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Just when it’s starting to seem like a reality show will be offered to just about anyone out there with name recognition, we’re proven right again. Bristol Palin has been offered a deal to star her own reality series with her 3 ½-year-old son, Tripp.
The deal had originally been a show following Bristol, her Dancing with the Stars friend Kyle Massey, and his brother, but it didn’t work out. Instead, Lifetime offered Bristol her own show.
The show, titled Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp, is a play off her son’s name. Bristol was pregnant with Tripp at the tender age of 17 when her mother, Sarah Palin, was running as the GOP Vice Presidential candidate in 2008. At the time, Bristol was still with Tripp’s father, Levi Johnston, but they have since parted ways. Johnston, 22, is actually expecting his second child, a little girl, with his current girlfriend Summer Oglesby.
The new Lifetime series will be 14 episodes and follow Bristol and Tripp as they move from Wasilla, Alaska, to Los Angeles, California. Bristol, now 21, scores a job with a nonprofit organization in L.A.
When Bristol was approached about the show, one might think she would like a break from being in the spotlight since her teen years, but Bristol told TV Guide,
"I was game for it. I wanted to show how down-to-earth my family and I are. My parents were skeptical at first. But they know I'm responsible. I won't be getting drunk on TV. This isn't Jersey Shore. It's a family show."
It’s great that she wants to be responsible, but I don’t think signing up for a reality show is very “down to earth.’ Am I alone here?
It will also be interesting to hear her political commentary if she seems inclined to share. For instance, Bristol weighed in (via her blog) on Obama’s recent stance in support for gay marriage.
"While it’s great to listen to your kids’ ideas, there’s also a time when dads simply need to be dads. In this case, it would’ve been helpful for [Obama] to explain to Malia and Sasha that while her friends parents are no doubt lovely people, that’s not a reason to change thousands of years of thinking about marriage. As great as her friends may be – we know that in general kids do better growing up in a mother/father home. Ideally, fathers help shape their kids’ worldview," Bristol blogged.
Ouch. And wait – there’s more: "In this case, it would’ve been nice if the President would’ve helped shape their thoughts instead of merely reflecting what many teenagers think after one too many episodes of Glee."
If your interest has been peaked, Life’s a Tripp premieres on June 19th.