Bristol Palin’s Reality Show Inspires Two Lawsuits
Bristol Palin’s new reality show “Life’s a Tripp” just debuted on Lifetime last night, but the series has already spawned a pair of lawsuits. It seems that the daughter of former GOP vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin had agreed to do a similar show with some old pals, and they’re claiming the Lifetime series ripped off their idea.
Following her stint on “Dancing with the Stars,” Bristol Palin collaborated with pals Kyle and Christopher Massey on a reality show for the Bio channel that would feature the single mom moving to Los Angeles with son Tripp to work with a charity. The show never made it to air.
Now Palin is doing a similar show called “Life’s a Tripp” on Lifetime, and the Masseys have filed a lawsuit against Associated Television International claiming “copyright infringement, breach of contract and unfair competition, seeking a permanent injunction and monetary damages.” The suit seeks to stop the show, although the first episode already aired.
Kyle and Christopher’s mom Angel Massey told E! Online:
“It is unfortunate that after months of trying to resolve this matter the professional way, we were left with no other course of action than to take legal action to protect ourselves. If you read the entire complaint, and particularly pages 8-11, you will see how we created the show, registered the show and did all the leg work to bring this idea to TV and to the defendants, who stole our concept.”
Palin is not named in this action, but she’s more personally involved in another suit by a heckler who’s charging her with defamation of character. Stephen Hanks had a verbal altercation with Palin in Sunset Strip bar last year, and video of the incident turned up in ads for “Life’s a Tripp.”
Hanks claims he never signed a waiver to release the footage and that his reputation and career have been damaged by the exposure. He also claims Palin lied about him in an interview, blaming him for her move back to Alaska from L.A. when she had already previously purchased a home there.
The complainants may not have anything to complain about much longer, since the premiere episode of “Life’s a Tripp” tanked in the ratings, attracting just 726,000 viewers and garnering a 0.2 rating among adults 18-49. Yikes!