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. Yea right

    They were probably booing her cause she is despicable person.

    September 29, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  2. GMAN

    It was the whirring noise from the air conditioning units

    September 29, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  3. SayWhat

    The mystery that needs to be solved is why CNN is trying to pass off celebrity news (albeit about an extremely minor celebrity) as political news.

    September 29, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  4. John Bly

    What ? This is nonsense.

    I was in that audience, and we were booing Palin.

    September 29, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  5. JB

    Actually, I thought the additional footage made it more clear that the crowd was booing Palin. You can see in the clip that the booing doesn't begin until Tom runs past the camera to sit with Palin for the interview. The audience had been clapping up until that point. During the interview clapping can be heard and then the video cuts to a view of the judges....but none of the audience members behind them are clapping. I'm curious to know why abc is trying to cover something that is rather obvious, so intently.

    September 29, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  6. Marge

    Ha ha ha how much did some body get paid to twist the story around that Palin didn't get booed...Wonder they did not throw rotten eggs at her.

    September 29, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  7. TMV31

    I'll boo her anyway...."BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! SARAH PALIN!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 29, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    Already knew that.

    September 29, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  9. Roger

    Well IF they DIDN'T boo her, shame on them. If anybody ever deserved it it's Palin.

    September 29, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  10. Fenarkleman

    They may not have booed her, but I will. BOOOO!!!!!! Your 15 minutes are up. Time for you and your family to be reunited with obscurity and spare the world the painful ignorance you have inflicted upon us.

    September 29, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  11. Gale

    Gee, and all those hate filled messages from the Dems, were wasted. Oh, well, they will find something else to post their hatred on today!

    September 29, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  12. BL09

    That's too bad that they weren't booing Palin. She deserves it.

    September 29, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  13. Dave

    Typical immature, liberal media. They knew exactly what they were doing when they tried to make viewers think the crowd was booing Sarah Palin. Then they turn around and play dumb. Wel lat least they got THAT part right.

    September 29, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  14. Old Farmboy

    Ain't saying I told you so, but other people are saying "hey, Old Farmboy was right." As the little lady would say... "99.9 percent of the time I'm wrong", but this was my .1 percent....

    Ya'll have a nice day..

    September 29, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  15. idesign

    What left-wing, liberal, socialistic idiot started the rumor that Sarah Palin got booed on DWTS in the first place. You wish.... When are the unintelligent in this country going to wake up and realize that even if you don't dig Palin, many, many people do. Why? Because she's not an elitist snob out of Harvard or Yale and yet she's still a successful millionaire. God bless America. Do you get it now??????

    September 29, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  16. PEC

    I think we need to find the source of this false media report and let them know until they can prove they research their topics better they will not be used as a source. OK that means CNN will not go to Dailybeast or Huffington Post.

    September 29, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  17. Really?

    Aside from the fact that this is news...why would ABC care if the audience chose to boo such an ignorant public figure. Party lines and teabaggers aside...this woman is an idiot that quits the job before it even gets going. Why is she even still a part of the national spotlight? She is absolutely no good for ANY of us...Dem, Repub, left, right, this lady is out to screw you all.

    September 29, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  18. AmFem

    Thank goodness! Now I'll be able to sleep tonight. I wouldn't want this dimwit, money grubbing, limelight stealing, megalomaniac to have her feelings hurt. Now, can we move onto more important things? Such as, Lindsey Lohan and/or Paris Hilton updates? Headline news becomes more disappointing each and every day.

    September 29, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  19. Really?

    This is NOT news by the way...that was however, sarcasm...

    September 29, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  20. Marry

    cnn, PLEASE, give us a break!

    September 29, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  21. Hugo

    Good cleanup ABC... Wouldn't want to jeopardize the GOP right?

    September 29, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  22. Bryan

    Really? Because that's not what I saw or heard. I had the episode recorded and the audience was clearly booing Palin as they were setting up her interview. I watched it several times. Why would the audience boo a score of three 8s? It was the best score of the night! Furthermore, Palin is one of the most disliked politicians in the country. Is it so far fetched that a live audience in L.A. might boo for a few seconds when she appears? Remember, this is a person who avoided large cities on her book tour.

    I feel like I'm in the twilight zone. Why are they bending over backwards and making up stories to deny this happened? Is it so important to ABC not to offend Palin and her supporters?

    Remember folks, you didn't see what you saw. This is what you really saw. There's no need to think for yourself. ABC and CNN can do it for you!

    September 29, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  23. curtther

    Yeah right CNN is using Palin to fool her into running for president so the keep People tune in the impending train wreck. CNN is a BS news outlet and that's being nice.

    September 29, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  24. Random Texan

    Boy, I'm glad CNN got right to the bottom of this pressing issue! That's some awesome in-depth investigative journalism you've got going on there.

    September 29, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  25. Bassman

    Anatomy of a smear: Online liberals make up a lie, The MSM, wanting to believe the worst, picks up that lie with out looking at the truth. In the original video we saw the audience applaud Palin. That did not matter to the media.

    From the day John McCain introduced Sarah Palin to America our media has been on a mission to destroy her. We were told Trig is not her baby. We were told she was unethical. Yet every time another frivolous ethcis complaint against her is desmissed, that is ignored by our media. We were then told she only seeks the spotlight. If that were true why are we not seeing her on the late night talk shows.

    Read the comments here and you will see people that still believed she was booed. It does not matter that boo-gate, like all the other lies, has been debunked. The lie our media told us yesterday has accomplished its mission.

    September 29, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
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