A chorus of boos erupted on Monday night’s episode of Dancing With The Stars prior to the time Sarah Palin, in attendance to see her daughter Bristol dance, was about to be featured in a segment.
The booing was audible on the telecast during a backstage segment where Brooke Burke interviewed Jennifer Grey following a successful set in which Grey received a night-high 24 points.
“There’s booing in the ballroom — we don’t know why,” Burke said, to which Grey responded, “Why is there booing?”
The booing quieted down with no further mention, as the show flipped back to host Tom Bergeron, who was sitting with Palin, the night’s designated guest ballroom commentator.
“I know usually you’re very bashful about giving your opinion about things, but how do you think the show is going so far?” Bergeron asked the former vice presidential nominee.
Palin responded, “This is amazing — it’s so exciting, and it’s great to see all this courage and joy and exuberance by every dancer — its awesome.”
ABC told the Los Angeles Times that the jeers were not directed at the controversial politician, but rather at the judges, for not awarding Grey a trio of perfect scores for her dance efforts.
“They were just expressing their feelings about a really, really good dance,” a network spokeswoman told the paper. “Its not at all unusual.”
Dancing With The Stars‘ eleventh season continues on ABC Tuesday at 9/8c.