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Olive Garden pulls Letterman ads
Politico ^ | 06/18/09 | ANDY BARR

Posted on 06/18/2009 10:23:58 AM PDT by BCrago66

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 cancelling all of its scheduled ads on Letterman’s “Late Show” for the rest of the year.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ads; letterman; olivegarden; palin
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Excellent. To my knowledge, this is the first TV sponsor to pull its ads from the Letterman show (Embassy Suites pulled its web ads from CBS.com, which is much smaller money.) And this is a big one, too.
1 posted on 06/18/2009 10:23:59 AM PDT by BCrago66
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To: BCrago66

Keep the heat on.


2 posted on 06/18/2009 10:25:42 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: BCrago66

So let’s see:

Embassy Suites removes it’s ads from CBS’s website.
Hellman’s/BestFoods does the same.
Olive Garden now removes all ads from the Letterman show timeslot.

Congrats everyone! Keep the pressure on people. :D


3 posted on 06/18/2009 10:26:09 AM PDT by DJ Republica (Sarah Palin is my commander-in-chief. Obama can go to hell.)
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To: ExTexasRedhead

On the other hand, between the controversy and people switching from Conan, Letterman’s ratings are actually going up. They’re not going to have a problem replacing that ad revenue and if the trend continues, being able to charge more for ad time.


4 posted on 06/18/2009 10:27:37 AM PDT by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
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To: BCrago66

Wow, pulled AFTER the apology. I’m stunned, really stunned. I thougth that this guy pissed a lot of people off, but it looks like I seriously underestimated the impact of such a comment.


5 posted on 06/18/2009 10:27:45 AM PDT by domenad (In all things, in all ways, at all times, let honor guide me.)
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To: BCrago66

First the Never-Ending Pasta Bowl, now this. I love Olive Garden!


6 posted on 06/18/2009 10:27:57 AM PDT by irishjuggler
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To: BCrago66

Excellent.


7 posted on 06/18/2009 10:28:34 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: BCrago66

Olive Garden’s breadsticks and salad are great. will have to eat there.


8 posted on 06/18/2009 10:29:00 AM PDT by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: irishjuggler

LOL.

Haven’t been there in a while. We usually go to Macaroni Grill. It’s a loud place and the kids can draw on the tables. Still, we may have to go to Olive Garden soon.


9 posted on 06/18/2009 10:29:43 AM PDT by new cruelty (Shoot your TV. Torch your newspaper.)
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To: BCrago66

Dave reminds me of an old bitter Alfred E Newman. I hope all his sponsors drop him. If he was making a “joke” about Zer0’s kids not only would he be canned but the messiah would sack the head of CBS on top of it.


10 posted on 06/18/2009 10:29:52 AM PDT by YankeeReb
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To: BCrago66

I just had an immediate and overwhelming craving for the best Italian food one can find in the United States.


11 posted on 06/18/2009 10:30:20 AM PDT by Safrguns
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To: BCrago66

Ok. The next family meal out is at Olive Garden.


12 posted on 06/18/2009 10:30:24 AM PDT by Tax Government
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To: BCrago66

SWEEEEEET


13 posted on 06/18/2009 10:31:02 AM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Bubba Ho-Tep

conan’s actually funny...I was worried about it since I didn’t used to like him.


14 posted on 06/18/2009 10:31:35 AM PDT by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: rwfromkansas

Olive Garden will now experience an uptick of customers, even in a recession. There’s a lot more of us than there are of them.


15 posted on 06/18/2009 10:31:58 AM PDT by BCrago66
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To: BCrago66
Good for them!....Bucktooth Deadletter needs to be turned out to pasture.....
16 posted on 06/18/2009 10:32:12 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: BCrago66

I got a very contrite email from Capital One after I closed the account.


17 posted on 06/18/2009 10:32:14 AM PDT by DogBarkTree (Support The American Tea Party)
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To: irishjuggler

Their ‘Tour of Italy’ just got even more delicious.


18 posted on 06/18/2009 10:32:16 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (ACORN:American Corruption for Obama Right Now)
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To: Safrguns
I just had an immediate and overwhelming craving for the best Italian food one can find in the United States.

