"I'd like to apologize personally to Levi Johnston and his lawyer and publicist for misrepresenting him in any way," O'Brien said on Thursday's show. "Levi is clearly a great American. We wish him the best of luck as he trains for his upcoming naked photo shoot."On Wednesday's show, O'Brien recruited Shatner to stage a dramatic reading of Johnston's supposed 140-character musings on Twitter accompanied by bongos and bass. (Lest we forget, the Star Trek vet turned Palin's tweets into beatnik poetry over the summer.) Among the deadpanned gems: "You know you're a celebrity when strangers want to see your penis. LMAO."
The skit was no laughing matter for Johnston, who claimed he does not have a Twitter account and demanded a retraction from NBC.To make amends, O'Brien brought Shatner back onstage to reprise the routine Thursday — this time with verified Johnston quotes.