Was Sarah Palin booed on 'Dancing With the Stars'? [Updated]
Was Sarah Palin booed at "Dancing With the Stars"?
The former Alaska governor visited the show during Monday night's episode to cheer on her 19-year-old daughter, Bristol, who is appearing as a contestant. Just before host Tom Bergeron sat down to chat with the elder Palin on-camera, the studio audience was heard erupting into a loud chorus of boos. The timing led many viewers on Twitter and elsewhere to conclude that the hostile reception was directed at Palin, a conservative leader and polarizing force in American politics.
But ABC says the booing wasn't directed at Palin. Instead, the network said, the crowd was upset that Jennifer Grey, the former "Dirty Dancing" star who performed immediately before Bristol Palin, got only a trio of 8s from the judges, even though the routine she did with partner Derek Hough was a clear audience favorite. (They might have spared themselves the trouble, as Grey and Hough emerged with the evening's top score anyway.)
[For the record at 7:04 a.m.: An earlier version of this post stated that Jennifer Grey's partner is Mark Ballas. It is Derek Hough.]
"They were just expressing their feelings about a really, really good dance," a network spokeswoman said. "It's not at all unusual."
Judge for yourself by looking at the video here.
-- Scott Collins
Photo: Mark Ballas, Bristol Palin and Brooke Burke on "Dancing With the Stars" Credit: Adam Larkey / ABC