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Bristol Palin headed back to TV with 'Life's a Tripp' [Poll]

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Bristol Palin is back in the reality-TV game -- and with luck this series just might air.

Palin, 21, has been inked as the lead in "Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp," Show Tracker reported Wednesday. The so-called docuseries will feature "never-before-granted access to Bristol's real-life experiences growing into womanhood," according to Lifetime.

The "Dancing With the Stars" alum and eldest daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin decided to move back to her home state last September after she was challenged over her mom's politics while riding a mechanical bull at L.A.'s Saddle Ranch bar, she told InTouch weekly in January.

"I wasn't really into the Hollywood thing," she said. "After that, I just realized that I was over it. I was ready to come home."

Before that she'd been set to do a reality show with "DWTS" buddy Kyle Massey and his brother Chris, her roommates while she was working at a small L.A. charity. The project never made it onto the Bio Channel.

Though 10 "Life's a Tripp" episodes have been ordered, no air date is set, Show Tracker said. Tripp Palin, Bristol's son with Levi Johnston, was born in 2008.

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Photo: Bristol Palin listens to her mother, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, address the Conservative Political Action Conference on Feb. 11 in Washington. Credit: Mark Wilson / Getty Images


Track Palin is a dad, Sarah is a grandma, Levi's sister is naked

Track Palin with his family in 2008.

Track Palin is a new dad, which makes Sarah Palin a grandmother twice over.

Track, 22, and wife Britta, 21, welcomed a daughter Sunday night, according to Nation Now. The high school sweethearts married quietly in May, with plans for a "long ski weekend" this winter with family and friends to celebrate the wedding. News that Britta was expecting a child leaked in June. The math is up to you. 

"Kyla Grace is great," Elizabeth Hanson, the baby's maternal grandmother, told Radar Online on Monday about the new baby. "She's beautiful." Paternal baba Sarah Palin had no official e-comment as of Tuesday, though she had taken time to weigh in on the whole credit-downgrade thing. 

A twist: The birth announcement came originally from Joe McGinniss, a writer whose rental of the house next door to Palin Central -- it would be his abode while working on a book about the former Alaska governor -- spurred the building of a 14-foot fence by the state's former first family. Probably just coincidental that McGinniss noticed the baby news.

Meanwhile, Mercede Johnston, younger sister of Bristol Palin's baby daddy, Levi Johnston, recently joined the family businesses: posing nude and trashing the Palins.

After Levi paved the way in Playgirl, demurely keeping his naughty bits to himself, Mercede has stripped for Playboy. The four-page photo spread, due Friday, is reportedly accompanied by an interview in which the 19-year-old calls Bristol a "sociopath" and alleges her brother and his future ex-fiancée planned to have a baby and were in fact "trying to conceive for months."

Bristol proved herself no slouch in the name-calling department with her my-life-so-far memoir, which hit stores in June. In it, she said she lost her virginity to Levi Johnston in a tent after too many wine coolers, and classified him as a "gnat" who cheated on her and lied to her and her family.

So, yeah, "All My Children" is ending its run in late September? Fear not -- we have an idea what might take up the slack.

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Photo: The Palin family in 2008, counterclockwise from top left, included Track, Willow, Piper, Bristol, Todd and Sarah Palin. Credit: Alaska Governor's Office / European Pressphoto Agency.



Bristol Palin memoir: She lost her virginity after too many wine coolers; Levi Johnston is a lying, cheating gnat

Bristol Palin memoir covers virginity, campaign, Levi Johnston

Bristol Palin is opening up about her ex-fiance Levi Johnston, losing her virginity and her mother Sarah Palin’s vice presidential run in her new memoir "Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far."

Among the most personal details Palin reveals is the story of losing her virginity: The 20-year-old writes that she was on a camping trip with Johnston and drank too many wine coolers. She later woke up in the tent alone and could hear Johnston talking with friends outside. She had no memory of what happened.

They both vowed to wait until marriage to have sex again, but that didn't hold. When she got pregnant with their son Tripp, it took eight at-home pregnancy tests to convince her it was really happening, she said. She had been on birth control for cramps and never expected to conceive.

According to Palin, Johnston was less than supportive, saying, "Better be a (bleeping) boy."

