Report: Trump Cancels On Letterman Over Racism Accusation

Published Letter Takes Issue With 'Late Show' Host's Comments

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It appears Donald Trump has had enough of David Letterman.

Last week the “Late Show” host had some rather unflattering words for “The Donald” regarding his birth certificate witch hunt against President Barack Obama.

On Friday, the real estate mogul fired back, reportedly canceling his upcoming appearance on the CBS late-night show. Trump will not appear as scheduled on May 18. According to a letter published in the New York Post, Trump is “disappointed to hear the statements you made about me last night on your show that I was a ‘racist.’ … In actuality, nothing could be further from the truth and there is nobody who is less of a racist than Donald Trump.”

Letterman’s words stem from an interview with Dr. Phil McGraw, during which the two discussed Trump’s claim that President Obama was unfairly accepted into Harvard Law School.

“It’s all fun, it’s all a circus, it’s all a rodeo, until it starts to smack of racism. And then it’s no longer fun,” Letterman reportedly told Dr. Phil.

According to The Post, Trump also said, “Based upon your statements, and despite the fact that we have always done so well together, especially in your ratings, I am canceling my May 18th appearance on your show.

“Additionally,” Trump wrote, “please inform your staff that I will likewise not do the ‘top ten’ list that they had been trying to set up.”

President Obama surprised many by releasing the long form of his birth certificate to the media on Friday. That immediately led to many asking for his college records, which precipitated Letterman’s interview with Dr. Phil.

There has been speculation that Trump will seek the Republican nomination for president in 2012. So far he’s been non-committal but has hinted on making a decision before the summer.

New Yorkers have been highly critical of the creator of the popular television series, “The Apprentice,” chastising Trump for his entire “birther” campaign.

Please stay with CBSNewYork.com for more on this developing story.

Do you think Letterman was wrong for saying what he reportedly said? Or did Trump have it coming? Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  1. julie says:

    I voted for Obama BUT I don’t think it is racist to say someone plays basketball. I don’t think it is racist to ask to see college grades. We’ve done the same to Bush! People seem to forget that Obama is ALSO white. Hello? His mother and grandparents raised him. Stop overthinking every comment. Racism is old news. We embrace differences here. (BTW, his Dad was from Africa. That is a unique feature, so I can understand why they would question it) Obama rocks but Letterman was off the mark.

  2. JT says:

    NewYorker
    “JT…its obvious you’re an idiot. Recession began under your butt buddy’s (Bush) watch. The $4 a gallon gas price precedent was also created under your butt buddy’s watch. Sadly, Obama was left with the ruins your boy left behind.
    Do yourself a favor and crawl right back under that filthy rock you came from.”

    NewYorker….you imbecile!! During Bush’s 2 terms, there was only about a 4 month period when gas prices actually reached $4.00 a gallon. In fact, during most of his 2 terms, gas prices were WELL under $3.00 gallon. In fact, when he left office, gas prices were just off their lows of $1.80 gallon. Bush also inherited a recession from Clinton and Bush had a stretch of 52 months of interrupted job growth. Looks like YOU’RE THE IDIOT!! By the way, before you crawl right back under that filthy rock YOU came from, GO READ A FEW BOOKS and educate yourself.

  3. marjory says:

    So embarrassing that this narcissistic megalomaniac is a new yorker

  4. Dave Watcher says:

    man up donnie.
    Actually, donnie can’t appear on Dave’s show. He’ll be heading a search team to find bin laden’s body so he can provide the proof to the world.
    you go boy.

    1. Dr. F. Goodman says:

      Letterman was correct. Most people will do and say racist things as long as they can hide behind some other reasons for their actions. To try to put down others is a deep hidden need to make yourself feel better. Identifying their action for what it is, does not show them in a good light. And that is what bothers them. The person they tried to make feel less worthy made them look badly instead of better. It’s okay for them to hurt someone, but it not okay if what they did hurt them.

  5. Alan says:

    Letterman did not call Trump a racist specifically, but implied that what Trump was doing seemed racist and that this would be brought up with Trump if he appeared on his show. Then Letterman went on to say that he really didn’t want Trump on his show anymore. If Trump isn’t a racist, you would think that he would want to go on Letterman to explain himself.

  6. Jakey says:

    Oh yeah, he’s totally going to survive the vetting and public scrutiny that come along with running for President. I mean, he just reacts to it with such dignified maturity.

