. Nobody really heard Palin whining when her daughter get knocked up for real. This is too late to be so sensitive and trying to mask her own shortcomings as a mother. God bless Letterman and those who aren't afraid to say the truth even if it hurts.
    And it was funny!!!!!!!

    June 16, 2009 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  117. Donnie

    No David Letterman should not be fired! When a person steps into the light that Sarah Palin stepped into during the 2008 presidential race they are going to be the butt of many jokes. The fact of the matter is, the joke was made aimed at the oldest Palin daughter (who has begun making her own outspoken presence in the Republican Party and has thus stepped into the same light as her mother) and is what it is: a joke. David Letterman is a comedian. Sarah Palin is a politician. If you are not ready for this kind of publicity or these kinds of jokes, then stay out of the limelight. It is no different than any other actor or actress or politician.

    Also, if your going to condem Letterman, then you have to do the same for every audiance member and person viewing from anywhere in the United States who laughed at the joke. And that thought is just foolish.

    June 16, 2009 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
  118. John Brody

    Letterman is excercising his 1st amendment rights. Remember – restrict him now and next it's YOU. It's a joke, PEOPLE.

    June 16, 2009 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  119. tony

    While I think Letterman's "joke" wasn't funny and in poor taste, calling for him to be fired is stupid. I don't like Palin. She is a terrible mother and governor. Being famous puts you in the spotlight and makes you a target for this kind of stuff. She trotted out her family during the election, so she kind of brought this on herself. I wish she would just shut up and go away with the rest of them – Cheney, Limbaugh, Rove, O'Riley.......

    June 16, 2009 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  120. George

    Letterman should not be fired. Joke not particularly funny, but Mrs. Palin's response ridiculous!

    June 16, 2009 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  121. andy

    Oh please. He was joking about the promiscuous 18 year old not the 14 year old. It wasn't a good joke but don't blow it out of proportion. He never even mentioned a 14 year old. Palin did that.

    The way the Palins went after this was contrived. They even brought up "raping" a 14 year old. THEY did that, not Letterman.

    She just wants to get herself in front of everyone again and spur on some outrage for her own political purposes.

    The apology won't be accepted because Palin wants more mileage out of this. Maybe a few more network news shows.

    June 16, 2009 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  122. Tom

    Speaking of contributions, Sarah Palin should apologize to us - the American people - for her unrivaled contribution to the dumbing down of America. Nobody does it better.

    June 15, 2009 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  123. Barb

    Well, the next time the Obama girls are out let's hear David Letterman tell a joke about one of them getting knocked up and see if it's funny!
    No, there would be war then! Our country is in terrible shape because of idiots like David Letterman!!!!!!!!!

    June 15, 2009 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  124. Robert

    This is just more faux Republican "outrage" at someone that doesn't believe in the same narrow views as their own. They are becoming little more than the American version of the Taliban.

    June 15, 2009 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Joe

    Fired? Absolutely not.
    I don't even think he should have apologized further.
    The woman is only trying to remain in the public eye.
    She's a footnote in American political history.
    (Tina Fey took care of that.)
    Those who criticized Dave are the ones who don't like him in the first place.
    Those people can go p– up a rope.
    If the falsely indignant didn't complain, everyone would have forgotten about it.
    Shame on them.

    June 15, 2009 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  126. Debbie

    Just another example of the lack of morals today. No matter the age of the woman, David's comment wasn't funny and was of very poor taste. David probably thought it was funny when he "knocked up" his wife. I'm shocked at how many women are supporting David. I can only guess they are liberals that just plain don't like Sarah Palin.

    June 15, 2009 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  127. elizabeth

    Palin has lost what little mind she ever had. We have troops at war, the economy is bad, jobs being lost everyday and she is acting like Dave's joke is the worst thing to have ever been done. I pray she never gets the opportunity to run for President. Can you imagine her handling diplomatic issues?

    June 15, 2009 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  128. JM

    Should Dave be fired? Hell. No.

    Maybe the Palins should spend less time worrying about Dave Letterman and more time teaching their kids about safe sex.

    June 15, 2009 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  129. buddy

    He shoud be fired. The first time he apologized was an exercise
    of arrogance, meaness and callous disregard for the feelings of
    those he has already offended. In fact, he solicited more laughter
    as he was apologizing. Comedic license?

