Former Atlantan Kyle Massey and his brother Christopher are suing the producer of Bristol Palin’s new Lifetime reality show, which premiered tonight.
The Masseys claim they came up with the reality show concept, then were cut out of it by a producer David McKenize, according to TMZ. The new show, called “Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp,” focuses exclusively on Bristol and her toddler son Tripp.
Kyle, who grew up in Atlanta before becoming a big Disney star, developed a friendship with Bristol while they were both on “Dancing With the Stars” last year. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Los Angeles today, claims they had developed the idea of the brothers helping Palin with child rearing and adjusting to life in Los Angeles. The proposed show title: “Bristol-ogy 101.”
The Masseys want compensation for coming up with the idea and are asking a judge to stop the airing of the show as soon as possible. Bristol’s not named as a defendant.
Kyle starred first in “That’s So Raven,” then his own show “Cory in the House” on Disney.
The original show was supposed to be on BIO channel and video footage was taken, according to this Huffington Post story from the summer of 2011.
“Bristol is the kind of personality BIO is drawn to,” according to David McKillop, Executive Vice President of Programming for A&E and the BIO Channel in a People.com story at the time. “Her personal life has been playing out in the media for several years but this will be the first time she’s opening up her real life, with her and son and her friends the Massey brothers.”
It’s fair to say they probably aren’t friends anymore.