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UPDATED: Dave vs. Sarah, Round 2

Palin-letterman-b Don't look for Sarah Palin to be cozying up to Dave Letterman any time soon.

Palin said in a statement to Fox News.com Thursday that she and her husband "have no intention of providing a ratings boost to David Letterman by appearing on his show."

The snub came after the "Late Show" host held out an olive branch -- sort of -- to the Alaskan governor Wednesday night after upsetting her and her family the previous night with several jokes, including one that referred to her daughter being "knocked up" by New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez. Palin and her 14-year-old daughter Willow had attended a Yankees game. Palin's other daughter, Bristol, recently gave birth.

In an eight-minute monologue that was part apology, part clarification, Letterman simultaneously defended the crass nature of the jokes while denying the Palins' accusation that he was advocating having sex with an underage girl. He then invited Palin to come on his show, calling her "an absolutely lovely woman." He quipped that she and her husband, Todd, could come to New York as his guests, or "leave Todd at home."

The incident is the latest skirmish Letterman has had with political figures in recent months. He has clashed in the last year with Republican presidential candidate John McCain and Fox News host Bill O'Reilly.

Those conflicts scored headlines for the host, and this latest uproar comes at a time when he is locked in a seesaw ratings battle with Conan O'Brien, the new host of "The Tonight Show." Letterman is expected to respond to Palin's smackdown on his Thursday show.

Whether the talk show host does or not, Palin is slated to discuss the controversy on NBC's "Today" Friday morning. Stay tuned.

-- Greg Braxton

--Credit: WireImage

 
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I am the mother of 3 girls and a lover of freedom of speech. I don't like Letterman personally, but it's late nite tv folks. I think everyone knew WHO he was referring too. "Knocked up" usually means pregnant, not raped. Maybe the Palins shouldn't have paraded their unwed, underage, pregnant daughter on the campaign trail, while promoting "family values" and abstinence making her (and themselves) a target. Hypocritical and not classy. Should have left the kid at home with a sitter, so she couldn't sneak boys in. I don't see the Obabma girls being paraded around, pregnant. And Letterman''s been making jokes about her and Bristol forever, so what's the big deal? Not enough press lately???This is just another press go round for Palin. I can see her rubbing her hands together, "gee how much press can I milk this for???" Get back to governing your state... Sex and politics go together...

As for Arod, after all the streoids, probably couldn't kock anyone up...

I am the mother of 3 girls and a lover of freedom of speech. I don't like Letterman personally, but it's late nite tv folks. I think everyone knew WHO he was referring too. "Knocked up" usually means pregnant, not raped. Maybe the Palins shouldn't have paraded their unwed, underage, pregnant daughter on the campaign trail, while promoting "family values" and abstinence making her (and themselves) a target. Hypocritical and not classy. Should have left the kid at home with a sitter, so she couldn't sneak boys in. I don't see the Obabma girls being paraded around, pregnant. And Letterman''s been making jokes about her and Bristol forever, so what's the big deal? Not enough press lately???This is just another press go round for Palin. I can see her rubbing her hands together, "gee how much press can I milk this for???" Get back to governing your state... Sex and politics go together...

As for Arod, after all the streoids, probably couldn't kock anyone up...

I am the mother of 3 girls and a lover of freedom of speech. I don't like Letterman personally, but it's late nite tv folks. I think everyone knew WHO he was referring too. "Knocked up" usually means pregnant, not raped. Maybe the Palins shouldn't have paraded their unwed, underage, pregnant daughter on the campaign trail, while promoting "family values" and abstinence making her (and themselves) a target. Hypocritical and not classy. Should have left the kid at home with a sitter, so she couldn't sneak boys in. I don't see the Obabma girls being paraded around, pregnant. And Letterman''s been making jokes about her and Bristol forever, so what's the big deal? Not enough press lately???This is just another press go round for Palin. I can see her rubbing her hands together, "gee how much press can I milk this for???" Get back to governing your state... Sex and politics go together...

As for Arod, after all the streoids, probably couldn't kock anyone up...

