Justin Bieber leaves the 'Late Show with David Letterman' at Ed Sullivan Theater on June 20, 2012 in New York City. …
A recent interview between late-night legend David Letterman and teenage pop wonder Justin Bieber was, in many ways, one of the more painful moments in television. Now, in an unconventional twist, the elder entertainer has apologized to Bieber for the disrespect.
Sitting down with Letterman on Thursday, soon after his album "Believe" was released, the 18-year-old singer showed off his brand-new tattoo of the album's title on his right arm. Letterman, 65, immediately began mocking it, asking "How does that help how you look to have a tattoo?" and even attempting to physically rub it off.
At that point, Bieber protests "Eh! Eh! Eh! Eh!" to save his tender skin, joking that it's "the Canadian in him." That's not the only Canadian trait he uses in the interview -- Bieber is surprisingly forgiving during Letterman's endless teasing, which ultimately ends with the host insulting the singer's Canadian high school education. Bieber even gives him a silent fist pump to sign off, though it was less than enthusiastic. His parents may let him get tattoos, but they clearly taught him that if you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything at all.
Letterman later apologized for being "snappish" -- which is Grinch-speak for "my producers are mad at me and we need young girls to watch the show."
Watch the cringeworthy interview below:
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