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Old 06-18-2009, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Palm Springs, CA
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By Andy Barr
The Politico

Following a week of back and forth between CBS late-night comic David Letterman and Sarah Palin over a crude joke he told about the Alaska Republican governor's daughter, the Olive Garden restaurant says it is canceling all of its scheduled ads on Letterman's "Late Show" for the rest of the year.

In an e-mail to a Letterman critic obtained by POLITICO, a spokeswoman for the Italian restaurant chain wrote that "there will be no more Olive Garden ads scheduled for 'The Late Show' with David Letterman in this year's broadcast schedule," citing the host's "inappropriate comments."

Olive Garden pulls Letterman ads over Palin jokes - TwinCities.com
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Old 06-18-2009, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Palm Springs, CA
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And now they're denying that they pulled the ads because of Letterman. They're now saying that the contract simply expired and that they've chosen to not renew it.

Olive Garden backtracks on David Letterman ads - Andy Barr - POLITICO.com
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Old 06-18-2009, 07:57 PM
 
Location: Imaginary Figment
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Maybe so, maybe not, but any restaurant in this economy would be stupid to choose a side in this non sense.
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Old 06-18-2009, 08:01 PM
 
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Olive Garden's food is a poor imitation of good Italian food. They can't afford to take sides over the Palin/Letterman controversy.
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Old 06-18-2009, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Central Illinois -
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Olive Garden has long been a punchline in his monologue. This was payback, and nothing else.

OG is gonna end up looking stupid
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Old 06-18-2009, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Palm Springs, CA
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Olive Garden's food is a poor imitation of good Italian food. They can't afford to take sides over the Palin/Letterman controversy.
I have a feeling that the Olive Garden is popular with the Palin crowd - maybe not overwhelmingly, but like the Outback Steakhouse and other suburban mid-priced chain restaurants, they probably have more of a Republican clientele.
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Old 06-18-2009, 08:04 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I don't even like Palin, and I'll be sure to stop by a little more often just because Letterman is a bucked tooth twit.
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Old 06-18-2009, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I have a feeling that the Olive Garden is popular with the Palin crowd - maybe not overwhelmingly, but like the Outback Steakhouse and other suburban mid-priced chain restaurants, they probably have more of a Republican clientele.
How Karl Rove of you to pigeonhole their customers?
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Old 06-18-2009, 08:06 PM
 
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How Karl Rove of you to pigeonhole their customers?
Yet you just said you'd stop by more often.

I wonder what the intellect is of your average OG customer.....
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Old 06-18-2009, 08:07 PM
 
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I have a feeling that the Olive Garden is popular with the Palin crowd
I guess they give out crayons with the menus?
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