Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was on the "Today Show" Friday morning to talk about a $26-billion natural gas pipeline deal for her home state, but the interview quickly turned around -- and Palin found herself defending comments she made about David Letterman and his jokes about her family.
The former beauty queen/GOP VP candidate told Matt Lauer that Letterman "crossed the line" when he joked about her daughters.
"I would like to see him apologize to young women across the country" for contributing to a culture "that says it's okay to talk about statutory rape," Palin told Matt Lauer. "It's not cool; it's not funny."
Palin's beef stems from Monday night's "Late Show," when Letterman joked that during the seventh inning of the Yankees game, Palin's "daughter was knocked up by Alex Rodriguez." Later in the week, Dave explained his jab, saying, "These are not jokes made about her 14-year-old daughter. I would never, never make jokes about raping or having sex of any description with a 14-year-old girl."
Palin told Lauer that Letterman's explanation was a "convenient" and "weak excuse." She criticized the "Late Night" host, saying, "No wonder such young girls, especially, have such low self-esteem in America."
In an apology, Letterman invited the Palins to be guests on his show. In response, the Governor released this statement on Thursday: "The Palins have no intention of providing a ratings boost for David Letterman by appearing on his show. Plus, it would be wise to keep Willow away from David Letterman."