April 25, 2009

Levi Johnston & Duana "Dog" Chapman!

Posted: 12:48 PM ET

artlevijohnstoncnnLevi Johnston joined Larry for a Primetime Exclusive! The father of Bristol Palin's baby talked about what went wrong with the young couple and why he's taking the break-up public.  He also says he's on the outs with the entire Palin family.  His mom and sister joined him at the desk.

Plus! Duane "Dog" Chapman exclusive! T-V's Bounty Hunter says he was shot at by a fugitive he was pursuing!  He gave Larry his first-hand account!


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Pietro Sirianni   April 22nd, 2009 5:10 pm ET

I was wondering if Mr. Johnston was at all coerced into staying with Bristol until the campaign was over by the Palin team?

Rachna   April 22nd, 2009 5:11 pm ET

I want to comment about Levi Johnston conduct, that no matter how many things went wrong between him and his in laws family, this is not how a he should have insulted the mother of his child. There are other ways to get publicity.

STANLEY   April 22nd, 2009 5:40 pm ET


Jonathan   April 22nd, 2009 6:01 pm ET

Hello Levi,

Thanks for all your work with special needs children during the special olympics.

Can you tell me why it is that special needs children is a cause so obviously close to your heart? Is it because of your relationship with Trig Palin? And if the answer is yes can you tell me why that is and what your relationship is to that beautiful child.

Diane   April 22nd, 2009 6:03 pm ET

What sort of compensation are you receiving from the democratic party, it's allies and liberal think tanks for your work on the Obama 2012 campaign? Good job, Levi!

OnTheWeb   April 22nd, 2009 6:06 pm ET

When did Larry King become Jerry Springer?

Sue   April 22nd, 2009 6:07 pm ET

Is Levi there to talk about his mothers drug problem? Aren't his 15 minutes up? Who is paying this family to try to besmirch the Palins? Larry you really have sunk low with this show! I am done and will never watch again! What about your wife Larry ...why not do a show on your dysfunctional family? I am sure this will not be posted but it was woth my time to write!

amb   April 22nd, 2009 6:10 pm ET

I could care less about this incident. Levi has no business making this public, so I'll be watching Hannity instead of your TV program. This is so not a subject I want to listen to. You should not air this, as it hurts the Palin family

LuluMagee   April 22nd, 2009 6:21 pm ET

Levi, when did you start working with the Special Olympics? What do you do for them?

Amy   April 22nd, 2009 6:26 pm ET

Why do we have to here more about both families they are all trailer trash and I think election day proved that.

LuluMagee   April 22nd, 2009 6:28 pm ET

One more: Levi, you have become a symbol for fathers' rights. How do you feel about that development?

dustyrose7681   April 22nd, 2009 6:29 pm ET

Is it hard to fight the rumors and judgment the Palin Family puts out against you? What kind of a relationship does Bristo have with her Mom?
Do you think you will get to see your baby more as time goes along, or will the Palin's make it harder for you. Good Luck, Levi...
Larry..I love your show!

J Myer   April 22nd, 2009 6:30 pm ET

I believe the Palin Grandparents are interferring with these two young people and they should back off and let the two settle things on their own. Remember, Levi is the father of this baby andl always will be, so Grandma Palin should stay out of the picture. She cannot change the fact that Levi will always be involved with his and Bristol's child and whether the two ever settle their disagreements or not, it is none of Grandma's business. They might get back together some day and Grandma will have a problem with her relationship with them if she continues to allienate the father of her grandchild,, and possibly ruin her relationship with her daughter too. It would be better for Levi if he stops going on shows to discuss this – it should be a private matter for him and Bristol to work out!

C. Sparks   April 22nd, 2009 6:31 pm ET

Can you please say something to correct the conspiracy theorists out there who are still certain that you and Bristol, or at least that Bristol, is also the parent(s) of Trig Palin.

mae lewis   April 22nd, 2009 6:34 pm ET

Hi Levi, We've seen your incredible tenderness and affection towards Trig when you and Bristol were photographed throughout the convention last year. You even presented a photo of you posing with newborn Trig on a recent TV appearance. I am hoping that you will clarify your deep emotional attachment to this young boy. I hope you understand that there are not many boy friends who show this kind of affection to their girl friend's mother's baby. You seem very paternal to the child, and there are many us who would like to know of your relationship to him (Trig).

cheryl   April 22nd, 2009 6:39 pm ET

Levi, do you realize that you are hurting your relationship with your son by trashing his family? Not mention the fact that all your interviews include your mother, who is a criminal and your sister, make it look like you are now being controlled by them.

Also, isn't your sister also a single mother who got pregnant as a teen? Did your mother permit it? Doesn't the fact that both of her children did not practice safe sex speak more about her ability to parent than anything the Palins have done?

Dave of Detroit   April 22nd, 2009 6:42 pm ET

The real question here is how much the Palin's are going to be willing to shell out to get rid of this guy permanently? All he has to do is ask for custody and visitation rights and the ballgame gets interesting. If Sarah Palin does have Presidential aspirations-anybody who thinks she does not please raise your hand now-this guy could be a real drag instead of the clean shaven, aren't they just so happy couple, before the baby was born. Sorry about the cynicism but I have had a lot of Counseling experience and current behavior speaks volumes!

sherry   April 22nd, 2009 6:44 pm ET

Is it true you were sort FORCED nto this with PALINS DAUGHTER?
do to the fact she was running for VP>?
I am getting that if it were not for Palin at time....
you would have not been in there life .

Barb   April 22nd, 2009 6:45 pm ET


You have been criticized for not working and providing for Tripp; yet, you did have a job on the North Slope until around Jan. 5. This past New Year's Eve, Sarah Palin gave statements to the press that you had an apprenticeship and had not completed high school.

Do you think it is possible that Sarah Palin set you up to force you to quit your job on the North Slope?

When did you stop attending classes at Wasilla High School?

Connie   April 22nd, 2009 6:55 pm ET

I think you should call this show "Larry Springer". I will not be watching.

Trina   April 22nd, 2009 6:58 pm ET

My inquiry is to Larry, this show should be interesting and I will watch it as I do watch your show every night. My problem is: whenever there is negative news concerning Gov. Palin, a couple of organizations always interfere. They go around whereever their is negative news affecting this gov. They announce on their sites "poll up" and they "march" like little ants to mess w/the polls thus rendering it invalid. These 2 websites are Team Sarah and conservatives4palin. They've even gone so far as to effect comment sections on many blogs. They are wasting their time IMO what they do for Sarah hurts more than helps and people see right through their little schemes. They are the ones making negative comments on this blog right now. Go check out the comments right now on their sites and you'll see them telling their bloggers to go out and make their comments.

KL   April 22nd, 2009 7:02 pm ET

I have read much about Sarah Palin's vindictiveness. Do you fear that telling your side of the story will further hurt your chances of seeing your son or that she may try and make life more difficult for your family in Alaska? They really seemed to stalk State Trooper Wooten.


When you were at the Republican Convention did the Palin's or any of the McCain people tell you how to behave and/or conduct yourself? Are the Palin's different people than what the public saw during the campaign?

Elizabeth Perry   April 22nd, 2009 7:03 pm ET

The Palins are knowingly getting in a verbal battle with a teenager. You would think they would have enough brains to have made a statement and dropped the issue. I can see the Palins treating Levi like a second class citizen. Thank goodness SHE wasn't elected!

ericmiami   April 22nd, 2009 7:06 pm ET

Can I buy an advance copy of your book about the Palins on Amazon?

Sheryll Evans   April 22nd, 2009 7:13 pm ET

Why the split? Who is taking care of the child? What kind of arrangements do they have. Who is supporting the child finacially? Is the tax payers? Any chance of getting back together and raise the child together? Hopefully both have gone through parenting classes and understand that talking down about the other parent can be harmful and will come back to them as they get older. I wished them luck. It is a shamed that the world has to be involved. People everyday have the same problems.

Kevin   April 22nd, 2009 7:28 pm ET

Levi, wouldn't ANY time you can spend with your child be worth whatever hassles are presented? I'm a father, whose work takes me away from my children, and I'd give anything to hold them everyday.

Frank Dodson   April 22nd, 2009 7:44 pm ET

Scottish Singer Susan Boyle is yet another reminder to everyone,everywhere " That you can't judge a book by it's cover ". In a brief moment she made the whole world actually feel something real and God given, not manufactured by the Record companies, Madison Avenue or the Hollywood dream machine. She has an integrity which is lost to, or even (never found) by most of today's musical artistes.

Frank Dodson Actor Kansas City,MO

jaimie   April 22nd, 2009 8:19 pm ET

will he be telling the truth? & does he get paid for being on this show ??...

amb   April 22nd, 2009 8:22 pm ET

Levi: You should join the Army, Navy, Air Force or Marines. It'll make a man out of you and teach you some skills, so when you get out, you will be able to get a decent job and support yourself and family. Get a life and quit going on TV to tell all the gruesome details.

Diane Hirsch   April 22nd, 2009 8:31 pm ET

This question may have already been asked: If McCain/Palin had won the Election, would you be marrying Bristol?

melanie in AK   April 22nd, 2009 8:34 pm ET

Levi – Do you have any plans to pursue paternity testing? There are folks in Alaska who think you should.

Michael C. McHugh   April 22nd, 2009 8:35 pm ET

Normally in political warfare, I'd say that the kids are civilians and off-limts, but in this case, some of them are going public to make money and get their 15 minutes of fame, Then the rules change, and they open themselves up to all the usual political attacks. It ain't pretty or pleasant, being in that lion's den, especially for politicians who always run on Christian Family Values.

janette tx   April 22nd, 2009 8:36 pm ET

Larry is boring,asks leading mondane questions which
requires no thought process.And he gives excessive time
to loosers like the parents of Casey the murderer.

Lee Franklin   April 22nd, 2009 8:42 pm ET

Levi and Mercede, you both gave accounts of the day that Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston was born. Can you tell us what month and day that was, and does Tripp's birth certificate include his full name including your surname?

John   April 22nd, 2009 8:51 pm ET

I'll forgive him for being young and drawn to the attention he's receiving over his public spat with the Palins. But not for the potential harm he's causing to his son. He should see his son daily and if he's REALLY being blocked from doing so, he should seek legal counsel.

Sophie   April 22nd, 2009 8:59 pm ET

This is really a question for Mr. King. I was wondering how you decide who and who not to give suspenders to during your shows.


Sophie Goldenberg

Kay   April 22nd, 2009 9:04 pm ET

Why do you allow the publicity to tear your family apart?

Evelyn Darr   April 22nd, 2009 9:05 pm ET

Levi Johnston – shame on you for going public with such private matters. How much are you getting paid to appear on all these shows.

al   April 22nd, 2009 9:05 pm ET

Levi you are a tard. Larry get a real guest.

al   April 22nd, 2009 9:06 pm ET

bring on the dog!

Jo   April 22nd, 2009 9:06 pm ET

The presence of Levi does create an image of someone who wants to do this publicity junket ... who's pushing him???????

Sean Larkin   April 22nd, 2009 9:07 pm ET


If the media wasn't involved in your relationship between you and Bristol, do you think that the relationship would have been more sustainable.

Alyssa Bampton   April 22nd, 2009 9:07 pm ET

This kind of behaviour does nothing to help your little boy. You should be a man and stop all of this. You're only hurting your baby as he does not deserve this.

Kay   April 22nd, 2009 9:07 pm ET

You and Bristol are very young to have children. Remember, this is your son, do what is right and do not allow her family to determine your fate or the fate of your son not growing up with his parents

Sara   April 22nd, 2009 9:07 pm ET

Do you feel that now the morning after pill is avaliable to 17yr olds that there will be more teens using the this drug??? Why or Why Not

Wayne Lambkin   April 22nd, 2009 9:08 pm ET

What in the world are you doing and whose business is it whether Levi and Bristol had sex in the home or anywhere. You are way over the line on this one – one of the poorest interviews I have ever witnessed on your program.

Dave   April 22nd, 2009 9:08 pm ET

How did Levi's parents handle this situation?

Selenia   April 22nd, 2009 9:08 pm ET

So he thinks he is a gentleman. A touring teen gone wild on talk shows, some gentleman who would diss the mother of his child. And, Levi – you are not the brightest bulb in the bunch. Now bring on DOG!

linda wilsen   April 22nd, 2009 9:09 pm ET

I wanted to ask Levi how they decided on the baby's name, Tripp. It is very interesting!


Robert Paulson   April 22nd, 2009 9:09 pm ET

Are you planning make over 9000 dollars on a book deal?

Dave   April 22nd, 2009 9:09 pm ET

I am a 17 year old, and I can tell you that abstinence does work. People with self control and values are able to succeed. Also people who value marriage and the person they love. If the person that one loves, really loves one back, that person will be willing to make the committment of waiting until married. That is the whole point of marriage, and people now a days don't give scum about it.

linda wilsen   April 22nd, 2009 9:10 pm ET

How did the name "Tripp" come to be? Who thought of that unusual moniker for a baby?

Vanessa, TX   April 22nd, 2009 9:10 pm ET

Just curious..whats with the name Tripp? how did that come about? who chose the name?

Steve   April 22nd, 2009 9:10 pm ET

Levi- who is pushing you or paying you?

Deb   April 22nd, 2009 9:10 pm ET

Levi, will you be able to spend Father's Day with your son?

Debbie Brodsky   April 22nd, 2009 9:11 pm ET

Is Bristol Palin breast feeding?
Is that why he can't take the baby for the weekend.