    June 15, 2009 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  130. Carol dille

    Letterman totally crossed the line. It doesn't matter which daughter he was referring to. It was a very degrading joke and he should have had the good sense to refuse to tell it. Both he and the writer should lose their jobs

    June 15, 2009 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  131. Melissa

    Hmm Fire Dave because he told a joke that offended someone? REALLY?
    Come on People! Comedians have always told jokes about people in the media, and yeah sometimes they are offensive, mostly to the people at the butt of the joke. If we took the mentality to fire comedians because they were sometimes offensive, we would have an awful lot unemployed comedians out there.
    I don't even like David Letterman(Mostly b/c of Paul Schaffer) but I still think it is a stupid reason to suggest firing a Late Night Legend.

    June 15, 2009 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  132. Sheila

    Are you kidding me!! Absolutely no way should Letterman be fired! Just because those the joke were intended for are not smart enough to comprehend what was said does not validate a reason to make Letterman the fall guy. If morons like IMUS can keep his job after attacking a girls basketball team with off color remarks then Letterman is and should be way safe from losing his job.

    June 15, 2009 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  133. billy bob

    Had he said it about the dark prince or clintons butt ugly daughter he would have been fired on the spot

    June 15, 2009 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  134. Toomet

    Come on. Sara Palin is milking this. The guy has apologized. She paraded her children, and the fact that one was pregnant but oh it was ok because she was engaged to be married. This women makes me ill.
    The joke was in very bad taste. He should have never used it. It was
    a mistake. GET OVER IT. Sara stay in Alaska, try not to speak and please don't come back to the lower 48.

    June 15, 2009 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  135. Jeff Winemiller

    Though the joke misfired and not appropriate, I would bet the writers wrote the joke in the first place, Dave probably did not really know all going on with the Palin's in New York, thinking Bristol was with Sarah.
    Bottom Line, Bad Joke. But Dave is Still "The Man".

    June 15, 2009 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  136. GG

    Please! Please Gov. Palin, get a life! Don't you have enough on your hands with Alaska and your out of control teenage daughter-the old one-? This woman craves attention, and she should just do some reading so that IF demented and desperate Republicans pick her for 2012, she will have something better to say than: “…you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska.”

    June 15, 2009 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  137. Patricia

    No, I don't think that Dave should be fired. Yes, I think that Palin needs to grow up. The joke was about Bristol. Duh! Palin 15 minutes of fame is over, and she does not need an time extension. Dave has been making jokes like this for years. And if those jokes didn't stop him then, what makes people think that this is going to stop him now. Plus, who else would Conan have to battle against in the ratings? Craig? Please, he can't compete with Conan.

    June 15, 2009 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  138. Get a life!!

    Come on people! Fire David Letterman because somebody didn't like a joke he told? Dave has been telling jokes and pissing off more important and more likable people than Sarah Palin for over 30 years. The whole point of a joke is to either laugh along or occasionally boo in disapproval for a minute and then forget it and move on to the next joke. So, lets all get a life and forget this stupid idea of firing a comic legend just because someone says her feelings were hurt. Maybe, she can go back on SNL and make an apology to Obama and the democrats for her participation in the "Palin Rap".....or maybe not – BECAUSE IT WAS A JOKE, move on!

    June 15, 2009 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  139. lea

    how long did mr letterman parade his knocked up girl friend around. how is that different?

    June 15, 2009 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  140. lea

    I dare say if someone made a joke about mr.letterman's son's parentage he would be more than a little upset. What do you say Mr. Letterman about knocked up jokes. Fire him. I am tired of how the elete are given a pass on everything they do and say in this case. I know i am not as important as you. that gives you the right to say whatever you please.

    June 15, 2009 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  141. lea

    i am sick of you guys. i believe david letterman knocked someone up. You seem to forget this. clean off your on doorstep before you start cleaning someone elses mr . letterman.

    June 15, 2009 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  142. S

    Fur stupid....let it go Palin...you and your daughters, their boyfriends, etc...are of no interest...and clearly..young and very, very free!

    June 15, 2009 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  143. SimplyAmazed

    Yes – fire Letterman and be done with it.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  144. Courtney McKay

    No I don't think so. If you really think that David Letterman should be fired, than you really are truly a republican. And like her you don't know how to answer a question right the first time. This is what we call freedom of speech, so get over it!!

