"Dancing with the Stars" puts end to Palin "boo-gate"

Tue Sep 28, 2010 10:15pm EDT
 
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - She didn't even dance, but TV viewers of "Dancing with the Stars" may have thought conservative politician Sarah Palin was booed off Monday's contest, sending producers scrambling to clarify the event.

On Tuesday's results program, producers aired an unedited video clip from Monday night in which studio audience members booed the judges for giving a low score to contestants Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough -- not to Palin.

The catcalls happened off camera when Grey and Hough were being interviewed only seconds before Palin spoke with host Tom Bergeron about her daughter Bristol, who is a contestant.

To TV viewers, it might have appeared as if the studio audience was booing Palin.

By Tuesday, celebrity websites and media watchers were speculating that is exactly what happened. But the video clearly shows the audience's disappointment with the judges.

"Just to put the final nail in the coffin of 'boo-gate,' Sarah Palin told me just before the show that she was surprised by all the controversy because she was booing you guys, too," Bergeron told the judges on Tuesday's program.

Indeed, on Monday night's performance show, the judges had given a series of low scores to several contestants, in particular singer Michael Bolton who was eliminated from the contest on Tuesday night.

(Editing by Peter Bohan)

 
<p>Former Alaska Governor and 2008 Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin speaks during the National Rifle Association's 139th annual meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina May 14, 2010. REUTERS/Chris Keane</p>