Mary Elizabeth   April 22nd, 2009 9:13 pm ET

What a sweetheart Levi is! And, he nailed it right on the head when asked about the break up, and he answered, "Because too many people were bothering us."

Shane Simpson   April 22nd, 2009 9:13 pm ET

Who cares about this guy and what the Palin girl did? REALLY? Leave them all alone – Alot more important things to discuss.

hugh ~ california   April 22nd, 2009 9:13 pm ET

This "3-Ring Circus" is reminiscent of P.T. Barnum without the tent. It's part politics, part tabloid journalism! You just can't make this stuff up–but you can hype it up, just like a carnival freak-show. Come and see the show! Nothing pales in comparison to the Palin saga. Step right up folks, you've got to see it to believe it!

chris   April 22nd, 2009 9:14 pm ET

The longer Levi waits to try and work it out so he can see his son, the more difficult it will be; if they go to court, the Palins will then say that Levi has not been seeing the kid.....he is very naive.

D. Galla-Rini   April 22nd, 2009 9:14 pm ET

LARRY !! Quit the agenda !! Leave the boy alone !!

Uso   April 22nd, 2009 9:15 pm ET

OMG let it go the relationship is OVER get on with your life! Go to court and get half custody of your baby don't need to be telling your business for pity. Be a man grow up you have a kid to take care of!

Marg S   April 22nd, 2009 9:15 pm ET

That fellow is obsiously lying to you but its the questions your asking him. Your putting him in a bad position, he is afraid of repercussions from the Palin family. Be nice!!! Larry

Selenia   April 22nd, 2009 9:16 pm ET

Why is my comment awaiting moderation when there are much worse comments on here. This is not a story, this is not a gentleman, this is someone who is out for theirself. Oh poor Levi, be a man, stop telling stories, learn how to speak proper, get a job and prove you are cabable of being a father to the child you helped create.

talia   April 22nd, 2009 9:16 pm ET

Seriously, why in the world are you doing this . All this could be worked out in the privacy of your own home

Sharon   April 22nd, 2009 9:16 pm ET

Just another Sarah bashing show.

Maria   April 22nd, 2009 9:16 pm ET

People ask why Levi can not take his baby out, the answer is because is a newborn only 4 months old, you don't give a newborn to a teenager boy who does not have any experience and has a mother at home that was detained by drug related problems. I'm a mother of 3months infant and I would let him out with anybody he's still too fragil to go out with people who are not very familiar with his schedules and ways.

glenn nelson   April 22nd, 2009 9:17 pm ET

Good grief, Larry, get some real guests and ask some real questions. This young man is way out of his league. Larry, who cares about him, Bristol and Mama, and if he has a lawyer, does he see the kid. Please his 15 minutes of fame should be up and you are prolonging it. Levi, be a good boy and GO HOME.

Darlene Aniasco   April 22nd, 2009 9:17 pm ET

Larry, you should be ashamed of yourself for trying to agitate Levi. He's a kid. You seem to have forgotten about his Myspace page – full of bigotry. If you don't fuel the fire, these could possibly work things out. Clearly you are trying to stir up controversy. Shame, shame old man.

Jill   April 22nd, 2009 9:17 pm ET

Nobody seems to want to come out and ask the obvious question.
Is Trig also yours and Bristol's child?
I am the mother of a little girl with Down Syndrome. I hope and pray that if he is your child you are able to be be his daddy on your own terms.
You have the support of soooo many people, Levi. There are hundreds if not thousands of us out here willing to contribute to a fund to help you have access to your son(s). Just say the word. really.
You are not alone.
Hang in there!

karen   April 22nd, 2009 9:17 pm ET

she has a two parent family where are these parents? abstenense does not work. birthcontrol could be a better option. palin was a firm supporter of family rights yet this father is having trouble seeing his son. whats wrong with this picture? sarah palin needs to wake up. she is way outa touch. religion is the downfall of life. get a grip sarah. even if u do get a grip you will fail in politics cause u say one thing and live another

Matt Weimer   April 22nd, 2009 9:17 pm ET

I understand how much pressure you must feel. And know you must feel pressure and tempted to make money from your notoriety....but.....take the high road and remember this will be public forever. Try to have a level head, and a good relationship with your childs mother, and always consider you child's future. Don't air this in a public manner, don't let the politics take over, or let people get involved in the three of your lives in a way that controls you. Be the best young man you can, and move on in a way that the three of you will be proud, even if you're not going to be married. If you do what in your heart is the best thing for you, you'll know that others opions don't matter.

Jennifer   April 22nd, 2009 9:17 pm ET

Levi, You stated in a previous interview that Bristol was moody which led to your breakup. I'm sure you didn't realize this when you got her pregnant, but those are called hormones. Women and girls go through some serious changes, plus she has responsibilities now and can't always be carefree like before. I think you have a lot to learn, and you need to be patient with Bristol. Perhaps you need to grow up a little and quit airing your dirty laundry, you are only hurting yourself and potentially your son's opinion of you when he is old enough to understand your conduct.

Karen   April 22nd, 2009 9:17 pm ET

Are we supposed to fawn over Larry to get our comments published? No wonder Rachel Maddow is killing him in the ratings!

Gisela   April 22nd, 2009 9:17 pm ET

babies having babies...what a shame!

Deborah   April 22nd, 2009 9:17 pm ET

Is Levi paying child support? If not, why?

Susan   April 22nd, 2009 9:17 pm ET

"Levi- who is pushing you or paying you?"

Palin, is. She is the one exploiting and holding his child hostage in her quest for 15 additional minutes of fame. Levi, needs very advantage he can get. Have you seen what Palin has done to full grown men with bank accounts and careers in Alaska? Levi, is at her mercy until she is impeached, then his son is in the path of her wrath. He needs to gain custody now!!!

maureen   April 22nd, 2009 9:18 pm ET

Is Levi paying child support? If he is , he has a right to see the baby. would bet that is the problem!

Shane Simpson   April 22nd, 2009 9:18 pm ET

This is why I stopped watching. No content. First Ashton a week ago, now Levi who? Larry hang it up!

steve   April 22nd, 2009 9:18 pm ET

i've had teeth pulled easier than this interview with levi.

yvonne jones   April 22nd, 2009 9:18 pm ET

This kid really seems to be sincere and honest. I like that he refuses to "kiss and tell."

He is so good looking and has that new frontier outdoorsman thing going. He should seize the opportunity to capitalize on his looks-modeling, commercials perhaps?

Kaemanje   April 22nd, 2009 9:18 pm ET

I believe Govenor Palin is bullying this young when he refused to marry her daughter. To safe her face, she coerced Levi into appearing as a stand by father as a means of political aspirations. Bristol and this Levo were never going to get married. It was a jump-off who is he kidding. He clearly has no clue.

Pam   April 22nd, 2009 9:19 pm ET

Bristol Palin finished her high school classes and graduated with her senior class.

Karen   April 22nd, 2009 9:19 pm ET

Oh, I get it. Educated people who use three-syllable words have to wait longer.

scott martin   April 22nd, 2009 9:19 pm ET

Are you kidding Larry, this is an interview....weak weak weak, and I am ashamed of cnn and the extreme left wing that you are as a network.
give me a break. this is trash.
Levi johnston.
Come on Larry you are putting a 30 or 40 year career culminating with this trash.
This reminds me of the quality of Anderson Cooper announcing 20 miners saved 1 dead meanwhile it was the other way around ....Thumbs up you guys at CNN...

cynthia   April 22nd, 2009 9:19 pm ET

There are too many unknown facts before Levi becomes the poster child for father's rights. Baby's rights come first.

brittnie   April 22nd, 2009 9:19 pm ET

First off,let me begin by saying that the media shouldn't really be involved in Bristol and Levi's personal business.Secondly,i think it is somewhat flagrant that Bristol and her family are being so close-fitting with the baby.I understand that he is a baby and as a mother she is expected to be that way,but that is not only her child.I believe he has just as much right to be in his life a the mother does.

Douglas from Victoria, Canada   April 22nd, 2009 9:19 pm ET

Why does Levi feel uncomfortable going over to the Palin's on weekends to see the baby??? Because he is doing all these shows across the country talking about them! It's not rocket science.

Shane Simpson   April 22nd, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Put some real comments on air!

Nancy Flood   April 22nd, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Mr. King, I am surprised at you! Giving this kid his 15 minutes of fame when there is so much other real news happening in the world is truly beneath you and the quality of programming we expect from you. He is just a teenage boy who got his girlfriend pregnant. The fact that his girlfriend's mother almost became the vice president does not make this a newsworthy or even interesting topic. Anyone in America wouldn't have to look very far to have this conversation. And it doesn't appear that he has any words of wisdom to share or thoughts on any life lessons learned. I wish him well, but he should go back to his life in Alaska and concentrate on being a good father and citizen like any young man in this situation.

Andy   April 22nd, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Levi, a 4 month old is too young to leave his mother to go "do the dad thing."

David Hickerson   April 22nd, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Why are you telling people about this? You are degrading the Palin family but you are the one who had sex with the daughter. You are the one that started this. You have a lot to think about. If I was the Palin family I won't want you around either.

Stephen Custen   April 22nd, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Why didn't Levi and Bristol get married immediately when they found out she was pregnant?

Titus Robertson   April 22nd, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Levi is the perfect poster boy for parents not to have their teenage daughters in high school to have sexual relations with!

Geojo   April 22nd, 2009 9:21 pm ET

I saw the clip of Sarah Palin saying that this was an opportunity for
her daughter to educate young women about the situation she found
herself in. But in a documentary I saw about Sarah Palin, it was
said that her husband and her married at a young age and 8 months
later their first child was born. So it seems Sarah Palin was either pregnant and/or also having sex before she was married so I am wondering if this is true, why wasn't she more involved in what her
children were doing along with trying to establish her plotical career?

Karen   April 22nd, 2009 9:21 pm ET

"Levi , although he seems to be “nice” enough, is an immature and inarticulate young man. I’m sorry for his circumstances, but do we need to see him on Larry King Live? I doubt it."

Shane Simpson   April 22nd, 2009 9:21 pm ET

Safe Sex...?! idiot she got pregnant. If your not wrapping it, your gonna catch someting and they caught a baby!

Janet in Texas   April 22nd, 2009 9:22 pm ET

Levi: Sarah Palin obviously intimidates you as you were less than honest tonight in the opening when you denied having an attorney. Why are you so intimidated by Palin when she is no longer running for anything and her popularity in the US and in Alaska is dropping like a rock?

Shane Simpson   April 22nd, 2009 9:22 pm ET

Abstinence only education needs to be abolished! Lets put some realistic comprehensive sex education in school!

mike   April 22nd, 2009 9:22 pm ET

Do you think Sarah Palin used you to show that her daughter was responsible by getting engaged to you during the campaign?

Mark   April 22nd, 2009 9:23 pm ET

I believe Levi over the Palins, he just doesn't seem smart enough to lie, and the Palins have made a career of doing so.

Karen   April 22nd, 2009 9:23 pm ET

"Him and Bristol," says his mother. Is there a form of English known as Johnstonese?

Pam   April 22nd, 2009 9:24 pm ET

TO J Myer and anyone else who seems to be on Levi's side: Don't you remember when Levi's mom was arrested on drug dealing charges? What do you think the Dept. of Child Protective Services would think about Bristol, Todd & Gov. Palin allowing that baby to be taken into a home where a drug dealer is living?

Jay   April 22nd, 2009 9:24 pm ET

Fight for your right to see your son, Levi. He needs both parents, married or not.

Jill   April 22nd, 2009 9:24 pm ET

Levi, why did you and Bristol both leave/quit school the year BEFORE her pregnancy was known? Why did you "help out" with Trig so much if you didn't know at that time that she was pregnant?
How did Sarah Palin's mom say that you were both busting your butts to be parents when in fact you were supposedly working on the slopes and the baby was only supposed to be days old?
How do you bust your butt when you have a newborn?
FWIW, I love what I know of you, Levi....and your family seems very real and very loving. I wish you all well.

Selenia   April 22nd, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Didn't Levi's mother get busted for drugs? What is the purpose of his sister having his name tattooed on her are or wrist. Are these people for real. Is Jerry Singer or Maury next? How much are the democrats paying them for this.

Karen   April 22nd, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Bristol finished high school? Cite your source. This would have been her senior year and the class has yet to graduate.

Susan   April 22nd, 2009 9:25 pm ET

"Levi, a 4 month old is too young to leave his mother to go “do the dad thing.”

Bristol, already leaves the child with his 7 year old aunt, Piper. Bristol, is not breastfeeding and is already on her second boyfriend since the baby was born, two others not including Levi.

There is no reason, Levi, should not be able to spend time with his son alone, when the mother has already set a precedence of leaving him with others to do her own thing.

SAD that a seven year old gets more face time with the baby then the father.

Elizabeth Wilder   April 22nd, 2009 9:25 pm ET

This boy crying and using the media to do so. He is airing all the family’s dirty laundry and should be ashamed of himself. He says he is uncomfortable going to the Palin’s home to see his baby, why do you think that is? If he really was interested in seeing his son he would have seen a judge already.

Leah   April 22nd, 2009 9:25 pm ET

He has NOT bashed Sarah! Stop saying bad things about Levi. He is not getting paid. He is a fine young man!!

terry   April 22nd, 2009 9:26 pm ET

how much are you paying in child support?

Jill   April 22nd, 2009 9:26 pm ET

I just want to offer my support for you. I think that your family has been through HELL and that you know more than you are able to disclose and I can appreciate that.
Hang in there and fight the good fight. And please, encourage your son to have his rights enforced.

linda wilsen   April 22nd, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Levi, you are so handsome! You should consider acting. You are a natural!