Much of her history with her ex-boyfriend, who posed for Playgirl after their split, overlaps with her mother's run for vice president in 2008. In the book, she relives the family’s trip to Dayton, Ohio, where then-Gov. Sarah Palin announced she would be running alongside Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), and to the GOP convention, where the media found out Bristol was expecting.

Johnston was along for the ride, and Bristol explains that in her mind, having him there "somehow legitimized us as a couple.”

However, soon after Tripp was born things fell apart. Not only was Johnston cheating, but she and her family found out he was blabbermouth too.

The way she sees it, he is "the gnat named Levi Johnston constantly spreading false accusations against our family” and the guy "who cheated on me about as frequently as he sharpened his hockey skates."

Despite their ups and downs, the two did try to reconcile briefly. He proposed and the couple sold their engagement story to Us Weekly, but they quickly split. It turned out, she writes, that Johnston told her he was having another baby with someone else.

This time they stayed apart. "I'd just made a complete fool of myself and given my family the middle finger," she says.

Since the break-up, Palin has competed on "Dancing With the Stars," worked as a spokeswoman to help prevent teen pregnancy (and made some serious dough doing it) and even has her own reality show coming up on the Bio channel. In her eyes, she's "just a normal girl who couldn't hide her problems and learned a few lessons along the way."

However, more problems with Johnston loom: His book, "Deer in the Headlights: My Life in Sarah Palin's Crosshairs," is due out in the fall.

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Photo: Bristol Palin at the White House Correspondents dinner on April 30, 2011. Credit: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images


Sarah Palin's son Track Palin marries high school sweetheart Britta Hanson

Track Palin marries Britta Hanson

Who knew those were wedding bells we were hearing from up north? Track Palin, the eldest son of Todd and Sarah Palin, recently married high school sweetheart Britta Hanson in a small ceremony, according to a report out Thursday.

The former Alaska governor confirmed the wedding on Twitter, retweeting word from her political action committee that the two had gotten married and adding, "Yes, they did & we couldn't be any more blessed!"

Track, 22, and Britta, 21, tied the knot in Hatcher Pass, Alaska, a site not too far from Wasilla and reportedly filled with family memories of skiing, snow-machining and more, People said. They have a larger celebration to look forward to come winter, when friends and family will be invited for a "long ski weekend" to celebrate the union, the families told the mag.

"Our families couldn't be happier!" the Hansons and Palins said in a joint statement. "These are two hard working, humble, active, studious young adults who grew up together. We're tickled that after two decades of friendship we proudly witnessed their marriage, knowing their new life together will be blessed."

Track, an Army reservist, plans to enroll at the University of Alaska after the commercial fishing season ends, joining current nursing student Britta, People said. Her parents are the Rev. Duane and Elizabeth Hanson.

Track is the first of the Palin children to marry; sister Bristol and Levi Johnston, the father of her son Tripp, were briefly engaged, twice. They ultimately broke off the relationship.

The groom spent a year deployed to Iraq, with his mom -- then a GOP vice presidential hopeful -- a featured speaker at his infantry unit's September 2008 deployment ceremony at Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks, Alaska.

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Photo: Britta Hanson's new husband Track Palin, left, with Bristol Palin, Levi Johnston, Willow Palin, Piper Palin, Todd Palin holding Trig, John McCain and Sarah Palin on Sept. 4, 2008, at the GOP convention. Track's infantry unit was deployed to Iraq about two weeks later. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

 


Bristol Palin and her jaw surgery: What do you think? [Poll]

Bristol Palin pictures before and after surgery

Our eyes do not deceive us: Bristol Palin has changed the look of what she called her "chubby little baby face," but she didn't do it with plastic surgery.

Bristol Palin profile pictures, before and after Rather, Palin has revealed that she had corrective surgery in December to properly align her jaw.

Oh yeah, she also dropped 5 pounds before debuting the look at the White House Correspondents' Assn. dinner April 30. Hey, couldn't hurt -- but only five, really?

"Yes, it improved the way I look, but this surgery was necessary for medical reasons," she tells Us Weekly magazine for its May 23 issue. Despite wearing braces and a device to correct an overbite while she was growing up, she knew from her dentist that surgery loomed down the road.

[Updated, 6:30 p.m. May 11: We added some profile shots, left. Note that the "before" shot here was taken more than a year earlier than the "before" shot above. The "after" shots were taken within days of each other.]