    June 15, 2009 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  145. Jan

    Letterman SHOULD be fired. Sexual exploitation of CHILDREN AND WOMEN is wrong!! Even NOW gave Letterman the media hall of SHAME for his remarks about Palin's CHILD. Letterman has made almost 100 Palin jokes since the elections. He feels mocking her increases his ratings. He should have stuck to Sarah Palin herself, not the minor children. He lied when it took him TWO DAYS to say he meant Bristol. We saw the video. How would Letterman like Jay Leno to say that slutty Regina who shacked up with Letterman for 20 years finally got the loser Letterman to marry her 5 years after she gave birth to their bastard child. These are closer to the facts than what he said and Jay would never say it but Letterman should look at his own life and mistakes.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  146. Dawn Smith

    I do not think Sarah Palin is very bright. She will do anything to get national attention. The idea that he should be fired is beyond ridiculous. I'm a 62 year old woman who finds Sarah Palin to be the biggest joke of all.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  147. Donald Brown

    Fire David Letterman!!!!!, A powerful network led by David Letterman destroying a young 14 year old girl is pure evil. No one needs this type of crap from a large network. You forgot what is funny or interesting. When you have to destroy a 14 year old girl to get a laugh it is no longer funny. David should have known better and the writers have lost touch with the viewers.

    Sincerely Donald

    June 15, 2009 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  148. tg

    Sarah Palin needs to go away... I can not figure out why her name reappears anywhwere... I could not figure out how she was on the campaign when she was... Her daughter did get knocked up. She wants to claim 14 yrs old, well she is a mother at 14 yep... Well of course NOT fire David Letterman... Those shows always crack jokes. Whatever Palin go to ALaska and be quiet... She is annoying. Yeh it is hollywood not Alaska, so save your little scrap booking Alaskan ways and go away... Enough of Palins... ANNNOYING Palins!!!!!!!

    June 15, 2009 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  149. Nicole

    This is America and Sarah Palin is a public, elected official. Therefore her personal life is out in the open and people are allowed to comment. Letterman is a comedian and her daughter Bristol is an unwed teen mother. Prime target.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  150. Jane

    No he shouldn't be fired, I personally don't think he even needed to apologize as much as he has. The Gov made this a a bigger issue than it should have ever been more than likely to keep the publicity fires burning for her. You can't have it both ways Gov – you seem to crave the media attention so you'd better learn to take the good & the bad of it – something that comes with being a public figure. Most of it hasn't been good coverage; Just maybe if you really want to be respected, you should take a good hard look personally at what is causing the bad publicity & try to fix it rather and just blame everything else. Just a thought, Gov – maybe it will work for some of the Americans you've managed to turn off – it won't work for me.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  151. S McCurdy

    Obviously, David Letterman regrets making the joke that caused this furor. However, he has stated repeatedly that his joke was meant to refer to the elder daughter (Bristol), not the younger one (Willow). Unfortunately for him, we're dealing with "The 50%"...

    The Rule of the 50% is simply this: "Average intelligence is by definition the middle measure of the range of intellectual prowess possessed by the human population. This means that – statistically – HALF of everyone you know or meet will be 'below average' in intelligence."

    When applied to any given situation dependent on public opinion and perception this Rule offers some understanding of "How people could possibly be ?"

    And as for whether Letterman should be fired or not, I'm sure 50% think he should be and 50% think he shouldn't be. I'll let you decide which is which.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  152. As long as she's white...it's ok

    I hope he's at least suspended....Imus was and he wasn't talking about a 14 year getting knocked up! (and no, Bristol was not in NY so that arguement is out) The fact is if the guy had a brain he would have vetoed his brainless writers on that joke. It's not like the joke was off the cuff. They took the time to think and write it...jeesh. Talk about brain dead.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |

    Yes David Letterman should be FIRED!!!!!!!! immediately for that nasty
    comment about Palin's daughter even if it was Bristol he was joking about.
    I have daughters too and the oldest got pregnant out of wedlock by a boyfriend who of course dumped her and has never seen or held my beautiful gran-daughter,
    CAN HIM!!!!!!

    June 15, 2009 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  154. Caral

    Palin's older daughter – Bristol – was not at the game. He WAS referring to the younger, 14 year old daughter, and is just trying to get out of what is a pretty vulgar thing for an old man to say about an underage girl. I don't think he should be fired, but I do think he had better be instructed as to what is appropriate fodder for jokes. This wasn't, no matter which side of the aisle you are on.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  155. nahiku

    Of course not. Palin is being ridiculous – there is still freedom of speech in this country – and making a crude comment that is offensive does not warrant the wrath of god (Palin)

    June 15, 2009 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  156. Ken Burch

    Most Alaskans(the actual residents of the state Ms. Palin occasionally visits when she's not raising funds for her next hunting/fishing/shopping trip [sorry,. I meant presidential campaign])think it's absurd to say Letterman should be fired over this. Ms. Palin, however, should be recalled from office for not actually spending any time being governor.

    The hypocrisy in the Palin family is absolutely fair game. And most Alaskans are sick of it too.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  157. BenHur

    Bad taste comes with the territory.
    Seems each politician has their own parts of the constitution that they would suspend.