Mila55   April 22nd, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Does Levi think that all of these was planned by the Palins, to get rid of him after the election?

I think he should try his best to grow up and press for his right as a father. He seems too naive and should try his best to grow as a person, study and be a good parent.

Karen   April 22nd, 2009 9:27 pm ET

Many people do wonder if
Trig is truly Sarah's child and not her daughter's. There is much evidence that Sarah is NOT his mother.

Jill   April 22nd, 2009 9:27 pm ET

When did Bristol go back to school?

Uso   April 22nd, 2009 9:27 pm ET

The kid's are clean and attractive looking but the mom looks like she's straight out of the trailor park drinking at the bar all night – maybe she is behind the boy doing all these interviews...

Rev. Harriet Bradley   April 22nd, 2009 9:27 pm ET

Could it be that Levi has been denied visitation because he hasn't paid child support?

Karen   April 22nd, 2009 9:27 pm ET

Oh, please, Levi lacks the mental equipment to be an actor.

Theresa   April 22nd, 2009 9:27 pm ET

If Levi and his family want to know what the problem is, why are they bouncing around television talk shows exploiting the situation, instead of handling this maturely and privately with the Palin's? They are so transparent. Yes, they are exploiting this situation. I feel so sorry for the innocent baby. Just their appearance on this show will cause untold damage to the relationship between the families.

al   April 22nd, 2009 9:27 pm ET

lawsuit, book deal, movie deal..its all about the $$$$

Susan   April 22nd, 2009 9:28 pm ET

"Levi, why did you and Bristol both leave/quit school the year BEFORE her pregnancy was known?"

Levi did NOT leave school until Palin yanked him out for the RNC circus. Levi's hockey coach said he was saddened to learn in September he would not be returning to school.

Janet in Texas   April 22nd, 2009 9:29 pm ET

Levi: You are GORGEOUS. Go into acting and make some real money.

Dodie from Irvine, CA   April 22nd, 2009 9:29 pm ET

There needs to be a condition that if he pays child support, he has the right to see his child.

Selenia   April 22nd, 2009 9:29 pm ET

Perhaps the reason why he cannot see his own son is there is something more than we are not be told, such as these people are instable. If I had a child who had a baby and the Grandma was busted for drugs, no they would not see the child, I would not trust them.

Jonathan   April 22nd, 2009 9:29 pm ET

A comment for Levi, and the family. Don't let the Palin's bully or intimidate you, nor deprive you of your fatherly rights for access to your son. What the Palin family is doing is terrible and a disgrace, especially from a women who so strongly advocated for traditional marriage and families.

jc burleson   April 22nd, 2009 9:29 pm ET

Is Levi supporting his child financially?

Susan   April 22nd, 2009 9:30 pm ET

"lawsuit, book deal, movie deal..its all about the $$$$"

IT is all about acquiring resources to fight Palin's SarahPAC, Team Sarah, Legal Defense and $145,000 a year salary pool to get rights to his son.

Wesley Haynes   April 22nd, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Larry, weather they both have rights is not releavant. I have endured 12 years of alination from my daughters. Parent Alienation Syndrome is real and it is obvious to anyone who has ever been through this that the courts shun the fathers to the point of persecution. It is so painful and unfair. So, you may think it is just a matter of law but women really can manipulate the courts so easily that it becomes a never ending battle for the fathers. Who can afford to fight all this in court? Especially for the many years that it goes on and on and on. I would be more than willing to talk to you or anyone at LKL. The stories are unbelievable.

Teresa   April 22nd, 2009 9:30 pm ET

I think this whole interview is so ridiculous! Who cares????? Aren't there other things to discuss or is this the best you can do. Such gossip! This is NONE OF OUR BUSINESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

terry   April 22nd, 2009 9:30 pm ET

are you working right now to support your baby with food and diapers and making sure bristal gets a ride to the doctors?

Alfred Valdez   April 22nd, 2009 9:30 pm ET

In my wildest imagination, I never thought they could dig up someone as stupid as George Bush, well meet Sara Palin.

dannsaxton   April 22nd, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Why does the Johnston family seem so passionless?

Kevin   April 22nd, 2009 9:30 pm ET

To Levi Johnston,

You have the same rights as Bristol. If you do not exercise your rights then they will deminish.

It's as if you abandon the baby, so you have to stand up for yourself, immediately.

Deborah   April 22nd, 2009 9:31 pm ET

If Levi was really interested in the child he would be buying diepers have his lawyer fighting for him. He wouldn't bring all this garbage to the screens. Levi and his family are just looking for their 15 minutes of fame. Larry, you gave them 30 minutes. Enough!!

Ebony   April 22nd, 2009 9:31 pm ET

i do not even like Palin, but Levi simply sounds like a dead beat, unconcerned Dad. Instead of telling the world "your story" you need to go to the Palins and demand that you be able to take your child. If that does not work go to the courts. Stop being so comfortable letting people deny yo access from your child. I seriously doubt that they would be so simple minded to try to entangle you in a court battle with the world watching their every move.

Geojo   April 22nd, 2009 9:31 pm ET

While watching the program on Levi and the situation with his son,
from the outside looking in, it seems that Sarah Palin controls everything,
everyone and every situation around her in both her family and political
life. This worries me for Levi and his family. She will use her power to attack him and his family.

Carolyn in N.C.   April 22nd, 2009 9:32 pm ET

What a shame,clearly Levi johnson and his family are not thinking of the baby.Bashing the Palin family is obviously their priority.Some things in families should be private and if this was about anybody but Bristol Palin we would not be seeing this..My heart goes out to Bristol and her child and the entire Palin family.I hope this is the last of this family seeking their 15 minutes of fame off the birth of this child with Bristol Palin.

Colleen   April 22nd, 2009 9:32 pm ET

I am sorry, but I don't get why this is interesting? I am certainly no fan of Sarah Palin, but I must say I have her back on this one. Why is this family parading this personal family "dilema" in public? I would be upset too, if I were the Palins. It does not appear that they have the baby's best interest at heart here. I would not let Levi or his family take him either!

Johnny   April 22nd, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Levi –

How much of your engagement is what you actually wanted – and how much was pressure due to Sarah's candidacy?

Connie   April 22nd, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Ask Levi how much he or his family give towards support of this baby.

Maybe that has something to do with it.

dearious   April 22nd, 2009 9:32 pm ET

why does levi feel as if he must protect the palins?

sharon   April 22nd, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Tonight's show is PATHETIC ! Another display of baiting this family and making a public mockery of a personal situation. Larry, you are making this family look ridiculous. The whole world doesn't need to know the family business. This family clearly is being taken advantage of by the media. Levi, time go hunting agian until other people stops making a big deal about this.

Ed K.   April 22nd, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Man up, Levi! It's time for you to exercise your rights as a dad.
The first 12 months of a child's life are the most important and
everytime you spend away from your child takes away from your father-son bond.
Good luck to you.

hairrybear   April 22nd, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Ask levi about the Blk teenager that girl was messing around with.. Does know anything about it?

Susan   April 22nd, 2009 9:33 pm ET

"I think his mom is pushing him into this because she’s been in jail and needs the money."

Bristol is dating a 26 year old, swim coach, of Wasilla High. Bristol, threatened, Levi, he would never see his son again. Levi, is being directed, by his attorney, to fight for his son, using the medium, Palin's will respond, to.

Palin, has been talking about this kid to TABLOIDS for months, he never said, boo, until, he was threatened with his son being adopted by Bristol's new boyfriend and never seeing him again.

Leah   April 22nd, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Those people criticizing Levi should be ashamed of themselves!!!!!

Selenia   April 22nd, 2009 9:33 pm ET

They do talking movies nowadays, this kid can't get out 5 words.

Lance G   April 22nd, 2009 9:33 pm ET

If bristol tried to take you back, would you take her back? Why did you break up?

Susan   April 22nd, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Anything about the NEW ETHICS COMPLAINT filed against Palin today in Alaska?

willi   April 22nd, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Looks like the sister and the mother want to share the spotlight of such a shameful way of running away from your responsibilities!!! I would want my child to be around a convicted drug using mother!

dearious   April 22nd, 2009 9:34 pm ET

it seems to me that levi is trying to cover for the palins to make matters seem lighter than they actually are because sarah palin is gov.

Keith Robbins   April 22nd, 2009 9:34 pm ET

I think Levi is very brave to speak out. Shame on the Palin camp for making him look as if he's out for money and fame. He's a young man who is trying to do the best he can for his son in a very difficult situation. God Bless Levi and his family.

Gisela   April 22nd, 2009 9:34 pm ET

they mention the trouble began in novemeber...was this after palin lost?? maybe the palin's were painting a pretty picture for the campaign?!!?!

Debbie   April 22nd, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Going public and doing the talk show circut isn't the way to get visitation with your son. You're looking like a wanna be reality star. Just get to business. Get an attorney. The "people" aren't part of this. It's you, Bristol and your baby. Grow up.

Tom   April 22nd, 2009 9:34 pm ET

I would not expect anythin G less of Levi. He is a father who misses his son. I am surprised at Sarah me this says alot about her and her family's true character.

Tom – St. PetersburG FL

cc   April 22nd, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Do you regret going public with your relationship with Bristol?

Dietra   April 22nd, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Sarah Palin and her family should be ashamed of themselves.Levi,you and your family need to stand up for yourselves and stop allowing the Palins to push you around!

EI   April 22nd, 2009 9:35 pm ET

I'm more disappointed in Larry than anyone. Levi is obviously a kid who lacks good sense. Larry, on the other hand, is a world class journalist. Why would you want to interview this kid on national TV about a high school breakup? This is poor journalism.

Karen   April 22nd, 2009 9:35 pm ET

All the controversy notwithstanding, no mother lets go of their 2/3month old baby. I don't care who you are, father or not, you are not taking my baby anywhere. Especially if the baby is nursed. It's just not that probable. You guys are thinking this is some scheme to get back at the Johnstons, but ask any mother of a newborn, people don't hand over their babies at the drop of a hat. A child that age should not be far from the mother for any length of time.

Darlene Aniasco   April 22nd, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Hmmm, so you're not even paying voluntary child support. You may have everything there when you see Tripp, but who pays for the diapers, formula, etc. when you're not there?

Kay Ajiboye   April 22nd, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Why is Levi coming out right now, what happened in those days of fame when wearing beautiful suits, and his face everywhere. this is not the right way to let your story out. You can work on this issue for 9 to 12 months to work it out for sake of your son. You are a disgrace

Mary Shanahan   April 22nd, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Levi and family,
You got the fame because of Bristol's mother. Go back to Wasilla, spend time with your son. Obviously you are seeking fame and fortune. Ask Mom and Mercedes to step back - you are the Dad.

princessnic013   April 22nd, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Levi: Do you think that taking this to court would be best in your favor, regarding the fact that the governor might affect the judges decision>

Ed   April 22nd, 2009 9:35 pm ET

When I got divorced the mother of my child and her lawyers kept me from being able to see my daughter for 2 years. The legal battle was financed by the maternal grandparents and it heavily affected my daughter who was 4 years old at the time.

I fought it through the proper legal channels for 10 years and at the outcome I was able to have a life with my daughter and she is doing great.

My message to Levi is don’t ever give up – To me it was not about having my rights protected but making sure that my daughters right to have a father where upheld.

Evelyn Smith   April 22nd, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Did anyone on the Palin squad get to Levi to make him seem so reserved? He's speaking alot less than he used to. He almost looks afraid to speak!! What's going on with that??

Leslie   April 22nd, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Levi, are you willing to give all proceeds from any story, appearance or book to the benefit of your son?

Terri   April 22nd, 2009 9:35 pm ET

I think that Levi's sister is a trouble maker. She seems to enjoy stirring the pot. I think she likes hurting Bristol.

dearious   April 22nd, 2009 9:35 pm ET

i think some type of gag order has been placed on the johnston family to actually truly discuss whats really going on!

Kim Nemir   April 22nd, 2009 9:36 pm ET

I think that it is sad that Levi has had to resort to this level in order to bring attention to the fact that he is being kept from his son in what seems to be a "bullying manner", fear of intimidation and no telling what else. Shame on the Palins!

Karen Hansen   April 22nd, 2009 9:36 pm ET

I feel sorry for Bristol. She is clearly just trying to protect her baby from the drama that Levi's sister seems so intent on causing. I believe the only interest that Levi's sister has in Tripp is that mentioning his name gets her 15 more minutes of fame.

Keep protecting your baby Bristol!!

Jama   April 22nd, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Palin is more controversy than she claims and I believe this is one of her long laundry list. Levi should be very careful and learn from the Sheriff situation... Be vigilant.

Miami, FL

Sean Irish   April 22nd, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Go Levi:

Don't let the parents/Sarah Palin bully you. She as Governor of the state should know that she is violation of Alaska law and should be impeached. I feel like you were used by the GOP and thrown away like trash after they lost!

Darlene Aniasco   April 22nd, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Bristol is totally different now – duh, she's a mom. Time to grow up.

J. Spiller   April 22nd, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Mr. King,

As far as the Pailin-Johnston situation is concerned, most of us who followed the Presidential election could look at Levi and tell that he didn't want to be 'engaged'. It was written all over his face that he was being made to be a part of the whole fiasco of the two kids who were "doing the right thing" in getting married. The two of them were 'caught up', as many other teenagers have been. Many of us knew that the 'engagement' would be over soon after the election ended. That was a topic of discussion among many of us.
As far as the parental rights, the Palins are setting a bad example for unwed fathers who are actually trying to do right by their children. Do you agree?