"I look older, more mature and don't have as much of a chubby little baby face," the single mom told the mag, adding that she wouldn't do plastic surgery unless she "got in an accident or something terrible and got disfigured."

Us Weekly, incidentally, was the mag that Bristol and baby daddy Levi Johnston told about their on-again engagement even before giving parents Todd and Sarah Palin a heads-up about their plan. That engagement quickly became "off-again."

Palin, who took third place last season on "Dancing With the Stars" behind Kyle Massey and Jennifer Grey, just landed her own reality show for the Bio Channel. In the 10-part documentary series about her transition from Alaska to Los Angeles to work with a charity, Bristol and her son Tripp will live with Kyle -- her friend -- and Kyle's brother Christopher Massey.

Forget for a second, if you can, that this is hot-button Bristol Palin, and share what you think of her new face. And if you can't, well, we have poll answers for you too.

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Top left photo: Bristol Palin in November 2010. Credit: Charles Sykes / Associated Press

Top right photo: Bristol Palin on May 3. Credit: Michael Reynolds / European Pressphoto Agency

Left photo: Bristol Palin in profile in July 2009, left, and on April 30, 2011, right. Credits: Al Grillo / Associated Press, left; Jonathan Ernst / Reuters, right.



Bristol Palin lands a reality-TV documentary series on Bio

Bristol Palin lands a reality TV show. Bristol Palin is coming back to TV this year with a reality show to air on the Bio Channel, Show Tracker reports.

"Bristol is the kind of personality Bio is drawn to," a Bio and A&E exec said in a statement. "Her personal life has been playing out in the media for several years but this will be the first time she's opening up her real life."

Bio, more formally known as the Biography Channel, is home to "Shatner's Raw Nerve," "The Chris Isaak Hour" and "Haunted History," among other programs.

And for those who think this season's "Dancing With the Stars" doesn't have quite the same drama as when Bristol was tripping the light fantastic, there's good news: Palin, 20, and 2-year-old son Tripp will be living with former "DWTS" finalist Kyle Massey and his brother Christopher Massey. Just like old times! Maybe Palin's dance partner Mark Ballas could invite his new lady friend Pia Toscano over to meet the gang.

The documentary series — 10 half-hour episodes — will follow mother and child as they move to L.A. and work for a small charity.

Meanwhile, Palin's baby daddy and fellow aspiring reality-TV star celebrated his 21st birthday in Vegas on Friday, getting a couple of new tattoos and going face-first into a babe with a cake on top. He had little to say about his ex-fiancee's hotter new look.

"I haven't checked her out, so I really wouldn't know," Levi Johnston told RumorFix. "Go on and do your thing, girl, 'cause I'm over it."

One can only hope he'll still be "over it" if her second show hits TV before his first — the one where he runs for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska — sees the light of day.

May we put in a special request for Bristol's season finale, please? We have our fingers crossed that "DWTS" champ Jennifer Grey will waltz in to babysit.

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Photo: Bristol Palin at a Candie's Foundation benefit in New York on May 3. Palin has been working with the foundation, which aims to prevent teen pregnancy. Credit: Eric Thayer / Reuters.


Bristol Palin is paid $262,500 for abstinence campaign

Bristolstory3 Bristol Palin took home $262,500 in 2009 for advocating against teen pregnancy, tax documents show. Apparently abstinence can be very lucrative.

The big bucks came from the Candie's Foundation, a group aimed at shaping "the way youth in America think about teen pregnancy and parenthood." 

"We know that Ms. Palin's work has had a positive effect on creating awareness about teen pregnancy," Candie's spokeswoman Ali Tyrangel said in a statement.

The reality show star, who made headlines as a teen mom in 2008 during her mother Sarah Palin's run for vice president, even took her Candie's campaign on her stint with "Dancing with the Stars." Remember her awkward "pause before you play" sex talk with The Situation?

Critics are already taking shots at Palin, now 20, but some people are defending her, according to E! Online, saying, "The money she received was from multiple projects she did with them. She shot PSAs, print and Internet ads and did town hall meetings, as well, and the money she made was an accumulation of all of that. This is not out of the ordinary for a celebrity to make an income off of a charity they represent."

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Photo: Bristol Palin with her son Tripp in 2009. Credit: Al Grillo / Associated Press


Bristol Palin won't give a speech at Washington University Sex Week

Bristol Palin won't speak at Washington University sex week Bristol Palin earns a living speaking about the consequences of teen pregnancy -- but some students at Washington University in St. Louis didn't want to be the ones signing her paycheck.

