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Sarah Palin, along with Conan O'Brien, left, and William Shatner on the "Tonight Show."
updated 12/12/2009 4:57:40 PM ET 2009-12-12T21:57:40

Sarah Palin made a surprise appearance on "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien" on Friday — and turned the tables on actor William Shatner.

In recent appearances on the late-night television show, Shatner has adopted a serious pose and recited some of Palin's less serious observations.

He was brought out again Friday to read passages from Palin's blockbuster "Going Rogue." The carefully selected passages included ones about rapper Kid Rock and stalking sheep.

Afterward, it was Palin's turn to read from Shatner's autobiography, "Up Till Now." The former Alaska governor's selections included one in which Shatner talks about visiting an African elephant "in my underwear."

After the readings, there appeared to be no hard feelings. The two left the stage arm-in-arm. Slideshow: Star for 2012?

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    >> thank you.

    >>> sarah palin has been busy promoting her new book "going rogue" but there's always time for late night laughs. palin was the surprise guest on "the tonight show " with conan o'brien last night. guest william shatner was shocked to see palin because he had just finished reading excerpts from his book so palin turned the tables and read from mr. shatner's book.

    >> what made t.j. hooker 's character so interesting was he remembered the old rule of law enforcement . of course i understand you robbed that bank because you have no self-esteem. boom. taste my night stick . my whole being resonated with incredible feeling that i was going to go visit with an elephant on a star lit, moonless night in africa. and i was going to visit that elephant in my underwear.

    >> well, sarah palin received a rousing round of applause from the audience.


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