  7. dedec says:

    His kids were raised by their mother…

    1. Sandeana says:

      It depends on what kids you are talking about. Donald Trump has 4 kids by 3 wives.
      His youngest child, Barron Trump with his current wife is 5 years old, & the cutest little boy you would ever want to see. Trump also has a grandchild the same age as
      his youngest child. Like his own 5 year old, Donald needs to grow up, & develope some class & dignity.

  8. Bushelfoote says:

    I would not vote for Trump for the same reason I wouldn’t vote for Ross Perot….I don’t think voting for a billionaire would be in MY best interest and neither one holds anything resembling my political veiws……which means they wouldn’t be representing Me very well……….so…………Obama in 2012!!!!…….

    1. JT says:

      10% unemployment, $5.00 gas prices, 2years of recession. GO OBAMA! You moron Bushelfoote.

      1. NewYorker says:

        JT…its obvious you’re an idiot. Recession began under your butt buddy’s (Bush) watch. The $4 a gallon gas price precedent was also created under your butt buddy’s watch. Sadly, Obama was left with the ruins your boy left behind.

        Do yourself a favor and crawl right back under that filthy rock you came from.

      2. JT says:

        NewYorker,

        You really believe Obama is somehow different/better? Wow, you rump-wranglers are blind.

      3. zjohnson says:

        You are the moron. The GOP killed this country in 8 years under Bush. Tax cuts for the rich. Cuts for everyone else. Two unfunded wars. I could go on and on.

      4. JT says:

        zjohnson

        “You are the moron. The GOP killed this country in 8 years under Bush. Tax cuts for the rich. Cuts for everyone else. Two unfunded wars. I could go on and on.”

        Yes, right, zjohnson…..52 months of interrupted job growth under Bush, 4% unemployment, gas prices mostly under $3.00 gallon during most of his 2 terms. He REALLY killed this country!.

    2. fred says:

      I would not vote for Trump for the same reason I wouldn’t vote for Ross Perot
      That does not suprise me at all ! Why have someone who knows how to build business run this bankrupt country.

      1. s says:

        Trump has more experience bankrupting businesses than most out there.

  9. Kirk L Douglas says:

    Good for DAVID LETTERMAN he call out (DUMM)(DUMM) and DUMMER DONALD TRUMP,now you call him out he cry fowl,you see you are not someone who he can get over the way he does the other people he encounter so more power to you,like I say this guy wants to question the schools OBAMA went to little does he know OBAMA has more brain in his little toe than what TRUMP and the rest of the GOP has in ther brain,thank you for calling out MR DONALD TRUMP DUMMER,and DONALD as a black man I had a lot of respect for you before but not now you don,t like BLACK PEOPLE you just deal with us because some of us work for you.
    KLD.

    1. CZ Jones says:

      Kirk,

      That stroke really did some damage, huh?

  10. John says:

    I’lll vote for Trump.

  11. dee says:

    good,smart,well thought out comment. I’m glad you posted it because,I feel the same . Trump can stand on his on merits w/out throwing rocks. You seem to be wise and kind. thanks,diane

  12. Poka Prochet says:

    AMEN!!

  13. tonibarb says:

    Trump, if you are thinking about running for anything, forget it. It sounds like you have already lost. Save yourself the embarrasement and your tears. You must be bored with playing with your money.

  14. HooDatIS? says:

    I love david letterman
    he keeps it real whoever gets mad kick rocks
    dat dude is bad
    keep cooking those jokes david we gone eat em up
    http://ethicalfutures.wordpress.com/

  15. dico j. says:

    All of these so-called talk show hosts are amateurs anyway, compared to Johnny Carson…the king of late night.

  16. iggy says:

    i do watch them but only for the first 18 times they repeat show.

  17. Carlos says:

    People, people, Please!!! Yahoo asked fr a comment aboutthe article and you argue amongst yourselves. By the way…Donald Trump Sucks and does anybody who dissagrees with me! hehehe!!!

  18. Harlemm going. Ham says:

    Trump can’t be serious about not being a racist. This is the guy spilled his old KKK guts during the Central Park rape case. He took a 85k ad calling the lynch mob to the muster room.

    1. william says:

      Monkeys Huh? YOU”RE FIRED!!!

