Sarah Palin in awe of husband Todd’s feats on ‘Stars Earn Stripes’
By LORI RACKL TV Criticfirstname.lastname@example.org July 26, 2012 12:06AM
Todd Palin stars in NBC's new reality show "Stars Earn Stripes." The contestant appeared with his wife, former Alaska Governor and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin at the premiere party on July 24. | NBC
Updated: August 27, 2012 11:23AM
LOS ANGELES — Sarah Palin said politics can be “pretty brutal,” but not as brutal as what her husband, Todd, and the rest of the cast endured in NBC’s upcoming competition show, “Stars Earn Stripes.”
“I don’t think physically I would be able to handle what they’ve gone through,” said Palin, adding that she’d “have to be doing a whole lot of pushups” to prepare for the show.
“It will blow you guys away when you see what they do,” she said. “I … was witness to the bumps and bruises at the end of some of the days.”
The former Alaska governor and GOP veep candidate made her comments at a Beverly Hills poolside party thrown by NBC to promote its fall TV schedule.
The event attracted celebrities such as Matthew Perry (“Friends”), NeNe Leakes (“Real Housewives of Atlanta,” “Glee”) and Giancarlo Esposito (“Breaking Bad,” “Once Upon a Time”), to name a few. But the biggest scrum of reporters swarmed around Palin, who looked all Hollywood glam in her Oakley sunglasses and strappy black pumps. (The monkey starring in the NBC comedy “Animal Practice” also drew a considerable crowd.)
In “Stars Earn Stripes,” Todd Palin is one of eight stars paired with members of the military or first-responder forces to compete in challenges inspired by actual military exercises. Hosted by Gen. Wesley Clark, the show premieres Aug. 13.
Besides Todd Palin, other cast members include boxing champ Laila Ali, actor Dean Cain, actor and ex-NFL player Terry Crews, singer Nick Lachey (the former Mr. Jessica Simpson), “The Biggest Loser” trainer Dolvett Quince, Olympic gold medalist Picabo Street and professional wrestler Eve Torres. Teams compete for a cash prize they donate to a military, veteran or first-responder charity.
Sarah Palin said Todd, a four-time Iron Dog snowmobile race champion, is well-suited for the competition because he’s “calm, cool and collected all the time.” While her husband is taking on the show’s grueling challenges for the sake of entertainment, Palin noted that this is reality for a lot of people, like their son, Track.
“He’s over in Afghanistan,” she said. “He and every other member of the military go through this in real life for the real cause.”
Todd isn’t the only Palin starring in an unscripted TV show. The couple’s oldest daughter debuted her own series, “Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp,” last month on Lifetime. The docu-series follows Bristol’s trials and tribulations as she raises her 2½-year old son, Tripp.
“It’s very realistic in terms of showing what single motherhood really is; she’s showing that it’s a lot of work,” Sarah Palin said about the series, which got booted to a less desirable time slot after lackluster ratings.
Bristol Palin came under fire recently when it appeared that young Tripp might have made a homophobic slur during a temper tantrum in a recent episode. On her blog, Bristol insisted that Tripp uttered a “different f word,” adding that she wasn’t proud of what he said.
One reality show that isn’t likely to see another Palin too soon: “Dancing With the Stars.”
When asked if she’d ever follow in Bristol’s footsteps and take part in ABC’s popular competition, Sarah Palin didn’t dance around her answer.
“I’m just not a good dancer at all,” she said. “I’m not coordinated. Two left feet. I would make a fool of myself and others.”
“Stars Earn Stripes” premieres 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 13 on WMAQ-Channel 5.