Bristol Palin, daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, will make her acting debut playing herself on ABC Family’s “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” the network announced yesterday, in spite of her mother’s disapproval.

“We Palins don’t like reality,” Gov. Palin said, according to the Huffington Post. But it’s okay, she said, “just so long as it doesn’t become a regular thing.”

Bristol will play a friend to the show’s protagonist, Amy, at a music program for teen mothers. The show focuses heavily on how Amy’s family and friends deal with her own unexpected pregnancy.

“We’re thrilled to have (Bristol) join us,” said Secret Life executive producer Brenda Hampton in a statement. “And I think she will bring additional attention to the issues facing teen parents that we’ve been exploring for a couple seasons now.” The episode will air this summer.

Bristol Palin, who became pregnant in high school, was thrown in the spotlight with her young baby when Sarah Palin was named as John McCain’s running mate in the 2008 presidential election. She was briefly engaged to the father of the baby, Levi Johnston, an unemployed high school dropout who recently posed in "Playgirl." She has gone to court to get full custody of their 13-month-old son, Tripp, and to ask for increased child support.

Last month Bristol appeared on “The Oprah Show” to expound on her pledge to be abstinent until she gets married. Last spring, Bristol told “Good Morning America” she wanted to use her fame to spread her abstinence message. “I am thrilled to be on this show and to be part of a program that educates teens and young adults about the consequences of teen pregnancy,” she said in a statement.

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6 Responses

  1. Kim B

    Sad that the only thing this girl is famous for is her Teen pregancy. Of course other teens are going to see this as a way of getting attention also. If she is anything like her phony mother she will be lying through the whole show anyway. How could she be honest and tell the world her mother allowed Brystols boyfriend to live with them.

    • LoganXx

      I agree with you. However, of course she will be “lying” through the whole show. Shipping is acting. Gilligan was’nt really stuck on that island either.

  2. John Stephen Dwyer

    “We Palins don’t like reality,” encapsulates what the world already knows about this blatantly insincere and hypocritical politician. If she wasn’t skirting so close to becoming the most powerful person in the world it would be hilarious. As is, it’s terrifying.

  3. BobKat

    Get a clue! Secret Life is not a reality show. It’s a scripted drama. Even though Bristol will be playing herself, she will still be acting and the dialogue will come from a script. Sheesh! Makes me wonder if this quote from Sarah Palin is just made up.

  4. Melissa L.

    It’s Bristol’s choice as to whether or not she wants to be on the show. Not her mom’s. Last time I checked, Bristol is over 18. And plus, everyone needs to stop acting like teen pregnancy is the end of the world. Unfortunately, it happens. And no matter how much we harp on abstinence and contraceptives, teens are going to have sex. Babies are born every year. And plus, shes the daughter of Sarah Palin! I doubt shes going to end up on welfare… Anyways, I agree with a previous poster. The show is SCRIPTED. Its drama, not reality. So obviously Sarah Palin is ignorant or that quote is fake.


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