Jason Smith   April 22nd, 2009 9:36 pm ET

How could you say that you're not doing this for fame? Would you honestly be on Larry's show right now if the Palin's were not as worldly known? How does something that Bristol was not campaigning for herself, effect her and your relationship? the way you treated one another?

Susan   April 22nd, 2009 9:36 pm ET

"What a shame,clearly Levi johnson and his family are not thinking of the baby.Bashing the Palin family is obviously their priority."

Palin is the one running to the tabloids for months on end with additional Fox interviews and blogging on the official governor of Alaska web page. Palin is the one who created this outrageous scenario, demanding Levi NOT talk to his own sister out of her petty, vindictive, spiteful, jealousy/

Denise   April 22nd, 2009 9:36 pm ET

I'm not sure why Levi is going public with this dilema about not seeing Tripp – Although I wholeheartedly agree that he should have equal rights to Tripp, I do believe that his going public – especially on Larry King – is not helping his chances of getting along with the Palin's.
He seems like a very likeable young man, and sincere in his want to be an active influence in Tripp's life. I wish him well.

James31   April 22nd, 2009 9:37 pm ET

This is very sad. Levi and his family should stay home and work this matter out with the Palins. This should not be for public consumption and he and Bristol may regret all the publicity, particularly when their son is old enough to see and hear about all of this. Larry must really hate Sarah Palin, as he keeps asking interesting questions; it's almost as though he is encouraging them to get a lawyer and file a suit. He used to be very good at listening and not taking sides. This time he's way too obvious.

Louise Lam   April 22nd, 2009 9:37 pm ET

If Levi wants to tell his side of the story, it's done, we've heard it. Why does he have to go from show to show and gasp writing a book. Not going after fame and fortune ?

Neo   April 22nd, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Larry Thank you for hosting Levi. I believe this is not acceptable, they should be ashamed of what they're doing... They also need to realize that it is not healthy for the child to have no father!!

Beth   April 22nd, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Don't you feel that there are some reasonable security issues with taking the Governor of Alaska's grandson for visits on your own? If Bristol and the Palin family allows you to visit your son at her home, you should take advantage of that and think about the child's welfare and safety. If you really want to spend time with your son, get off of the television and be a father to your son regardless of the location.

c papp   April 22nd, 2009 9:38 pm ET

i would suspect palin's atty is in the process of filing for custody and child support and that is the reason they wouldnt let levi take the child out of their house.........because he can keep the child and file for custody himself.......

Evan   April 22nd, 2009 9:38 pm ET

You used to really interview people. You, not your producers. You were the best at it.
Now you and yes even your substitutes sit there, look at the prepared questions, and fire away. It is irritating to hear answers and know you are not listening...just reading the next question.

Your program has come from one of world importance to a mere tabloid. Levi and the baby....? Leave that family alone. Their purpose is publicity. What is yours. Now you tell them to sue....? How much child support...? If not for fame and fortune...what are they doing on television. You have become the Jerry Springer of CNN.
This will never be read or appear on your controlled is critical of you..
Why not get back to topics of importance and become Larry King again.
Shame on you Larry

Karen   April 22nd, 2009 9:38 pm ET

If Levi wants nothing but his child...then why not go through the courts and not the media. Normal everyday people use the law , we do not use the media . It all sounds like a bunch of gossip and jealousy and immature kids. Even the mother just wants fame. Poor example of a grandmother

James from TN   April 22nd, 2009 9:38 pm ET

First, the Palin family can not keep him from seeing his his child, that's for the court to decide. I saw some the comments and their really ignorant and rude. We have two kids that had sex and got pregnant. Their both at fault, their both responsible and both should have equal rights.

Michelle   April 22nd, 2009 9:38 pm ET

15 minutes of fame for sure! Custody matters are a private concern not a public one. 1st he hasn't an attorney then by break he has? Something isn't right about all of this.

Lance G   April 22nd, 2009 9:38 pm ET

When will you decide to get a job? Will you work at McDonalds and move up?

Jane   April 22nd, 2009 9:38 pm ET


Luwanna   April 22nd, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Has Levi stopped to think that aside from the campaign. Bristol has become a mother as if that wont change a girl.

Susan Long   April 22nd, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Does Levi have a new girlfriend?

dahana   April 22nd, 2009 9:38 pm ET

i think it's unfair that the palins are saying that they want fame coz when they needed him during the campaign it was ok, for publicity. he has the right to tell his story ang the to see his child

Dodie from Irvine, CA   April 22nd, 2009 9:38 pm ET

is this SHOWBIZ TONIGHT OR LARRY KING LIVE??? It seems more like showbiz to me...

What about climate warming, mass lay-offs and loss of housing, the tanking economy, How on earth will we pay China the 3 TRILLION dollars + we owe, drug wars and deaths, starvation, Iran and Israel, and the Ebola Virus that will kill everyone???? The above topics are much more important...

jason   April 22nd, 2009 9:38 pm ET

You can tell that Larry despises Governor Palin.

Brenda   April 22nd, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Since Palin stressed her beliefs in Abstinence, did she ever talk to you and Bristol together and voice her concerns? Did she really allow you to sleep in the room with Bristol, and was Palin that naive enough to not think that you would have sex?

terry   April 22nd, 2009 9:38 pm ET

you and your family are looking for a hand out booohoo!!!

Carol in Nevada   April 22nd, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Levi, please use the money you are making on these talk shows and hire a better lawyer that specializes in family law. I can't believe that the Palin family wont let you spend more time with your son. A good lawyer should be able to make that happen. Larry said that in Alaska the Father has the same rights as the Mother, so how come your current lawyer cant get you some regular visitation before you go to court. None of this makes sense to me. I think there might be more to this story then we are hearing.

jayne   April 22nd, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Give Levi a break and let him see his son. Shame on Bristol!

Ruth   April 22nd, 2009 9:39 pm ET

We don't seem to have all the facts regarding the unwillingness to let Levi see his son, but perhaps the Palin's use this tactic, like with the "Troopergate scandal" regarding Gov. Palin's brother-in-law.

Perry Rogers   April 22nd, 2009 9:39 pm ET

How many times and how many ways can Larry ask the same question?

Levi has answered at least ten times the same question..

Shari   April 22nd, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Many moms are nervous to leave their four month old with a dad even when they live with him. Four months is not very old and would be especially hard to be separated if the mother is nursing. Levi says he is able to see his baby.

Scott   April 22nd, 2009 9:39 pm ET

I'm confused. Levi is the baby's dad, no one dispuites that. As such, he has as much right to see the baby as Bristol. How is it possible that the Palin's can keep him or his family from seeing the child? It seems to me that with the domestic abuse and drug charges we've seen in the extended Palin family that theirs is a potentially unsuitable environment for the poor baby.

Jan Cline   April 22nd, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Mercede needs to get a life of her own and stop interfering with her brother's romantic life. She is dysfunctional in her getting between Levi and Bristol.

Don Proctor   April 22nd, 2009 9:39 pm ET


I was a father who was not allowed to see my daughter for the first 7 months of her life until I hired an attorney and fought for my rights as a loving father.

Those comments that were mentioned on the air about Levi can make this a public issue, or why he isn't satisfied with seeing his son when he can is hogwash!

Until you go through this personally, how this affects you as a father and your child. It is unconscionable for any father to be denied or limited access to their child.

Levi, fight for rights! You son will thank you for it when he's older!


Sally   April 22nd, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Levi needs the face time, it will costs him more then he can imagine to get visitation of his own son if the Palin's aren't willing to let him visit him. He either pays for lawyers or looks like a 'dead beat dad'. How is it that someone like the Palins could not think that this child needs his father in his life. Are they going to wait for the courts to decide or do what is right! Trust me, demanding something from a family only makes matters worse when they have this much control. Come out from hiding and explain yourself. Ex-Palin fan!!

Alaskan Bob   April 22nd, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Hi Guys, Levi.... How much of a role do you think the Media and exploitation of your situation contributed to the problems in your relationship with Palin

Pam   April 22nd, 2009 9:39 pm ET

RE: Jill
Since Bristol gave birth on Dec. 27th, she probably went back to school shortly (6 weeks) after the birth of Tripp.

Jill April 22nd, 2009 9:27 pm ET

When did Bristol go back to school?

Natalina Bourdaras   April 22nd, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Levi, I believe you and your family have every right to stand up for your rights and do what's best for your family. Don't let the 'Palin' family Impose or run there beliefs on you. No one has the right to keep you from seeing your child oor talking to your family. Isn't It funny how everyone Is questioning you when you are just sticking up for your beliefs? You are just trying to see your son. Keep up what you believe and stick together, let no one run over you, no matter what their position.

lilly   April 22nd, 2009 9:39 pm ET

I myself have to share custody and I feel that both sides should put their feelings aside and do what is best for their son Trip.
They both have the right to share time with their son and be a part of his life.It is just selfish to not let one parent be a part when he is willing to be their for his only son.

Selenia   April 22nd, 2009 9:39 pm ET

What a waste of time. Take this back to Alaska and work this out. Be a man Levi, get out under of your momma's wings. I can't imagine what offers would be out there. This is all about money isn't, not the baby, but money!

jc   April 22nd, 2009 9:39 pm ET

I personally feel that Sarah Palin is manipulating everything. we could see that during the elections. she's a wolf in a sheeps skin. Shame on her, She's depriving her grandkid of his father's healthy presence on his life.
Plus Levi's just an honest and candid sweetie pie.

Emily   April 22nd, 2009 9:39 pm ET

I don't think its all about the money, its about seeing his son. How else is he going to get to see and get to spend time with his own child? You have to remember Bristol's mom is the Governor of Alaska and she probably has something to do with Levi not seeing his son. It is so sad how Levi doesn't get spend as much time with his son. If going on TV shows will get Levi to see his son and let him tell his side of the story then let him do it.

shaack   April 22nd, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Wasn't the order not to speak to your own sister a hint about the control issues Bristol and her family have? Stand up, be a man, and fight for your rights.

Ruben Brache   April 22nd, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Take the high road, Levi. Your baby will be the beneficiary of civility between you and Bristol and between the families..

Jeff- Chicago   April 22nd, 2009 9:39 pm ET

With so many issues affecting teens and the peer pressure they encounter, What role does Levi he has to help teens the may be encountering the same issues of teen pregnancy?

Allen Huckabay   April 22nd, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Levi looks like he is way out of depth and has no idea what he has gotten himself into. I do believe that Sarah Palin is influencing her daughter's relationship with Levi and access to his son. Levi, you have a right to your son. Don't let them deny you spending time with your son!!!!

CHRISTOPHER   April 22nd, 2009 9:40 pm ET


wanda from md   April 22nd, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Levi: I know that child support may not be on you mind right now
because you are not allowed to see you son, but when you go
to court the judge will want to know how much you support you are giving. just sent $50 a month it will help.

Sandy Newman   April 22nd, 2009 9:40 pm ET

This is the most boreing show Larry has ever put on air. He has ask these people the same question over and over again and still no answer. If they don't have anything to say put someone else on.
Larry is just trying to bet the Governor up and is having no luck. Move on to something else Larry. I am going to change the channel because if there is a story here they sure are not willing to tell it.

thomas   April 22nd, 2009 9:40 pm ET

I feel levi was used during the campaign, all was great until Palin didn't win and themn the tide turned on him- very sad and he should fight all the way to have equal time with his son- political power should not play a part in matters like this- I wish them luck and the palins should be ashamed for being so selfish.

Susan   April 22nd, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Levi needs to get equal, shared custody IMMEDIATELY. Sarah Palin is trying to wear him down already. Levi, the longer you don't see your child-that will work against you. The Palins will say that you're not interested in your son because you didn't fight for him right from the start.
Get equal custody, document everything, and go to the media with proof right away if the Palin's try anything sneaky. Sarah Palin is a vindictive, control freak who has been found guilty more than once of wrongly using her influence to get her own way. GET GOING, LEVI!

Lance G   April 22nd, 2009 9:40 pm ET

How was your mom not mad about the baby, you were in High School!?

Denise   April 22nd, 2009 9:40 pm ET

I think Bristol & her mother are simply being protective; Ms. Johnson (the grandomther) was arrested in December , accused with six felony drug charges - why isn't Larry asking about that being a possible reason? What mother in her right mind wouldn't be concerned with the Johnston family?

Lauren   April 22nd, 2009 9:40 pm ET

I am sitting listening to this young man and have been wondering if he can articulate anything? It is almost clear on why these two are not together. He is a young man without goals, focus, who is not able to support his son, or does he come across as even caring about seeing his son. He out for his 15 minutes of fame to get extended to a half hour. "He hasn't made any money yet?" Seems like that is his goal and purpose for doing this.

Giovanna Scaletta   April 22nd, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Larry, Levi doesn't seem at all concerned that he is not seeing his child. He is only saying he is pushing for legal action because you drilled him about it! I am a teenage girl who would probably treat him and his family the same way as Bristol. His sister is clearly looking for fame, he could have done the interview without her, clearly.

butchr   April 22nd, 2009 9:40 pm ET

get a life levi. it takes 2 to tango. stop blaming others & take responsibility by not going on national tv!

jane   April 22nd, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Isn't it true that he lives with his mother, and if I remember correctly she had trouble w/the law due to drugs or something? I would not want my baby around that, either, if I were her....not unsupervised, anyway...perhaps that is the WOULD be w/me!

