August 10th, 2010
08:47 AM ET
4 years ago

Johnston running for Palin's old job in reality show

Levi Johnston wants to be the star of a new reality show that will profile his campaign to be mayor of Wasilla, Alaska.
Levi Johnston wants to be the star of a new reality show that will profile his campaign to be mayor of Wasilla, Alaska.

(CNN) – Levi Johnston wants to run for Sarah Palin's former job – with cameras watching him at every step.

Stone & Company Entertainment confirmed to CNN that it is actively shopping a show that will feature Johnston seeking his former almost-mother-in-law's old post as mayor of Wasilla, Alaska.

The show, to be called "Loving Levi: The Road to the Mayor's Office," will feature the trials and tribulations of America's most famous teen dad as he enters the world of politics while continuing to dabble in Hollywood, Stone also confirmed.

First reported by Variety, the company confirms it is already shooting the pilot and is shopping it to several networks.


When the show was first floated to Johnston – who recently broke off his engagement to Palin's eldest daughter, Bristol, for the second time – he wasn't thrilled with the idea of following in the former Alaska governor's footsteps.

"But the more I think about it and look into it, I think there's a possibility we can make it happen," Johnston told Variety. "It's something that I want to do."

That it might.  The former mayor of Wasilla, Verne E. Rupright, won in a 2008 runoff election with a total of 466 votes.  The next mayoral election won't be held until 2012, but Johnston may seek a seat on the city council in the meantime.

Johnston also told Variety he hopes the show exposes his true character.

"It's hard to figure me out," he said. "You've got to follow me around. I'm very different. I lead a crazy life. But it will basically be both worlds, my life in Hollywood and back home, the real country boy that I am."


Filed under: 2012 • Alaska • Levi Johnston • Sarah Palin
soundoff (181 Responses)
  1. GL

    Unbelievable, just image if these Palin clowns were in the White House, Levi would be a nightmare and embarrassment. Bristol and Levi would problem have been married and they would have been the laughing stock because we all know what young love do to a family. They all belong in the funny farm.

    August 10, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  2. Augsbee

    You have to feel sorry for this poor kid, he's so dumb, no concept of reality, no responsibility to his baby, doesn't like a father, leads a crazy, irresponsible life and he actually thinks he could be the mayor of a city????? he should think about making friends withJon Gosselin, another loser to his children.

    August 10, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  3. Priscilla

    Have any of you EVER seen such enormous ego's in any family in your lives??? Such want and need for notoriety and greed? This kid can't even put two words together! On Larry King, when asked about not being able to spend time with his son, Levi said something along the lines of "yeh, I want to be able to do stuff with my son like father's do, you know, stuff." Dear heaven, Alaska, surely you have qualified candidates for government positions within your state, Please, bring them on so we can finally not have to hear from these pathetic people ever again!!

    August 10, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  4. sue

    There goes that Theme from Peyton Place in my head again.

    August 10, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  5. deb

    And the show continues. This is beyond stupid, but then again, the whole family is a nightmare.

    August 10, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  6. CK in MN

    The entire lot are attention seeking trash!

    August 10, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  7. GL

    I guest he figure if Sara Palin, the quitter, can be the Mayor why can he. This just go to should us the world today have little regards to public office. Why not let anybody with out a brain run our state?

    August 10, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  8. Scott in NH

    If this guy gets elected Mayor, its time to dump Alaska and re-outfit our schools with 49 star flags.

    August 10, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  9. Geoz

    Clearly anyone can do it. Why not Levi?

    August 10, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  10. David in NC

    Talk about starving for attention. Isn't his 15 minutes just about up? He hopes this show exposes his true character? He doesn't have any character! He's a no-talent bum who wouldn't be a blip on the radar screen without Sarah Palin.

    August 10, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  11. Beachline

    Alaska, Alaska, the beautiful state-what did you do to be beseiged by the "Palin Saga" ?? There are so many educated, intelligent people in Alaska but, we are stuck with these dummies. Will wonders never cease?

    August 10, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  12. Jo-Jo

    Is it possible to not write ANYTHING about this clown. Isn't his 15 minutes long over???? All he wants is the press–good or bad. Reminds me of some discipline problems you have in teaching elementary school. (Any kind of attention is better than none.) So, Media, how is Levi Johnston news???

    August 10, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  13. Diane

    I'm so glad to see that this kid intends to bug the cr@p out of Sarah Palin for as long as he can! I hope he sticks in her side for as long as she stays in the limelight and simply drives her crazier than she already is! She bugs the you know what out of me, so I'm sure glad turnabout is fair play...I say 'You go Levi"!!!!! And BTW, Sarah, just deal with it....you deserve the misery of Levi!!!! HA! HA! HA!

    August 10, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  14. rhumba

    Yep. Better than fiction. You can't make up stuff this good.

    August 10, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  15. Slow-brains

    Interesting... I'm loving this young man already... He's the de facto leader of the GOP – being the only person whose ring Palin would gladly kneel to kiss – he holds her 'destruct' button and he'll press it – he will when she starts to bore him....

    August 10, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  16. Lorraine

    This boy has lost his way...he needs to get a real job. Do they have a Safeway in Wasilla? Bag boy would be a good start.

    August 10, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  17. Michael

    that trailer-trash (Levi and the Palins) sure know how to exploid the stupidity of the American public.
    Making millions without working.
    The real fools is the public.

    Can't call them stupid anymore because they make the most out of it.
    Realitiy-shows suck and are as fake as the name says.
    Only stupid people watch them or Sponge-boob or American dad or Homer.

    August 10, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  18. Michael in Houston

    This would be the most ridiculous and laughable thing I think I have ever heard if it were not for the fact that it is without a doubt the most profoundly insulting thing I have ever heard.

    Do they think we are this easily entertained? This interested in a teenage boy from Alaska?

    This Palin crew if offensive at every level imaginable.

    August 10, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  19. Helen

    As a staunch supporter of Sarah Palin, I am appalled at the amount of publicity given to this young man as the result of the trust given to him by the Palin family. The young mother of his child is blessed with the loyal, devotion of her own family. What is this guy's problem? Does he not have parents who must be embarrassed by his creating such adverse noteriety for himself. Because of his lack of character, he will eventually fade out of the picture–hopefully sooner rather than later.

    August 10, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  20. OKx3

    He's likely more qualified.

    August 10, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  21. Rick

    I will boycott any network that picks this up....What an attention starved moron. He really is too stupid to offer anything to society.

    August 10, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  22. Jeff

    Just plain idiotic and depressing....

    August 10, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  23. Michael

    will the show be on Faux too?

    August 10, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  24. doug

    What would be great is to take a whiny, stuck up, elitist, helpless lib from the NorthEast and plant them in Alaska. Then watch as they can't survive on their own and cry about how Bush is making it so cold and Cheney is making them hungry.

    I'd also like to take an awesome human being from a red area where they are filled with love, compassion, honesty, and decency, and plant them in some mean, selfish, hate-filled lib area.

    The people who watch these shows would learn a lesson that would save our nation, now that's a good show!

    August 10, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  25. Tom Carnesi

    This punk needs grow up before he can take on any adult responsibilities. Governor, what a joke, he cannot even take care of his own responsibilities as a sperm donor. What a looser.... Thomas, Torrance, CA

    August 10, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
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