I am the mother of 3 girls and a lover of freedom of speech. I don't like Letterman personally, but it's late nite tv folks. I think everyone knew WHO he was referring too. "Knocked up" usually means pregnant, not raped. Maybe the Palins shouldn't have paraded their unwed, underage, pregnant daughter on the campaign trail, while promoting "family values" and abstinence making her (and themselves) a target. Hypocritical and not classy. Should have left the kid at home with a sitter, so she couldn't sneak boys in. I don't see the Obabma girls being paraded around, pregnant. And Letterman''s been making jokes about her and Bristol forever, so what's the big deal? Not enough press lately???This is just another press go round for Palin. I can see her rubbing her hands together, "gee how much press can I milk this for???" Get back to governing your state... Sex and politics go together...

As for Arod, after all the streoids, probably couldn't kock anyone up...

I am the mother of 3 girls and a lover of freedom of speech. I don't like Letterman personally, but it's late nite tv folks. I think everyone knew WHO he was referring too. "Knocked up" usually means pregnant, not raped. Maybe the Palins shouldn't have paraded their unwed, underage, pregnant daughter on the campaign trail, while promoting "family values" and abstinence making her (and themselves) a target. Hypocritical and not classy. Should have left the kid at home with a sitter, so she couldn't sneak boys in. I don't see the Obabma girls being paraded around, pregnant. And Letterman''s been making jokes about her and Bristol forever, so what's the big deal? Not enough press lately???This is just another press go round for Palin. I can see her rubbing her hands together, "gee how much press can I milk this for???" Get back to governing your state... Sex and politics go together...

As for Arod, after all the streoids, probably couldn't kock anyone up...

D.Letterman comments are disgusting! Everyone knows he was talking about Palin's 14 year old daughter attending the baseball game with family. If you believe his lame excuse that it was any other person, then you too are as ignorant as Letterman. So... what if it was said that a baseball player were to SODOMIZE LETTERMANS LITTLE BOY during the 7th inning by A-Rod. How funny is that? It's just a joke - not real. Are you laughing? It's no different than Letterman making sexually perverted comment sabout another minor being raped by a baseball player. Anybody's child, Palin's daughters or Letterman's son, or your kids, do NOT belong in sexual comedy. C'mon people, show a little decency when it comes to our kids.

Letterman is just another liberal lunatic that forgot Obama won the election. Yes, David, you can stop going after the Palin's - it's over.

It's nice to see that most people understand that referring to women as sluts and their daughters as loose is degrading to all women. Letterman is a bitter pervert.

For those who don't understand, they may want to take a look at Obama's mom and grandmother. Should his grandmother be referred to as a slut for allowing the loose mother to run around with a black man that resulted in an unintended pregnancy? The answer is no.

It's nice to see that most people understand that referring to women as sluts and their daughters as loose is degrading to all women. Letterman is a bitter pervert.

For those who don't understand, they may want to take a look at Obama's mom and grandmother. Should his grandmother be referred to as a slut for allowing the loose mother to run around with a black man that resulted in an unintended pregnancy? The answer is no.

I see that the Obama girls are in the news today: Taking a tour of a palace or something. Let's see if the pervert Dave Letterman makes vicious jokes about them.

ROTFLMAO!!! Sarah Palin a "smart, articulate, and beautiful woman"? Well, guess one out of three ain't bad - but smart and articulate? If that was the case, they would have won election.

And her comment about the children being off limits? BS!!! The McCain/Palin campaign put those kids front and center from the start. And now she keeps pushing Bristol out into the public eye to make the case for that damned ineffective "abstinence education" angle . . . I mean, really, the ex-almost son-in-law came clean about how effective that really was in changing the way he and Bristol interacted when ma and pa weren't around!

And I do remember someone making cracks about the Clinton's daughter - and it wasn't a talk show host, it was a frikkin' Republican politician. Don't remember much of an apology after that one either.

Two faced, psuedo-Christian, right wing nuts (don't want to besmirch whats left of the decent Republicans by calling her that too): they'll lie about about anything to gain an edge and then "pray" for forgiveness later. And that is the kind of person Sarah Palin is, just another opportunistic psuedo-christian. Where is the frikkin' receipt for her donation of those damned expensive campaign togs of hers anyway?

 
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