A video of Bristol Palin getting into an argument in a bar, taken while she was filming her upcoming BIO reality show, went viral on the Web over the weekend. Some have questioned whether the trainwreck TV moment was authentic, or just a set-up to get people buzzing about the show.
In the clip, Bristol rides a mechanical bull, and then gets heckled by some of the bar's patrons, who clearly aren't fans of her mom's politics. With her show's cameras rolling, Bristol confronts one of the hecklers, and they get into a heated argument about why the man thought Sarah Palin was "going to hell." Bristol responds by telling him he probably hates her because he's gay.
Top 5 TVR Clips of the Week: Melissa McCarthy's Live Emmy Nom, Kathie Lee Throws a Wine Bottle & More! (VIDEO)
It was a wild week on the TV landscape. Vincent Pastore and Danielle Staub yelled at each other like 'Desperate Housewives.' Kathie Lee threw a wine bottle at a 'Today Show' crew-member. Melissa McCarthy found out about her first ever Emmy nomination on live TV. Bristol Palin kept talking about losing her virginity to Levi Johnston -- and thank god Don Rickles was there this time to provide color commentary. Jesse Tyler Ferguson proved that he might have a future as a reality show judge.
Onto the clips! As usual, watch them after the jump and vote for your favorite.
Rickles provided the best reaction to the stories she told and answers she gave to Leno's questions. He gasped and made a cross with his fingers when she revealed that she lied to her mother so she could sneak out, get drunk and lose her virginity.
When Jay Leno asked her point-blank, not expecting an answer, if her mother Sarah Palin was going to put her hat in the ring and run for president, it was Rickles who was able to step in.
"Is there any reason she shouldn't run?" Leno asked when Bristol said they were discussing it.
"'Cause she could lose," Rickles chimed in.
Top 5 TVR Clips of the Week: 'The Talk' Reacts Live to Anthony Verdict, Regis and Larry David Get Awkward & More (VIDEO)
What a week it was. We emerged from our barbeque and beer induced long-weekend slumber on Tuesday just in time for the most shocking court verdict since the O.J. Simpson trial. The ladies of 'The Talk' gave Nancy Grace a run for her money, reacting live to the verdict with tears, confusion and bewilderment.
But other fun things happened too. Betty White played the drums. Bristol Palin and Barbara Walters treated us to one of the most uncomfortable sex discussions ever. Regis Philbin and Larry David had their long-awaited sit-down, and it was as awkward as we hoped. Kathie Lee and Hoda tackled the modern scourge of people talking on their cell phones while sitting on the toilet.
Onto the videos! Check out our Top 5 clips of the week and vote for your favorite in our weekly poll.
Barbara Walters asked about the passage in the book where Palin described losing her virginity on a camping trip when she was drunk, and her claim about Johnston. "It must have been okay, because you kept on having sex with him, yeah?" said Walters.
Pressed by Roberts about her allegations against Johnston, Bristol clarified that she wasn't accusing him of date-rape, but called losing her virginity a "foolish decision." She also addressed her recent jaw surgery, which caused a mini-media firestorm several weeks ago. Bristol put the procedure in the same category as getting braces or contact lenses.
According to BIO, the show will follow Palin as she moves from Alaska to Los Angeles with her baby Tripp. She goes to work at a small charity and moves in with fellow 'Dancing With the Stars' contestant Kyle Massey and his brother Christopher.
"Bristol is the kind of personality BIO is drawn to," David McKillop, executive vice president of programming, A&E Network and BIO Channel, 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, with her son and her friends the Massey Brothers."
The project is currently untitled.
In 'Not Afraid of Life,' Palin will discuss her future, living life in the media spotlight thanks to her mother's political rise and, of course, her time on 'Dancing With the Stars.'
William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins, will publish the memoir. Sarah Palin has two bestselling books at the publisher.
"Bristol gives readers an intimate behind-the-scenes look at her life for the first time, from growing up in Alaska to coming of age amid the media and political frenzy surrounding her mother's political rise; from becoming a single mother while still a teenager to coping as her relationship with her baby's father crumbled publicly -- not once, but twice," the publisher said in a statement.
The Tea Party favorite announced the invite on her Facebook page Monday: "I just got the Official 'Ask' from Dancing With The Stars !! Although I am utterly flattered, my initial thought was to decline, as 2 year old nephew has more rhythm than me, and my two left feet!!"
The conservative Republican, who lost her bid for a Delaware senate seat amid controversy over statements that she had dabbled in witchcraft, says she's still mulling it over.
She first suggested that Palin made it far in the competition due to Tea Party support. George Lopez asked why she thought Palin did the show in the first place.
Cho prefaced her answer by saying, "All I had to do backstage was gossip 'cause I got voted off real early." Then she replied, "Supposedly Sarah Palin blames Bristol for losing the 2008 election, for getting pregnant. So she forced Bristol to do 'Dancing With the Stars' saying, 'You have to reintroduce me to the American public so that I can run for President as this beloved mother of this fantastic celebrity.'"
Countdown to Festivus on Dec. 23: On the second day of Festivus, TV gave to us ... two divas 'Dancing.'
To say 'Dancing With the Stars' is a polarizing show is an understatement. The viewers who love it, well, they really love it. And the people who aren't into it? It's generally a venomous dislike. But, 'Dancing With the Stars' took a turn for the worse when they introduced two dancing divas: Kate Gosselin and Bristol Palin.
The competition series enjoyed renewed prominence when they put reality TV star Kate Gosselin and Republican maverick Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol on its two seasons of 2010, but at what cost? Sure, the series surged in ratings and became must-see TV for the following day's watercooler chat, but the series that used to be about celebrities learning to dance is now tainted.
Last night, the show even had a mini-'DWTS'-style crisis. In a repeat of the Bristol Palin/Brandy fiasco, voters picked the celebrity with the lowest scores to advance to the finals. Reality star Bethenny Frankel beat Olympic skier Jonny Moseley, as the crowd booed the decision.
This meant that Bethenny faced actress Rebecca Budig on tonight's finale. Their scores would determine the winner. And so, the first-ever winner of 'Skating With the Stars' is ...
Griffin addressed the outcry -- in particular, Elisabeth Hasselbeck's assertion that Griffin was "bullying" Palin -- on 'Chelsea Lately' (weeknights, 11PM ET on E!). "There's a big difference between being a comedian and bullying. It's our job, it's what we do."
"You're absolutely right," said the host. "I don't take anything I say seriously ... Bullying is being a bully to someone who's defenseless -- a poor little person who's done nothing wrong, not the people who are a--holes."
"Do you recognize this person?" he asked, showing her a picture of Sarah Palin. Leakes dodged all political comment -- and Sarah-related comment, for that matter -- instead saying, "You know, I really like her daughter Bristol. I just think she's a sweet girl. I really enjoyed watching her when she did 'Dancing With the Stars.'"
Lopez asked Leakes if she would ever consider being on 'DWTS.' "Absolutely! They need a black girl like me!" How 'bout it, folks? Do you want to see her on 'Dancing'?
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