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Bristol Palin Happy She Improved on "Dancing with the Stars"

ABC/ADAM TAYLOR(LOS ANGELES) -- Bristol Palin left Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars this week with her head held high.

Sarah Palin's daughter reached the fourth week of competition.

"I'm glad that we went out with decent scores and we made an improvement so I was happy about it," Bristol said.

Earlier this month, a suspicious package was sent to the Los Angeles studio where Dancing with the Stars is staged. reported that it contained a harmless white powder and a note that read, "This is what will happen to you if Bristol Palin stays on [the show]."

Bristol, who was the subject of a similar package during her first run on the show in 2010, says, "It definitely makes things more serious...having that kind of thing on my back does worry me a little bit, but I'm tough, I'm strong and, I've got really good support from my family."

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"Dancing with the Stars" Week Four: Bristol Palin Voted Off

ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- Bristol Palin has been tripped up on Dancing with the Stars. The Life's a Tripp star and her partner, Mark Ballas, were eliminated from the ABC series Tuesday night after receiving the lowest combined total of judges' scores and viewer votes.

With her mom, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, looking on with her dad Todd, Bristol said she was happy to have reached the fourth week of competition.

Bristol never established herself as a top-scoring celebrity this season, but she earned praise from the judges Monday night for showing improvement during her 1950s rock 'n' roll dance.

Palin and Ballas were joined in the bottom two by Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who will return next week.

The musical guests on the results show were former Mirror Ball trophy winner Donny Osmond and Susan Boyle, who sang their duet "This Is the Moment." The song is featured on Boyle's new album, Standing Ovation, due out November 13.

Next Monday, the celebrities will dance individual routines set to their favorite "guilty pleasure" song. Gilles Marini has already revealed that he will do the rumba to Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You."

The stars will also be divided into two teams for a freestyle dance. The captains of the two squads are this week's high scorers, Marini and Shawn Johnson.

Marini, joined by Alley, Kelly Monaco and Emmitt Smith, will dance to Psy's "Gangnam Style." Palin was selected to the team before her elimination.

Johnson, Sabrina Bryan, Melissa Rycroft and Apolo Anton Ohno will dance to the Carly Rae Jepsen hit "Call Me Maybe."

Next Monday's performance show will air on ABC at 8 p.m. Eastern time. It will only be one hour long, rather than the usual two hours, due to ABC's coverage of the third presidential debate.

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Suspicious Package Mentioning Bristol Palin Sent to "DWTS" Set

ABC/ADAM TAYLOR(LOS ANGELES) -- There's at least one Dancing with the Stars viewer who's upset that contestant Bristol Palin survived this week's results show.

A suspicious package was received this week at the CBS Studio set in Los Angeles where the ABC series is staged.  According to, the package contained a white powder -- later determined to be harmless -- as well as a note carrying a message stating something to the effect of, "This is what will happen to you if Bristol Palin stays on [the show]."

Law enforcement officials continue to investigate the matter.

A similar package was sent to the studio in 2010, when Palin last competed on Dancing with the Stars.

Palin advanced this week despite earning the lowest score on the performance show.

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Bristol Palin Bar Heckler Sues Her

Kevin Winter/Tonight Show/Getty Images for The Tonight Show(LOS ANGELES) -- Last September, Bristol Palin was heckled at a West Hollywood restaurant/bar by a man who called her mom, Sarah Palin, a "whore" and made a crude reference about her former relationship with the father of her child, Levi Johnston.  That heckler is now suing Palin. reports Stephen Hanks' lawsuit notes that Palin suggested he is a homosexual during their exchange, which occurred while she was shooting a segment for her new Lifetime series, Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp.  Hanks claims he's been featured in ads for the show despite the fact that he never signed a waiver.

Hanks also states that Palin falsely claimed to a magazine that the incident was the reason why she moved from Los Angeles back to her native Alaska.  He argues that Palin bought a home in Alaska two months before the incident.

Hanks is alleging defamation in his lawsuit and is seeking unspecified damages from Palin and Lifetime's parent company, A&E.

Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp premieres on Lifetime June 19.

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Bristol Palin Says Reality Show Will Present Her as a ‘Normal Mom’

Richard Knapp/Lifetime(NEW YORK) -- Bristol Palin is certainly no shrinking violet. She has appeared on the political stage next to her mother — former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, taken center stage on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, and has captured people’s attention, making a few headlines of her own.

Now, with her 3-year-old son, Tripp, in tow, Palin will star in her own reality TV show.  Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp, will feature 10 half-hour episodes that will air on the Lifetime network starting June 19.

Palin, 21, sat down recently with ABC’s Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts to talk about the show.

Asked what it was to have cameras watching her every move, every hour of every day, she replied:  “I don’t really think you get used to all of it, but Tripp was used to it the whole time. He’s didn’t care if the cameras were there or not. He’s still going to be rowdy, he’s still going to be a little terror, but it was fun. It was a lot of fun.”

Roberts also asked Palin how her mother felt about her doing the series.

“You know, she supports me and she knows that I have good judgment so she is definitely in support of it,” Palin replied.

And the young woman’s strong support of her mother is clearly demonstrated in the show, when she engages in a heated verbal exchange at a bull-riding bar with a man whose political views are different from those of her famous mother.

“I think if somebody is going to talk poorly about my mom, I am going to pick and choose my battles and a battle like that, I chose to confront him and see what the real problem was,” she said, “and I’m excited for viewers to see the real me in that, because I’m sitting there all tough and shaking and I’m acting tough and instantly when it’s over, it’s like, ‘OK, there’s the real Bristol,’ because I am calling my boyfriend, I’m calling my mom. ‘Ah, get me out of here,’ people are going to see the real Bristol in this show.”

She added that the real Bristol Palin is “a grounded, normal mom.”

Palin has faced criticism for appearing in the reality show, but says she’s prepared for the public’s disapproval.

“I think I have tough skin and I know that God is on my side and my faith is everything to me. It’s just the root of my life and my family’s life and I think it will do well,” she said. “And when people are talking poorly about me, I think it just gives me more motivation to want to do more and want to speak up even louder and they’re just not doing themselves well by doing that.”

She added: “I think the people who don’t like me, I’m not trying to change their opinion on it, but it’s going to be a good show.”

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Levi Johnston’s Girlfriend Is Pregnant

Donna Ward/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Levi Johnston is going to be a dad again.

A source close to Bristol Palin’s ex-fiance told ABC News that Johnston’s girlfriend, Sunny Oglesby, has been pregnant for “about four or five months.” The source would not comment on whether the two plan to get married.

Johnston, 21, and Oglesby, 20, have been dating for a year.

This will be the second child for Johnston, who fathered a son with Bristol Palin, the eldest daughter of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, in 2008. Johnston and Bristol Palin called off their engagement in March 2009, got engaged again in July 2010, and split up once and for all weeks later.

Johnston’s book Deer in the Headlights, released in September, claimed that Bristol Palin wanted to get pregnant because she was jealous of her mother’s pregnancy with son Trig. Having a baby of her own, he wrote, was exactly “what she wanted.”

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Bristol Palin Back in the Spotlight for Lifetime Reality Series

Kevin Winter/Tonight Show/Getty Images for The Tonight Show(NEW YORK) -- Lifetime announced Wednesday that the network has picked up a new documentary series focusing on Bristol Palin, daughter of 2008 vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and former contestant on ABC's Dancing With the Stars.

The show, Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp, was picked up for 10 half-hour episodes and will offer an insight into the life of the 21-year-old mother as she raises her 3-year-old son, Tripp. The network said the show will also focus on her relationship with her parents, Sarah and Todd Palin, and her siblings.

"From the first moment she was thrust into the public eye, Bristol and her son have been the subjects of a huge amount of curiosity and misunderstanding," said Rob Sharenow, executive vice president of programming for Lifetime Networks, in a news release Wednesday. "This show will reveal the real Bristol Palin and her journey as a daughter, mother and a young woman making her way in the world."

