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Former Atlantan Kyle Massey claims producer cut him out of Bristol Palin’s reality show

Kyle (left) and Christopher Massey are suing a producer over a reality show concept with Bristol Palin. CREDIT: AP

Kyle (left) and Christopher Massey are suing a producer over a reality show concept with Bristol Palin. CREDIT: AP

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 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.

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June 20th, 2012
8:02 am

I think we all knew that Mama Gizly wasn’t going to let her baby be on a show with 2 black guys. Kyle you are better off staying away from the Wasilla Hillbillies. You are better than that.


June 20th, 2012
8:46 am

Typo in first paragraph: Bristol Plain’s. I’m sure you meant Bristol Palin’s (damn that auto-correct!).

Mercedes S.

June 20th, 2012
10:24 am

But Bristol iS plain. This was just Rodney subconsciously speaking the truth. SP could have corrected the Gizly spelling instead.

I was intrigued enough to waste 15 minutes of my life, relaxing after a fantastic meal at Pricci’s, to watch the beginning of “Life With Tripp”. Then the ravioli and the prosciutto started to mind.
Pretty views of Alaska, fun interiors and exteriors of the Palins’ comicbook house, but that nightmarish Beverly Hills “home”…. where do TV people find these monster houses?

Poor, poor Palin girls… no education, loser boyfriends, “go for the adventure” type parents (euphemism for “time to leave the nest, kids, out!).


June 20th, 2012
12:21 pm

“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



June 20th, 2012
12:35 pm

I actually remember Bristol and Kyle gave an interview after Dancing w/ the Stars & mentioned that they were going to live together and make a reality series so Kyle’s suit is probably legit but I am sure that when the concept was brought to the table they had no interest in Kyle or his brother and they were cut… Doesn’t seem like the show will get another season anyway unless Sarah steps in with her rifle!


June 20th, 2012
12:36 pm

Welcome to “HIS”tory fellas. Now you know what your ancestors felt like when their inventions and innovations were taken from them, “repackaged”, and claimed by others to enrich themselves.


June 20th, 2012
12:46 pm

Momma and her shooting iron isn’t going to help this one – momma griz will have to wear some see through camo so we can have a drool moment – but i think that would be an oxymoron – but so is a reality show with this bunch! LOL!

Alabama Communist

June 20th, 2012
1:10 pm

Meanwhile the world is collaping like a Sara Palin governorship and some idiots thinks that Bristol TV show is reality……

That Dude Says...

June 20th, 2012
1:17 pm

I sat in front of Kyle Massey at a Fayette Co. basketball game about 6 or 7 years ago. People were getting autographs and pictures with him the whole game. I had no clue to who he was. I jokingly asked these middle school aged girls if he was little Bow Wow. They didn’t think it was funny. They were like that’s Corey from That’s So Raven. I had no clue about that show. Once I got home google explained it all.


June 20th, 2012
1:23 pm

If it has to do with the Palin’s its a loser. Hope they win the suit.

Just wondering

June 20th, 2012
1:44 pm

After reading all these comments, I now know why the country is going down the toilet.


June 20th, 2012
2:07 pm

I also remember Kyle and Bristol talking about their reality show so it seems like Kyle and his brother have a legitimate beef, however I hate lawsuits but they probably were squeezed out of it. I saw part of the show, I like Bristol but it was awful.


June 20th, 2012
2:17 pm

Gee the “Reality Show which premiered tonight”……….
tonight and its already happened……………come on AJC get your tense right.
And this guy’s worried because he got cut………… oh my oh my. maybe there is a clause in the contract he signed that says the producers can cut anything or everything if they think it is right.
Was there a guarantee in the Contract….
Whine whine whine…..
Maybe its a good thing he was cut BEFORE the show aired since its obvious he is suing before it even shows…
Wow, just wow….

Harry Callahan

June 20th, 2012
2:43 pm

Liberals are so funny…they claim to be for common people, but then ridicule real common people as hillbillies, etc. Like the Palins are any trashier than drunkass womanizing rich liberals like the Clintons or the Kennedys…


June 20th, 2012
3:20 pm

The article said that Bristol is not named as a defendant, so it seems that they MIGHT still be friends.

Rodney is a stinking liberal

June 20th, 2012
5:21 pm

Surprised this blob hasn’t played the race card yet


June 20th, 2012
8:39 pm

The race card, thought Dale Jr. won last weekend. Take Seabiscuit in the 6th race at Pimlico on Thursday.


June 21st, 2012
4:15 pm

I totally agree with Harry Callahan

Liberals Are Lying Racist Hypocrites

June 23rd, 2012
7:37 am

listen to all the racist liberal losers……how pathetic


June 23rd, 2012
8:13 am

look at those idiot racist conservative uneducated unpatriotic fools trying to drum up the race card on this blog making up lies just to get attention.