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. Josh

    "Willow, please don't leave. Who else can I trust to watch the kid I care less about, while I party and make more unwanted babies?"

    June 20, 2012 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  2. rmtaks

    I'm about 90% sure this was staged like all other "reality" TV.

    June 20, 2012 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  3. Erik

    Worst role model ever!

    June 20, 2012 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  4. David Johnson

    With all the envious, moronic, hysterical lefties making comments on this site its little wonder that they have time to work on their projects of occupying Wall Street, trying to find ways to legalize drugs, banning conservative free speech, raising taxes on everyone but themselves, not using deodorant, and suing anyone that tries to create jobs in this country.

    June 20, 2012 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  5. SteveOfTx

    Be nice.

    June 20, 2012 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  6. Melo-D

    As much as Palin rails against the "Hollywood Elite", it sure seems that is her whole famly's goal. Is there really anything lower on the Hollywood food chain than reality TV stars? The whole Palin family are a buch of hypocrits. Have fun watching that train wreck America, I'll pass.

    June 20, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  7. glorydays

    Palins are the new Kardashians.....yuck....

    June 20, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  8. ThinkAgain

    @Teresa: "Maybe she needs to stay home and take care of her child instead of barhopping and expecting someone else to care for her child."

    Monkey see, monkey do. Her mother obviously didn't raise her with morals that she was fooling around with Levi and got pregnant at 17. And her mother certainly doesn't spend much time with Trig (whom she left 5 days after his birth to return to work).

    June 20, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Is this what passes for entertainment in America? Following around a no talent moron so we can see exactly how lacking in any meaningful skill or ability she is? Don't we have enough of those already? Sad for our culture.

    June 20, 2012 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  10. captain tommy

    I'm no fan of Sarah Palin. but I support Bristol in this unwarranted attack.

    June 20, 2012 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  11. Montello

    Reality TV has reached a new low. I thought that "Lizard Lick Towing" defined the bottom – a true zero – but Bristol has proved me wrong. Why does the media insist on resurrecting these losers over and over – why not let them go back to Possum Bottom or wherever they came from and let us forget them?

    June 20, 2012 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  12. Yukio

    Why does this women have a TV show, and why do we care?

    June 20, 2012 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  13. Orwell sees it, again & again

    Her mother is not a who're, she never money.
    But they are both feisty pitbulls wearing lipstick.

    Sarah ain't the devil. The family is in league with the devil, which is a big difference.
    Plus everyone knows they are not smart enough to be the devil.
    That backwoods hick should have figured that out!
    What state did he come from? Alaska? Tennesse? Texas? Mississippi? Florida? A red state?

    Bristol, stay focused on the money. It is only about power, status and money.
    Let the devil handle the rest. Growl and bark at them next time, bite off some flesh for a photo op.

    June 20, 2012 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  14. skwirrl

    Sounds like a bunch of dumb libs in here who don't realize Palin was right about how close Russia is to Alaska. A good swimmer with a wet suit can swim to Russia from Alaska, a kid that needs glasses can see it.

    June 20, 2012 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  15. Dennis

    A nice, young, white Christian girl walks into a bar......................

    June 20, 2012 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  16. Slightly Left of Center

    @ Gonzoinhouston
    Bristol Palin is the Tanya Harding of politics.
    Yes, except Harding was a very talented skater before she screwed up.
    Palin? Just screwed up and displays no talent.

    June 20, 2012 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  17. BigdaddyUSA

    Hey, it's baby bimbo. Just like her mother sucking money from stupid people. Get a job.

    June 20, 2012 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  18. Senior Citizen

    If I recall she didn't want to get back with Levi because he wanted her to appear in a Reality TV Show with him. Typical Republican hypocrat. Anything to get attention and . I feel sorry for her son. Sad................

    June 20, 2012 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  19. GOP = Greed Over People

    So, to recap, Bridlepath wants Wildflower to come to AZ and care for 3 year old Trigger while she partakes of a reality show about helping others, which apparently is filmed in a gay bar in L.A. which has a mechanical bucking "horse"?

    What inquiring minds really want to know, is can the bucking horse also perform "dressage"!

    June 20, 2012 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  20. Carolyn

    Reality tv is disgusting by itself but "news" about reality tv is an abomination.

    June 20, 2012 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  21. Donkey Party

    Barstool and Sarah... proving the berry never falls far from the dingle.

    June 20, 2012 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  22. Margaret

    Sounds like a fascinating program, maybe I will watch. Oh wait, I don't TV. Thank God!

    June 20, 2012 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  23. Jack V

    With folks like these dragging the nation's collective IQ down, I wonder why any thinking person would want to be a Republican?

    June 20, 2012 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  24. 100 % ETHIO

    Hey, we were using you to escaped the bad time. But now, that bad time is gone and you came back?

    Come-on, we got the real Presidential elections going on, like a Supper Ball match. Please, stay behind the curtain. Don't fool around.

    June 20, 2012 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  25. John

    Can we move this post to the entertainment section, not the political section please?

    June 20, 2012 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
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