Mama Grizzly Jr. Bristol Palin Bars 'Teen Mom' Stars From 'Dancing'
By Rob Shuter Posted Nov 2nd 2010 04:37PM
They've been gracing the covers of the weekly glossies for months and are making over $60,000 a piece from their megahit MTV show, but one place you won't be finding Amber, Maci, Farrah and the other 'Teen Mom' ladies is on 'Dancing With the Stars.' Why? Because the original teen mama grizzly (she just turned 20 on Oct. 18) doesn't want them cramping her style.
"Bristol Palin has made it very clear to the show producers that she doesn't want the teen moms in the audience cheering her on no matter how much it might boost ratings," an ABC executive tells me.
My source points out that the hit show has deliberately placed reality stars into the mix, such as Bethenny Frankel in the audience and Kate Gosselin and The Situation on the dance floor.
"There is no doubt they understand the power of reality TV stars," my source says. "But the line has been drawn on MTV's super popular teen moms thanks to Bristol."
Insiders tell me that Bristol sees the competition as a way for her to look beyond her past, and even though she is a teen pregnancy ambassador and has done events with Maci, she wants nothing to do with them on the ballroom floor.
"Bristol has hit the restart button on this show," an insider tells me. "We no longer think of her as Sarah Palin's daughter or that young girl who had a baby with Levi as a teen, but rather as a young lady trying hard to win a competition."
Of course, Bristol urged ABC to keep her ex Levi away from any taping, so this news should come as no surprise, especially during a week when she could very well be voted off.
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CHARLESTON, WV - OCTOBER 30: (L-R) Musician Ted Nugent laughs with former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin and her husband Todd Palin during a rally for Republican U.S. Senate candidate John Raese October 30, 2010 in Charleston, West Virginia. Raese and West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, a Democrat, are embroiled in a hotly-contested race for the seat vacated following the death of Robert C. Byrd. (Photo by Randy Snyder/Getty Images)
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