    Maybe we have become more jaded and desensitized to crime, violence and distasteful jokes. What we feed our minds is the cause of that . However Jokes don't create perves, music doesn't cause suicide, and video games don't cause murder. Maybe contribute to it in someone already inclined there. Oh well it's a sick world.

    Lighten up you slutty little flight attendant you.

    June 15, 2009 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  158. eleanore

    By the way, if Letterman is fired, then the world has to be fired.

    June 15, 2009 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  159. Jen

    Letterman was clearly referencing the daughter that actually got "knocked up." If Palin didn't want her kids as fodder for the media, then she never should've put them in the limelight. She is continuing to do so...but no one else is supposed to? Palin continuously uses her children to keep her name in the media because she has no REAL platform to stand on. Letterman should apologize for the CLEAR misunderstanding (and anyone with an ounce of common sense would realize that the joke wouldn't be the joke UNLESS he was referring to Bristol) and Palin needs to find some real issues to keep her in the news. Using her kids over and over (especially Bristol and her ex) is just as bad as Letterman's joke, if not worse being that Bristol is HER child. How did this woman ever make it into politics? She is the equivalent of a slightly more attractive Jennifer Granholm.

    June 15, 2009 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  160. muchogroucho

    Letterman fired? He should get a raise. That joke was very funny. I don't think her 14 yr old came to anyone's mind. It was about her 18 year old who got knocked up. The Palins should apologize to the baby's father who was tossed out like a hot potato and he doesn't even get to see his own child. That's what comedy is – a license to be silly and funny. Palin is a cry baby. The reference again was obviously about the older daughter, stupid!!


    June 15, 2009 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  161. eleanore

    We are giving this woman far too much press. We all feel we have to say something about her because of sheer "stoopidity". I will ask a favor of you all; please ignore her and maybe she'll go back to Alaska, see Russia from her living room, eat moose stew and never grace the press again.

    June 15, 2009 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  162. Jennifer

    This whole thing is way overblown. He shouldn't have said it; it was in poor taste. She brought it to the attention of people by making a big deal out of it; she should have just ignored it. I don't watch him and wouldn't have heard of this if she hadn't made such a stink about it. But to fire him? How ridiculous. Fire a man in this country founded on free speech just because you don't like his speech? I'm getting sick of people wanting to destroy the lives of someone with whom they disagree.

    June 15, 2009 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  163. Connie

    Yes, David should be fired. His comment shows an angry, bitter man. I hope when his son grows up, he doesn't accidentally get a girl pregnant. There is such a double standard. He wouldn't DREAM of making fun of the Obama children. What a shame. Even worse, he wasn't - and isn't - funny.

    June 15, 2009 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  164. Jonathan Sulow

    Letterman's show has really gone down over the last few years, and his jokes are foolishly boring and non-entertaining. It's time he was replaced by someone else who is not so caught up in himself.

    June 15, 2009 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  165. Northeast Gal

    Wow. Never thought I would hear Letterman cave; will tune in Monday night to see this. He's getting mello in his old age. As far as Palin is concerned, she is a media cow who will not miss an opportunity to get in front of a camera.

    June 15, 2009 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  166. get real

    Parents can try their best to raise children with morals and values. Ultimately, the child makes the choice. Don't blame the family for
    Bristol's actions. Bristol should be held responsible for her actions.

    June 15, 2009 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  167. Steve Pfister

    The fact that this is still getting headlines is mind boggling to me. The joke was clearly in bad taste, but anyone who believes he was making the joke about Willow is off their rocker. Doesn't make the joke any more appropriate, but give me a break with this slandering a 14 year old garbage. And no, I don't think he should be fired for the comment. He's already had to eat humble pie and apologize for the joke. Maybe a suspension is in the cards, but to fire a man who has absolutely no history of this kind of drama in his 30+ year career is just plain crazy. I'm also wondering why the same people who are calling for his firing have remained so silent over the years when ideologues on the other side of the aisle like Rush Limbaugh have been making comments FAR more offensive than this for years. Political posturing at it's worst.

    June 15, 2009 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  168. Michael

    I wonder if the joke was about raping one of the daughters of President Obama would that be ok?

    The question is simple. Is rape a matter to be joked about?

    For me rape is a serious matter, and there really isn't anything funny about it.

    June 15, 2009 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  169. Mary

    David Letterman is doing the typical politically correct thing and apologizing on air.

    LET IT GO!

    June 15, 2009 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  170. Jon S.

