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. saywho

    What a waste of energy resources.

    June 20, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  2. Hap

    Cut her a break, look who her Mother is. She's damaged goods through no fault of her own and needs counciling. I agree with the guy in the bar, but again this is a kid trying to make a buck off the fame that was thrust upon her. Not a stupid moron like her Mom who should know better.

    June 20, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  3. TPF

    The Palin's need to stop trying to scam the Americans. We all have their number and it's only about money.
    There is no intelligence found in that family. I quit watching FOX network when they hired Palin.

    June 20, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  4. Kyla

    Good I hope they beat the crap out of her then she won't open her mouth again.

    June 20, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  5. BK

    Just good old trailer trash......She appeals to all the beer drinkin, NASCAR watchin, pot-bellied, middle-aged D students out there.

    June 20, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  6. lolo

    For people who do not like the liberal media they sure love to put their life of stupidity on TV for everyone to laugh at. Only dumb and dumber will watch these idiots.

    June 20, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  7. scott

    It would have been a brawl if someone had punched that bald guy in the face. It was really just a bitter old man shouting obscenities.

    June 20, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  8. Niuhc

    "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!"
    Aaaahhhh yes, the intellect and class demonstrated by the left.

    June 20, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  9. freigedanke

    i have the utmost respect for john mccain but i will NEVER forgive him for unleashing this dysfunctional redneck family upon us. jeeeezzzzzzzzz! NO, i don't read all the crap about them but the headlines stand out. let's forget these parasites.

    June 20, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  10. Doc_Hollywood

    Sounds like she wants her little sister to be a babysitter while she goes out to the bars and drinks in the luster of the cameras and attention the show brings. She should try raising her child instead of playing to cameras. She's like her mother, an egotistical, self-centered person who has no idea what it's really like being a single parent in the real world. I know, I've been there. It ain't easy, baby, and it ain't glamorous.

    June 20, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  11. AgrippaMT

    Once again we are reminded that you can take the girl out of the trailer, but you can't take the trash out of the girl.

    June 20, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  12. DB in HS

    Larry L


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

    Of course you do... I'll bet you also like NASCAR, Bud-Lite, tatoos on your children, and those mufflers that make "yur truk sound reel awsum!". You believe the earth is less than 6000 years old and Fox News is "Fair & Balanced". "Bless your little heart"...

    Larry that is just wrong. It's right on every level make no mistake about it but it is just wrong. 🙂 🙂

    June 20, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  13. slewatha

    Consider yourself a loser if you watch this.

    June 20, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  14. Jon

    My son works behind the camera on reality shows. They are really scripted and have little "reality" contained in them. It's all a set up. Pathetic that Palin has a show based on nothing more than her mother's VP campaign.

    June 20, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  15. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I thought this pertained to her fighting to pass the bar to become a lawyer and now I find it's about this trash brawling in a bar. If I wanted to see a brawl in a bar I'd go to a brawling bar to watch all the trailor trash fight.

    June 20, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  16. V

    Just palin (pun intended) trash! This is not news and it certainly is not Political News. Come on CNN. Leave this crap for FOX to cover.

    June 20, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  17. ObamaUnitl2016

    You can take a Palin out of Alaska, but you can never take the trailer trash out of a Palin.

    June 20, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  18. pockets

    The Palins have found a way to suck money out of the system. They should all go back to Al aska and stay out of sight for the rest of their lives. How is Levi doing?

    June 20, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  19. Gonzoinhouston

    Bristol Palin is the Tanya Harding of politics.

    June 20, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  20. Smeagel4T

    White trash reality TV? Just another confirmation of why I don't watch TV.

    June 20, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  21. dongp71

    I can't believe people will watch that dumb twits show. Let her come here to Connecticut, and I'll give her an earfull. McCain lost the election because most people discovered what an idiot Sarah Palin was, and worried that if McCain happened to die, she would be president. OMG.
    Obama should have sent Palin a thank you note.

    June 20, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  22. ted

    McCain is to blame for being so STUPID to nominate the mom in the first place. Cost him the office. Well, maybe.

    June 20, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  23. Ken in MD

    Yes, it's now official. They will give ANYONE a reality TV show...

    June 20, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  24. Carol

    Why is this story aired again and again? It is very old news (if you can call it "news").

    June 20, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  25. tony

    I wonder when she'll realize that she is just like a TV car race, with everyone watching just to see the big accident . . . .

    June 20, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
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