Category: Sarah Palin

PREACH IT! Kate Gosselin ends one PR disaster, preps for another [poll]

Kate-gosselin-dwts After existing in an almost zombie-like state of stubborn death defiance, Kate Gosselin has been axed from "Dancing With the Stars."

Her participation was a originally seen as a great chance to burnish her image; after all, when Mario Lopez did "DWTS" several years ago, it relaunched his career as an adorable hunk. For Gosselin’s part, she even tried turning up the sympathy factor by saying, in interview after interview, that she was doing the show solely to earn money for her kids.

But instead of working in her favor, Gosselin’s entire "DWTS" stint backfired -- and badly. Viewers loathed Gosselin’s dancing style -- which came closer to creeping about like a leery house cat -- and her attitude; much hay has been made about Gosselin’s berating of her pro, Tony Dovolani, during rehearsals. As for Gosselin’s insistence that her kids were her focus, the statements came off as little more than ham-handed spin.

"Gosselin has been her own distinctive brand of terrible," media critic Tom Maurstad recently said in the Dallas Morning News. “She doesn't just lose track of the beat and forget steps, she appears alternately stricken and angry. ... Gosselin has become the Sarah Palin of 'Dancing.'"

And on a recent trip to Disneyland, where the Gosselin brood was given VIP treatment ...

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

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.

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Sarah Palin attends Oscar gift lounge with Willow and grandson Tripp [updated]

Sarah palin Oscar gold got a little red, white and blue Wednesday in Los Angeles: Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin stopped by the Silver Spoon Oscar Suite with daughter Willow and grandson Tripp

[Updated at 8:17 p.m.: Wondering why Palin's doing the rounds in Hollywood? According to Top of the Ticket, it could have something to do with a TV show she's reportedly pitching with "Survivor" producer Mark Burnett.]

Benefiting the Red Cross, the swag suite snagged the former vice presidential candidate for photo ops and gifting from beauty and luxury sponsors. At the Interior Illusions store in West Hollywood, Palin received jewels from Pascal Mouawad, watches by Skagen and Unite hair care products.

I'm told the oft-parodied politico donated all of her gift items back to the Silver Spoon for auction, as well as about $1,700 of her own cash, in support of multiple Red Cross efforts, including those in Haiti and Chile.

Palin's middle child, Willow, got her hair styled, receiving a blowout from Erick Orellana of the Chris McMillan Salon (Jennifer Aniston's longtime hairstylist).

And you thought it was funny seeing the "Jersey Shore" cast nab gifts during the Golden Globes.

Sound off on Palin's Academy Awards outing in comments.

-- Matt Donnelly

Photo: Sarah Palin gives her signature wink in a file photo. Credit: J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press  

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Levi Johnston fights Bristol Palin to make custody battle public -- and wins

Levi First Levi Johnston bared his bod in Playgirl for the world to see. Now he wants to bare his custody battle with Bristol Palin for the world to see as well.

And two judges in Alaska have agreed that the fight over son Tripp is best played out in public, one of them ruling, according to the Anchorage Daily News, that Bristol hadn't offered any proof that the child would be harmed by the publicity.

~~ Apparently the judge has never moderated comments on the Internet? Where the public is super-duper gentle? ~~

Levi, in his affidavit, called Bristol's mom, former Gov. Sarah Palin, ambitious, powerful and vindictive. "I think a public case might go a long way in reducing Sarah Palin's instinct to attack," he wrote.

"I feel more comfortable in a public courtroom which will help everyone stay civil and be on their best behavior," he said in a statement.

Bristol -- who wanted a gag order and use of pseudonyms in court while she fights for sole custody, along with a visitation schedule for Levi, in a case filed Nov. 4 -- argued that privacy would be in the best interest of the child, and responded to Levi's assertions by saying none of what he said was true.

He said, she said -- in a custody fight? Shock! We're so glad these two never got married.

But ... 

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Barbara Walters' '10 Most Fascinating People of 2009': observations, and a poll [Updated]

Tyler Hey, sports fans -- normally I write as "the Ministry," but this time I'm just me. Watched the Barbara Walters special Wednesday night, as I'm sure many of you did, and here are my thoughts on her chosen public figures, many of whom show up on this blog quite often.

Well, OK, Glenn Beck doesn't show up at the Ministry so much, but work with me, all right? If he gets naked next year, or reveals he had an affair with Tiger Woods, or posts another rambling, post-surgical YouTube video, he'll fit right in.

And yeah, I know Barbara and crew can edit and script and all that for dramatic effect, but let's do a willing suspension of disbelief, shall we?

Here's my takeaway, based on Walters' brief interviews.

Gaga Lady Gaga: Barbara sees her in a whole new light, and so do I. Maybe I just didn't "get her" before this? I still can't quite hum one of her tunes, but she seems thoughtful and sincere. Is she bisexual? Makes for a nice tease on the tee-vee, but really, who cares? I hope Gaga doesn't fixate on that as she moves ahead, and that others can find something more interesting to ask about.