Steve   April 22nd, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Am I watching Larry or Maury?
Why does the screen show Mrs. Palin and not THE BABIES MOTHER?
Why is the father not supporting the baby financially?
What does the father's sister have to do with this?

lucille Scott   April 22nd, 2009 9:40 pm ET

I still cannot believe this is what Larry King live has come to. With all the serious topics up for discussion Larry is talking about Bristol and Levi. Not once have I heard Larry ask about support from Levi for his child. Also, nt a word about Levi's mother's alleged drug use! Shame on you CNN,

Susan   April 22nd, 2009 9:40 pm ET

"Don’t you feel that there are some reasonable security issues with taking the Governor of Alaska’s grandson for visits on your own? "

You obviously do not live in Alaska.

BTW, more of a risk that Palin has given back the state SUV to tool these kids around in her little Jetta because she refused to pay the personal usage taxes on the larger vehicle.

Judy   April 22nd, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Levi seems to be trying tonot get into a fight with respect to the Palin's and although he speeks a bit slowly he know what he wants even Larry is pushing him.

Roseanne W   April 22nd, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Levi–You say that you did not ask to be thrown "into all of this", but no one has twisted your arm to do these interviews. It seems to me that you want the fame, the right to have your son with you on your terms, but are not willing to support him financially. Larry, I think that you are being 'played!"

Kelly Frias   April 22nd, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Hello, If the Palin family is not letting Levi see his son, he should definitely press charges! It's not fair they have to go public about this matter. And don't be scared of the Governor, you have as many rights as she does...

Isaac Gearhart   April 22nd, 2009 9:41 pm ET

I agree with Teresa,
I think this whole interview is so ridiculous! Who cares????? Aren’t there other things to discuss or is this the best you can do. Such gossip! This is NONE OF OUR BUSINESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This family cant even get their story straight. Who said what. Levi your 15 minutes is up. Go home and get an education and fight for your son. Larry King shame on you for even bringing this to light!!!!!!!Let the rest of the family members out of this.

MilahLynn   April 22nd, 2009 9:41 pm ET

This interview is like reading a tabloid. It is horrible and not news worthy. This Levi needs to pay child support and then he should see his child. Get this off the air.

Shelia   April 22nd, 2009 9:41 pm ET


You have every right to spend time with your son without being watched by Bristol and Sarah, you have rights just like she does. SAD that a seven year old gets more face time with the baby then the father.
I feel that everyone on the show is afraid of Sarah. We heard about what Sarah did to her ex brother in law.

Robert Keaton   April 22nd, 2009 9:41 pm ET

This Levi has obviously chickened out of fatherhood. He and the Palin family have reached an agreement which was mutually convenient – the only loser is the baby

James from TN   April 22nd, 2009 9:41 pm ET

@kim bob at the top. Dude Larry is the best in the business.

Cherie Padmoroff   April 22nd, 2009 9:41 pm ET

How do the Palins reconcile their behaviour with their stated beliefs about family and religion. How can they justify keeping that little baby away from its father, aunt and grandmother?

Celeste Abeyta   April 22nd, 2009 9:41 pm ET


As we watch the show and see wonderful, precious loving pictures of Tripp we see you respond to questions with hesitation. One question we wanted to know about your life was what was your relationship with your father?

We wish the best for you,

Brenda   April 22nd, 2009 9:41 pm ET

To Levi and his family, going all over the media with this private matter is no way to get to see your child. Going to an attorney is the way to go. This is shameful, and will only make the Palin's more distant.

Stephen   April 22nd, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Hasn't it traditionally been sacred territory to go after the children of political figures? Will the problems of the Kennedy children be next? Not a chance. It's open season on Palin.

terry   April 22nd, 2009 9:41 pm ET

now their is drugs in volved by friends bought from levis mother!!!!!!

Jason Smith   April 22nd, 2009 9:41 pm ET

How could you say that you’re not doing this for fame? Would you honestly be on Larry’s show right now if the Palin’s were not as worldly known? How does something that Bristol was not campaigning for herself, effect her and your relationship? the way you treated one another?

Julia   April 22nd, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Levi and family.......This is SO not the way to see your son. Who in the world is advising you to do all of these interviews? Are you being paid for these interviews?
Doesn't take a genius to figure out why the Palins won't let your family take the baby to your home: your mother has a drug arrest....doesn't exactly scream are not even a high school graduate and are not working.......the sister is a flake.....

trish in SW FL   April 22nd, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Rev. Harriet Bradley April 22nd, 2009 9:27 pm ET said:
Could it be that Levi has been denied visitation because he hasn’t paid child support?

UNLESS THINGS HAVE has nothing whatsoever to do with the other! also too!

Reggie   April 22nd, 2009 9:42 pm ET

He's JUST a kid. He hasn't got enough sense, as shown in his many interviews & even without inteviews, to be a decent parent. He's just a sperm donor that happened to get a well known family's daughter pregnant. Not all Kids that have babies are immature & can readily handle the unexpected birth of a child, but you can tell by listening to this kid, watching him, and the substance of his answers, he isn't anywhere mature enough to handle the responsibility he asking for, the FULL rights of fatherhood. Let him grow up and realize what a putz he has been, because its only as we age when that young, that we realize exactly how dumb we actually were when we thought we knew it all.

His answer to the child support just shows his naive or ignorance. My son has all he needs at "MY" house, but what does he think his son is living off of at the mother's house. Even if her mother is paying the bills, at least the child has what he needs where he physically is. This is just another point that shows his complete lack of maturity and common sense. You have a child, you support that child wherever it is, and whether or not you get visits or not!

cassie   April 22nd, 2009 9:42 pm ET

what did he mean by "fall back on" a career as an electrician? what's the first plan?

Lisa Virginia   April 22nd, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Levi you fight hard for that little boy, don't let the name Palin stop you, you seem hesitant , I had my little boy taken from me when he was five from a big name in a small town, and I regret that even though I fought , I didn't continue to fight and I missed out on years of his life. I wish you and your family the best and I hope you are reunited with your son soon, and you and Bristol can work things out for your son.

Carey Cameron   April 22nd, 2009 9:42 pm ET

What would you say to other students who are thinking of dropping out of high school?

Joe R   April 22nd, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Levi does not seem like he has a personality suited for seeking fame. In fact, the fame that has been thrust upon him seems painful for him. It sounds like the Palin's are definitely trying to push him out of the picture. The fact is he is still the father of the child and has just as much a right to see him.
It is time for action though because working it out amicably is not going to fly. I'd like to see him get more agressive fighting for his son otherwise he is going to continue to get steamrolled.

Susan   April 22nd, 2009 9:42 pm ET

"How was your mom not mad about the baby, you were in High School!?"

Better then Palin's response of giving her daughter Hell making her sit on the couch for 15 minutes in hysterics, then kicking the pregnant child out of the house. Ya think?

steve   April 22nd, 2009 9:42 pm ET

larry, enough with the trailer trash. cover some important topics.

Julie Payne   April 22nd, 2009 9:42 pm ET

When the questions turn to 'mama', now she doesn't want to talk. A PR guy named Tank? See what you get when you live in a trailer park ? I'm gonna watch FOX now.

rainy whitney   April 22nd, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Shame, shame, shame on you!!!!! money talks I guess, where is your heart??

Marie   April 22nd, 2009 9:42 pm ET

This child is the grandchild of a state official, therefore I would think there would be protection for the child whenever the child when out.

A father, provides food and shelter for his child- are you prepared to do this now. With out your providing these provsions may be just may
be your time would be limted to taking the child.

donnat   April 22nd, 2009 9:42 pm ET

To Levi just grow up. Stop exploiting Bristol, yourself, and your son. You mother and sister have no place in the discussion. You were big and bad enough to have sex and create a baby. Be big and bad enough to handle this privately, not on national tv, with Bristol and yourself. Stop looking for handouts!!!! You do not need to have your mothers attorney? handle this affair. Grow up! Any I truly believe your sister just wants the exposure. It may be more than she can handle. Be a man. I'm sure you and Bristol, together, if you truly are interested in the welfare of this little darling baby boy, do what is best for him, Not everyone else.

dabaum   April 22nd, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Larry it's obvious there's something going on with the Johnston Family as in the way of threats.. by the way they are answering the questions .... i feel sorry for you all that you are being told what to say and what not to say...

Lerlie   April 22nd, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Levi, your son is a little more than 3 months. I think you should consider that a baby that young really does need a stable environment. As a parent, I wouldn't dare allow my child of 3 months or 6 to be flownsing around lots of people, germs and possible disease. Allow time, I am sure you guys will work it out. You seem like such a grounded and mature young man. My prayers are with you and all of Trips family to always put him and his welfare first. God bless.

Mel   April 22nd, 2009 9:42 pm ET

A person has the right to use all the resources available that will him or her to see their child or children. No one has the right to keep a son or daughter from a parent who wants to care for their child.

Mariah   April 22nd, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Sounds like sister mercedes is a HUGE problem in this. She obviously is jealous of Bristol and sounds like she tried to cause the breakup.

Bonnie Larson   April 22nd, 2009 9:42 pm ET

These are things that should be talked about privately, not on national tv. What a shame that such private matters are being discussed without anyone else to back up what they are saying. This is really not right. If you cared about the baby, you would sit down and talk about these problems like adults.

Selenia   April 22nd, 2009 9:42 pm ET

I said earlier if my daughter had a baby, and the Grandma was busted for drugs, their would be no visitation. And if the fatherwent on TV and dissed my daughter as he has done Bristol by appearing on all these shows, fight me in court. Shame on you people.

jennifer c   April 22nd, 2009 9:42 pm ET

I really feel for Levi . He as been put in a very hard situation . He has been cast in the spotlight since the day Sarah Palin show cased him at the republican national convention.. I believe he really wants to be apart of his childs life and seems genuinlly scared of fighting for his rights. I am sure the alin family has tried to scare him away from doing anything about this

Alvern   April 22nd, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Levi do you still love Bristol ?

dearious   April 22nd, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Do you think the palins are upset about the loss in the election and are taking it out on the johnstons?

Brent   April 22nd, 2009 9:43 pm ET

There are many on this blog criticizing Levi and his family for being on Larry King. To me there's no question that this appearance is justified, given the fact that the Palins have had free publicity whenever they wanted to air their opnions. It's surprising that people like the Palins who portray themselves as christians would stand in the way of Levi seeing his son.

Alabama Tim   April 22nd, 2009 9:43 pm ET


Levy was the one thrown out there by The Palin Camp.
I find him to be brave for standing up for himself.
and so what if he become rich.

Leah   April 22nd, 2009 9:43 pm ET

I can't believe you have not made one of my comments supporting Levi but you make comments live like "mercedes is hot" etc! Shame on you CNN!!!! People are trashing Levi and family and they have not said one bad word about the Palins!!!!!

Susan   April 22nd, 2009 9:43 pm ET

"Levi and family…….This is SO not the way to see your son"

For months Levi played by Palin's rules and look at what she did to him. Time to fight her with the eyes of the world upon her.

Luwanna   April 22nd, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Oh yes, everyone is volunteering to help out Levi's family. Does it surprise you that none of them are trying to be peacemakers. Larry King offering to give the Palin's equal time is so self sacrificing. He should be so proud of himself.

jason   April 22nd, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Susan you are ridiculous.

Mart H   April 22nd, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Write a book? These folk can't even put together a sentence. Poor Larry, what a painfully dull interview. Like pulling teeth!

trish in SW FL   April 22nd, 2009 9:44 pm ET

ok...back to Rachel M for me....Levi, I really wish you the best with your son(s)

Wolfe   April 22nd, 2009 9:44 pm ET

The Johnstons had a great opportunity to state their case and they blew it.

shaack   April 22nd, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Larry, can you define what was said by the Johnstons that has the Palin supporters in an uproar? I keep hearing they trashed Bristol, what was said?

dabaum   April 22nd, 2009 9:44 pm ET

I am watching there expressions and its very obvious to me someone has got their thumb on them....

colleen kelly mellor   April 22nd, 2009 9:44 pm ET

I have just sent a blistering comment to Sarah Palin, in which I apprise her of how disgusted I am with her behavior regarding this young man's attempts to see his son. She preaches fairplay for the little guy, the average Hoe, but then apparently uses her special position to intimidate.

Levi appeared respectful, well-disciplined, and a gentleman (not stooping to answer about sexual activity in Palin household), but arriving in sharp contrast was the rehearsed and nasty commentary from the Palin camp. That was anything but appropriate and made judgment calls that rang hollow to those of us who witnessed this young man's demeanor.

Levi–many of us were moved tonight by your plight. Go against the Palin machine-many of us have seen a new and fresh angle to this domestic dispute and Sarah Palin lost significant points tonightl

Luca   April 22nd, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Levi, I understand your situation. My son has been through this before. You and the baby's mother need to decide what is best for your child. Sarah Palin's political agenda should not have any influence over your rights as a father. After all, she is suppose to be for families. Is she not for your family? My son fought for his rights. You must do the same. Sarah Palin's true colors are showing. Good luck with your endeavors.

sher   April 22nd, 2009 9:44 pm ET

What about how a woman changes after a baby.....
the woman becomes very protective and is more mother
than the beginning.
does this family know about this kind of change?

Alicem   April 22nd, 2009 9:45 pm ET

It 's a good thing Bristol and Levi are over. Bristol is as destructive as her mother. Already issuing orders to break brother and sister. What a shame. She needs to be taken to court to allow father to see his son.

Michele   April 22nd, 2009 9:45 pm ET

The bottom line is that Levi needs to see his son. The Johnston family is like any other family pleading to see their biological son,grandchild and nephew.

They have right to see this child and no one has the right to tell any person that they cannot see a child that they love. I would trade it in a heartbeat.