    This is America last time I checked, and we have something called "Free Speech" in this Country. Anyone who is calling for David Letterman to be fired is ignorant and maybe should be fired from their job! Dave is a late night talk show host ICON, the true talk show host who took over from Johnny Carson. Dave's show is rather tame compared to Jay Leno who always has sexual overtones and comments when he was on the air. So poor little Sarah Palin does not like jokes about her family, well she is a public servant, deal with it! Dave Letterman already said the jokes were not about her 14 year old, but actually about the now 18 year old who was pregnant and unwed at 17. Maybe Palin should be teaching family values to her children then wasting time over late night talk show jokes. She clearly has too much time on her hands. It's an Economic downturn, concentrate on running Alaska instead of late night TV.

    June 15, 2009 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  171. Steve

    Get a Life!
    This is total Crap and a waste of time & energy.

    That woman will do anything now to keep herself in the spotlight she wholeheartedly wanted nothing to do with.
    End of story.

    June 15, 2009 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  172. Tim

    This is mock outrage from the Palin camp. Changing the story from her incoherent attempts to remain a public figure. It wasn't a great joke, but it was not about the younger daughter. The older daughter, the governor and her husband are all public figures and open to jokes..good and bad. Let it go.

    June 15, 2009 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  173. Frank

    David Letterman is a far left liberal front man trying to pass himself off as a comedian. The popularity of Sarah Palin scares him to death. He should be fired for his sexually suggestive remarks made in this case against the daughter of a conservative politician. Whose child is next? The only thing funny about the David Letterman Show is that David Letterman is still on the show.

    June 15, 2009 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  174. John Alley

    David Letterman should not be fired. Not only that he shouldn't apologize for the joke. Hosts and comedians have said things far worse than this. It is just because it is Palin's daughter. If anyone has watched David Letterman for any period of time would know that David Letterman would not joke about children in a perverse way like some are implying. As many have said the joke was directed toward his of age daughter, Bristol. Please just leave it alone and enjoy a great host in David Letterman.

    June 15, 2009 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  175. JKA

    CNN, this is LIBEL. Saying "David Letterman made a sexual joke about Palin’s 14 year old daughter" is absolutely FALSE. The joke was about BRISTOL Palin, as anyone who watched the clip could clearly understand. The joke makes no sense AT ALL if it's supposedly about Willow. Palin just pretended the joke was about her younger daughter instead, in order to drum up publicity, but come on. Just watch the joke! I think Letterman should press charges against CNN, FOX News, and anyone else who took Palin at her word, rather than just watching the joke and recognizing the truth.

    June 15, 2009 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  176. christina

    Good lord he made a bad joke and it was also misunderstood. Fired? I think the Palin camp just wants to feel like they have won something! Sorry your older daughter got pregnant and you lost the election - it's not Dave's fault! None of you goody two shoes liked David Letterman's show anyway so get lost!

    June 15, 2009 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  177. Myopium

    Fire Letterman? Now THAT is funny.

    June 15, 2009 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  178. Angry Prof

    Palin is an inarticulate, ill-educated, utterly ill-informed nutjob, and what's more, she's very proud of it. Why Republicans can't see what a huge liability this woman is to their party is beyond me. Letterman, by contrast, is very funny, and unlike Palin, she's intentionally funny. They will never fire him over this. They won't even think about firing him over this. They love this. His ratings are up.

    June 15, 2009 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  179. Mary

    I think people are forgetting the other part of the joke.... the dig towards A Rod because he's always in the tabloids about who he's dating and sleeping with. And, never would I have thought Dave was talking about a 14 yr old. While the joke was a bit crude, I've heard worse in prime time. He was referring to Bristol who's already shown she sexually active. To think he meant her younger sister is absurd.

    These people are really stupid to want him fired. Over a joke that Palin is blowing out of proportion. Why doesn't she go back to Alaska and raise her kids OUT OF THE SPOTLIGHT. But no, she loves the attention, evidenced by parading her kids in front of the cameras during the election.

    This was a JOKE folks. If you can't take it, don't watch it.

    June 15, 2009 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  180. Johnathan Moore

    Palin is an idiot, and I can't believe this is still going on. David Letterman has nothing for which to apologize. For God's sake, would the Palins crawl back under a rock and go away? She lost. It's done...and thank GOD she didn't get in office. Watch her: She's mastered the art of talking to hear herself talk, but it's all run-on sentences and b.s. I guess she figures if her mouth is moving, the less-intelligent people in America will think she knows what she's talking about.

    June 15, 2009 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  181. Dennis Herskowitz

    Come on, it was a joke. It was in poor taste & Letterman realized it when the audience reacted.
    His apology tonight is already on line & that's that !
    Palin needs to go home to Alaska & do her job.
    Dave does need to review & edit his comedy bits better. I can't imagine him doing much rehearsing.

