Andrea Gusty asked Levi and Rex questions about the unfortunate controversy surrounding the fake Levi Johnston twitter account: The fact that William Shatner recited on Conan parts of those faux twitter messages and made Levi look like a "racially insensitive pothead" (tmz).
Gawker has a good piece about the twitter-controversy and also about the upcoming Playgirl-photoshoot here.
The makers of Conan should probably have read palingates, because it has been mentioned several times here in the comments that those twitter comments couldn't possibly have been made by Levi.
The answers that Levi and Rex gave regarding the twitter controversy were not very surprising, although Levi's statement at the end "You cannot believe everything you believe on TV, unless it comes straight from the guys mouth" gave me a little chuckle. Does this mean we have to believe everything which comes "straight out of Levi's mouth"? I will leave this question open.
However, there is a surprise: Andrea Gusty tries to be a critical journalist and "goes rogue"! She suddenly switches topics and starts to ask Levi about the "dirt he has on Sarah Palin". Shock! Levi doesn't answer, just turns his head to Rex and gives him a look as if to say "You better handle that!", and Rex then rebukes Andrea Gusty in reminding her that she came to his office "for the twitter thing", and not to ask questions about anything else. Andrea Gusty then duly apologises, but I would like to remark: Respect, Andrea! I just hope that you would be equally brave if it comes to interviewing Sarah Palin again! Andrea Gusty's "going rogue moment" was apparently so shocking for KTVA that they didn't include it in the transcript of the interview.
I am also not sure how happy Levi was when Andrea Gusty mentioned to Levi that he would "probably be a celebrity for a while". Ouch!
No honorable mention however deserves the person who recorded the sound, because he thoroughly screwed up - you need some powerful loudspeakers to properly understand what is being said in the interview.
In the meantime, Conan has apologized to Levi Johnston today on his show.
What I don't understand is: Why didn't Levi give a humorous response to Conan and then use this opportunity to go on his show afterwards, thus making new friends and getting lots of new positive publicity? Don't mess with the late-night-show-brigade! He could have learned this lesson from Sarah Palin's run-in with Letterman.
UPDATE: Conan O'Brien reads the real Levi!
Please note: I was told that the video of the Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien below might not play with Firefox. If this is the case, then please go directly to NBC.
As I said, this probably could have been handled a bit differently by the Johnston's camp, as Conan has managed to get a few more digs in about Levi's upcoming photoshoot.
Levi, it's time to bare your soul, not your body! ;-)
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