I thought this article was about Olive Garden?
19 posted on 06/18/2009 10:32:17 AM PDT by rom (Obama '12 slogan: Let's keep on hopin'!)
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To: Tax Government

Just book a three day stay at Embassy Suites because of what they did re: Letterman. Now it looks like we will be eating at Olive Gardens during our trip!


20 posted on 06/18/2009 10:32:21 AM PDT by Lawdoc (My dad married my aunt, so now my cousins are my brothers. Go figure.)
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To: Bubba Ho-Tep
They’re not going to have a problem replacing that ad revenue and if the trend continues,

It is harder to get a new customer than to retain and old one. If existing ones are bailing, then potential new ones are not even listening.

21 posted on 06/18/2009 10:32:24 AM PDT by Raycpa
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To: BCrago66
Letterman NEVER apologized for calling Palin a "slutty flight attendant." He also only apologized AFTER pressure came, and this was his second attempt (and still lame). I give him no credit. He's a bully and a jerk. He needs to pay a huge price. Watch him scream "freedom of speech" soon.

Olive Garden just earned a customer for an evening dine-out.

22 posted on 06/18/2009 10:32:41 AM PDT by MaestroLC ("Let him who wants peace prepare for war."--Vegetius, A.D. Fourth Century)
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To: BCrago66

I love this resturant. Although I have not been there since my surprise 30th birthday party....I am 40 now if that gives you any idea how long it has been. lol.


23 posted on 06/18/2009 10:32:51 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: BCrago66

We may have to make a run to the Olive Garden this weekend.


24 posted on 06/18/2009 10:32:53 AM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: BCrago66

Cant wait to go to Olive Garden!


25 posted on 06/18/2009 10:32:56 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion....the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: rwfromkansas

Letterman was funny in the 80’s. That was before he became an obsequious suck-up to the Hollywood Left.


26 posted on 06/18/2009 10:34:01 AM PDT by BCrago66
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To: Bubba Ho-Tep

It always happens this way. People LOVE controversy. Letterman probably did this on purpose. This was the biggest gift conservatives could have given him. He knows that conservatives don’t watch the show anyway...what he did was wake up those independents who probably weren’t too interested in his show and now they are watching. The only problem with this scenario...it won’t last more than a year. His ratings will be great until Summer 2010 and then return to the original ratings.


27 posted on 06/18/2009 10:35:33 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: BCrago66
“We apologize that Mr. Letterman’s mistake, which was not consistent with our standards and values, left you with a bad impression of Olive Garden,” wrote Sherri Bruen, the company’s guest relations manager.

Glad Olive Garden dumped Letterman, but Ms. Bruen's non-apology sounds a lot like what Letterman tried first.

She should have apologized for having the bad judgment to get involved with Letterman in the first place.

28 posted on 06/18/2009 10:35:53 AM PDT by HIDEK6
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To: BCrago66

Good news.

I will take my wife to an Olive Garden this weekend.

“We are coming, we are coming for you.......”


29 posted on 06/18/2009 10:37:13 AM PDT by Gator113 (I live in "one of the largest Muslim countries in the world." Imam Obama told me so.)
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To: BCrago66

Fantastic News!! I love the Olive Garden!


30 posted on 06/18/2009 10:37:39 AM PDT by navymom1 (Save Free Speech, defeat the Fairness Doctrine)
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To: HIDEK6

If you want good conduct, reward it & quit complaining. Take your family to Olive garden.


31 posted on 06/18/2009 10:38:16 AM PDT by BCrago66
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To: BCrago66

*snicker* *snort*


32 posted on 06/18/2009 10:38:17 AM PDT by dforest (Anyone dumb enough to have voted for him deserves what they get.. No Pity!)
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To: domenad

“Wow, pulled AFTER the apology. I’m stunned”

Dave insulted the customers of Olive Garden. People know that when Letterman calls the Palins trailer trash, he’s talking about them as well.


33 posted on 06/18/2009 10:38:17 AM PDT by y6162 (uish..)
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To: HIDEK6

We may yet take Lettermolester’s scalp...


