Comedian Louis C.K. said he recently apologized to Sarah Palin for some "really horrible tweets about her."
Appearing Wednesday on Howard Stern's Sirius XM Radio show, C.K. said he ran into the former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate at the "Saturday Night Live" 40th anniversary show after-party earlier this year.
He said Palin complimented him as "really funny," and he felt compelled to confess his misdeeds and make amends.
"I wrote some really horrible tweets about her," C.K. admitted. "I was writing what I thought was comedic poetry about Sarah Palin."
Those tweets took place in 2010 while C.K. was drinking on an airplane trip, he said. The tweets included vulgar references to Palin.
He said he never apologizes for what he says, but told Stern, "Something came over me emotionally" with Palin standing right in front of him. "And I said, 'Well, I owe you an apology.'"
When he told her what he had done, Palin replied, "Well, you’re a vile person," C.K. said, making him laugh.
He said Palin invited him to Alaska to go fishing, which he said he would do "in a heartbeat."
The comedian said he had little understanding of how Twitter worked when he sent the series of tweets and was surprised to see his number of followers had skyrocketed from 8,000 to 100,000 by the time his plane landed.
He also told Stern he was surprised by how much attention they got. He ended up canceling an appearance at the White House Correspondents' Dinner after Fox News Channel 's Greta Van Susteren said she would boycott if C.K. hosted.
"It's kind of dogged me for a long time," he said.
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