August 10th, 2010
08:47 AM ET
12 years ago

Johnston running for Palin's old job in reality show

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="Levi Johnston wants to be the star of a new reality show that will profile his campaign to be mayor of Wasilla, Alaska."]

(CNN) - Levi Johnston wants to run for Sarah Palin's former job – with cameras watching him at every step.

Stone & Company Entertainment confirmed to CNN that it is actively shopping a show that will feature Johnston seeking his former almost-mother-in-law's old post as mayor of Wasilla, Alaska.

The show, to be called "Loving Levi: The Road to the Mayor's Office," will feature the trials and tribulations of America's most famous teen dad as he enters the world of politics while continuing to dabble in Hollywood, Stone also confirmed.

First reported by Variety, the company confirms it is already shooting the pilot and is shopping it to several networks.

When the show was first floated to Johnston – who recently broke off his engagement to Palin's eldest daughter, Bristol, for the second time – he wasn't thrilled with the idea of following in the former Alaska governor's footsteps.

"But the more I think about it and look into it, I think there's a possibility we can make it happen," Johnston told Variety. "It's something that I want to do."

That it might.  The former mayor of Wasilla, Verne E. Rupright, won in a 2008 runoff election with a total of 466 votes.  The next mayoral election won't be held until 2012, but Johnston may seek a seat on the city council in the meantime.

Johnston also told Variety he hopes the show exposes his true character.

"It's hard to figure me out," he said. "You've got to follow me around. I'm very different. I lead a crazy life. But it will basically be both worlds, my life in Hollywood and back home, the real country boy that I am."

Filed under: 2012 • Alaska • Levi Johnston • Sarah Palin
soundoff (181 Responses)
  1. Amy

    This kid really needs to just go away. Politics are screwed up enough without incorporating the Entertainment industry in them. At least we can all rest easy knowing that his "career" will likely be short lived.

    August 10, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  2. Cari R

    Will this guy ever go away? He is SUCH an IDIOT!

    August 10, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  3. True American

    what i like about this guy versus the palins? ironically, it's because he's not out to make political statements or divide the country using his 15 minutes of fame. he's just happy go lucky raking in the cash. palin on the other hand is using her newfound fame to split the nation and name-call and bring politics down to a highschool jocks and cheerleaders vs. the nerds and the geeks type style of debating.

    go levi. i think he'd make a good mayor.

    August 10, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  4. C Smith

    I can't imagine that he could do a worse job than she did.

    August 10, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  5. Donald Cameron, NC

    Another ignorant TV show forced on us to watch!

    Great candidate – a high school drop-out and unwed teen dad - guess he's following in her footsteps, Wasilla and the whole state should be embarassed by the shenanigans of these publicity-seeking, money hungry fools!

    Let them go back to the backwoods where they belong.

    August 10, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  6. CDT

    Give me a break. Gret a real job and raise your child.

    August 10, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  7. thorgild

    make him go away

    August 10, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  8. s

    This kid needs to go find something else to do. go to college or something, leave us alone. This has got to be some sick joke. He will make a mockery of the state.

    August 10, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  9. Bubba

    And here's the "Family Values" family, out for a spin in their new reality. What will that whacky Palin clan do next to keep the money rolling in? Tune in and see.

    August 10, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  10. Phil Muse

    Have these people no shame?

    August 10, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  11. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    He couldn't do much worse of a job. My understanding is that she left the town with a lot of debt for things that they didn't really need. Does he need to do his own fund raising for a campaign or is the show doing it for him?

    August 10, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  12. Jackson from Rome, GA


    Oh god, I think I'm tearing up from laughing so hard...

    August 10, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  13. shore

    Oh my... this is just disturbing.

    August 10, 2010 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  14. Judy

    I hope he will run as a Democrat and not be a wuss like Palin and the repulsicans. I loved the palin video confronting the lady with the lawn sign. If anybody thinks this woman has a brain they need to see the video and the expression on sarah Pathetics face when the lady tells her she's a teacher after being asked by the bimbo!

    August 10, 2010 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  15. Chris

    Wow. I can only feel sorry for the citizens of Wasilla. Hopefully they will see through this moron and elect someone who can actually do something positive for their community.

    August 10, 2010 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  16. Fed Up

    Give me a break! It seems that he just is a media hog. He definitely has no qualifications for that job.

    August 10, 2010 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  17. Anonymous

    Gee; this Family is full of greedy whackos !!!!!

    August 10, 2010 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  18. Mack

    You have got to be kidding!!! Thank you John McCain!!!

    The people of Arizona need to vote McCain out of office and send him to Alaska to live with these crazy folks. None of them knew there was a world outside of Wasilla before McCain tapped Palin to run with him.

    And Levi is about as limelight hungry as Sarah; maybe more so.

    August 10, 2010 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  19. T'SAH from Virginia

    OMG – is there a RACE to see which one of these "PA'INs in the NECK" will get to the top FIRST!!!!

    After the YOUTUBE film yesterday starring Palin being told she is the "WORST GOVERNOR EVER", and the rolling of her eyes – you will think SHE and the rest of the PWT will go away!!

    Now Levi – in the news – thinking of running for Sarah's OLD JOB!!!!???? That proves that Sarah was NOT good at being a Mayor either if Levi could follow her footsteps!! And DANG – how many votes does it take to be Mayor in AK???? This is a JOKE!!!

    August 10, 2010 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  20. WTF?!

    A sure sign that the apocalypse is upon us.

    August 10, 2010 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  21. Go HOme Sarah

    The Wasilla Hillbillies. The gift that keeps on giving!

    August 10, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  22. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    You've gotta be kidding, right? Well, if Silly Sarah can do it, why can't he. At least Levi looks like he has half a brain....NOT!

    August 10, 2010 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  23. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    He could ride around Wasilla in his camper truck....Twitterin and listenin to NASCAR. This is genius....just what America needs now. Sponsers could be Trojans and Bud Lite...

    August 10, 2010 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  24. Whatever

    OMG what in the world is going on up there in Alaska?? Well if Sarah can do it so can he!! LOL

    August 10, 2010 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  25. Frank LaRocco

    This is a joke. The entire family is a joke.

    August 10, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
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