Bristol Palin defends mom during reality show premiere
June 20th, 2012
02:13 PM ET
6 years ago

Bristol Palin defends mom during reality show premiere

(CNN) – One episode in, Bristol Palin is already delivering the drama.

In her new reality television series, which premiered Tuesday night, the 21-year-old daughter of Sarah Palin found herself in a heated brawl at a Los Angeles bar as she defended her mom against verbal attacks.

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The Lifetime program, "Life's a Tripp," follows Bristol as she works as a summer volunteer in L.A. and takes care of her three-year-old son, Tripp.

Bristol, however, is no stranger to TV crews. Her family was the focus of a TLC program, "Sarah Palin's Alaska," and Bristol herself participated in the popular series, "Dancing with the Stars," in which she finished third place.

This time, the new hour-long program places the spotlight entirely on Bristol, who rose to instant fame in 2008 when her mom was tapped as Sen. John McCain's running mate and her family revealed that Bristol, then 17-years-old, was pregnant.

In Tuesday's debut episode, Bristol moves into her friend's L.A. home - in which Bristol takes special note of the numerous bidets - and goes out with a couple of friends to a Western-themed bar.

Drama begins to unfold, however, when her friends convince her to ride a mechanical bull and a man from the crowd shouts out a lewd remark.

"Did you ride Levi like that?" he yelled, referring the father of Bristol's child, Levi Johnston. "Your mother's a whore."

As a fuming Bristol storms over to the man, cameras and lights in tow, she mutters under her breath, "Watch this." She confronts the individual, who appears to have had a few too many drinks, and asks why he made the comments.

The man continues to throw jabs, calling Bristol's mother "the devil" and accusing her of being unable to speak in a "complete sentence."

Bristol, meanwhile, demands a concrete example to back up his claims, at one point asking if he was mad because he was a "homosexual."

"Pretty much," he responds.

The scrum escalates into a profanity match - mostly driven by the man and his friend - and Bristol's group is quickly escorted out of the bar.

Emotionally distraught, Bristol then calls her best friend, Gino, back in Alaska and tearfully retells the incident. She admits she wants to go home.

While strolling in the grocery store the following day with her sister, however, Bristol acknowledges that she's "over it," despite the fact that video from the tiff had already spread on YouTube.

The rest of the episode follows along as Bristol adjusts to Los Angeles and starts her first day of volunteer work with the group, "Help the Children." She also takes the time to have brunch with Mark Ballas, her dancing partner in "Dancing with the Stars."

During their meal, Ballas asks about Bristol's mom and reveals that Sarah occasionally sends him text messages.

"She's so sweet," he adds.

But the episode ends with Bristol again growing distressed when her sister Willow, who seems bored out of her mind, decides to go back to Alaska.

While trying to convince her to stay, Bristol makes the case that she'll have a hard time finding someone else to take care of her toddler son if Willow leaves.

"Our own friends sell stories about us," Bristol says. "You think some random babysitter's not?"

Ultimately, Willow flies back home.

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soundoff (291 Responses)
  1. debbie

    Sounds like a lame scripted event for a lame show. She's volunteering for the summer?? How 'bout gettin a job? Oh wait, those republicans have stalled the economy. Maybe mommie can help her.

    June 20, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  2. Mr 1% the "VULTURE CAPITALIST BUSINESSMAN" will outsource all the poor, disabled, unemployed and elderly, to China and sell America to the highest bidder!

    Is any one still listening to the unwed, high school drop out Tundra?

    June 20, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  3. once upon a horse

    and this is on Political Ticker beause???? Sorry CNN but this really belongs on a gossip page.

    June 20, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  4. asifyoucould

    A fame-wh0relike her mom. Gross family

    June 20, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    Just like her loud-mouthed unlady-like bullying mother - starting fist-fights.

    June 20, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  6. asifyoucould

    Fame-seeking like her mom, gross.

    June 20, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  7. Bob

    Brawl implies physical violence.

    June 20, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  8. MDNA = MaDge Not Applicable!


    Barnacle, must be discussing wine coolers and spreading her legs for an unknown number of overnight male campers!

    Hope she does not get "reality" mixed up with one of "abstinence" speeches!

    June 20, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  9. JDT

    she's a loser... when did we become a nation that celebrates these type of people? It's very sad.

    June 20, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  10. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Dang... she's just as pretty as her mom!! Really looking forward to seeing much more of her on the Ticker! Libtards just go bonkers over her too. Make it all that much better.

    June 20, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  11. Mike in Texas

    Reality TV is the least realistic television.

    June 20, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  12. Wake up people

    Why is this news?? Who cares what any of the irrelevant Palins are up to? Come on cnn. You can and have done better than this.

    June 20, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  13. Davis

    I am no fan of the Palin's but those guys were big time d bags. They're going down below just as much as they think Palin is. Dorks.

    June 20, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. DTB

    More class from America's favorite family of hicks

    June 20, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  15. bob

    She's at 14:59 and 59 seconds on the 15 minutes of fame clock.

    June 20, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  16. Dan Halen

    This has to be the most irrelevant person on the planet and CNN is covering this trash why?

    June 20, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  17. PTBarnumboy

    One thing is certain, Bristol is her mother's daughter. She has learned at the feet of the master that every crowd has a silver lining. There is a word for people like these but I'll not use it.

    June 20, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  18. Patrish

    Who in there right mind would watch this crap! and someone is actually paying money to put this show on the air.... pathetic!

    June 20, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  19. GOP = Greed Over People

    Levy, my baby daddy, feverishly inserted, his large, hot, throbbing, and pulsating...

    OOPS, that is the interview about my book, sorry.

    June 20, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  20. WireweirdinSF

    OOOOO, a Palin story for the dope addicts. They have another Republican woman they can demean and degrade in their snarky, condecending way. Just like the incompetent, inept, corrupt, union toady president the worship so. Let that hypocrisy of democrat liberals run wild.

    June 20, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  21. TexaSAM

    Seriously, CNN? This is politcal blog worthy? It's also old entertainment news. And you wonder why your ratings are down the toilet?

    June 20, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  22. GP007

    Can we please be done with the reality TV genre and with anything remotely related to the Palins? I do not know which is worse, the reality genre or those that seek the brand of fame the genre produces.

    June 20, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  23. dashabq

    Shouldn't this be in the "Entertainment" section and not "Politics."

    June 20, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  24. BLKMANinAmerica

    SO what.................u and ur mom need to just shut the pie hole in your faces.

    June 20, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  25. timz

    "The rest of the episode follows along as Bristol adjusts to Los Angeles and starts her first day of volunteer work with the group, 'Help the Children.'"

    Doesn't Bristol already have a child at home that she apparently can't be bothered to take the time to "help"?

    June 20, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
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