December 11th, 2010
04:47 PM ET

Guns and groans when Palin meets Gosselin

Gee Kate Gosselin, we never would've guessed that you've never been camping before.

This little tidbit is revealed when Mama Gosselin and her eight children make a visit to the Palin home on the latest episode of the TLC show “Sarah Palin’s Alaska.” Turns out Palin’s youngest daughter is a fan of the super-sized family, who currently star in another TLC vehicle, “Kate Plus Eight.”

You would think this pair would have tons in common, given that both are equally praised and reviled by fans and critics. They also both have had to get used to the glare of the media and being taken to task for their parenting skills.

The meeting starts out well, and Palin suggests the Gosselins come along with her family for one of their favorite pastimes: camping. Cue Gosselin looking slightly horrified at the bear safety class they visit in preparation for the trip. Apparently, you aren’t supposed to run away screaming when a bear is chasing you. Gosselin also doesn't look very comforted by Palin's display of her shooting skills just in case said bears attack.

Things don’t get much better once the camping trip actually kicks off, in the cold and the rain, no less. Let’s just say there is plenty of whining and a bit of a meltdown – and it wasn't from the Gosselin children.

“Sarah Palin’s Alaska” airs at 9 p.m. Sunday on TLC.

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  1. The world's news source

    Helpful info. Lucky me I discovered your website accidentally, and I'm stunned why this twist of fate didn't came about earlier! I bookmarked it.

    April 3, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. syevie68a

    When Palin first rose to prominence, Newsweek had her on the cover kneeling beside her rifle. I think they knew back
    then, that this woman is sick,sick,sick. While recent stories focus on her ignorance, what gets little notice is just how
    dangerous she is. Please, Sarah, take your personal ambition elsewhere.

    December 17, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  3. Bob

    Dumb meets dumber? Dumb blonde vs. Stupid brunette.

    December 17, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  4. J.D. Long

    I was stationed in Adak and knew Palin to be a liar when she opened her mouth on the Stage at the Republican party that she could see Russia from her house! I flew in and out of Adak almost everyday to hunt subs that was my Job while in the Navy as a flight Engineer so I know for a fact what I'm talking about! Then this idiot quits being a Govenor It showes to me that is the reason why everyone was suing her, If she can't stand the heat of the state what makes you think she can do it for the Country! To me all she has ever shown is her stupidy!!!!!!

    December 13, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. candice

    In the very few Kate+8 shows I've seen, she tried to camp in her own front yard and failed miserably. I knew from watching the promos she would totally go Diva on the Palins. Kate should be ashamed of herself, but I'm sure she justifies everything when she cashes her TLC checks.

    December 13, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. flgal

    Kate was a total waste of space for this show. How immature! Her children were so excited to learn all about the culture of Alaska and she took that away from them because she couldn't be pampered and everything was not all about her. And you don't "make" someone do this adventure. I am sure Kate had a choice. She is all about money and herself and needs to be off TV.

    December 13, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Samantha

    I've always hated how people attack Kate Gosselin so much BUT.....Kate your kids were having a blast so as a PARENT you suck it up and withstand just about anything for your KIDS! You are a pathetic parent Kate, no matter how much you stare into the cameras and say everything you do is for your kids, it APPARENTLY IS NOT! Its all about you Kate. I will go as far as to say Jon would have withstood the camping even if he hated it FOR HIS KIDS SAKE. So finally I join the masses. Kate Gosselin disgusts me.

    December 13, 2010 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
    • t-lo

      Agreed. I never cared about either of these two women. However, I saw the show, and concluded Kate is a big baby.
      She would have been better off crawling in the tent and taking a nap. I thought the kids were having fun, and learning about fish and nature. I think it was a good experiance for them.

      December 13, 2010 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  8. Teaberrywmn

    Who's Sarah Palin?

    December 13, 2010 at 6:06 am | Report abuse |
  9. LOW LYF


    December 13, 2010 at 4:09 am | Report abuse |
  10. Dee

    Those who judge the Alaskan way of life obviously are closed minded, suburban whipped city droids. Come on up, come camping, leave your guns and try to hide behind your narrow minded, self righteous squawking the rest of us call "noise". Let see how well that works haha. Kate, at least you tried girl, the crying was a little diva but extremely enjoying to watch, guessing your kids will never forget the fun they had....must of been the "Palin" in them.

