September 29th, 2010
08:40 AM ET
8 years ago

Mystery solved: Palin not booed

(CNN) - The big question surrounding Sarah Palin's appearance on "Dancing with the Stars" has been answered.

The former Alaska governor was in fact not booed on the ABC program.

Following a string of media reports questioning whether the studio audience gave Palin a frosty welcome when she was introduced, ABC released raw footage showing the boos were in fact directed toward judges who had - moments earlier - given contestants Derek Hough and Jennifer Grey an "8" for what the crowd believed was a better performance.

The speculation was spawned when, during the show's original airing, off-camera boos were clearly audible immediately before host Tom Bergeron began his interview with Palin. The former GOP vice presidential nominee was in the crowd to watch daughter Bristol compete.

"There's booing in the ballroom. We don't know why," Burke said then. Grey then asked, "Why is there booing?" before the camera cut to Palin and Bergeron.

Bergeron himself told ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Monday the boos were prompted by scores for Grey's performance and not Palin's presence. "They felt that Jennifer got screwed, that she should've gotten nines," he explained.

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soundoff (134 Responses)
  1. DW

    Someone explain how this is important enough to report?

    September 29, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  2. That's CNN

    Not a big Palin fan, but way to run with a non-story, CNN. Whatever happened to due diligence before reporting on something? CNN used to not be a tabloid.

    September 29, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  3. TPF

    I don't care what lies they are telling about the boos, they were for Palin and they will be even louder outside of her protective shield of people when she gets out in the real world. She hasn't heard anything yet. The boos were definitely for her and it was so obvious it's pathetic She tried to make a funny joke about it but it was not working and the BOOS were for real.
    She will be booed at all the rallies she attends and it will be quite noticeable, and there won't be any judges scores to lie about.
    She is the one and only reason McCain lost the election. She is an idiot and she is the only one that doesn't know it.

    September 29, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  4. 2+2=5

    Who's the celebrity now hunny?! Contradict yourself a little more please. As far as the booing, what else is new, with so much manipulation in the media who knows these days, for one thing, I can't imagine a bunch of elitists enjoy her company anymore. If this woman would keep her mouth shut about things she doesn't understand, maybe all this criticism wouldn't be happening. Not to mention everything else. oop, and there's the gun propaganda, yay.

    September 29, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  5. CM in Canada

    So now "Mrs. Palin's" good name and reputation is restored. I'll be someone was ready to strike a committee to look into this. You just don't get it.... this is what is wrong with America.

    September 29, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  6. afp

    Good job CNN on getting to the bottom of this most important story. Now you can move onto other important stories like how Lindsey Lohan will cope in jail and what she is doing while out on bail. And don't forget getting the latest scoop on 'Octomom'.

    The world is passing you by, CNN, while you cover crap and call it news. You have a duty to the public as a serious (?) news organization and you have become an epic fail.

    September 29, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  7. Amazed

    If you believe that official version of events after watching that video I have oceanfront property in Arizona that I would love to sell you......

    September 29, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  8. Jack in Des Moines, IA

    I told you so.

    September 29, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  9. Truthwillsetyoufree

    Mystery? I thouhgt it would be obvious.... I boo her every day.

    September 29, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
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