Joan Rivers lived with Bristol Palin on the upcoming season premiere of “Celebrity Wife Swap,” but did the unlikely duo get along?
Joan encountered the single mom for the June 23 episode of the ABC series when her own daughter, Melissa, traded places with Bristol.
“They’re very nice girls. They’re scared girls,” Joan said of the Palin sisters on Tuesday’s Access Hollywood Live. “The mother is so out there and so opinionated and they’re very careful, constantly [thinking] that they’re going to make the wrong step.”
Joan only lived with Bristol for the episode, but her daughter, Melissa, spent time in Alaska with Willow Palin (Bristol’s sister), and Bristol’s son Tripp, 4.
(On Bristol)”[She’s] very, very pretty, terribly shy, very closeted. She’d never been to a Broadway musical. I was sitting there with six gay friends, our mouths dropped,” Joan recalled. “She’s never been to Europe. That’s why I said, ‘Come live with me for a month, boy, oh boy, would we have a good time! Let’s go to Venice and put our feet in the canal. Let’s have fun.’ It sounds stupid, but I felt very sorry for her and I liked her tremendously, and [she is] so nice, not a mean bone in her body.”
By the end of the experience, Joan said she and Bristol had bonded.
“We all cried when the week was up,” she explained. “Melissa and Willow were crying and kissing and I was hugging Bristol saying, ‘Come to New York I want to show you some Jews!’”
Okay well I agree with Joan that the girls are bullied by their mother and afraid to do anything which will piss her off, but I am not willing to give Bristol that much of a pass..
For years I have been hearing stories about Bristol, even as a very young girl, and they do not exactly match the image of "not a mean bone in her body." In fact some of the shit she has pulled has been downright nasty.
After all she DID write a book essentially accusing the father of her child of getting her drunk and raping her. Not exactly the kind of thing that people who don't have "a mean bone in her body" tend to do.
However, to be fair, Sarah Palin may be one of the all time worst mothers so the fact that her children are incredibly messed up is certainly not something which can be blamed entirely on them.
I have said often that if the kids were to get away from that controlling shrew of a mother they might have a real chance of being reasonable contributing members of society. However as we have seen time and time again, the Grizzled Mama has sunk her claws deeply into her children so that they can barely move without her approval.
I'm STILL not sure how Palin ever allowed this show to be filmed, with no control over the final product. Somehow I don't think she is going to come off very well.
Perhaps Palin is so desperate to keep her promise to Bristol of a career in show business, and so fears losing control over her, that she is now grasping at ANY offer coming their way, regardless of how little control they offer her, or how little they are willing to pay?