    December 13, 2010 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  11. Fred Halstead

    "Is Sarah Palin really that desperate that she needs to make a woman and her entire brood look stupid just so she can look good?? Is this really what Americans want to watch o television?"

    You give Sarah Palin to much credit. Kate made a fool of herself Sarah just gave her the venue.

    December 12, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. diane

    I may be one of the monority..but I like the show..and it seems to me the kids had fun but Kate is a spoiled little brat....I cant believe how rude she was and how immature....The kids seemed to be taking it all in..She is going to make them into a bunch of neurotic people..I dont believe this show is a publicity stunt..I believe this is Sarah Palin's she doesnt own it...She lives it..

    December 12, 2010 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Nick Drake

    "I love it and I feel privileged that I still get to make trips back up on a regular basis." -Dee

    *And I'm a Hawaiian because I vacation in Hawaii 2 weeks every winter, Dee. lol!

    774 Days Until Barack Obama is Out of Office

    December 12, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tom


    December 12, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. sunless

    only that http://www.SUPERSONIC.US.COM

    December 12, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  16. Katie

    No one in her right mind would take a city woman and her eight children camping to a place where they might encounter a bear. Especially if this family has never gone camping before. This has 'publicity stunt' written all over it. Is Sarah Palin really that desperate that she needs to make a woman and her entire brood look stupid just so she can look good?? Is this really what Americans want to watch o television?

    December 12, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Thomas

      What you did not see is all the camera crew and security guards that went with them "camping". It was not just the two moms and their kids out there risking all against killer bears.

      December 13, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  17. correct me if I'm wrong

    so... if she lived in california... would that be hers too?!?!? do people watch her show because they like it or because it's a train wreck and they just can't look away (& change the channel)???

    December 12, 2010 at 6:36 am | Report abuse |
  18. Dee

    Oh, I'm sorry Nick if I offended you. I guess you like all that Ma Griz hype. Hey, maybe next time Sarah will let you load her shells for her? I liked the joke... it's had a few variations in its time, still funny though. Been living or working in Alaska for the last 20 years but yeah, compared to some I'm probably still a cheechako. I love it and I feel privileged that I still get to make trips back up on a regular basis. Also glad the quitter quit. I was a fan, but now the half-term grifter is just a disappointment.

    December 12, 2010 at 3:41 am | Report abuse |
  19. Moosey

    As a resident of Alaska, I would like to tell Kate that she never has to step foot in our great state again. She is someone who had the opportunity of a lifetime that many people in the lower 48 would have loved to come on. To us, she ahowed that she was nothing more than a spoiled child who would not have been happy even if God himself had come and hosted the campout himself. Kate, go back to PA, raise your children, and stay off TV. TLC, get your money back and your dignity and do not air her show.

    December 12, 2010 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  20. mike carter

    The wolves in Alaska have put a bounty on Sarah's head ....... with or without any brain.

    December 12, 2010 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  21. cherry

    I am glad that God and the honesty of children ruined this publicity stunt for both of those desperat, money hungry, media obsessed "mothers". I am so over Sarah and Kate. To the people that support them, they are laughing at you guys all the way to the bank.

    December 12, 2010 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  22. Jenna

    Too bad Kate didn't stay and whine some more. Maybe beg for some money, hey how about a trip to a South Seas Island because you were so cold for FREE!!! The Lying Channel sure is spending alot of money on her and she does not appreciate it, hope she goes off the air Very Soon. All she does is ask for things, money and trips. I wouldn't give her a dime, get a real job and stop sponging off your children.

    December 11, 2010 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Jeepers

    I just have to say...if there are bears, I ain't camping there.

    December 11, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  24. mike carter

    Why are they taking ' bear safety ' classes ? Generally, bears can outrun, outswim, and outclimb humans. All you can do is make some noise all the time ( so the bears know you are coming ), and lock up your food. I kindof hope that if Sarah shoots at a charging bear, she misses !

    December 11, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andagain

      Oh..I guess I got it wrong. I thought they were warning the bears....

