David Letterman revealed that he regrets telling his jokes about the daughter of Sarah Palin.
The Late Show host has denied that the jokeswere aimed at Palin’s 14-year-old Willow, but were instead intended for the politician’s eldest – Bristol, 18 – TV Guide reports.
Letterman said: “Were the jokes in question in questionable taste? Of course they were. Would I do anything to advocate or contribute to underage sexual abuse or misconduct? Absolutely not, not in a thousand years.”
He has made several jokes aimed at Palin’s daughter’s out-of-wedlock pregnancy, which have included references to the family’s recent attendance at a baseball game in New York.
“There was one awkward moment during the seventh-inning stretch when Bristol was knocked up by Alex Rodriguez,” he said.
Palin and husband Todd have called the chatshow host’s references “despicable” and “sexually perverted”.
An angry Palin responded through a statement: “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.’ ”
Letterman has invited the Palins to appear on his programme.