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. ENOUGH!

    These people, the media and the right wing nut jobs have made a mockery and joke of our governmental system!!!! this country has gone to pot with this garbage and i'm sick of it!

    August 10, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  2. Not All Docs Play Golf

    He's just as qualified as she was...the woman was a sportscaster, for goodness sake. Maybe, he too, will run on a platform of Republican "family values." hee hee

    August 10, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  3. Palin is a moron

    Both Palin and Johnston are not the brightest, but I would vote for Johnston over Palin anyday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 10, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  4. Laurie in Spokane

    You can't be serious! People would actually WATCH drivel like this on TV? You'd have to pay me and pay me well to watch even one episode.

    August 10, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  5. Levi is simply copying the master money maker

    Well, he is following Palin's example and doing whatever he needs to do to make the most money for himself. She would be hypocritical to put him down for doing the same thing she does. She quit her job serving the people of Alaska in order to serve her need to make lots of money for herself by saying whatever stupid thing gets her the most attention.

    August 10, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  6. paula

    Can this whole bunch of whack jobs go back to the woods. I am sick to death of all of them!

    August 10, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  7. Joe the plumber

    If the dimwit Palin can do it, then anybody can do it.

    August 10, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  8. John

    We are all getting trier of hearing about Levi Johnston and the Palin and i won't watch this show ether.

    August 10, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  9. Sun52shine

    This boy does not have a high school diploma. Why not feature him going back to school and finishing college?

    August 10, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  10. AEJ

    Only in Alaska can someone without ANY EDUCATION runs for office. It took Levi's "baby mother's" mother, Sarah 7-years to get her degree at 6-different colleges. yet she turned around and got the job of Governor of Alaska.

    Sarah scoffed at the teacher – an educator – because the teacher would advise her to allow her children to get an education. She Sarah cannot identify with educators – yet she wants to be POTUS.

    If Sarah could be governor of Alaska – Levi can. ALL UNEDUCATED. AYTHING WORKS IN ALASKA

    August 10, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  11. Laurie

    He's got to do as well as his ex fiancee's mother did.

    August 10, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  12. LEVI FOR PRESIDENT

    Only in America. Where dumb fox who dont know where russia is can run for presidency.
    Run Levi for US presidency, all it takes is more drama and a little more stupidity.

    August 10, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  13. Mike

    This boy is as crazy as a bed bug.

    August 10, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  14. BD70

    I will never forgive McCain for this.

    August 10, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  15. laurie

    when will the Beverly Hillbillies ever get off the national stage? what an embarassment Mama Grizzly and her crazy family are!

    August 10, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  16. bdm

    shoot, if sarah can do it i don't see why levi can't.

    August 10, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  17. Frank

    This clown is not even reality show worthy.

    August 10, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  18. Hugo

    And you wonder what is wrong with America? How about doing a reality TV show called " I got my legs blown off in Afghanistan or I have three kids and can't get a job", the trials and tribulations of America's middle class struggling against an out of control government spending them into oblivion...

    August 10, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  19. Lori

    At first glance, the idea of having Levi follow Sarah as mayor seems perfect – he has the qualifications: an attention-seeking opportunist. But, actually, he's surely as ready as Sarah to lead the 2012 presidential pack. Levi, don't waste time in Alaska and sell yourself short – the nation needs you now – go for it! We're lovin' it, Levi!

    August 10, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  20. Rachael

    You all can Thank McCain for this Hoopla..........but I bet he would make a better Mayor than Palin......anything would be better than her and that ain't say much........

    August 10, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  21. RAG

    God bless Levi for his constant lampooning of the pompous empty shell that is Sarah Palin. He knows first hand just what a power hungry soulless fake she really is. Bravo!

    August 10, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  22. Bob Dog

    This is delightful news. It will make Mr. Johnston alot of money, but most importantly, make Sarah look like the fool that she is.

    One thing about Sarah, she keep delivering the wonderful entertainment.

    The circus (minus the trapeeze and elephants perhaps) is alive and well in the USA!!

    August 10, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  23. Sam I Am

    Why don't they just set up cameras in a trailer park?

    August 10, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  24. vgal

    Well, why shouldn't he run for mayor. He's got the same qualifications she had – good looks and nothing else.

    August 10, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  25. Andrew

    Put it on a new network called "the garbage channel"...along with Sarah's speeches! What an embarrasment to the Republican Party, and amusement to non-republicans. No matter how much Obama screws up, and continues to fail on his campaign promises, the Palin's have proven consistently that McCain couldn't make good decisions either!

    August 10, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
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