The feud: It all began with Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's trip to New York City and a late-night shtick that went a bit too far in some people's books. In addition to likening Palin's wardrobe to that of a "slutty" flight attendant, Letterman made an off-color joke in his monologue about Palin's teenage daughter being impregnated by the New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez. Letterman didn't specify which teenage daughter not that it matters and the Palin camp jumped on the remark as a perverse attack on 14-year-old daughter Willow, not 18-year-old Bristol, a single mom. The Alaskan politician expressed her outrage in a written statement, then in a radio interview, and then during an appearance on the Today show. Hmm ... sounds a bit like a campaign.
Chance at reconciliation: Letterman's all for it, but Palin? Not so much. The governor's office released a statement that said, "The Palins have no intention of providing a ratings boost for David Letterman by appearing on his show."
He said/She said:
"No. 2: Bought makeup at Bloomingdale's to update her 'slutty flight attendant' look."
David Letterman, June 8, 2009
"Slow news day, evidently. Pretty pathetic, good ol' David Letterman."
Sarah Palin, June 9, 2009