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Sarah Palin at that gifting suite: Grabby? Not so much

March 5, 2010 |  9:44 am

Palin leno Oh no she didn't.

That's what Silver Spoon, the company that hosted a pre-Oscars gifting suite attended Wednesday by Sarah Palin, said Thursday about the former governor of Alaska. 

As in, oh no, Palin and company didn't do all those "grabby 'n' whiny" things that were reported by an entertainment gossip site Wednesday evening and spread like wildfire online Thursday and into Friday.

"The stories currently circulating about Governor Palin’s attendance at our event are total fabrications," partner Melissa Lemer said in a statement from Silver Spoon (read it here). [Updated at 11:11 a.m.: Lemer has confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that she issued the statement.]

"We would like an immediate retraction and an apology to The Silver Spoon, its vendors, and
especially to Governor Sarah Palin."

To paraphrase Lemer, who said she personally escorted Palin around the suite: Oh no she didn't demand vendors open early just for her, didn't scoop up 40 sets of headphones, didn't behave like "locusts."

Which is pretty much what this blog, the Ministry of Gossip, reported in the first place.

Just Jared posted a pic Thursday of Willow Palin with her mom, and the Associated Press mentioned the Fox News commentator's $1,700 Red Cross donation -- and what one vendor called her "great skin." The New York Post stayed calm on Friday as well. Palin supporters weren't pleased with the negative reports; non-fans didn't seem as bothered.

Said Lemer: "She never asked for anything but politely accepted the products. The governor and her
family and guests were very gracious and respectful to everyone. We asked and the governor
happily agreed to take a photo with the American Red Cross staff and the staff of The Silver
Spoon. The governor stayed for a total of about 35 minutes, thanked everyone, made an
additional generous personal donation pledge to the Red Cross, and then departed."

The charitable focus of the gifting suite -- such events invite celebrities and media to spotlight luxury products and services -- was to benefit Red Cross efforts in Haiti and Chile.

Sarah's week -- which some have chastised as the equivalent of Levi Johnston's Hollywood presence --  also included a Tuesday appearance on Jay Leno's revamped "Tonight Show," which launched Monday. (Maybe Jay wanted to book the guest least likely to show up with David Letterman?)

Daughter Bristol Palin filmed a scene for ABC Family's "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" on Tuesday, and Sarah reportedly made some rounds pitching an Alaska docudrama with the help of "Survivor," "The Apprentice" and "Eco-Challenge" producer Mark Burnett.

Looks like it's spring break in Wasilla next week -- will the crew stay for the Oscars?

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Sarah Palin talks to Jay Leno on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on March 2, 2010, in Burbank. Credit: Paul Drinkwater / NBC. 

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Sarah Palin meets the enemy -- we mean, cracks jokes and sings -- at winter Gridiron dinner

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Why didn't Oprah ask Sarah about Tina? Oh wait, she did

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