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Olive Garden disputes report that ads were pulled from Letterman

By Jimmy Orr / June 18, 2009

A spokesman from the Olive Garden disputed a report by Politico that the restaurant canceled its advertisements on the David Letterman show due to a joke he told last week at the expense of Sarah Palin.

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A spokesman for the Olive Garden disputed a report from Politico that the restaurant chain pulled its advertising from the David Letterman show due to jokes about Sarah Palin's daughter.

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"Information reported today by Andy Barr of Politico regarding Olive Garden’s advertising on the Late Show with David Letterman was erroneous. No authorized spokesperson for the company confirmed the information in his report," said Olive Garden spokesman Rich Jeffers in an email to The Vote.

"The Olive Garden media schedule is planned months in advance. The schedule for the Late Show with David Letterman was completed earlier this month. We take all guest concerns seriously. And, as always, we will factor those concerns in as we plan our advertising schedule in the future," he continued.

Jeffers has not yet responded to an email asking if Olive Garden advertisements will continue on the David Letterman show.

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