Linda Grindstaff   April 22nd, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Levi's sister seems to be very jealous and devious. She may be the main reason that they are having problems. She appears to want to create a wall between Bristol and Levi and be in control.

Susan   April 22nd, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Why in the world would you have to "wait" for a court date to start paying support for your child? It is obvious how out of touch and self centered you are to be trashing the mother and family of your child. I didn't see you upset when you were traveling all across the United States. You need to go home, get a real job, and grow up! Shame on you!

Amy   April 22nd, 2009 9:46 pm ET

How can this look good for Sarah Palin?? So now the governor and her daughter can break the law just because the doesn't like it? Oh, I guess that shouldn't really be that surprising. Doesn't grandma Palin have anything to say about that? I never cease to be amazed.

sANDY   April 22nd, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Larry: It is obvious that you still have issues with Sarah Palin – but to try to get something going that really isn't there?? There is obviously more to the "whys" of why they don't let him see the baby! Shame on you Larry for egging this boy into saying things he dosen't mean!!!

Wolfe   April 22nd, 2009 9:46 pm ET

I agree with Leah...CNN took 4 of my postings down...I guess this is where CNN wants to go.....TAKE YOUR SHIRT OFF !!
Good Bye CNN.
This whole thing really has disappointed me.

colleen kelly mellor   April 22nd, 2009 9:46 pm ET

By the way, that former was supposed to read "fairplay for the little guy, the average Joe (as in 'Joe the Plumber.')....typo on original.

Barry   April 22nd, 2009 9:46 pm ET

What people would do for 15 minutes of fame,,, and why is his mom and sister on the show,,, what part did they actually have in getting her pregnant???

Susan   April 22nd, 2009 9:47 pm ET

"I said earlier if my daughter had a baby, and the Grandma was busted for drugs, their would be no visitation."

Palin's mother in law served a child LYE BASED JUICE at an Alcoholic's Anonymous shingding held at a bar a few years ago....burning the child's innards, scaring her for life.

This is FACT and the woman convicted, Google search the court documents.

Luwanna   April 22nd, 2009 9:48 pm ET

I sure want Levi's sister operating on me, don't you? Shes so worried about seeing her nephew and then says she wants to move out of state. Make up my mind already! and a drug using Grandma poor baby Tripp. Don't think Bristol is paying for her mistake.

Steve Parker   April 22nd, 2009 9:48 pm ET

This guy is a stand up guy...Levi is a great Dad...I can tell, I am a father of two – a son who is 21 and a daughter who is 20...I was married for 18 years and have been blasted by the ex's family ever since my divorce...the Palin family should give him the proper respect he deserves.....and ITS THE LAW THAT THE CHILD HAS A RIGHT TO SEE HIS should be about the child...Levi deserves to see his son and his son deserves to see his Dad . PERIOD.
Hang in there Levi....your mother supports you, your sister supports are right in your quest.
Steve 54 a father and a republican

momof4   April 22nd, 2009 9:48 pm ET

I hope that you fight for the rights for all fathers. This is wrong that you are missing this time with your son and that you are being forced to fight for your rights to see your son. child support is a seperate issue. I dont believe the child is in need for anything. I prey that no one would have to experience the battle of fighting for parental rights. I can only imange the battle that you will experience and your son will also experience, buy the choices of the mother. Best of luck.

Michele   April 22nd, 2009 9:48 pm ET

My ex husband does not see his children and I would give anything to have a father be in his child's life.

We should be encouraging this young father not breaking him down. Lets not forget how young these two are.

He needs to secure his rights, pay childsupport and see his son. NOW

Becky   April 22nd, 2009 9:48 pm ET

LEVI Johnson is a MOMMA'S BOY who will not finish school or take responsibility for his actions. Shame on his momma and sister for trying to make money off of the poor baby and his mother.

Terri Ham   April 22nd, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Levi- GO get YOUR son!

Susan   April 22nd, 2009 9:49 pm ET

"Levi’s sister seems to be very jealous and devious. She may be the main reason that they are having problems."

M loves her brother and has been yanked out of his life in the past by the Palin's out of spite and maliciousness. She has a reason to be upset.

Barry   April 22nd, 2009 9:50 pm ET


aren't there other news worthy topics other than Dog getting some criminal,,, is this national news?

lee   April 22nd, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Has the light been turned on, for the inequality that Fathers have to contend with? There is no reason why Fathers shouldn't be able to have regular unsupervised visitations with their children, unless safety is a concern. Its unfortunate that they had to resort to the media to expose this situation. Most Fathers don't have the option to obtain media exposure. I payed child support for 5 years, and was unable to get visitation. I had no resources to obtain legal counsel. I went back to School, and earned a degree, secured a good job, and saved enough money to pay a retainer fee to access legal resources. Then, I was able to obtain custody in less then a week. My daughter has lived with me for 5 years, and 2 years ago I initiated a child support case. Even though the Mother has had a full time job, The state still has neglected to garnish wages. I follow up with that agency every month and still don't have the answers to my questions. My Daughter needs braces and will set me back about 5,000. I let me Daughter go see her Mother every summer. This story continues to move forward. However, single Father's have to deal with inequality more often then Single Mothers. There are programs available in my state to help single Mothers but don't include single Fathers. Please remember there are good fathers out there that have been shoved out of their childrens lives.

Susan   April 22nd, 2009 9:51 pm ET

How could you say that you’re not doing this for fame? Would you honestly be on Larry’s show right now if the Palin’s were not as worldly known?"

He wouldn't have to be.

Georgeann Muntin   April 22nd, 2009 9:52 pm ET

I am a democrat who strongly dislikes Sarah Palin as a political candidate but even I am offended by this interview. Larry you have reached a new low. WHERE"s the news in this backwater, family custody dispute that plays like every common family custody suit. He wants to be take his kid when ever he wants. Gee I wonder why someone doesn't want a high school drop out, no job, teenager to take a 4 MONTH OLD BABY with him when ever he wants to. The court may give him joint custody, but no court is going to let a father take his child who is still a breast feeding infant away from his mother. This interview was just horrible. LARRY look back at the tape, if you took out all the leading questions, you know the ones, well don't you feel this, or don't you think that....there would have just been empty air....duhhhhhhhh .... just horrible......Dog the Bounty Hunter was definitely A STEP UP.

Dodie from Irvine, CA   April 22nd, 2009 9:52 pm ET

@ Barry I completely agree with you ~good Grief~!

Michele   April 22nd, 2009 9:53 pm ET




Selenia   April 22nd, 2009 9:53 pm ET

I'm not moved one bit by these simpletoms. He needs to step up and be a man. This is all about the money. Say what you wan about Palin, she has more class in her little finger than the three of these put together. There is always another side and always another reason, how many of you parents would turn your kid over to these people. Were they on drugs during this show? Enough, I have had enough. 45 minutes of fizzle, and only 15 minutes for DOG, what a waste. Should have watched Hannity.

Susan   April 22nd, 2009 9:53 pm ET

"LEVI Johnson is a MOMMA’S BOY who will not finish school or take responsibility for his actions"

Levi was in school ELEVEN YEARS without any problems until Palin yanked him out for her personal agenda. Levi is taking responsibility. It would be far easier for him to let the Palin's have his child then stir a hornets nest but as you saw, he loves his son & is trying to get into his life.

Barry   April 22nd, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Hey Larry,

This is breaking news "shot fired at DOG"???? are you kidding?
are people watching this show that idiotic? The economy is in the pits, the feds are spending money we don't have, socialism is all around us and the breaking news of the evening is "shot fired at dog".

I don't know how you stay in business Larry.

Sandy   April 22nd, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Leave the guy alone. Why shouldn't he be able to see his Son? Maybe Missy Palin purposely 'let herself get pregnant' and than decided to shut Daddy out with her Mothers best wishes!
The whole situation on the Palins part is VERY COLD.
Fame? What part of the 'fame' would he want in this circumstance, pluleeeeeeeeze!

Beverly   April 22nd, 2009 9:54 pm ET

I feel for Levi. From what I've read and seen about Sarah Palin she is not a woman to mess with. Look at what she did to John McCain and he is the one who brought her into the national spotlight. Levi is quite right to proceed with caution in terms of thePalins. Being governor she has anadvantage and there's no telling what she'll do. I don't trust that woman as far as I can throw her. What Bristol has to remember is that she did not have this baby alone and children grow up, learn the truth, and resent the parent who was keeping them away from the other parent. If what Levi is saying is true he just has to pray and know that God works everything out in time. Let this be a lesson to him and other teenagers – protect yourself 100% of the times because if you don't you know what can happen. God bless Larry. Keep up the good work.

maria h.   April 22nd, 2009 9:54 pm ET

i think Bristol has ben advised to not let the baby go to their house because of the mother;s drug charges,If the bay is there during a drug bust, what would they say about bristol knowing about the drugs and letting the baby be there > levi, move out on your own, things will get better if you make them better. you & bristol were jsut so cute and i hate to see you both separated and trip is just beautiful..Maybe they want you to get a lawyer so you end having to pay child support. Bristol,, my so justin was one when i divorced him and i too would not let him take the bay cause i was scared. but he was allowed to take his son to his mothers and be there. But his mother was not charged with selling drugs, i understand your choice. i also think your mom and republican party has a lot to do with this cause she is trying to run in 2012 and anything can affect her if there are family problems and drugs involved. Enjoy tripp but don't leave his dad out of it, just tell Levi to move to his own place so you know thet drugs are not there. (if there is , i don't know the whole story) i only know by tv and you know how they are. i do understand that worry !@!

jason   April 22nd, 2009 9:55 pm ET

It is obvious that he really doesnt want to take his son.

Pam   April 22nd, 2009 9:55 pm ET

I think Bristol Palin should be allowing Levi and his family visitations with the baby. He is the father. I see no reason for Levi' not to be able to take the baby to his mother's home for a visit. She is the Grandmother. Bristol needs to realize this baby has a father and that father wants to be active in the child's life. Seems she may be a bit spoiled, or controlling, or perhaps influenced by other.....maybe all of the above.

Barry   April 22nd, 2009 9:55 pm ET

The only reason Levi is on these shows,, because the liberal media are still terrified of PALIN... they want to destroy her even after the campaign.

Laura   April 22nd, 2009 9:55 pm ET

If Levi wants to do whats best for his son, he needs to do whats right. Forget what the Palins are doing and pay some sort of child support, don't talk bad about your the Palins, who are your sons mother and grandparents, etc., and will be for his life. Be honorable because little boys grow up and know what daddy did when he was little. And the truth hurts. Been there, done that.

Josef   April 22nd, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Boy, I wonder what these people are watching that accuse Levi of trashing the Palins? He was so careful not to say a bad thing about them! Levi needs to get a good lawyer to fight for his rights. He got the disadvantage and deserves the best Layer possible. I would have thought that the Palins, with their Christian values, would be different.


jane   April 22nd, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Just wanted to add this which I forgot in my earlier post:
Levi does not seem to be the brightest bulb on the christmas tree, his mother or sister either, and I don't see how airing the dirty laundry on the public air waves is helping his child, or helping him any.
If he is not paying child support, then I don't see HOW he can cry he is not getting the right to see the child...part of being a 'father' is manning up, and paying the way FOR that child!
Time to STOP the Palin BASHING...and that is EXACTLY what this is!

bob c   April 22nd, 2009 9:56 pm ET

do you need to register to post on this blog

Michele   April 22nd, 2009 9:56 pm ET

DOG is a racist! who is craving for attention.. How funny they are shooting at DOG and he is still filming.

Dodie from Irvine, CA   April 22nd, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Why not discuss something that is important to all Americans...

Susan   April 22nd, 2009 9:57 pm ET

"I’m not moved one bit by these simpletoms. He needs to step up and be a man. This is all about the money. Say what you wan about Palin, she has more class in her little finger than the three of these put together."

Your girl just got slapped with her 12th ETHICS VIOLATION today and with her owning half a million to a local Anchorage attorney, she will not have the funds to buy her way addition she is about to be impeached....LOW CLASS is right.

jason   April 22nd, 2009 9:57 pm ET

It is so funny how the media still hates Sarah Palin.

linda wilsen   April 22nd, 2009 9:57 pm ET

To John Smith on his comments, can't you leave your smut for your personal time? Grow up!

Barry   April 22nd, 2009 9:57 pm ET


Can we use some of the stimulus money to give DOG and his cat some haircuts,,, ???? they are in desperate need!!!!

Ernest G. Masler   April 22nd, 2009 9:57 pm ET

I have never been a fan of Sarah Palin, yet she has my sympathy. What a shame that the media are exposing her and her family, to this very personal feud between two famllies. I am embarred for them and ashamed of Larry King for stooping so low as to dig up this tawdry news story.

Dodie from Irvine, CA   April 22nd, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Ah, I see they just legalized the "morning after pill" That is great. Then Children will not be having children...

Karen   April 22nd, 2009 9:58 pm ET

I wonder if Bristol knew all along that she did not want to marry Levi, but had to wait until after the election. It is possible he was used by Sarah and Bristol during the election. Not saying that I absolutely believe that, but it is possible. Regardless, Levi has the right to be with his son. Bristol has no right to keep Levi from his son.

Pam   April 22nd, 2009 9:58 pm ET

If anyone saw Greta Van Susteren's last interview with Briston and Gov. Palin, Bristol stated that she wanted a name that started with a "T" because there were several family members with "T" names. She said that she and Levi both thought the name "Tripp" was unusual, and they both liked it very much.