    June 15, 2009 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  182. Tony

    Oh My God!! Can Palin go back to Alaska and go play with the eskimos. He apoligized get over it!! No he should not be fired he makes fun of everyone get a sense of humor dumb bimbo!!!

    June 15, 2009 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  183. An American for free speech

    The fact is, the woman had a daughter who got pregnant before the age of 18. She is also a public figure. If she cannot stand to be the butt of jokes then she needs a new career. And THE JOKE WAS funny!!!! This is The United States and the last time I checked the man had the right to free speech. I have never seen such a whiny little witch. Oh wait, yes I have. Your typical teenage girl. Palin needs to grow up.

    June 15, 2009 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  184. Elaine Moore

    Yes he should be fired, he has become disgusting and I think pervert is appropriate for him, how would he feel if the shoe was on the other foot? Men so think differently but his writers should be fired also if thats where he got his material but since he did make the comments he should be fired and if I waas Sarah Palin I would file suit against him for slander.

    June 15, 2009 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  185. Paul

    Anyone who thinks David Letterman should be fired is a moron, plain and simple.

    Oh, wait, they're Sarah Palin supporters, so I guess that goes without saying, really.

    June 15, 2009 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  186. carol

    Please, I never even thought about an underaged daughter....forgot she even had another daughter. I assumed it was her pregnant teenaged, OF AGE daughter. Get over it people! You're ALL sounding like ultra conservative republicans!

    June 15, 2009 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  187. Ed

    You have got to be kidding. You are fanning the flames of a match; this is much adoo about NOTHING! Sarah and her daughter Bristol - who Dave was trying to refer to - are both public figures. Yes, Bristol - National Spokesperson for Teenage Abstinance – is a public figure as well. (The very fact that SHE has that role PROVES that Sarah has a sense of humor.) Also, she DOES look like a slutty flight attendant... you can see that... Right? You KNOW she does!!

    June 15, 2009 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  188. Board Posts

    I can't help but wonder if David Letterman did this to draw attention to his show since he has a new competition in Conan O'Brien.

    I also think Sarah Palin is using this to get her name back in the media.

    No, I don't think he should be fired. I do think he should apologize to Sarah Palin's daughter though.

    June 15, 2009 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  189. Rich Herndon

    Of course he should be fired, after all there are no signs in him of genius. Anyone that thinks that he is funny from his perverted viewpoint is just of a liberal demented mind thinking what he says on television is chic or current. No, it is not morally acceptable to insinuate that a grown man have sex with a 14 year old girl. I don't care if his excuse was he meant the 18 year old, it's just his sleazy mind coming through loud and clear. His hate for someone of a different political view is his real problem, therefore he is actually wishing for something bad to happen to one of her daughter's, and hiding it in the form of a joke, give me a break! I say let bad people go, and get a more educated sensible person in his place, but this dirty old man's time is run out.

    June 15, 2009 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  190. Kimberlee Boulding

    He was referring to her daughter, Bristol. Give it a break!

    June 15, 2009 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  191. ellen

    No, David Letterman should NOT be fired. Politicians are always in the limelight, and they are prime targets to television hosts as well as anyone else. Let David do his thing!

    June 15, 2009 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  192. Barbara

    While it's important to have a good sense of humor. This behavior to a 14 year old girl is totally inappropriate. Letterman needs to stand up and make a public apology immediately. If he doesn't, they should can him. Wonder what A-Rod thinks of this....this was totally uncool to throw his name in there too.

    June 15, 2009 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  193. Sally Targosh

    Sarah palin is pathetic. She should just go back to Alaska and govern her state there. The American public spoke in November, and didn't elect her, and if she keeps up her ridiculous campaign against David Letterman, she won't even be considered for the ticket in 2012.

    June 15, 2009 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  194. Christie

    David fired? That's a stupid suggestion. As a woman, I wasn't offended by what he said about her unwed teenage daughter not her 14 year old. The faux outrage suggests to me that Palin and her idiot husband are too stupid to understand what was said. She needs to worry about her job in Alaska and leave the rest of America alone. You know there used to be a little thing called shame. If I had a unwed pregnant teenage daughter, I'd be ashamed of my poor parenting and not parading the girl around trying to make money off of her. That whole family is a disgrace.

    June 15, 2009 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  195. CK

    Dear Late Show Advertisers:

    As an advertiser on the David Letterman show, you endorse his point of view, I am appalled that your company supports the rape of young girls.

    On June 8th 2009 Mr. Letterman "joked" that a female Governor of the United States is "slutty" and worse still, "joked" about her 14 year-old daughter and statutory rape by an adult baseball player. He continued his slander of this young girl during his June 9th show, likening her to a prostitute. I refuse to buy products from a company who supports such a vulgar, reprehensible attitude toward women and girls.

