“Dancing” host Tom Bergeron jumped in, joking: “You haven’t gone Full Kardashian.”
“No — not at all,” Bristol answered seriously.
At press time, the score: The Kardashian family has six reality series to its name: “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” “Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami,” “Kourtney & Kim Take New York,” “Khloe & Lamar” and two editions of “Dancing With the Stars.” (And if you count the two-part, four-hour “Kim’s Fairytale Wedding” as its own “series,” it would bring that family’s tally to seven.)
The Palin family now has five reality series to its name, including two editions of “DWTS”; Lifetime’s “Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp”; Todd Palin’s new NBC reality series, “Stars Earn Stripes”; and TLC’s “Sarah Palin’s Alaska.”
The majority of the all-star edition’s celebs are former “Dancing” winners or runners-up. (Bristol, daughter of former Alaska governor/GOP VPOTUS candidate/reality star Sarah Palin, was the Season 11 second runner-up.)
The celeb lineup includes: Season 12 runner-up Kirstie Alley, Season 10 competitor Pamela Anderson, Season 5 winner Helio Castroneves, Season 4 runner-up Joey Fatone, Season 8 winner Shawn Johnson, Season 2 winner Drew Lachey, Season 8 runner-up Gilles Marini, Season 1 winner Kelly Monaco, Season 4 winner Apolo Anton Ohno, Season 8 second runner-up Melissa Rycroft and Season 3 winner Emmitt Smith.
The announcement was made at Summer TV Press Tour 2012, and most of the celebs showed up for a Q&A session with TV critics.
Not all the questions were addressed to Palin. Bristol just got more questions than any other celeb on the panel. Or, rather, “question” — TV critics kept asking her the same question, over and over, in hopes she’d finally answer it: Why are you doing this show when you say you hate the media attention so much?
“Why would you want to do this again?” is how it was asked the first time.
The first time, she answered that “God provides opportunities like this, and you either go out and do them or not do them. The press will talk about me whether I do it or not, so I might as well be having fun.”
The second time was when the question veered into that discussion about reality TV being the Palin family business.
One TV critic went rogue and asked Bristol whether this time around, she would “have more love for the gays” — but then, the critic also put that question to Anderson.
“Well, I love them,” Anderson responded first.
“You know what? I like gays. I’m not a homophobic, and I’m sick of people saying that, just because I’m for traditional marriage,” Bristol answered.