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. Chris

    Can't wait for when Bristol takes over for Snooki on Jersey Shore.

    June 20, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  2. NOVA703

    This is all old "news", so to speak. Yawn.

    June 20, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  3. scottye

    I guess we can expect more Palin PR from CNN. She looks nice with her plastic surgery done.

    June 20, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  4. Emmittkitty

    Too bad she felt reality TV using her son as the prop was the best way to make a living...all the drama and celebrity without having to actually work or demonstrate talent. Yep, a real role model...geez.

    June 20, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  5. Mancy Graice

    Please make it stop. Even Mancy Graice can't take any more.

    June 20, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  6. Jack from Illinois

    Why does CNN never seem able to spot the obvious setup?

    June 20, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  7. newsjunkie50

    I like the Palin famiy. And I really liked Sarah Palin's Alaska.

    June 20, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  8. tesor

    Another useless show.

    June 20, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  9. Norm

    Gee....sounds real entertaining Lifetime.
    You know the show is going to be canceled when Bristol's own sister leaves because it's so boring.
    This is just Sarah junior screaming "Look at me...look at me...."

    June 20, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  10. NewGawker

    Who knew she'd turn out to be a terrible person and mother.

    June 20, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  11. fryuujin

    PLEASE STOP THE INSANITY! no more kids, shows or "news" from the Palins or the world will be full of short bus goofs like Bristol and the mamatard Sarah.

    June 20, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  12. fred

    Well, sweetie, when you put your dumb self out in public, with cameras around, you have to expect this sort of thing. You have, due to your mindless self-promotion and greed (can't imagine who you learned THAT from), accepted this possibility. You won't find pity from most of us. Obama takes more crap every day than you do.

    June 20, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  13. Gemini

    Liberal heads!....Exploding!! yess!

    June 20, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  14. pattysboi

    And little miss bristol proves that the apple doesn't fall very far from the tree. Bristol, take your kid and go home to mommy.

    June 20, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  15. Nemesis

    Like Snookie and the Kardashians, what exactly does she bring to society? Less than the other two. At least they didn't need their mommys to get them on TV.

    June 20, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  16. sqeptiq

    Another useless "celebrity," which is just another way of saying someone who is famous for being famous and not for any accomplishment.

    June 20, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  17. notahistorianbut

    When are the palin's going to go away? Didn't like the mom, daughter's a hypocrite. Feel sorry for the son.

    June 20, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  18. Ricky L

    That's a brawl???

    We might as well give up using words as a means of communication.

    June 20, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  19. LJ

    The Life-Time Channel has definitely lowered its standards. So very sad. Reality TV is nothing but dramatized crap. What is next? Kris Kardashian & Sarah Palin: American Mother Pimps! As long as the networks throw big money at these dweebs, and the American public continues to watch this crap, we will no longer see anything of substance on tv.

    June 20, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  20. sqeptiq

    This show is just more proof of the apocryphal quote of Barnum, to wit, "there's a sucker born every minute." Look how long Jerry Springer has been around and some knuckle draggers won't miss an episode of Judge Judy. Although in both cases, most of them are under 18 years of age.

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

    My god this country is full of morons!

    June 20, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  22. just askin

    i'll only watch it if there is full frontal nudity....

    June 20, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  23. Jcraw

    I watched it – that guy called Bristol – "Dude'. Is that what gay men call women these days?

    June 20, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  24. Sirned

    The palin family hates the lame street media...Lol. Sure they do Even Todd's on reality T.V....I am ashamed for my country that I love so so much....what's wrong with us? I mean really! And what's wrong with CNN in promoting a Palin reality show by writing this article...?

    June 20, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  25. Obama 2012

    I rather look at reruns of the Beverly Hillbillies!

    June 20, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
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