Earlier today, Politico reported that middle-America’s favorite Italian restaurant, Olive Garden, was pulling its ads from The Late Show With David Letterman. However, recent reports from Olive Garden spokesman Rich Jeffers state:
“Information reported today by Andy Barr of Politico regarding Olive Garden’s advertising on the Late Show with David Letterman was erroneous. No authorized spokesperson for the company confirmed the information in his report… The Olive Garden media schedule is planned months in advance. The schedule for the Late Show with David Letterman was completed earlier this month. We take all guest concerns seriously. And, as always, we will factor those concerns in as we plan our advertising schedule in the future.”
Guess we’ll just have to wait and see what’s what. Could it be that Olive Garden intended to pull the ads, but then saw what kind of lunatics they were appeasing by doing so?
If they DO pull their ads, I would love to say that I’ll no longer eat at the Olive Garden, but that would be the equivalent of saying absolutely nothing will change in my life. However, I’m sure the 15 crazies rallying outside David Letterman’s studio will be first in line to order the next helping of something that resembles fettucini alfredo while the rest of us will probably choose to go to a less politically challenged establishment and order something that not only looks like Italian food, but tastes like it as well.
The original statement first reported by Politico as coming from Sherri Bruen, the Olive Garden’s guest relations manager, was:
“there will be no more Olive Garden ads scheduled for ‘The Late Show’ with David Letterman in this year’s broadcast schedule… We apologize that Mr. Letterman’s mistake, which was not consistent with our standards and values, left you with a bad impression of Olive Garden.”
Apparently John McCain, Sen Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and the Republican-parading-around-as-an-Independent/Democrat Joe Lieberman (I-Conn) ate at their beloved Olive Garden during the campaign. Much to the delight of staff and owners.
Perhaps Olive Garden is to Italian Food what McCain/Palin is to American Politics. Draw your own conclusions.