September 28th, 2010
12:50 PM ET
4 years ago

Palin booed on 'Dancing With the Stars'?

(CNN) - It's the question the political world is asking after Bristol Palin's debut on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" Monday: Was her famous mother booed by the live studio audience?

That's what appeared to be the case when boos clearly became audible as questioner Brooke Burke was wrapping up an interview with another contestant on the show.


"There's booing in the ballroom - we don't know why," said Burke.

The show then immediately cut to host Tom Bergeron, who was seen sitting next to Palin, about to interview the former Alaska governor.

"I'm here with guest ballroom commentator Sarah Palin, who joins us from Alaska. Sarah, great to have you here," said Bergeron, making no mention of the boos, which had stopped by the time Palin's face was on camera.

Speaking with the Washington Post, the show's executive producer, Conrad Green, said he wasn't sure why the audience was booing. But he doubted it was for Palin, noting that the audience stopped booing when she actually appeared on camera.

"That's my guess, I can't say for sure," he said.


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  1. Diana Moreno

    Well, easy to settle this mystery. ASK an audience member who was there. They will tell you that it was SP they were boooing. It was very clear to those of us watching.

    September 28, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  2. Retired Army in San Antonio

    So she got booed......big deal.

    If the 1/2 governor can't take the heat..........

    September 28, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  3. Lisa

    They were booing because of the scores given to the contestants Brooke was interviewing.

    September 28, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  4. Kathy

    I'm not a Palin fan however I was watching the show and I believe they were booing on the scores that they had just given the performers, I could be wrong.

    September 28, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  5. Kenneth

    No big mystery, folks. They were booing Palin. I know it's uncomfortable for you to say, but it doesn't take a genius to figure that one out. There are people who actually don't like her.

    September 28, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  6. Jonsie

    They are in New York City, I wouldn't expect polite to happen with a crowd from there!

    September 28, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  7. Jerry

    I watched the show and this story is totally concocted, there was a clearly overwhelming applause and a couple of faint booing kool aid drinkers.

    September 28, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  8. Big George in Big D

    Leave it up to the media to cause a stir!

    September 28, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  9. Debbie

    Seriously????
    This is the poorest excuse for a news article I have ever seen! You're trying to make something out of nothing! The boos were because of the low scores the judges just gave the dancers ahead of Bristol and her partner!!!

    Boo to CNN's Political Unit!

    September 28, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  10. Lazlo

    did they really stop booing or were all the audience mics cut so that people wouldn't hear the booing?

    September 28, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  11. The reality is...

    How clever: say there was booing, show Palin, and suggest they were booing Palin. The executive producer said he wasn't sure why they were booing but DOUBTED it was for Palin. Why not ask those who were booing?

    September 28, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  12. Irma in North Carolina

    May be the audience knew what Bristols Mother is like, nothing but hate and lies and trying to destroy the country. Why couldnt Sarah be there in person.

    September 28, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  13. Angelica

    Palin was booed? Noo

    September 28, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  14. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Granny Sarah Grizzly is not very popular on any other show that doesn't have "Fox" in its title...

    September 28, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  15. Freddy

    They were booing because they were not happy with the scores that the previous dancers got...duh.....It happened later in the show too.

    September 28, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  16. Robin Bray

    The dancing and judging are filmed at separate times. And it is all edited elsewhere. So if anything was left in it was done just for press coverage and ratings. Wise up to how "reality" is made folks. There are no dramatic surprises just a pre-planned fantasy for the public.

    September 28, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  17. mike

    Lets call it as we see it if she wants to open her big mouth and talk about other people in a way that is degrading to get money then she deserves to get booed remember its never about facts but about the pay check and the american voter knows that and what I find sad is the only reason she is on that show is because of what she has done not what she has achieved

    September 28, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  18. Molly

    Sarah handled it w/grace if it was her they were booing. Ignorant people booing her as she's there to support her daughter. Typical left!

    September 28, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  19. lstro

    I would have booed her as well. Welcome to the real world Shara outside of FOX TV where quite frankly, most people find you apalling.

    September 28, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  20. caracats

    They were booing the scores for the couple that was being interviewed NOT Palin. I don't like Sarah Palin but come on this is NOT a news worthy blip.

    September 28, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  21. WMesser58

    Well I was with you when you said they were booing her. Hopefully one day Americans will see her for what she is only thinking of how to profit from her so called celebrity just like the rest of the reality type no talent losers.

    She should go back to “JERRY SPRINGER” where she belongs.

    September 28, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  22. Former Republican - Now Independent

    I suspect the audience did not stop booing, the producer merely had the sound feed cut from the audience to save him from being embarassed.

    September 28, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  23. rta

    i atched the show and despite the spin the producers want to say, the booing was for palin. people might have been disappointed about the jennifer grey's scores but the booing was for palin. it is a disgrace she would even take away the spotlight from her daughter. but you can't expect much from someone so classless.

    September 28, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  24. Grundoon

    Sounds like a smart audience. It's easy to think you are all that when it's just applause from a loving, partisan audience. When you don't get to pick who's there is when the true story is told. Welcome to the rest of the world, Sarah!

    September 28, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  25. Sabindi

    Get this quitter out of the media and back in her small town in the cold dark part of the country where she belongs. I am tired of seeing her face and hearing about her. She is a looser and should be put on the back page.

    September 28, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
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