Donald Trump Cancels on Letterman Over Racism Allegation

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In a fiery letter to the late night host, he says he is "disappointed" and won't do a "'top ten' list that they had been trying to set up."

In an angry letter to David Letterman, Donald Trump claims he is pulling out of a scheduled May 18 appearance on CBS’ Late Show because the late night show host has called him a racist.

Last week, while interviewing Trump’s pal Dr. Phil, Letterman said Trump’s attacks on President Obama have started to “smack of racism.” Trump, who is flirting with a presidential run, has been questioning Obama’s citizenship and has suggested that Obama unfairly got into Harvard Law School.

Outraged at the remark, Trump wrote Letterman a personal note, stating he was "disappointed to hear the statements you made about me last night on your show that I was a 'racist,’" according to the New York Post. "In actuality, nothing could be further from the truth and there is nobody who is less of a racist than Donald Trump," Trump went on.

"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," he added.

"Additionally, please inform your staff that I will likewise not do the 'top ten' list that they had been trying to set up," the letter concluded.

During the Dr. Phil interview, Letterman questioned his producer about booking Trump in the first place. “Is this a booking you’re happy with? Are we eager to book somebody who has the appearances and appendages of a racist,” Letterman asked his producer.


The producer suggested that Trump’s planned appearance would be a good opportunity to call Trump on his recent statements about Obama.

Letterman replied: “OK, we’ll get him on and I’ll say, ‘Donald, you’re a racist, don’t do that and he better apologize.’”

Trump has been racking up quite a list of enemies in traditionally left-leaning Hollywood, including Jerry Seinfeld, Robert De Niro, Cher and Bob Schieffer, host of CBS' Face The Nation.