Levi Johnston: Letterman "Might Have" Crossed the Line With Palin Joke

Entertainment Jun. 12, 2009 AT 4:27PM
Levi Johnston and David Letterman Credit: John M. Heller/Getty Images; Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS

Levi Johnston thinks David Letterman may have crossed the line in making raunchy jokes about Sarah Palin's daughter.

"I think he might have a little bit," Johnston tells Extra. But Johnston -- the father of 18-year-old Bristol Palin's baby, Tripp -- thinks Letterman wasn't being malicious.

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"I don't think he meant to hurt anybody," says Johnston, 19. "He's a comedian. That's what he does...People are going to make jokes and there're going to talk and say whatever they want. You can't do nothing about it. "[But] there's somewhere you have to draw the line with some things...." Johnston continues.

On Friday's Today show, Palin slammed the talk show host for making a quip about her daughter getting "knocked up" by Alex Rodriquez during a recent visit to Yankees stadium.

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"I would like to see him apologize to young women across the country for contributing to kind of that thread that is throughout our culture that makes it sound like it is OK to talk about young girls in that way, where it's kind of OK, accepted and funny to talk about statutory rape," the Alaskan governor said. "It's not cool. It's not funny."

Letterman had claimed he was joking about Bristol, not 14-year-old daughter, Willow (who was at the ball park), but Palin was still fuming about the "degrading comment about a young woman.

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"No wonder young girls especially have such low self-esteem in America when we think it's funny for a so-called comedian to get away with such a remark as he did," Palin said. "I don't think that's acceptable."

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