As far as late night television goes, Friday night proved to be a mea culpa for the Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien.
In a clip sure to be played and replayed online, the late night host welcomed William Shatner to read passages from Sarah Palin’s book Going Rogue.
And if that weren’t enough, Conan surprised the audience and even his guest by introducing Sarah Palin, who responded to Shatner by reading from his autobiography.
With a bass and bongo player to his rear, Shatner emphasized every word of the former lawmaker’s ghost-written book.
“I looked down to see the moose’s eyeballs lying in his palm, still warm from the critter’s head,” he said. “Kid Rock is very pro-America; also, has very common sense ideas. I always remind people from outside our state that there’s plenty of room for all of Alaska’s animals … Right next to the mashed potatoes. One year, while stalking sheep, I disappeared.”
After a spate of surprised applause, Palin took Shatner’s seat in front of the makeshift beatnic band and began to read, but didn’t manage to open the book in her hands.
“I attended my first Star Trek convention in November, 1975. The money they offered me to attend this convention was — do I dare? Yes, I do — out of this world. What made TJ Hooker’s character so interesting was, he remembered the old rule of law enforcement. Of course I understand you robbed that bank because you have low self-esteem. Boom! Taste my nightstick.”
This video was broadcast by NBC on Friday, Dec. 11, 2009.
A prior version of this story misspelled William Shatner’s name.
New Zealand tightens gun laws again after mosque attack
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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said regulations around who could hold firearm licences would also be tightened to "stop weapons falling into the wrong hands".
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Japan hopes the 2020 Olympics will be a chance to put its tech sector back on the map after years in which the country's reputation as an industry leader has flagged.
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Final hours of voting in race to become British PM
The voting closes Monday in the contest to become Britain's next prime minister, with Boris Johnson expected to be confirmed as the winner charged with delivering Brexit.
After a month-long contest between former London mayor Johnson and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, the postal votes of up to 160,000 grassroots Conservatives will decide the governing party's next leader.
The voting window slams shut at 5:00pm (1600 GMT).
The result will be announced on Tuesday, with the winner immediately becoming the new Conservative leader, the victor taking office as prime minister on Wednesday.