  19. Bob Fowler says:

    Can anyone tell me where I too can get a comb-over that fools nobody, a tan from a bottle, and an insatiable desire to have a microphone in front of me 24/7? Donald Trump is the white Al Sharpton…a clown in need of an audience.

  20. Jane says:

    Trump is a racist crybaby who can dish it out but can’t handle it when it’s dished right back to him. Letterman was right and I hope that Trump loses money and prestige over his blatant race baiting and clownery.

  21. Joe says:

    Boycott Trumps properties and Celebrity apprentice. He is a racist and a bigot

  22. RS says:

    Letterman certainly has a lot of judgmental comments towards other people, mostly false. He should take a good look in the mirror at himself. He certainly does not have an honorable personal resume to be proud of. I mean the man scandalized his own wife and son by sleeping with co-wokers and publicly embarassing them. He’s a phony and should re-think when he opens his immature mouth!

  23. Kory Stone says:

    Letterman shows that intelligence has nothing to do with TV rating

  24. Joan godfry says:

    Trump is a pompous person, who would shout “Let them Eat Cake!” He did inherit 200 appartments from his father,and has also declared bankruptcy several times. His publicity about how great and how riich he is, comes from
    him; Can you imagine Bill Gates or Warren Bujffet bragging about their extreme
    wealth 56 billion. Why Trump is really just a poor guy, putting his name on buildings screaming “LOOK AT ME! Has he ever developed anything that has benefitted the human race? A loser, for sure.Obama certainly was president of the Harvard Law review. Those of us who live in the Boston area, and whose excellenbt suburban schools have sent a great number of pubulic school graduates think it is an ordinary passage for a bright high school student to get into Harvard. Maybe Trump should do some research up here at our leading Universities,: Harvard and MIT. The thought of him becomming president make me sick, as it does many. Go back to the APPRENTICE. You have made millions on your endorsements. By the way half the merchandise you sell in your shops are made in China: You have publicly stated you deplore U.S. importing so much merchandise from CHINA..Buy American, you say..so why don’t you?.

  25. Bike Mike says:

    With all respect to The POTUS, I’d like to ask The D if he was born inside the US. Regardless of his obvious answer, I’d like to get in his face with a few thousand self-appointed, self-serving ‘believers’ and scream “No You WEREN’T”. And then never back down. And after the press covers it and it spins out of control, we won’t back down. “No You AREN’T”.

    Oh, and believe US, we were attacked by Muslim Iraqis, not Egyptians and Saudis led by a Paki, not an Afghan… Oh, and that dark-skinned family that just moved onto the block? (whisper) Muslims! Muslim Americans are the new African Americans? A continent can be, or have, a religion?

    I was kidding, of course. But it’s true that many believe these things to justify their loathing and hatred of American people and religious concepts they refuse to understand or even see for what they ARE in the first place. They have their own sets of truths, wrong as they all are, and rather than adapt and grow and embrace they move on to the next easy target upon which to sit and fester. No band-aid needed down here. What nation of all peoples? What old wounds?

    How can we begin to defeat an enemy we do not study because we are still blinded by religion and color? When did such non-reality stories become “entertainment” self-perpetuated by “news” rather than covered as affronts to all our civil liberties? How did it all come to so many to literally transfer such “new” hatred and bigotry upon The President of the United States, or any dark American or non-enemy-combatant foreigner from the neighborhood across town?

    The further we slide into this abyss the longer it will take for the next Rosa Parks to stand up for ALL. Its time for the media to drop this ball, and the next one…

    Let The D be… Dunce. And yes, Dave, stick to comedy, not “relevance”.

  26. Badtux says:

    What a humorless twit Trump is. Definitely too thin-skinned to be President.

  27. thomas says:

    Good. The show will be better without him.

  28. Chi town says:

    Donald Trump is a “moron ” wrapped in a ” idiot “.. If you don’t believe me, ask his barber ……

  29. Norman Schuster says:

    So if you critisize someone who happens to be of a member of a race that has been racially oppressed, you are automatically a racist? That would mean that people from racial minorities are immune to criticism. They never do anything wrong? Never heard of Trump making a racist statement.
    Stormin Norman

  30. Casey says:

    The DOJ has repeatedly charged Trump with racism, and Trump has promised to change without admitting guilt. He even tried to sue the government over the charges and was tossed out of court.
    So for Letterman to suspect that Trump is racist is simply being observant of the facts. Trump is simply a despicable piece of work.

