Kate Upton: Letterman reveals Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover
Kate Upton on the cover of the 2012 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue was unveiled on "Late Show With David Letterman" Monday night, but though a number of the issue's models were on hand to present the evening's Top 10 list, it was apparent from Letterman's face that the whole thing seemed to be a bust.
With 10 models crammed onto a couch in the Ed Sullivan Theater green room (and not on stage), Letterman commanded the veil to be dropped from a billboard mounted high above Broadway and the cover of the issue was revealed.
Upton seemed pleased, but not overjoyed to have been selected as the cover girl, and the other nine models seemed, well, statuesque in their reactions.
"Will you do me a favor?" Letterman begged the group before the unveiling. "When we announce the winner, will the other nine of you storm out? Turn over the furniture? Wreck the place and then storm out screaming?"
When the models didn't really react one way or the other, Letterman urged them on. "Come on! Jump up and down and storm out of there. Turn over the table! Wreck the dump! Go crazy!"
That spurred them to a round of applause, followed by a halfhearted bump of the table and a rose tossed in the air.
Despite the unveiling having been heavily hyped during the previous night's Grammy Awards telecast, the audience's reaction seemed lukewarm.
And based on Letterman's facial expression at the end of the bit, the 2013 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover may be unveiled elsewhere.
-- Patrick Kevin Day
Photo: Kate Upton on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Credit: Walter Iooss Jr. / Associated Press