In David Letterman’s opening monologue of last night’s edition of The Late Show, a recent threat against his life didn’t seem to faze him. In fact, he says he’s used to it.
“I wish I had a nickel for every time a guy has threatened to cut [my tongue out],” Letterman joked in his monologue.
If he did, he’d have a whole lot of nickels, according to the video montage of “Who Hates Dave?” Al-Qaida, the Late Show staff, dogs and (unsurprisingly) Jay Leno were on that list.
With all those people out there with a vendetta against him, Letterman noted his studio audience was “more like a human shield.”
The whole episode started when an Islamic jihadist called for Letterman’s tongue to be cut out and his neck slit. He was angry that the “lowly Jew” Letterman, who is Protestant (oops), had joked about the death of al-Qaida leader Ilyas Kashmiri, who was killed by a U.S. drone in Pakistan in June 2011.
The post, written by Umar al-Basrawi, a frequent contributor to the al-Qaida recruiting forum, Shumuka al-Islam, is being investigated by the FBI.
Until the FBI figures this all out, Letterman will probably continue to make sure he’s “covered for jihad” in CBS’s life insurance policy.