Barry   April 22nd, 2009 9:58 pm ET


it only shows how scared they really are of her,, they hate what she stands for, conservative, pro-life, pro-gun, christian,,,, god whats not to like,,,???

shaack   April 22nd, 2009 9:58 pm ET

I can't believe you people are attacking this kid in favor of of your hero Palin. It's the same as the blogs when she couldn't answer an interview question. You back her no matter what and you don't even know her. Get your heads out of your rears, Sarah is far from perfect. She was guilty of abuse of power in her job, and you don't think she would stoop to abusing her power where this poor kid is concerned? Wake up! Loyality is one thing and ironically, you're probably the same people blasting the Craig's list killer's fiance for standing behind him? Blindly following anyone is ignorance! Wanting to believe them is human.

lynne   April 22nd, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Levi...stand up boy! Mom and sister butt out. Levi although he doesn't seem to have much going for him needs to move on from Mom and sister...they will only bring him down, actually I think they already DID. Family is family and now you have the chance or had the chance to be the part..head of one. Good luck, child support, diapers and outfits won't fit, send cash, do the right thing, stand on your own 2 feet!

Gypsy Road   April 22nd, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Levi and his family are nothing but trash! What a dead beat!

jason weller   April 22nd, 2009 9:59 pm ET


with any luck we are all through with hearing from the johnstons over private affairs. as a custodial advise for Levi is to fight for your rights as if you were fighting for your boys life...just keep it private and no matter what...your that boys one!

Jacqueline Ott   April 22nd, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Dear Mr. King,

I respect your directness and honesty. I am very disappointed that your producers and staff would permit tonight's show to air. I have watched the Larry King show over the last sixteen years. Programs like tonight's have the potential to change the importance of your show. I hope that you will address with your producers and staff the direction of future projects.

All the very best,


jay silva   April 22nd, 2009 10:00 pm ET

who cares about a missed shot and Dog.this is a waste of good TV,my life has more deserving topics to discuss Larry

jason   April 22nd, 2009 10:00 pm ET

shaack shouldnt you be watching Olbermann now?

Susan   April 22nd, 2009 10:01 pm ET

"If he is not paying child support, then I don’t see HOW he can cry he is not getting the right to see the child…part of being a ‘father’ is manning up, and paying the way FOR that child!"

FYI, Levi had a job with benefits and Palin's rants to tabloids started questions on how he obtained a high paying job with excellent benefits without a high school diploma (Thanks to Palin robbing Levi of his senior year) and he was terminated. Since then, Levi, has been coaching, Special Olympics. You think he was going to be able to get a gas jockey job and satisfy Palin? Levi is doing the best he can, in this economy, while being distracted every other day with his name in a headline and ambushed outside his home by Palin stalkers.

sherry anders   April 22nd, 2009 10:01 pm ET

I am very disapppointed that you chose to have Levi Johnston on your show – I think it was poor judgement to do so. I feel sad for Bristol that she has to put up with her ex-boyfriend on TV talking about her sexual encounters with him, the baby and their relationship. And...I would not want a baby of mine in a home where the mother had been arrested with drug charges. The sister appears manipulative and childish – all had a smile on their face that made me not trusting of their motives...fame seems to be the game!

Susan   April 22nd, 2009 10:02 pm ET


elaine stewart   April 22nd, 2009 10:02 pm ET

re: levi johnston...admits he pays no child support but has "toys and diapers" at his house stating he has "things the kid needs." What about doctor visits, immunizations, health care, formula, baby food 24/7...who does he thinks provides these necessities for his child? Bristol is in school and working...he admits he is not...why? Also, in our state (Texas) there are tender laws regarding a child spending the night away from their mother before the age of three yet Levi wants to go "get his kid anytime he wants." He is not considering the needs of an infant to even make such a statement as that. He is selfish and immature and has shown he doesn't have the judgement to be alone with a helpless infant plus his mom's drug case hasn't been settled yet...what an environment to bring the baby into!

Karen   April 22nd, 2009 10:02 pm ET

and does this family have more than 8 words in their vocabulary-the 3 of them were seeming to share a brain.. i know, i know they didn't ask for the publicity, but i'm just saying.

Kevin   April 22nd, 2009 10:02 pm ET

Dog & Beth Chapman,

Would you consider hiring or offering a job to Levi Johnston?

Diane Carreon   April 22nd, 2009 10:03 pm ET

As a young mother when I had my son my ex-husband and I got a divorce when our son was 3 months old. My ex-husband also wanted visitation with our son. I knew actually it would be his mother and sister's that would be taking care of him. The thought of them taking care of my son or even touching my son is something that I couldn't accept. Call it immaturity, anger, confusion, jealousy etc. My son is now 35 and a wonderful caring, employed individual – a wonderful person. Although never around his father all thru his life, he is the spitting image of his father in looks and personality. He has never had a relationship with his father and for that I am sorry. I believe it is important for a father to be with their children. Levi & Bristol needs counseling and joint custody.

LYNDA   April 22nd, 2009 10:03 pm ET


Busy   April 22nd, 2009 10:03 pm ET

Perhaps Bristol and Levi can work out a way for him to see his child-if that is truly all that he is interested in. They could meet at McDonald's.
Levi can go to court and fight for his right.
I know because we spent almost $10,000 for our son to see his daughter. His ex wanted full custody like my son's first ex got-because she wore him down and threw it in the self done divorce papers.

Tom Scott   April 22nd, 2009 10:04 pm ET

I'm very disappointed in you. Your interview of the Johnson family was an attempt to start a more public battle between the two families. This was beneath your usual high standards. Jerry Springer came to mind as I watched your handling of the family and interview. You and your associates must be hurting for more important people and issues. I've watched you for years and I am sorry to see you cheapen your self and show. Please pick up the standards and try to get back on track.

Jennifer   April 22nd, 2009 10:04 pm ET

It was a cheap shot to mention Levi's mother's drug arrest, the topic was not her history, but Levi's visitation rights. Stay on topic.

Judith   April 22nd, 2009 10:05 pm ET

First is the Palins seem that they use the purse strings with Bristo and Levi.Anyone could tell that 'if' McCain wouldn't win these kids wouldn't have gotten married.It was a 'I told you so situation'.
Levi had a my space account that was taken off when Sarah said she was engage.First they were boyfriend and girlfriend then bang engage like in a matter of a few days.

Bristo did an interview and said that kids do not pratice abstinence then Sarah cut in and said what Bristo means is etc,etc,etc.Sarah does not listen to her daughter.With the interview of Bristo ones could see Sarah Palin does her control thing.

As far as Levi,he needs to finish school and go to college.In the mean time he needs to pay child support and not wait till he takes Bristo to court.This will show he is a responsible dad even at his young age.
Just having diapers and toys isn't enough.Maybe this is why he hasn't taken Bristo to court.Don't be a dead beat dad.Start paying now.

I would say,Levi support your child and not with just diapers and toys.Go to court and fight for him.Sarah and 1st dude are the grandparents not the parents.Work it out with Bristo to raise your child in the right direction together even if your not living in the same house.
If your mom is taking drugs then you should be the only one watching him.

I would say to Bristo.Work it out with the father of your child.No matter how much you love your parents your son needs his own daddy.Get your education.In States where both parents are to raise the children you have to abid by the law and your mother Sarah knows this.No one else could keep a parent away from their child or children.Even not paying child support the parent still has the right for visitations.

jason   April 22nd, 2009 10:05 pm ET

You could tell that the drug question pissed the family off. They seemed to shut down even more after that.

Gypsy Road   April 22nd, 2009 10:05 pm ET

Jennifer....Levi's mother was on the show – she opened herself up to being asked about her drug arrest!

shaack   April 22nd, 2009 10:06 pm ET

Levi wouldn't have to be on TV if he wasn't battling with the Palin spin machine. You expect him to let the Palins slap him and his family around with their publicist, and not fight fire with fire? You blind sheep need to quit cannonizing Palin and see her for who she really is. A liar, a hypocrit, and far, far from my image of Jesus. Wake up, just because someone claims to be a Christian, it doesn't mean they are good people. These are politicians, not Saints!

Busy   April 22nd, 2009 10:07 pm ET

But I do think there must be a good reason he is not getting to see the baby.
As far as a job, if he wants one-he can get one. It might be a job not many people want-but you get money for it.

jason   April 22nd, 2009 10:08 pm ET

Levi doesn't want to take his kid. He wants to be a 19 year old kid.

shaack   April 22nd, 2009 10:09 pm ET

If Levi had 50% custody, why should he pay child support? Shouldn't they both pay for the child while in their custody, then share common costs? Also, what do you want him to do, pull a number out of his rear as to what is fair support?

New Grandmother!   April 22nd, 2009 10:09 pm ET

I watched this interview stunned!! The Johnston's story is our same story – almost exactly!! My son is currently waiting for his custody hearing just to be able to see his 5 month old son on a regular basis. The baby's mother is full of anger and resentment and has used the court system to restrict my son from seeing his child (she was able to get an emergency order that gave her temporary primary custody of the baby based on the fact that she was breast feeding). A judge actually signed this order and now she's using the baby as a pawn when we don't do exactly what she wants, how she wants, and when she wants! This girl is nothing short of viscious!! It's really very sad that the media and the court systems favor the mother - and the last name doesn't have to be Palin!! I truly believe that any parent that uses a child for their own selfish reasons, does not deserve to have children.
Currently, we can't see the baby until the actual hearing which is not until June! We've been told by our attorney that the best we can hope for is visitation – that all of the mean things that the mom is doing will not factor in. Given the reputation of the county in which this is all taking place in, I believe her!!
Levi – You are every bit the parent that Bristol is. You deserve a chance to have a loving and meaningful relationship with your son. Your mother has every right to be a part of this child's life as much as Governor Palin. And your sister has every right to be an aunt!! As far as I'm concerned, a baby should get all of the love he or she can handle. The more the better! It's a shame what you have to go thru to be a loving father. Keep fighting!!

Mary Lou Johnson   April 22nd, 2009 10:10 pm ET

Regarding the Palin/Johnston situation, I feel it's important to look at what is best for baby Tripp and his "rights". Babies have schedules, but Levi felt he should be allowed to show up any time he wants and "take" Tripp. As for Mrs. Johnston, as a responsible parent, I would not want my child to be cared for by someone who was arrested on drug charges. I would imagine as Tripp gets older the Palin's would willingly give Levi more access to his son, but for now, a baby needs stability and protection and should remain in the Palin household. If the Johnston's want to see him, they should go to the Palin residence (when it's convenient for the Palin's). I applaud the Palin's for protecting this child and would suggest Levi get a job and start paying child support.

Vincent McFarlane   April 22nd, 2009 10:11 pm ET

Larry, Duane Chapman owes my father money, $4.000 from the time he was in Hawaii over ten years ago.

LYNDA   April 22nd, 2009 10:11 pm ET


jason   April 22nd, 2009 10:11 pm ET

Larry cared more about Levi having custody of the kid than Levi did.

Steve Parker   April 22nd, 2009 10:11 pm ET

I have seen some very positive comments here- supporting Levi the father....why wern't the positive comments used during the show...another case unequal time....FATHERS EVERYWHERE UNITE.
This is crazee! Son has the right to see his Dad, Dad has the right to see his Son....what has happened to the Palins Republican family values?

Susan   April 22nd, 2009 10:12 pm ET

"I feel sad for Bristol that she has to put up with her ex-boyfriend on TV talking about her sexual encounters with him, the baby and their relationship"

Nothing about Palin mother giving FIVE EXCLUSIVE tabloid interviews about her daughters sex life or Bristol herself going on Fox with her own tales WEEKS before Levi every said a word?

jason   April 22nd, 2009 10:12 pm ET

Susan you are obsessed with Palin bashing.. You should take that garbage to the huffington post.

Greg Voss   April 22nd, 2009 10:12 pm ET

Larry, you should be ashamed of yourself. You put words in this boy's mouth and attitudes into his head. He seemed to have a reasonable disposition and ideas and aspirations regaring his situation and his reltionships with his child, with Bristol, with the Palins and with his own family. I regret that you attempted to lead his thinking, perhaps projecting your own thinking onto his. I wish Levi had not been subjected to this excruciating and manipulating experience.

jaimie   April 22nd, 2009 10:12 pm ET

oh no Bristol has more boyfriends now, so soon ?..Labor & Delivery in 9 mos , then post partum ? why was mother & sister on show? 2 kooks, leave him alone,,ovious they want money..

Busy   April 22nd, 2009 10:13 pm ET

If Levi had joint custody he would pay child support because the child will reside with the mother. (primary residence)

Gypsy Road   April 22nd, 2009 10:14 pm ET

LOL....Conspiracy theories are alive and well on Google. Don't believe everything you read, dear. Just a hint.

sam   April 22nd, 2009 10:15 pm ET


donald   April 22nd, 2009 10:17 pm ET

he is not very articulate, the military will mature him, for sure !...

Busy   April 22nd, 2009 10:19 pm ET

In my son's case-the other grandparents do and sell drugs(but haven't been caught). They were the loudest voices in court-but kept saying it was between my son and her.

Susan   April 22nd, 2009 10:20 pm ET

"LOL….Conspiracy theories are alive and well on Google. Don’t believe everything you read, dear. Just a hint."

Just a clue back at you I meant Google OFFICIAL STATE DOCUMENTS and TESTIMONY. The records are there along with the CONVICTIONS. I would link them here but I cannot.

