A Daily Caller reporter portrayed conservative firebrand Sarah Palin as a demanding “diva” during an interview with a former “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” producer, and the former Alaska governor is none too pleased about it.
Dave Berg, who produced the show for 18 years, was promoting his new book, “Behind the Curtain: An Insider’s View of Jay Leno’s Tonight Show,” when he mentioned a passage about what it took to get Palin booked on the show.
“After the  campaign, she had a book to promote, and wanted to do the show, but it was difficult to work out the logistics because she didn’t like to be away from her family for long periods of time,” Berg told The Daily Caller’s Jamie Weinstein. “Finally, the only way we could get her to come to Burbank was to book a charter jet from Anchorage for $35,000. The jet was big enough to accommodate all of her family members.”
Weinstein called the expense a “diva-sounding request,” but Berg was complimentary of Palin, saying the money was well spent.
Palin took exception to Weinstein’s characterization, turning to Facebook to call the Daily Caller claim “in their frat boy terms, B.S.” And she did not stop there.
“Guess the boys at The Daily Caller spent a bit too much time at the frat house and not enough time in their college library,” Palin wrote. “(Or maybe it’s in one of their Jr. High tree forts where their leader gathers the boys to “report” their “conservative” issues.) Their claims about what I supposedly “demanded” of the Tonight Show are, in their frat boy terms, B.S. This is not the first time we’ve had to correct their sloppy “journalism.” Paraphrasing and dramatizing sure doesn’t fit into any fair and balanced image, especially from a little fella loving his title of FOX News Channel host. Maybe those bow ties are a bit too tight, bros.
“In contrast to your erroneous reporting (Hey! Come to think of it, this time it’s merely erroneous; it’s not your usual misogynist slant!), we loved visiting the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. I had a blast on the show. Leno’s team was top notch, professional, and funny; and some even brought their families to work that day so they could meet mine. That was neat! Thanks for the memories, Jay!”
Palin also posted an email from Berg, who called her appearance a career high.
“I consider Gov. Palin’s booking on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show one of the best gets I ever got,” Berg wrote. “I had worked long and hard to book her, both during and after her vice-presidential campaign. She turned out to be a charming guest, who also did a killer standup, and her ratings won the night by a large margin. You can’t ask for more from a guest.”
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