Tyler Perry: The juxtaposition of this spotlight sit-down with the fact of his mother's death on Tuesday is heartbreaking. His proudest moment? He says it was being able to take good care of his mother. Forget about Barbara making Tyler cry -- he made me cry.

We could end it right here, but there are eight more interviews ...

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


"It is good to be here and in front of this audience of leading journalists and intellectuals. Or, as I call it, a death panel."

-- Sarah Palin at the Gridiron Club's 2009 winter dinner

Sarah Palin continues to pull crowds -- even at the Gridiron Club's winter dinner, where attendance Saturday was up 17.3% over last year. This isn't the big Gridiron affair, mind you -- that one's in spring. Still, the audience was full of journalists, well known for their warm embrace of the former Alaska governor.

For the first time in club history, the "off the record" rule for events was partially lifted: Twittering was allowed, though not during speeches or songs.

Maybe Barney Frank's fans just absolutely, positively had to know what he was up to?

To think, after the same dinner 100 years ago, the New York Times printed that "of course, no woman has ever seen a Gridiron dinner."

Palin, who has "the Twitter thing going," didn't tweet from the dinner. Perhaps too busy speaking and singing.

Want the transcript of Sarah Palin getting her David Letterman on?

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Party boy Levi Johnston is loving life in Hollywood

Levigw Perhaps Levi Johnston refused to show his full monty in Playgirl because he's saving it for the big screen?

One would think he's campaigning hard for a spot in Hollywood, the way he's been making the social rounds.

Johnston hit up two talent-packed bashes in Los Angeles on Thursday night -- starting with US Magazine's annual Hot 100 event, where two security guards (Two? Really?) ushered him around amid the likes of Adam Lambert, Audrina Patridge, Leona Lewis and Whitney Port.

From there, Sarah Palin's almost-son-in-law swung by Chateau Marmont for GQ's Men of the Year party, where Editor in Chief Jim Moore welcomed the centerfold alongside A-list guests including Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Tom Ford, Kobe Bryant, January Jones, Lindsay Lohan and Seth MacFarlane, many sipping Grey Goose and schmoozing.

From Iditarod tailgating to rubbing elbows with Dirty Harry? We'd save our goodies for on-screen stardom as well.

Click on for more photos of stylish stars at GQ's Men of the Year!

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Barbara Walters tries to find Sarah Palin a job


Wanna be president? Talk show host? A reality TV star? Sarah Palin says she'd rather write a book. For now.

But she's not exactly pushing a heavy chest of drawers in front of any 2012 doors that might open.

ABC News has a taste of what aired on "Good Morning America" and what we'll see later this week, between Barbara Walters and the former governor of Alaska.

In a shocking turn of events, Barbara brings up Tina Fey (an actress whom some people in remote parts of Russia may not know won an Emmy for her portrayal of Palin).

Sarah uses the moment to clear up who said the whole "from my porch" line, and later hurls the phrase "bull crap" -- after Barbara brings up how the Palin family and Alaska have been treated.

Looks as if this one is going to have a bit more drama than Oprah Winfrey's turn Monday. Though it's all very polished indeed.

Make sure to wait for the David Letterman dig too. 

-- Christie D'Zurilla

[FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this post referred to the interview as airing "later today." When the post went live, "Good Morning America" had already aired.]

Photo credit: Reuters

More keeping-all-doors-open dispatches from the Ministry of Gossip:

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

Showtracker on Palin vs. 'Oprah': the anti-smackdown

Wait, is Sarah Palin going to be on 'Oprah' or something?

For Sarah Palin's 'Rogue' book blitz, a Barbara Walters interview

You betcha! The Palin speeches we never heard Nov. 4, 2008

Levi's rep promises 'full johnson' (Did he mean 'full Johnston'?)

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

SarahskateHow could Oprah Winfrey not ask Sarah Palin about Tina Fey? After all, on "Saturday Night Live," the actress practically defined the former governor for a large part of the country.

Never fear -- though it didn't air, that line of questioning was indeed part of the interview, which the L.A. Times' Mary McNamara described as two "steel-spined divas treating each other with a graciousness Jane Austen would appreciate."

Palin says that while campaigning she didn't see a whole lot of the separated-at-birth Fey (who won an Emmy for parodying her), but confirms that once, spying Fey on TV, "I had the volume down, and I thought it was me!"

She told Oprah that she appeared on SNL to "kind of neutralize" some of the parody. Too bad nobody was able to fully explain it to Tina's confused little daughter, Alice.

But what was it that freaked us out the most about "The Oprah Winfrey Show" today?

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Wait, is Sarah Palin going to be on 'Oprah' or something?


Oprah Winfrey said in 2008 that she wouldn't invite Sarah Palin to appear on her show until after the presidential election. So, today, more than a year after the vote, it's finally time.

Oprah. Sarah. Questions. Cameras. The possibilities are endless. 

Part of Palin's tour to promote her book "Going Rogue," the interview with Oprah airs in advance of Barbara Walters' five-part chat with the former vice presidential candidate. Walters' interview starts Tuesday and will air over several ABC News shows.

The tidbits that were released last week ...

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