      December 11, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dee

      I've been camping lots of times in Alaska and I don't carry a gun. I've camped with friends who own guns and don't take them. If hunting is in the plans they take the guns, but do what they can (as stated above) to avoid a bear interaction. Of course it depends on where you go. But Palin is just sickening with all her bear hype. I have a beautiful letter written by a true Alaskan hunter about coming over a rise and startled a bear with 2 cubs. He was aware he was downwind and along a river, and in a location with a grizzly population. He described her woofing and stomping to warn him away. He stood his ground and talked to her but she charged. He described his thoughts as he raised his gun. He did not want to shoot this bear and she did veer away then ran off with her cubs. Though he has hunted bear, and just about everything else in Alaska, it was clear to me that he know there was a time and a place. Just shooting to kill or for the thrill of it, as what seems to motivate Palin, is not the goal. He said he had more satisfaction in keeping his head and not shooting this mama bear. I admire true Alaskan hunters who know the value of their resources. To Palin: heaven help you if a bear really charges (a little more likely if you continue with stunts like those you pulled earlier in your series!) and your daddy's not there to handle your gun. What a fake! Ya know, if it's not a kill shot, it may just tick that bear off more. I can see the headlines "Mama Grizzly takes it back from Sarah Palin" Don't think her makeup, bumpit, and salon nails are going to do much for her then- though that screechy voice may buy her a little time.

      December 11, 2010 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick Drake

      "I've been camping lots of times in Alaska and I don't carry a gun." -Dee

      Dee: Alaskans have a nickname for clueless non-Alaskan cheechakos like you: Bear scat.

      The Pope went on vacation for a few days to visit the rugged mountains of Alaska. He was cruising along the campground in the Pope Mobile when he heard a frantic commotion just at the edge of the woods. He found a helpless Democrat named Dee wearing wearing shorts, sandals, a Vote for Obama hat and a Save the Trees shirt. The man was screaming and struggling frantically, thrashing all about and trying to free himself from the grasp of a 10-foot grizzly bear.

      As the Pope watched in horror, a group of Republican loggers wearing Go Sarah shirts came racing up. One quickly fired a 44 magnum slug right into the bear's chest. The two other men pulled the semiconscious Democrat from the bear's grasp. Then using baseball bats, the three loggers finished off the bear. Two of the men dragged the dead grizzly onto the bed of their pickup truck while the other tenderly placed the injured Democrat in the back seat.

      As they began to leave, the Pope summoned al of them men over to him. "I give you my blessing for your brave actions!" he proudly proclaimed. "I have heard there was bitter hatred between Republican loggers and Democratic environmental activists, but now I've seen with my own eyes that this is not true."

      As the Pope drove off, one logger asked his buddies, "Who the heck was that guy?"

      "Dude, that was was the Pope," another replied. "He's in direct contact with Heaven and has access to all wisdom."

      "Well," the logger said, "he may have access to all wisdom, but he doesn't know squat about bear hunting! By the way, is the bait still alive or do we need to go back to Massachusetts and get another one?"

      December 11, 2010 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • heliocracy

      Please Nick. If you support Sarah Palin, you are too stupid for any of your other so-called "opinions" to be taken seriously.

      December 12, 2010 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Debbie from Arizona

      To Nick – I found your story, which I presume you thought to be clever, the very definition of Bear Scat.

      December 12, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  25. mike carter

    Nothing can ruin their fake camping trip faster than plenty of rain and cold.

    December 11, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      Yup, sure messes up your hair and makeup, goll darn it!
      Considering it took Princess Sarah six shots to down an immobile caribou (that's a reindeer for the rest of us, sound pretty nasty so close to Christmas, eh, Santa?), I wouldn't be too reassured at her outing an attacking grizzly...maybe she should forget the gun and risk smearing her 24h waterproof lipstick to attack, like pitbulls were genetically engineered to do (look up *bear baiting*, another great *sport*).

      December 12, 2010 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  26. Arglebargle

    "Guns and groans when Palin meets Gosselin"

    Oh! I was hoping this would be a story about them shooting each other and putting them out of our misery! Dang!

    December 11, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • kiki

      The children didn't seem like they were having very much fun! Also, Sarah Palin seemed a little impatient to me......kinda like she would rather being doing something else with her time.

      December 13, 2010 at 4:37 am | Report abuse |
    • michaelfury

      December 13, 2010 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |

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