Palin first stepped into the spotlight in 2008, when her mother, the former Alaska governor, became Republican Sen. John McCain's vice presidential running mate.

At the age of 18, Palin gave birth to her son, garnering national attention because she was not married to the father, then-18-year-old Levi Johnston.

The two have been engaged and broken the engagement twice in the past four years.

After the birth of her son, Palin began working with the Candie's Foundation as an advocate for the prevention of teen pregnancy, speaking to teens about the importance of abstinence.

In 2010, Palin participated in Dancing With the Stars alongside celebrities David Hasselhoff, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino from Jersey Shore, Florence Henderson and Jennifer Grey. She placed third in the competition's 11th season.

Palin's memoir, Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far, made the New York Times best-seller list after its release in 2011. The book chronicled her personal life and time spent in the public eye.

The current Lifetime series is already in production, but no clips of the show have been released. Network representatives said they plan to begin airing the series sometime this year.

As for Johnston's role in the series, his manager, Tank Jones, said he was offered a role by the producers, but they have yet to make a decision.

"I don't like surprises," Jones told ABC News. "I don't want him to walk into a bad situation -- not that we necessarily think it will be. We're just trying to be careful so we're looking at everything before he decides to participate in the show."

This is the second proposed series focused on Palin. The first, a reality show picked up by the BIO channel, was dropped in November, and would have included fellow DWTS contestant Kyle Massey.

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Bristol Palin Quits Hollywood

Kevin Winter/Tonight Show/Getty Images for The Tonight Show(WASILLA, Alaska) -- Bristol Palin has had enough of the lower 48. The 20-year-old, who bought a house in Arizona and then moved to Los Angeles with son Tripp, 3, is now back in Wasilla, Alaska, and living in an apartment on Mama Grizzly Sarah Palin’s property.

“I wasn’t really into the Hollywood thing,” Bristol told In Touch magazine. “I just realized I was over it and I wanted to come home.”

The former Dancing With the Stars contestant is now back at her old job working in a dermatologist’s office, ABC News confirmed.

Palin told the magazine that a verbal brawl at Los Angeles bar Saddle Ranch, which was caught on camera, contributed to her decision to go back to her roots.

While she was riding a mechanical bull, a heckler yelled out, “Did you ride Levi like that?” referring to Levi Johnston, the father of Bristol’s young son. The man went on to call her mother, the former Alaska governor, a “whore.” After being bucked off the bull, Bristol walked over to confront the heckler. A video of their exchange shows the two talking for several minutes about why he doesn’t like Sarah Palin.

Son Tripp also influenced her decision. “He’s going to be starting preschool soon,” she told the magazine. “So we needed to settle into a routine.”

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Bristol Palin's Heckler Issues Apology

Adam Bettcher/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The man who heckled Bristol Palin and ridiculed her mother at a West Hollywood restaurant/bar last Thursday now regrets the confrontation. Via a statement released by his lawyer to E! News, 47-year-old talent manager Stephen Hanks said he's reviewed footage of his verbal attack on Palin and has "come to the conclusion that no matter what my feelings are towards Sarah Palin, I should not have expressed them towards her daughter, Bristol Palin." He also said, "I expressed my feelings in an improper manner in the heat of the moment, and allowed my emotions to get the better of me." He apologized to Bristol and wished her "happiness in the future."

Hanks' attorney says his client has received threats in the wake of the incident, in which he told Bristol her mother is a whore and is going to hell. Palin responded in part by asking him if he is a homosexual. Footage of their exchange was subsequently posted on YouTube.

Palin was at the bar taping a segment for a reality show for the Bio channel.

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Bristol Palin's New Mystery Man

Photo Courtesy - ABC/ADAM LARKEY(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) -- Bristol Palin says she's dating a 20-year-old Alaska pipeline worker.

When asked about the mystery man recently on a local radio station, Palin reluctantly responded, "Are you guys getting personal with me, really?"

She finally admitted to dating someone, saying, "Yeah, you know what, I'm seeing a guy and he's really great and Tripp loves him and we're having a really good time and we're really good friends."

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