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. bcnu_too

    Who cares? This is not political news or any type of news for that matter. This woman is a moron and if she had been booed she would have deserved it. She is the most disrespectful and vindictive person and runs her mouth constantly and CNN publishes every word that comes out of her hateful mouth. She should stay home and take care of her special needs child. She only mentions him or brings him out for an appearance when she needs more publicity.

    September 29, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  2. Rich

    She was booed. No question about it.

    September 29, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  3. me me me

    i don't believe this about the judge...people wake up this is out and out PROPAGANDA..Palin is a evil witch and im sure she told them if they did not issue a statement like this she was pulling her daughter from the show! people wake up.....

    September 29, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  4. Independent In Albany


    I'm not a Palin fan by any means, but we need to have more civility in our political discussions or risk going the way of Germany in the 1930's.

    September 29, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  5. Gumboz1953

    Oh thank God - we got that cleared up.

    What a shallow nation we have become. Those worried about the November elections - you think it matters who wins? When THIS sort of thing makes news?

    September 29, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  6. drown_the_T_party

    B.S. ... the only mystery is why ABC is trying to cover this up. Booing for "8's" because they should have gotten "9's"... give me a break

    September 29, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  7. Edwin

    Sounds like someone is a bit over-sensitive. Not everything in the world revolves around Palin.

    September 29, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  8. mike

    how come to correction didn't make front page news...

    September 29, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  9. Jay

    I were watching that pathetic show I would have turned it off after I saw this OVEREXPOSED idiot.

    If I were in the audience I would have walked out.

    How sad is it that the majority think this woman is infinitely stupid and she's making millions showing up everywhere way past her 15 minutes.

    Palin, Hilton, Lohan,......intelligent people don't care CNN. Or should I say TrashNN.

    September 29, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  10. John

    Well Saran Palin should be boos because she don't know want she talking about in the first place,and she isn't fit for any office. Even dog catcher.

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

    I sure the Democrates will object to you releasing this story – I'm, frankly, surprised you did!

    September 29, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  12. kcloan

    Anyone who "watched" the show knows what was going on ... this should not have been a NEWS item !!!!!!!!

    September 29, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  13. Russ

    Yeah, Right. The crowd cheered with each 8 as the judges held them up. They didn't boo. They booed when the realized Bergeron had headed over to Palin with his mic. Only then......the scores had already been announced with absolutely no booing. Get real. It was a nice cover up try!!

    September 29, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  14. Kojo

    What a shame CNN. I think this fine organization is descending to the gutter with its reportage. I really cant understading the obsession with Palin. CNN will do anything to let herlook bad but .......................

    September 29, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  15. Nemesis

    Complete and utter ridiculous... I've watched the footage and the show, she was indeed booed coming out on stage. If they were booing at the "8" the team received they would have booed during the whole judges ratings. In fact, there was a 4 second delay before the booing occurred in relation to when the judges were finished. Enough time for Palin to begin walking on stage...She was booed, that's all there is to it. Definitely need to get your facts straight!

    September 29, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  16. charlie from the North

    Wow that's a relief. Thanks for clearing that up.

    September 29, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  17. Anon

    Spin it CNN . . . Spin it. . . No one in the entire country dislikes Sarah Palin, she's our lovable train wreck.

    September 29, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  18. Dan

    They cheered each individual score of 8's, and then decided when they were all tallied that they were unhappy?

    Wow, do a better job getting Sarah boo'd please.

    September 29, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  19. Maine

    wow. this is an amazing lie. why is ABC covering up the fact that she was booed? People in the audience said they were booing Sarah Palin. There is no mystery. This has been well documented. It's amazing that a "news" organization like CNN doesn't do any real investigating...instead they take ABC's corporate statement as fact. Unbelievable

    September 29, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  20. mike

    HA just looked an now its front page!

    September 29, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  21. r

    Well, she was effectively booed. This is just a cover-up by ABC.

    September 29, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  22. ezra

    Um, ya..right

    September 29, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  23. Al

    I think the most clear evidence that Palin wasn't booed was that if she had been, she'd have been all over it on Twitter and the media, blasting ABC, DWTS and left-wing media in general, as she usually does when things don't go her way. The fact she didn't do that suggests she realized the boos – if she even heard them – weren't aimed at her.

    September 29, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  24. mkjp

    then why was the audience cheering when the scores themselves were given?

    September 29, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  25. Sean in AK

    Well it's never too late I guess. Sarah, "Boooooooooo! Go away."

    September 29, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
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