    Shame on you.

    It is disgusting that David Letterman used his platform as a celebrity to disparage a young girl of 14. It is also downright creepy, and perverted that he would make comments like this in a public forum to a child who has no way (or should have no reason) to defend herself. We as a nation should collectively protect our children. It is immoral enough to claim a female Govenor of our United States is 'slutty', and that a popular male baseball player is a child molester, but they are adults in the public eye and can defend themselves against this misrepresentation. A 14 year old girl, however, has no platform and no way to defend herself against these perverted, public remarks.

    David Letterman has a young child himself. How would he feel if a public figure made comments in a open forum (for laughs) about his childs sexuality? Would David Letterman find this funny and amusing?? David Letterman crossed the line of decency. I cannot support or watch a person with sick and sadistic views. I would no longer buy your products while you support this person.

    June 15, 2009 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  196. Sunny

    I really think Palin is off her nut entirely. If I had to make a choice, I'd take Letterman hands down. This lady loved her 15 minutes and just can't take the thought of it being over. I'd be interested to see how many people really show up for this "rally". Ridiculous! Hang in there Dave, this too shall pass.

    June 15, 2009 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  197. Trisha

    Letterman should be fired. He was out of line and completely inappropriate. Letterman has turned into a grumpy old man

    June 15, 2009 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  198. Trisha

    Letterman is an heartless arse. He has crossed the line. He should be fired. Sick to make such comments regarding someone of her age. Completely inappropriate. Fire him

    June 15, 2009 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  199. nycazfan

    While I don't entirely agree with what Mr. Letterman had to say regarding Gov. Palin's daughter(s), I don't think he should be fired. He made an attempt to apologize to her. It is up to her to accept it and move on.

    June 15, 2009 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  200. Brian

    Fire Letterman? Please. The frothing by some folks on the far right in their attempts to continue their crusade against purported media persecution only gets more pathetic. (Interesting enough while using their own media machine to promote this agenda). This latest crusade is hardly based on true outrage over remarks about her daughter but is yet another tired attempt to play the media persecution card. If there is a legitimate target for ire in any of this, it's Sarah Palin herself for continuing to use her own daughter as a tool to promote her own political agenda.

    Similarly, the real shame is that legitimate conservative values and positions continue to be undermined by this sort of transparent and hypocritical maneuvering.

    June 15, 2009 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  201. Elizabeth

    Good grief no! What moron even thought that question was worth consideration? Many of us feel Ms. Palin pimped her entire family during the campaign – and even after when her grandchild's father and his seriously dysfunctional family took to the airwaves. It's bad enough that Mr. Letterman was made to feel he owed that family of category five morons (Bill Maher's description, not mine) a full apology. Fire him? That woman isn't worth another thought. PLEASE STOP KEEPING HER NAME IN THE MEDIA SPOTLIGHT.

    June 15, 2009 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  202. Sharon of California

    People are forgetting that he insulted Alex Rodriguez also. I am no fan of his, but calling Rodriguez a child molester is very harsh. If I was Rodriguez, I would be extremely angry and insulted over being labeled that.

    David Letterman seems to think that anything and anybody is fair game for his perverted and repulsive jokes.

    David Letterman needs to go. I will no longer watch his show.

    June 15, 2009 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  203. LMAO in Las Vegas

    That would be a big NO. Given Letterman's audience if the whiney right hadn't taken this to the airwaves how many people would really know about this and/or really care. It was a Top ten thing....poor taste or judgement maybe but get over it. Palin put herself and her family in a position for this type of fodder when she elected to parade her pregnant teenager daughter around the country during a political campaign. And then this girl is supposed to become a spokesperson/role model against teenage pregnancy......Geez, give me a break! The Palin's have had their 15 minutes, can't they just go away!!!???

    June 15, 2009 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  204. pa-lease

    Palin is so self-righteous. she is trying to get women all riled-up by playing the "rape"and "demeaning" card, but really she is using (her 14 yr old daughter) as a way to get some air time. As a woman, the only thing i find offensive about this whole thing is the fact it brought Palin out from the dark back into the spot light – where she badly wants to be.

    June 15, 2009 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  205. Peter

    Fired? I think he should do MORE TOP TEN LISTS devoted to the Flailin' Palins!

    Keep up the good work, Dave!!!

    June 15, 2009 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  206. ladyoflarkspur

    David Letterman should be fired.