  31. POODLE DOG says:

    I THINK TRUMP IS A GOOD MAN, ALL OF YOU ARE JEALOUS OF HIM BECAUSE HE HAD THE BALLS TO MAKE SOMETHING OUT OF HIMSELF. PEOPLE LIKE YOU ARE ALL SMALL MINDED, I THINK WE NEED SOMEONE WITH A LOT OF BALLS TO LEAD THIS COUNTRY. TRUMP IS THAT MAN, HE HAS A GOOD HEAD ON HIS SHOULDERS FOR BUSINESS AND THAT’S WHAT THIS COUNTRY NEEDS RIGHT NOW. NOT MR. OBAMA WHO CLAIMS HE IS AN AMERICAN CITIIZEN….. WHY DID IT TAKE HIM SO SO LONG TO TELL THE TRUTH AND PRODUCE HIS BIRTH CERTIFICATE?????? HAD TO MAKE ONE UP????? TRUMP IS NO RACIST, HE HAS PENTALY OF BLACK PEOPLE WORKING FOR HIM, WHO ARE EDUCATED AND ARE A ASSET TO HIS COMPANY. DAVID LETTERMAN ON THE OTHER HAND IS A RACIST. HE IS ALWAYS TRYING TO STIR THE POT, LIKE DR. PHIL, WHO NEEDS TO BOOST UP THEIR RATES…….. THIS IS WHAT THEY DID TO RUDY G. WHEN HE WANTED TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT, RUDE HIS GOOD NAME ALSO. I DO NOT THINK IT IS GOING TO WORK AGAIN. THE PEOPLE OF THIS WORLD ARE NOT THAT STUPID AND BLIND TO THE NEWS MEDIA BULL S___.

    1. jtansf says:

      People like you write in all caps.

    2. Beulahmo says:

      Please do us all a favor and NEVER mention The Donald’s balls ever again. I will never stop shuddering.

      1. jbrutal says:

        TRUMP’S BALLS FOR PRESIDENT!
        the left one for Prez and the right one for Veep!! But they always will have to fly on separate planes.

    3. Proud Progressive says:

      If you are going to yell (typing in all CAPS), at least use proper grammer.
      But then this only proves: BIRTHERS ARE IDIOTS!!
      Did you yell with the same indignation and outrage when Bush and his brother stole the election in 2000?

      1. RS says:

        @Proud Progressive

        You’re right, people should use proper “grammer”. That should start with you. The correct spelling is “grammar”. And you call yourself a progressive???? WOW!!!

    4. Schmitty says:

      Poodle dog in response to your comment I would like to say we are all allowed our opinion because we live in this wonderful Free country so why Dis someone because their opinion is different from yours? Also, have a little more respect President Obama is the President of the United States whether you agree with his views or not he is the President and should be referred to as that. Part of the problem in this country is everyone wants to flap their mouth off about what is wrong and NO one wants to step up and make the sacrifices needed to return this great country to it’s original Glory!!! By the way, Trump will never be President!! 🙂

    5. NewYorker says:

      Another illiterate idiot trying to sound smart. What a sad world we live in.

    6. Donna Hanover says:

      Poodle Dog said: “THIS IS WHAT THEY DID TO RUDY G. WHEN HE WANTED TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT, RUDE HIS GOOD NAME ALSO”

      He “RUDE” his name a long time ago.

      Stop licking yourself.

    7. jtorres says:

      Rudy Guiliani failed in his bid to run for President because he was so full of himself he thought he didn’t have to campaign. Then came Florida and he came in DEAD LAST. He was NEVER America’s Mayor, despite what he thought. Florida proved it.

  32. middle says:

    See…liberals are the worst kind, if they don’t agree then they resort to name calling. In this case Dave supports Obama and Trump does not. So Dave calls Trump a name. Grow up Dave and the rest of the liberal bullies.

    1. Really? says:

      You say that David Letterman calls Trump and a “name*”, and yet you just called liberals “bullies” and “the worst kind.”

      Did you think about that before you wrote it?

      No. Move along.

      (*oh, boo freakin’ hoo)

  33. Mardigus says:

    Man Trump has bucks, a hot daughter and the attitude it takes to be where he is. Sticks and stones until they dis my character beyoch!

