No laughing matter.
David Letterman is the subject of a death threat posted on a jihadist website popular with members and supporters of Al-Qaeda, Entertainment Weekly reports.
A commenter named Umar al-Basrawi commanded on the site to "cut the tongue of this lowly jew and shut it forever."
The site, called Shumukh-al-Islam is a "clearing house for Al-Qaeda material. It gets the most Al-Qaeda supporters," Adam Raisman, an expert in extremist websites, told EW. Letterman (who is Protestant, not Jewish) apparently offended some with remarks he made on-air about accused terrorist leader Ilyas Kashmiri, who died in a U.S. airstrike in Pakistan this past June.
"He showed his evil nature and deep hatred for Islam and Muslims, and said that Ilyas Kashmiri was killed and he joined bin Laden," commenter al-Basrawi wrote. "We ask Allah to paralyze his tongue and grant the sincere monotheists his neck."
CBS had no comment. Raisman urged Letterman to use "as much precaution as he would with an obsessed fan" regarding the scary threat.