Bristol Palin is being sued again by talent manager Stephen Hanks because of her reality TV show. Sarah Palin’s daughter is the star of the floundering series Bristol Palin: Life’s A Tripp on Lifetime. Hanks filed a new lawsuit for defamation and invasion of privacy on June 28th. (He’d filed earlier this month seeking $75,000 against Palin and Lifetime.) Now Hanks says “plaintiff has learned of additional defendants”. Now being sued are Palin, Lifetime’s parent company A&E Television Network, production company Associated Television International, and Life’s A Tripp exec producer David McKenzie. In a 15-page civil complaint (read it here), Hanks is seeking unnamed compensatory damages, emotional distress damages, and punitive damages.
Palin’s show is getting more attention in the courts than it is from viewers. Life’s A Tripp proved a flop when it debuted on June 19th and has since been moved off A&E subsidiary Lifetime’s primetime schedule.
"Palin's show is getting more attention in the courts than it is from viewers." I love that line!
I still remain unconvinced that Hanks was not paid to say the things that he did in that bar, but there certainly is the chance that he has decided since that he does not like the way he was portrayed, and has decided that he will sue the crap out of everybody involved until they compensate him for defaming him on national television.
At this point, with the show doing so poorly, it would seem ridiculous to use this as a publicity stunt. But then again, with the show doing so poorly, it also seems kind of ridiculous to bother suing them at all.
P.S. Since the Daily Show and Colbert Report are reruns this week I might go ahead and make myself watch this crap, just so I can examine the corpse and make sure its dead.
Remember if you are not currently working with the Nielson rating company, you can also tune in without fear of increasing its ratings. (That way you can tell the rest of us, those who cannot bring themselves to watch the televised steaming pile of moose nuggets, exactly how bad it is.) However if you ARE a Nielson family please, please, please do NOT even channel surf past it. Especially on the night that features the Grizzled Mama making her cameo.
I can certainly imagine a scenario where Palin goes to the producers and says "See, when I was on the show the ratings went up. Give me another show, so I can prove I'm still relevant! Gimme, gimme, gimme!"