Kyle Massey and family claim idea for Lifetime reality show stolen from them.

Bristol Palin’s show ‘Life’s a Tripp’ at center of lawsuit filed by Kyle Massey and family

Bristol Palin may have left Los Angeles, but the budding reality TV star sure has left her mark on the city’s courts.

Former Disney star Kyle Massey and his family filed a lawsuit in L.A. Federal Court Wednesday claiming they had developed the concept of a reality show surrounding Sarah Palin’s eldest daughter’s attempts to raise her son Tripp in California — and then were cut out when another producer swooped in, gossip site TMZ reported.

Kyle Massey, his brother Christopher and mother Angela charge that producer David McKenzie took over, pitched the show to Lifetime, where “Bristol Palin: Life’s a Trip” premiered Tuesday night. The suit names McKenzie, Associated Television International and Helping Hands LLC alleging copyright infringement, fraud and deceit, breach of contract, bad faith, misappropriation, tortious interference and unfair competition, according to E! Online, which received a copy of the complaint.

“It is unfortunate that after months of trying to resolve this matter the professional way, we were left with no other course of action than to take legal action to protect ourselves,” Angela Massey said in a statement. “If you read the entire complaint…you will see how we created the show, registered the show and did all the leg work to bring this idea to TV and to the defendants, who stole our concept.”

Palin, who met Kyle Massey when they both competed on “Dancing With the Stars” in 2010, is not listed as a defendant in the lawsuit.

She is, however, named in a defamation lawsuit filed last week by talent manager Stephen Hanks — who got in a heated exchange with the 21-year-old conservative scion after he lobbed insults about her mother, ex-GOP VP candidate Sarah Palin, at the Saddle Ranch bar in Los Angeles last September.

Hanks claims in the lawsuit to have suffered emotional distress over Palin’s questioning of his sexuality — she can be heard asking if his profanity laced tirade is “because you’re a homosexual.” He also says he was defamed by Palin’s allegation that she left California because of him.

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. akrnc
    Jun 20, 2012 @ 22:39:56

    There’s no doubt the Massey brothers have a legitimate claim against the show. The premise they are describing was online almost immediately after DWTS and it was being promoted by the Massey boys and their mother. Bristol agreed to be in the show but it was panned by the critics then, too. Lifetime stupidly signed a deal with her for the same premise and even uses footage from the earlier show as seen in the different clips as she goes up and down several sizes within the same show. Too bad they were taken in by the Palin family. They were warned but they chose not to listen. I don’t think they’ll have anything to worry about since the dismal ratings look like the show will be cancelled before it airs again as long as Sarah didn’t get a guarantee of a certain number of shows to be aired written into the contract. There’s not a positive review of the show to be found.


    • FEDUP!!!
      Jun 26, 2012 @ 20:28:13

      Seems like the Massey brothers claim to have their voice heard in the second episode – but t heir face never shows up… (check out gryphen’s blog)


  2. NJfan
    Jun 21, 2012 @ 10:24:54

    Looks like the Massey boys got thrown under the bus by Sarah Palin and her daughter, Bristol. Didn’t Sarah also try to triple Bristol’s salary during negotiations?
    You can bet this whole deal has Sarah’s claws in this. What an evil, greedy, money-hungry family and now Toad the Pimp will be appearing in a reality show.
    Next up will be Willow and Piper if things don’t pan out the way Sarah wants.


  3. Lynne
    Jun 21, 2012 @ 15:16:49

    I am interested to see if Willow bails out of this crazy circus like Track did as soon as she is old enough to do so…the time is near.


  4. Xenon
    Jun 21, 2012 @ 18:27:33

    With all respect to the Massey’s, who in their right mind would want be associated with anything remotely Palin in the first place??!?


  5. anon
    Jun 21, 2012 @ 19:55:21

    Awww. But wait. I thought the Massey were Bristol’s BFFs. Aren’t they buddies? Whose house was it, anyway?

    “Palin…is not listed as a defendant in the lawsuit.” Actually, she kinda IS.
    Helping Hands, LLC is an Alaska business created by the Palin family attorney. It’s Bristol’s company. News media is splitting hairs – she’s not “listed.” Yes, correct, she’s not. But her company is. She’s a party to the legal action.

    LLC designation means a single individual isn’t responsible and the company can’t take a hit because of an individual’s actions. So that’s good for Bristol, all the way around. She won’t lose her personal money and the company won’t lose its assets (if there are any) because of her.


  6. climber357
    Jun 23, 2012 @ 06:20:15

    The Palins never met a bridge they didn ´t want to burn.


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