In the latest in Important Political News,

Sarah Palin

accepted an apology yesterday from

David Letterman

over his insensitive (flat-out sick) sexual joke about Palin's daughter.

The Alaska governor, who had demanded that D.L., who is 62-going-on-12, ought to apologize to All Womankind, was grand enough to speak on behalf of that vast constituency. She said she accepted the mea culpa "on behalf of all young women, like my daughters, who hope men who 'joke' about public displays of sexual exploitation of girls will soon evolve."

Another apology required

Sacha Baron Cohen

's character

Brüno

is depicted nude on the cover of GQ. All humankind deserves an apology.

Roker's nonapologetic apology

Al Roker

yesterday escalated his feud with America's insufferable couple du jour,

Heidi Montag Pratt

and hubby

Spencer Pratt

.

Asked by Today host Meredith Vieira if he was proud of his Monday interview, Al said, "Yes, I am. I believe I asked what a lot of people wanted to know and, if he had tried to [get physical with me], I would have dumped him like a bag of dirt."

Fergie's date with food

"We were eating our brains out. We ordered everything fried and full of fat and salty." So says musical babe

Fergie

, who tells Allure mag she gained 17 pounds for her role in the musical flick

Nine

by eating out with her "food buddy"

Penelope Cruz

.

Usher, Tameka & old news

Repeating last week's In Touch Weekly report, the Associated Press and E!News say

Usher

and

Tameka Foster

, who have filed for divorce after two years, have lived separate lives for half that time.

He never left the building

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Elvis Presley

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Lawyer: Carrie was set up

Was

Carrie Prejean

victim of a vast international conspiracy? Her lawyer

Charles LiMandri

says the former Miss California, who was stripped of her crown on grounds she missed more than 30 required appearances, was set up by pageant director

Keith Lewis

, who sent her a list of events that were beyond her expected duties. "There was really a lack for trust and a lack of respect," LiMandri says. Time to call in conspiracy-buster Jack Bauer from

24

.

Sexy celeb photos

"

Megan Fox

falls victim to leaked topless photos," announces the New York Daily News about the Web-leak of "semi-nude" images of the

Transformers

babe reportedly taken from her flick

Jennifer's Body

.

But Fox isn't suing, says the News, noting that the actress isn't really topless. "I had booby stickers on," Fox says, referring to a silicone contraption that played body double to her chest. "If I'd been actually topless, I would have sued someone."

More sexy celeb photos

A rep for paradigmatic corn-fed American good girl

Miley Cyrus

says a newly released pic showing the star engaged in sexual activity "is completely fabricated." In '08, the 16-year-old

Zen Master of Bubblegum Pop

was embroiled in a scandal when suggestive, if non-nude, photos of her in Vanity Fair raised the ire of many persons of high character.

Contact "SideShow" at sideshow@phillynews.com. This column contains information from Inquirer wire services.