    His remarks were disgusting, inappropiate beyond belief, and actually quite creepy. Why is this 60-something man making such negative sexual jokes about a defenseless 14 year old girl? Who finds that funny?

    He is NOT funny, he is NOT appropriate, and he seems to hate women.

    It shows how desperate he is becoming just to stay on air. .

    I was bored with his show, He gave me a reason to stop watching. Thank goodness for Conan.

    David Letterman crossed the line- he needs to be fired.

    June 15, 2009 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  207. Julia

    Sarah Palin is a loser and most American's think she is way to dumb to be leading our country. Her stance on NO Birth control and Abstense is sad. David Letterman was just doing his job making people laugh. That is why it is called a joke. When Politians expose there children the Way Sarah Palin did they have to accept the consequenses. Wake up SARAH Africa is not a Country DUH!! and your daughters life raising a baby at 17 is ruined because you don't believe in adoption or what?

    June 15, 2009 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  208. Tom in St. Louis

    No, Dave should not be fired. Palin won't let this go because she wants to stay in the spotlight.

    Regarding the joke, I highly doubt the majority of people knew or even cared which daughter was actually at the baseball game with Palin. It's obvious the joke was about the older daughter because she was the one that was actually "knocked up", while her mother was claiming their family to be the ultimate role models of Christian family values. And you throw A-Rod in the joke because he was just in the news for having an affair with Madonna. This is why the joke works, because everyone can tie these news events into it.

    As for Dave's ongoing employment, I don't think he could even be fired. First, if he had broken some clause in his contract, they would have already terminated him. Second, if they decided to cancel his show due to public outcry, they would probably have to pay him millions of dollars for early contract termination. I highly doubt CBS could afford that.

    June 15, 2009 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  209. Michael Mendrygal

    You MUST be joking ! ! ! Sarah Palin is distorting Letterman's joke to make political points with her (increasingly narrow) base.

    June 15, 2009 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  210. Karen

    "Yes", he should be fired. I have no love for Sarah Palin or her family, but Letterman screwed up royally. He's not new to talkshows and if his years of talkshow experience have provided him with anything, it should be a sense of whether comments and jokes are appropriate or not–not to mention whether comments and jokes are funny or not. The comment/joke he made, regardless of whether the intended target was Bristol Palin who is older than Willow, was simply inappropriate, humorless and classless. Maybe Letterman is losing it.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  211. Shawn

    It is utterly ridiculous to think that a comedian would be or should be fired for making fun of darn near anything. Still, it is network TV, which I concur has its limits. The problem I see, though, is that media outlets – including cnn.com – continue to perpetuate the false idea that Letterman made a joke about Palin's 14 year old daughter, when clarification has already stated that the joke was about Bristol. No, Bristol was not at the game, but since when to the jokes on all of those the late night talk shows actually remain 100% factual? Yes, it was in poor taste, but no it was not worth firing anyone over. That may actually be the joke here, the funny part: if anyone actually believes a joke such as this is worth firing someone over. Hmm... Now that I think about it, someone thinking that is worthy of such punishment is actually quite scary – not funny.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
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  213. ol cranky

    I can not believe you'd actually waste the breath debating this issue any further. It was a sophomoric joke aimed at tweaking Palin for her make sure your family does as she says not as her family does since her eldest got "knocked up" as an unwed teen and A-roid's well earned reputation as a Lothario. That's it. There was no reference to rape of any kind and, frankly. since most people had no idea which children Palin took to the ballgame, only Palin would have read so much into this to turn it into some sort of attack on her 14-year daughter. Let it rest already.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  214. kate

    no, it was a joke, he thoguht the other daughter was there

    frankly, Palin needs to give this a rest – it doesn't show she has a lot of ability to judge a situation

    and perhaps if she hadn't thrust her family into the spotlight so much – perhaps she's confused herself with the Kennedys?

    the incident wouldn't have happened in the first place

    June 15, 2009 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  215. judy

    for crying out loud...forget it..that sarah palin is a terd.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  216. janice

    She needs to get over it. She would have heard a lot more if she would have been elected. If she can't this heat she surely couldn't have taken any heat. Not a could leader if you can't ignore what someone says at 11pm.
    She didn't seem to mind making women pay for rape test. Something they couldn't help.
    She has no heart, this just hit home.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  217. woody

    I am from the old school. If it was my daughter he was talking about, we would have to step outside.

    June 15, 2009 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  218. Patricia

    David Letterman should not be fired. It was a joke and I believe him when he said he was not joking about Palin's 14 year old daughter. Palin is making this big fuss for publicity and to galvanize "mainstream America". She and her supporters need to turn the page and move on to their next made-up "crisis".

    June 15, 2009 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |

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