34 posted on 06/18/2009 10:38:52 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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Well done Olive Garden AND Freepers for that matter. Tulsa Olive Garden at 71st & Memorial, here I come.


35 posted on 06/18/2009 10:39:02 AM PDT by guido911 (Islamic terrorists are members of the "ROP", the "religion of pu*&ies")
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To: BCrago66

Making reservations for a party of 20 at Olive Garden right now.


36 posted on 06/18/2009 10:39:10 AM PDT by alrea
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To: BCrago66

This is great news. For those of you so inclined, please send thank you emails or calls to the companies who end up doing the right thing. Thank Embassy Suites, Hellman’s and Olive Garden to let them know you appreciate their decision. Thanks!


37 posted on 06/18/2009 10:39:34 AM PDT by nomoremods
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To: rwfromkansas
$6.99 lunch special for the all-you-can-eat soup, salad, and breadsticks is a really good deal. Zuppa Toscana for the win!

Guess where I'm going to lunch tomorrow.

38 posted on 06/18/2009 10:40:29 AM PDT by AngryJawa (Obama's Success is America's Failure)
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To: BCrago66

Thanks OG!


39 posted on 06/18/2009 10:40:43 AM PDT by stevio (Crunchy Con - God, guns, guts, and organically grown crunchy nuts.)
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To: ExTexasRedhead

Worse than “rude and crude”

http://lesforlife.blogspot.com/2009/06/why-lettermans-joke-cant-stand.html

THANK YOU OLIVE GARDEN!!!!


40 posted on 06/18/2009 10:41:36 AM PDT by Lesforlife
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To: BCrago66

I haven’t been to Olive Garden for a while - I think I’ll be going and make sure they know the reason why.


41 posted on 06/18/2009 10:43:25 AM PDT by gramho12
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To: nomoremods

I guess we all could go to an Embassy Suites hotel, and then call Olive Garden to get Italian Food delivered to the room, with extra Hellman’s mayo.

But that would kind of strange.


42 posted on 06/18/2009 10:43:31 AM PDT by BCrago66
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To: domenad

Among the people who did attend the rally on Tuesday was a woman with a sign shaming Olive Garden for not standing up for women... she got face time on the news... that is what it takes.


43 posted on 06/18/2009 10:45:22 AM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Lesforlife

Maybe Olive Garden’s motto is really true. When you’re here your family


44 posted on 06/18/2009 10:45:59 AM PDT by shadeaud ("If you can't beat them, arrange to have them beaten." -- George Carlin)
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To: ExTexasRedhead

Alright! And I did my part with Olive Garden and Hellmann’s.


45 posted on 06/18/2009 10:46:32 AM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (The plan... 0 in power for life. At least that's what they told him.)
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To: BCrago66

Cool! I think I’ll celebrate by eating at Olive Garden soon. Chicken and gnocchi soup, breadsticks, etc.

YUM!


46 posted on 06/18/2009 10:46:45 AM PDT by Two Kids' Dad (((( ))))
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To: BCrago66

Good!! I like Olive Garden and looks like I can visit them for a meal now.


47 posted on 06/18/2009 10:47:23 AM PDT by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: DogBarkTree

Contrite how exactly? I have Cap one.


48 posted on 06/18/2009 10:49:17 AM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (The plan... 0 in power for life. At least that's what they told him.)
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To: rwfromkansas
Remember also that you can purchase bottles of their great salad dressing to take with you. I think maybe I shall take the wife out there tonight. Thanks for the heads-up, FReepers
49 posted on 06/18/2009 10:49:31 AM PDT by rightly_dividing (Eph.2:8,9 2nd Tim. 2:15, Pray for our nation and its leaders)
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To: BCrago66

I am curious to see how many people are going to call corporate Olive Branch and thank them for pulling out of Letterman and also telling them that they will be patronizing the restaurant even more...


50 posted on 06/18/2009 10:51:44 AM PDT by MissDairyGoodnessVT (Mac Conchradha - "Skeagh mac en chroe"- Skaghvicencrowe)
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