Palin had been invited by the school's Student Health Advisory Committee to be the keynote speaker on a panel during Washington University's upcoming Sexual Responsibility Week, aka Sex Week, until "growing controversy among undergraduates over the decision to pay for her talk with student-generated funds" prompted Palin and SHAC to mutually cancel her appearance, the school said in a statement Friday.

She was to have made a 25-minute speech on her life story to be followed by an hourlong panel discussion and a half-hour question-and-answer session, the campus newspaper said Tuesday, with a reception afterward at which students could "interact with Palin one-on-one."

Planned Parenthood advocate Kate Walsh of "Private Practice" retweeted a message urging students to boycott Palin's speech, and at least two Facebook pages were established for the same purpose.

"The Student Health Advisory Committee and Palin decided that the message that they intended on sharing would be overshadowed by controversy," the university said Friday.

"[Student Union] Treasury recently approved $20k to sponsor a four-person panel headlined by Palin, who individually commands anywhere from $15 to $30k on the speaker circuit," the Washington University College Democrats said on a "No thanks, Bristol" Facebook page it set up to organize a protest against Palin's appearance.

"The Democrats and our friends, liberals, Republicans, and abstinent individuals alike, believe this is an irresponsible use of Washington University resources on a fifteen-minute-fame speaker who contributes little to the intellectual fire of the university."

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Bristol Palin buys a 5-bedroom house in Arizona

Bristol-palin-buys-a-houseBristol Palin has danced into the ranks of homeownership, buying a five-bedroom, 3,900-square-foot house in Maricopa, Ariz., south of Phoenix, for $172,000.

The house, built and sold in 2006 for almost $330,000, went into foreclosure in January, the Arizona Republic reports. Palin, 20, bought it this month from intermediary owners who'd picked up the property as an investment for a little over $137,000.

Bristol finished third on the most recent cycle of "Dancing With the Stars" behind winner Jennifer Grey and runner-up Kyle Massey. A beginning dancer, she was buoyed for weeks by fan support, inspiring many people to finally learn how the voting on that show works.

She has an Arizona connection through her mom, Sarah Palin, who was selected by Arizona Sen. John McCain as his running mate in the 2008 presidential campaign. It's not clear whether the home will be her full-time residence, or just a place that's warmer than Alaska.

In one "DWTS" segment, she told partner Mark Ballas during a visit to Alaska that she preferred her home state to Los Angeles.

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Photo: Bristol Palin on "Good Morning America" on Nov. 24, the day after the "Dancing With the Stars" finale. Credit: Charles Sykes / Associated Press.

 


'VH1 Divas': Kathy Griffin rips on Bristol Palin for the troops [pictures]

Nikki-minaj-vh1-divas"VH1 Divas Salute the Troops" aired Sunday night with performances from the likes of Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Sugarland, HeartGrace Potter & the Nocturnals and more -- and the Ministry has access to exclusive pictures of the divas taken Friday night at the taping of the USO concert in a hangar at the Marine Corps Air Station in Miramar in San Diego. 

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Click on Brandy, above, to see more pictures from The Times' Photo Booth.

Going global, Hayley Williams and Paramore taped their performance from an Army base in Kuwait, in keeping with the military theme of the show. Sugarland, meanwhile, joined in a tribute to diva Aretha Franklin, who recently had surgery for an unspecified illness.

The event was hosted by noted Levi Johnston supporter Kathy Griffin, who bashed on Bristol Palin's weight, calling her "the white Precious" -- a reference to Gabourey Sidibe's Oscar-nominated character -- and receiving a chorus of boos from the troops in the audience. This after Griffin had been issued some comedy guidelines for the evening.

"You can boo louder than that," Griffin said. "C'mon, boo me, I love it. I love it! War is hell! War is hell!"

Brandy, incidentally, was part of the diva lineup -- that'd be the same Brandy who just finished fourth to Bristol's third place on "Dancing With the Stars."

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Photos: Nicki Minaj, left, in the Los Angeles Times Photo Booth at the Marine Corps Air Station in Miramar on Friday. Brandy, right, reacts to fireworks being shot off at the end of the "VH1 Divas Salute the Troops" concert. Credits: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

 


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