Sarah Palin: ‘No way I could do’ what ‘Stars Earn Stripes’ contestants do
Might as well dance and have fun. That’s the advice former Alaska governor Sarah Palin handed out when she popped up at a poolside party held by NBC at the Beverly Hills Hilton on Tuesday to promote the network’s new shows.
The reason for her appearance at the shindig? Husband Todd Palin is one of the contestants in “Survivor” creator Mark Burnett and “Law & Order” creator Dick Wolf’s co-venture, “Stars Earn Stripes.” It’s a show that puts celebs — including Nick Lachey, Dean Cain and Dolvett Quince — into combat training with special-ops guys and one current SWAT officer. The stars not only earn stripes, they also earn bucks for their military, veterans or first-responder charities.
Earlier Tuesday, Todd explained to reporters at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour why he decided to participate in the program. “The motivation is shedding a light on the military, on our veterans and our first responders, and raising money for military-based charities,” he said.
And how does the Palins’ son Track, who serves in the Army Reserve, feel?
“He’s always up for a good laugh, so he encouraged me to do it,” Todd joked.
His wife, who wasn’t at the panel, later dropped in with security guards flanking her. When asked why she didn’t participate in the show herself, Sarah told reporters that she wouldn’t be able to do something like that.
“There’s no way I could do what they do. Wait until you see. It will blow you away,” Sarah said. “The physical and mental acumen that was required of these competitors was amazing.”
Sarah also told TODAY.com about how working with Burnett on “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” was the catalyst for her husband to compete in these extreme conditions, which included mock war games and parachute jumps.
“We just knew this would be such a great opportunity to not only work with Mark, but to give money to such a worthy cause – to the military people,” she told us. “To work with Mark again was just an added benefit.”
She also said she knows that every time a member of her family goes on a reality TV show, as daughter Bristol has done with “Life’s a Tripp” and “Dancing With the Stars,” they know they become a target for the media.
“It doesn’t matter what you do, you are going to be criticized so you might as well live life vibrantly and have fun,” Palin told TODAY.com. “As my daughter Bristol says, ‘Critics are going to criticize, haters are going to hate, so you might as well dance.’ It has become our family mantra.”
“Stars Earn Stripes” premieres on Aug. 13 at 8 p.m. on NBC.