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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soundoff (148 Responses)
  1. citizenUSA

    Well how politically correct of producer Howard Green. Problem is he's full of crap and he knows it. The article describes exactly what my wife and I saw. If there is no other explanation for the booing, the most reasonable answer must be true. I think Stephen Hawiking would put it that way. ABC either made the audience be quiet when the cameras got on Palin or they stopped out of politeness but since the audience could not tell so easy that the cameras were on Palin, that possibility seems unreasonable. ABC ignoring it makes it seem Palin was the reason for the booing just as much as if they tried to come up with some lame excuse. It's OK to boo someone but in the proper forum. It was disrepectful.

    September 28, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  2. Nancy

    Get your facts straight CNN Political Unit; the reason the audience was booing was because of Jennifer Grey's score after her wonderful performance which was right before they introduced Sarah Palin. I'm not even a Palin supporter but it was obvious to anyone who actually saw the show that the booing came as a result of Grey's score. This article: FAIL.

    September 28, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  3. John from Toronto

    Sarah Palin is such a disgusting woman, it amazes me that you Americans support her stupidity and arrogance. Shame on you all!!!

    September 28, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  4. W.G.

    I´d like to BOOO her also

    September 28, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  5. cel

    I hope they threw stuff at her, too. I mean, the woman just never shuts up with her quasi-religious crap and won't go away. She didn't finish the job she had as Gov of AK , has made herself rich hyping herself and is setting up a run for president in 2012 all at other people's expense. Enough already, go away Sarah.

    September 28, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  6. Denise

    This story is so far off – Tom actually interviewed Sarah Palin before Bristol even danced. And I am guessing the booing for was for the lower scores that Bristol received since the audience as well as myself was thinking they should have been higher. I think CNN needs more acturate writers.

    September 28, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  7. Maryann - Orlando FL

    Tom Bergeron tweeted last night that the audience WAS NOT booing Sarah Palin, they were booing the scores that Jennifer and Derek received.

    Unless he's lying! LOL!

    September 28, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  8. Patsy, Texas

    First, it was not Bristol's debut. "Mama" didn't bother to show up for the debut. So what if she was booed. It is time she
    crawled out from behind Faux News and faced the reality that not all of us adore her. In fact, most of us want her to go
    away.

    September 28, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  9. bfranklin

    Why would we expect more from democrats? Booing a parent at an event supporting her child? Classy democrats, very classy. I keep hearing how republicans are the party of hate. Really? Look in the mirror dems.

    September 28, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  10. Derek

    Probably because she has no place in politics or on TV. If they keep using people like Bristol Palin they need to change the name of the show to "Dancing with morons in the News". Her mother was as vapid as usual with her nasally dumb voice.

    September 28, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  11. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    You have to expect that kind of reaction when you go into an "unprotected" environment.
    Without making sure that everyone in the crowd is your "friend," you run the risk of getting booed.

    September 28, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  12. Maurice

    Booooooooooooooooooooooo! and that was for Sarah Palin

    September 28, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  13. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    This is hilarious. I'm sure they were booing Silly Sarah. They're lucky I wasn't in the studio audience. I would've had to been dragged out of the place.

    September 28, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  14. Peace

    She got what she was after for. Instead of staying home and take care of the young ones especially that poor boy who needs special attention, she is roaming around with dancing with stars. It is not a good example of parenting!

    September 28, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  15. Honestly!

    Of course they were boo-ing her! I mean....helllllloooooo!

    September 28, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  16. Riley

    There are idiots everywhere – especially at Danciing with the Stars. So, if they were booing at her, shame on them, but I can expect it from that crowd. BTW, Obama gets booed everyday.

    September 28, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  17. Brian

    Maybe they booed her right when she arrived, just before going on camera? Duh.

    September 28, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  18. jeking1961

    CNN, what an outright lie; typical of a left-leaning mouthpiece. The audience booed the low scores Jennifer Grey, who danced prior to Bristol P alin, received. When the host of DWTS sat down with Gov Palin, the audience clapped. Your credibility as a reliable news source has slid so far down, I'm wondering if you'll ever return to journalistic integrity. Personally, I doubt it.

    September 28, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  19. frizzy

    How rude. If the audience actually booed Sarah Palin then shame on them. This is an entertainment venue not a political one. And the moment belongs to the contestants. Sarah's daughter, Bristol, deserves the respect afforded the other dancers.

    September 28, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  20. Joe

    In any live network TV broadcast, there is something called a "time delay" to keep certain offensive acts and words from being aired. This is what obviously was used to calm the audience down and keep them from booing more. And yes, they WERE booing Palin.

    September 28, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  21. zephyrwinds

    The boos on Dancing with the Stars just show the caliber of the people who did that. You would never find a decent human being with any class booing anyone who just came to watch their daughter dance. Politics had no place at Dancing with the Stars and those who did it just show what trash they are. This kind of people have no respect for themselves or anyone else and simply show their ignorance of how to act in normal society.

    September 28, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  22. Jess C

    It this all that surprising? Not too many more deserving than that attention-seeking know nothing.

    September 28, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  23. LAP

    Seriously?? They were Booing the low scores, not Palin. Anything to try and cause bad publicity... get real!

    September 28, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  24. bbbrooke

    So now she is a guest commentator? Can be sure I will find something else to do or watch rather than DWTS. It was just a matter of time before she was the center of attention there.

    September 28, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  25. Transparent

    What's that sound? Who is the audience booing? Of couse, it was Sarah Palin–polarizing, lies, and mean-spirited. Boo!

    September 28, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
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