  34. James Ramos says:

    Trump is a clown. He is bad for everyone’s business… the quote ‘no one is less of racist than me’ is a clear indication of who this buffoon is….

    The faster we all ignore him, the sooner he disappears…

  35. New Yorker says:

    Trump deserves everything he gets! What arrogance to think that he can outwit Barack Obama, David Letterman, and Seth Myers. He is half the intelligence than any one of them. He should also do something about that monstrosity on top of his head he calls hair!

  36. TJ Greene says:

    Good for David Letterman! Trump panders to prejudice.

    1. Casey says:

      “panders” ??
      He regularly employs prejudice. – and has been called on it by the DOJ multiple times. For the guy to claim he’s not a racist is a demonstrable, bald faced lie.

  37. Left Coaster says:

    Yes Letterman was out of line. In his line of work he should stick to comedy and the light side of life. His descent into shrill politics like Sarandon, Robbins, Sheen and the rest of their kind is the exact reason his show is declining in ratings. He should take a lesson from Leno. While Jay is a known Lib, he pokes fun at both sides of the aisle and keeps it light. And besides…what’s wrong with Trump demanding proof from Obama on his birth? His failure to produce any of his past records shows he is hiding something….something that will be damaging to his reelection chances.

    1. ED P says:

      So the Don can make accusations and demands, but Letterman cant. So who’s who in “rest of their kind” I’m confused. If you sling mud be prepared to get a mud bath

    2. Mr. Call It Like It Is! says:

      Left Coaster. Are you for real? You are as stupid as Trump and other Birthers. In order to be placed on the Ballot for president, candidates hav to jump through various hoops. One of those hoops is to be able to prove citizenship to the board of elections. If Obama was not a native born American with birth certificate, he would not have been allowed to be on the ballot approximately two years ago. If President Obama were white he wouldnt have been subjected to such disrespect. Notice that Clinton, while raised by his mother alone, and hated by Republicans…never was asked for birth certificate OR college records. RACISM NEVER LEAVES AMERICA….AND REPUKES HATE THE FACT THAT A BLACK IS IN THE OVAL OFFICE. Dont pick on Letterman….get people like Trump and yourself to stop being racist!

    3. East-Coaster says:

      Left Coaster – I could not have said it any better!
      I can’t stand to watch the Letterman show, because Letterman cannot be easygoing funny – he has to hurt and offend people – I dispise his nastyness. I am realy glad that he got Mr. Donald Trump to the point that he has enough – at least Donald sais it like it is and is not hiding behind the “sharade bushes”.
      The good news: there is a turn off button at my TV set when the Letterman show starts. Thanks Left Coaster for your comment.
      East Coaster

  38. c113r says:

    who caress? I never watch the unfunny Letterman anyway

  39. Tajicat Levit says:

    GOOD NEWS Now why does TRUMP not appear on his own show too..
    I will never watch again..and it should be thrown of the air!

    Trump is a Ponpous A– and should put his Bird nest in a hole DISGRACE11
    Gooo Pres, Obama see you 2012!

  40. Marc says:

    It was great when Dave used to focus on being funny. Why he has turned a comedy show into his version of Rachel Maddow?

    1. huh@aol.com says:

      He’s always spoke his mind on serious issues. Have you just been watching since way back in 2005??

  41. TheTruthTeller says:

    Trump is proof that WHITE TRASH comes in all income brackets. Is Trump a racist and an idiot? … Only those such as Trump will answer “no” to those two questions.

  42. JPat says:

    No, he was no more “wrong” than the Comb-over. He exercised his right to free speech by saying all this nonsense about Obama. Free speech rights were the only underpinning to his narcissistic rants. Did Obama cut and run when Trump attacked him? No, he responded as if Trump was a normal human being who deserved an answer to his questioning. Of course The Mighty Narcissist cannot transfer that understanding of the Trump vs. Obama interchange to a Trump vs. Letterman interchange. Rational discussion is not his forte. Let’s leave it–and him–at that.

  43. diz says:

    Sad for Dave. Now he’ll be down to only about 300,000 other people who will be willing to appear on the show and/or read a Top 10.

  44. StormsNYC says:

    Trump will probably try to convince the world that he, and not Navy SEALs, killed Osama as well…

  45. NY'er says:

    Take a HIKE Trump….A NY w/o you would make us the greatest city in the world, till your SEWER mentality leaves….GET OUT

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