Bristol Palin defends mom during reality show premiere
June 20th, 2012
02:13 PM ET
2 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. DOug

    Who cares about the trivial doings of ignorant trash?

    June 20, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  2. Dave

    Extremely sad the way the media and the left tried everything they could to destroy this family.
    Of course, going on so-called reality tv is her own fault and adds fuel to the fire

    June 20, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  3. Paqrat137

    Darn right there are no comments yet, why waste the time like I just did.

    June 20, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  4. Alex in Wisconsin

    White trash bar fights usually involve the quote, "Don't you talk about my momma!"

    June 20, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  5. MaryM

    lol Law suit in the works. bye bye Bristal, just trash like your mom

    June 20, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  6. Getoverit

    Ready on the left? Pounce!

    June 20, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  7. phyllis

    Bristol needs to go home, with her child, and stay there..........These people need to find a job, and leave the rest of us alone............Please stay off of the TV...............Peace out..........

    June 20, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  8. That Guy

    Who cares?! Why does everything Bristol Palin says make the ticker. Can I have my 15 seconds back for having read this?

    June 20, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  9. ReaganDem

    Pathetic and contrived.

    June 20, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  10. K3Citizen

    Sarah really does deserve to be verbally attacked. Bristol is where she is because her mother was rushed into the spotlight before anyone had a chance to check for defects. It turns out those major defects cost her her job as governor. America deserves better than the Palins. Their life is like a super long episode of the Jerry Springer Show.

    June 20, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  11. snowdogg

    Yet another episode in a long saga of a loser.

    June 20, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  12. RMJ

    "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."

    Gee...there's a reason to stay.

    June 20, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  13. Evil Hollywood Liberal

    Hmmmm... let me fix that headline for ya: Single mother in Bar Fight. Stay Classy, Bristol.

    June 20, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  14. Allen Hussein

    Unwed mother at 17, reality show attention junkie getting into bar fights at 21, a real textbook case of Repblican family values. Willow made the smart choice in leaving her drama queen sister behind and getting on with her own life.

    June 20, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  15. Scrumby

    Thanks, CNN, for presenting this highly informative and important "news" story under Political Ticker (not).

    June 20, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  16. ARALE NORIMAKI

    Sarah Palin is a complete idiot and an American embarrassment. she is a joke, a laughing stock. It's entertaining. Sarah Palin is mean spirited and completely phony, a quitter, and an imbicile.

    June 20, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  17. hendricksj

    Is this a news website, or just another advert for reality television? Please, might we stick to newsworthy and socially relevant articles, and allow the Palins to slide back into obscurity?

    June 20, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  18. v_mag

    The Palin family is partly responsible for the trailer-trashing of America.

    June 20, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  19. palintwit

    I think I just threw up a little in my mouth.

    June 20, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  20. bill orlando fl.

    let the hate begin.

    June 20, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Wow, I'm at a loss for words. Does she have a REAL job? I know, it's a rhetorical question.

    June 20, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  22. tj

    White trash daughter. White trash Mom. Probably even rejected by the KKK.

    June 20, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  23. Ione

    Why does the public continue to pay attention to this low-life family?

    June 20, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  24. Andrew

    Probably staged for attention, like their entire life.... Keep on makin mommy relavent...

    June 20, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  25. Nemesis

    Stay in school kids, or you could end up on a reality show that gets canceled too.

    June 20, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
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