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. ART

    What was the weight limit on that mechanical bull anyway

    June 20, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  2. jb1963

    did anyone watch this show? Sounds like it will be off the air before the season ends.

    June 20, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  3. anthony78

    She makes more then probably most of us on this forum.

    Is she smarter?
    Does she work harder?
    Did she pay more dues?
    Is she more talented?

    If you answered "Yes" to any of the following, you have a right NOT to feel insulted.
    The rest of us, well....

    June 20, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  4. 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.

    June 20, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  5. DIANA

    Can you say set up? REally, who would watch this trash and why is this in the Politics section, it should be in the Entertainment section or obscure section. Please someone take her back to Alaska where she belongs. We don't want her here in California.

    June 20, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  6. southern gal out west

    The beer can doesn't fall far from the trailer!

    June 20, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  7. grive

    since when does reality tv become a job. get a real job bristal and your life will be much satisfying

    June 20, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  8. Olderbutwiser

    A quote attributed to John Wayne: Life is hard, it's harder if you are stupid.

    June 20, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  9. bucman

    This show looks like it will run for years. Great story line, strong characters and a sympathetic, brilliant star.

    June 20, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  10. Big Al

    Hooray for Bristol! Hooray for Bristol!

    Bristol, America loves your mother. She is the best. One day she will be president!

    Shout for the GOP! We love Sean Hannity, We love Ann Coulter, We love Rush, We love Michelle Malkin, We love Gary Bauer, We love all far right wing conservatives.

    June 20, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  11. FEDUP

    Uneducated trash. Mommy should be so proud!

    June 20, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  12. Core republican Values

    Everyone loves the accidents at NASCAR, the fights at a hockey game, and the Palins. Who doesn't like the crash and burn?

    June 20, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  13. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    I just remember I'm constipated and have to go take a dump! Well, I'll do so while I listening to the birds sing and enjoying my view of Russia through my window!

    June 20, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  14. georgewashington

    Bristol "the pistol" Palin is so full of – we you know.

    June 20, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  15. Phil

    Lets see the show is about her raising her son, yet involves her going out drinking with friends, riding a mechanical bull and there just happens to be an altercation where there are cameras. Sounds like Republican Jersey Shore. The only reality is that she is on TV everything is script.

    June 20, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  16. Thinkergal

    Do they really expect to have an audience for this?

    June 20, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  17. Terry

    C"mon people, we have more important things to worry about. I hear Alex Trebec is leaving Jeopardy!

    June 20, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  18. Emery

    I'm still waiting to see who cares....oh, that's right – NOBODY. The Palins need to stop straddling a dead horse.

    June 20, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  19. RayJacksonMS

    Why wasn't the unmarried teen welfare mother at home with her child instead of out in bars?

    June 20, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  20. Vic

    She will spend the rest of her life defending her mom and her own stupidity.

    June 20, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  21. Cold_Hard_Facts

    I give the series seven weeks.

    June 20, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  22. LiberaLIowan

    You can take the white trash out of Alaska but.............................

    June 20, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  23. 18E

    Funny how when running for the VP, S Palin and her family railed against liberal Hollywood, and the media.
    No they can't keep themselves away from the media or the entertainment world.

    just goes to show they never say what they mean.

    June 20, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  24. Primal 4 Life

    What loser would watch this show, seriously?

    June 20, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  25. Bristol

    Has Vegas started a line on who the next baby's daddy will be?

    June 20, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
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