Pam   April 22nd, 2009 10:20 pm ET

SHAACK SAID: "Blindly following anyone is ignorance! Wanting to believe them is human." Also–"You blind sheep need to quit cannonizing Palin and see her for who she really is. A liar, a hypocrit, and far, far from my image of Jesus. Wake up, just because someone claims to be a Christian, it doesn’t mean they are good people. These are politicians, not Saints!"

shaack   April 22nd, 2009 10:21 pm ET

Jason...I don't watch Olbermann. Is this your best argument for your highly biased viewpoint. If Obama was in the same situation doing the same things as Palin, I'd say the same about him. It's obvious you're on the far right and nothing your people do is ever wrong. Your idolization of politicians is unbelievable. Politicians are some of the most crooked, lying egomaniacs in our country, and to blindly follow any, regardless of party, is ignorant. Just look at the corruption and criminal behavior on both sides over the last several years...Wake up...these people are not who you think they are!

Gina   April 22nd, 2009 10:22 pm ET


You have a right to have joint custody with your son. You were thrust into the spotlight and there should have been some understanding. I hope things work out. Graduate from high school; others have gone through teen prenancy also.

jason   April 22nd, 2009 10:23 pm ET

Wow... not liking Olbermann is "far right". I agree with everything thing else you said though.

Gypsy Road   April 22nd, 2009 10:24 pm ET

Why hasn't Levi finished high school? The campaign has been over for months. Hello Levi – every heard of a GED? And why does he say "I ain't paying NO child support. I got all that kid needs at home" – Where does he live? Does he live with his mom? The one who could go to jail for selling Oxycontin? Oh and Sadie is a real class act. "Bristol is jealous of me" Pu-lease. Why is it necessary for the whole family to come on LKL? There is a reason Levi doesn't see his kid – there's obviously more to this story. Personally, after seeing them and listening to what they have to say (all 8 words their vocabulary) I wouldn't want them around my child. Levi has a right to see his child, but there's more to the story here. And I think the Johnston's are all out for publicity.

Susan   April 22nd, 2009 10:24 pm ET

“LOL….Conspiracy theories are alive and well on Google. Don’t believe everything you read, dear. Just a hint.”


James Palin (Todd Palin;s brother) was involved in a devastating hit-and-run that inflicted multiple injuries on a female pedestrian.

Court papers show that James Palin, Sarah's brother-in-law, was busted in his Dillingham, Alaska, hometown – after a major drinking binge.

According to official records: James, in a drunken stupor, slammed into a woman with his vehicle, stopped, pulled her out from underneath it – and then callously sped away, leaving her injured on the side of the road .

Police Officer Lowell Crezee soon arrived at the crime scene and assisted victim Lydia John – who sustained numerous injuries, including a fractured pelvic bone.

James admitted to police that before the accident he had been drinking, first at the Canary Bar, where he "drank two beers and a shot of tequila and then went inside the Willow Tree bar and drank two beers," according to the criminal complaint.

sam   April 22nd, 2009 10:25 pm ET


Susan   April 22nd, 2009 10:25 pm ET

“LOL….Conspiracy theories are alive and well on Google. Don’t believe everything you read, dear. Just a hint.”


James Palin (Todd's brother) filed a domestic violence petition against live-in girlfriend Christine Garner, mother of his then 2 1/2-year-old daughter Miranda. The court awarded James temporary custody of his daughter.

A year later, James again petitioned the court claiming Garner had put imperiled his daughter "by drinking and driving with her in the car to drug dealers' homes and doing drugs around her."

Gypsy Road   April 22nd, 2009 10:26 pm ET

LOL at Susan. SHe is SOOOO angry. LOL

Pam   April 22nd, 2009 10:28 pm ET

Todd Palin cannot help what his brother did.

Busy   April 22nd, 2009 10:28 pm ET

Hey if I could-I'd take my kids all over the US. I'd want my family with me and they'd want to be with me.
Levi and Bristol had this baby-not everyone in the US. They need to work it out and if that takes court then jump on it. A judge needs to hear it all.
Look it up on the web-find out everything he can and do it. Going on Larry king-aint gonna do it! (unless he wants to start a help Levi fund)
Couldn't they find anyone interesting tonight for the show?

kathy   April 22nd, 2009 10:28 pm ET

I have no respect for Sarah Palin, but this kid has made it very clear in the past that he did not want to be tied down to the responsibilities of that of neither a husband or full time father. What a waste of show time, and Larry King fauning all over them. Of course she changed, at 18 she now has the full time job of getting an education, working, and being a single mother with the full time job of raising a child.

I would not want my child seeing that family away from me, when the mother was arrested for DEALING DRUGS. What kind of mother or grandmother is that?

What happened to the so called job he was suppose to have? Who pays for him traveling around being on tv shows playing the poor me, and says he wants to be a model or write a book. What an opportunist!
He said he will wait for the courts to pay child support.
What an irresponsible boy. He certainly is not a MAN!

Danne   April 22nd, 2009 10:28 pm ET

I love you and the show, but tonight with Levi and his family I thought I had tuned to Monty's show. I'm not sure I would let Levi out alone with my baby either. This family needs to get a life. Not your best show!

Charlotte   April 22nd, 2009 10:31 pm ET

I feel Levi and his family are very tacky to air their problems on national TV. They should have quietly taken their business through the legal system. They may not have been paid for their appearances to date, but they appear to be ready to "cash in" if someone will pay them. He needs to pay child support. I was very unimpressed with that family. Also, what is up with his mother's legal problems?

jason   April 22nd, 2009 10:32 pm ET

I thought Larry was trying to create some controversy and tension where it didnt exist. He was so disappointed that Levi wouldnt bash the Palins or take them to court.

shaack   April 22nd, 2009 10:34 pm ET

Pam: Just because Obama has different views from you politically, doesn't make him good or bad. He is taking extreme measures in an extreme time, and only time will tell whether or not he is effective. While I don't agree with everything Obama stands for, I do believe his foreign policy is much better and much more American than Bush's could ever be. If you have ever been in business, you would understand that you don't accomplish anything by being silent, by refusing to talk to your adversaries. Understanding is only gained by effective communication, not by acting like child and refusing to talk until you think like me, which was Bush's mantra!

And yes, we will be blessed to get through the next four years without a terrorist attack. That would be true if McCain won as well.

Bottom line, Obama wants to work with other countries and get consensus on actions...something Bush would never do. Bush acted against the U.N., and started an unjust war!

Again, I'm not that enamored with any politician, not Obama or anyone else, but I'll give Obama an "E:" for effort, and reserve opinion on the rest of his policies when they have had time to work and the results are in. Of course, I don't expect any of you hard core righties to like him ever, regardless of the results.

Busy   April 22nd, 2009 10:41 pm ET

Well pay Levi then.
Did he run as vice president-no-I don't think so.If he did, I sure missed it. Be thankful he has a healthy kid and go the legal route for visitation.

Susan   April 22nd, 2009 10:43 pm ET

"Levi’s sister seems to be very jealous and devious. She may be the main reason that they are having problems."

She is the ONLY one not afraid anymore to call Palin out. Levi, has already been held from his son. The girl knows to bringing the DEVIOUS VINDICTIVE MALICIOUSNESS of Palin to the nation is to bring the insanity to a head. What else is there to lose....nothing but the little guys future if he stays in the Palin clan. His sister is the one with the right fight.

Busy   April 22nd, 2009 10:43 pm ET

Exteme measures in extreme times-guess that makes Obama an "extremist"

shaack   April 22nd, 2009 10:45 pm ET

Jason: Actually, that was based on your other comments, not the Olbermann one. If I was wrong, I apologize.

Busy   April 22nd, 2009 10:52 pm ET

Child support and visitation are separate legal issues.

frances   April 22nd, 2009 10:52 pm ET

something is wrong w/mother & sister, CNN made them look good w/hair & makeup..but they seem to be intimidating hm bec. they want money ,,any comments ? ..

Busy   April 22nd, 2009 10:55 pm ET

Maybe they all need drug testing.

Busy   April 22nd, 2009 10:57 pm ET

His sister has no fight in this.

Gonzo   April 22nd, 2009 10:58 pm ET

Why LARRY did you not ask Levi and his mom if perhaps her DRUG-DEALING issues out of the family home may behind Bristol's reservations? I certainly wouldn't want my kids in a drug-dealer's house.

Busy   April 22nd, 2009 10:58 pm ET

Now if some domestic violence is in it-then Bristol could get a temporary order to keep the baby from seeing him until it can be heard in court.

jason   April 22nd, 2009 10:59 pm ET

shaack.. I do probably have a defensive nature specifically for Palin because how the media continues to hate her so much months after the election.

I see myself down the middle.

I like how Obama is smart and analytical. I love that we are starting to address our addiction to oil. I don't care about abortion (even though I can see it as murder). I think marijuana should be legalized. I generally support gay marriage (though the perez hilton stuff turns me off). I like capitalism because it produces innovation and rewards hard work, but I am against CEOs getting paid when their companies fail. It feels like all of this spending is going to tank this country. I didnt like how congress didnt even read the stimulus bill. Also, how Obama said he was against earmarks and his budget was full of them. I am just glad to hear that people on the left can be turned off by MSNBC.

Busy   April 22nd, 2009 11:00 pm ET

A book deal?

shaack   April 22nd, 2009 11:00 pm ET

Busy: Yes, I think he's taken extreme measures, and for now you could say he is an extremist in some ways! The question is whether he is a temporary extremist, or an extremist to the bone. My hope is that he will begin to take less extreme actions as the extreme problems subside, and the country starts to normalize, but only time will tell. I won't be happy if he continues this philosophy after the economy and foreign relations have somewhat normalized. As far as I'm concerned, the jury will be out for some time on Obama, and I'm willing to give him a more than 100 days to see if his plans work out.

Bush took extreme and immoral actions as president, and I would call him an extremist to the bone. If Obama turns out to be, I won't support him in 2012.

Elsa, San diego   April 22nd, 2009 11:00 pm ET

Come on Larry!
Who wants to know the likes of Levy Johnson and Perez Hilton? ( who is he anyway?) Can you really sink any lower than this??
I hope Levy is paying child support with the money is getting from your show and the others like yours.
Elsa, san Diego

yvonne   April 22nd, 2009 11:01 pm ET

I think all of them need family therapy !..when does Palin's governship end ? maybe then she will read, Time, Newsweek, NY Times, USA Today, Palm Bch Post, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Wall St. Journal, etc. I am an immigrant, yrs. bk I was reading 14 newspapers a wk, I was stunned when K Couric asked her what newspapers/magazines she reads, she could not answer !..

Ray   April 22nd, 2009 11:07 pm ET

Nice job, Larry, the way you manipulated that boy's viewpoint without him even knowing it, apparently. Thanks to you, the Palin's will be neck deep in legal problems by the end of the week. Hooray!

My wife, who leans to the right, says you're a mouth-piece for the left wing. I defended you. While you may have "accidently" put on a few guests that trashed Sarah Palin during the campaign, it wasn't as if YOU yourself were trashing her.

I also pointed out to my wife that we on the left need someone to balance out the likes of Shawn Hannity. So keep up the Palin bashing, Larry. As one liberal to another, I salute you.

shaack   April 22nd, 2009 11:15 pm ET

Jason: I too am down the middle. Unfortunately, the Republican party has moved away from the middle, as well as some of their basic tennants. Conservatism means social and fiscal conservatism. The Republicans have not been fiscally conservative for a long time. They have also turned from social conservatism in some ways such as trying to change the constitition for their own purposes. Trying to change it to allow foreign born people to become president, because Arnold is climbing the ladder. Changing the constitution in order to take away rights from gay people. I too think abortion is undesireable, but feel there are better ways to spend money than outlawing it and putting women through the judicial and prison system, not to mention the risk of back-alley abortions. Why not spend the same money giving desperate women a choice? Kind of like why spend tens of millions in California to outlaw gay marriage instead of taking the same money and feeding the hungry? So yes, I'm in the middle, but right now, I don't believe the Republican party is anywhere near! I do believe in some social programs, mostly where kids are concerned.

Also, I'm far from 100% agreeable with the Democrats as well. I don't like many of the things they've done either. Can you tell I'm not a fan of politicians at all?

Brenda   April 22nd, 2009 11:17 pm ET

He has a right to see his son even if he isn't paying child support (but he should ALREADY be paying). While seeing his son EVERYDAY, Bristol can get a job so that she can also support their son. This would be probably called 'Shared Custody'.

I am tired of hearing that the baby is too young to be away from his mother and acting like Levi does not know how to take care of him or his schedule. Bull!!! Also, how is all of this 'going public' hurting the baby? I think that when this baby grows up, he will see that his mother was being vandictive by not letting Levi see him. What makes a lot of people think that Bristol is a great mother? A great mother would encourage the father to spend time with their child.

jason   April 22nd, 2009 11:20 pm ET

I always wondered why there isnt a viable centrist party alternative. I think the Republicans and Democrats unite to make sure that will never happen.

elaine   April 22nd, 2009 11:20 pm ET

why was the Mom & sister on the show?...he may need some speech therapy...

Pete   April 22nd, 2009 11:22 pm ET

Well how else do you go up against the Governor of any state if not by EVERY legal means possible?
All my prayers and support to the Johnston family. Don't let the haters distract you. Go make all the money you want ...even if it means being a celebrity for a while, do it for your son.

Your son will grow up and know that you fought for him, his grandmother and Aunt fought for him! No matter what happens your son will grow up wanting to know his Dad (but also keep in mind that there is something in all of us that by human nature we protect the one who gave us birth). Even if things will be rough at first, in the end your son will seek you out.
I hope if at all possible you do grow up to become an advocate for Father's rights cos these days its so backwards with women being stereo-typically the better parent. My divorced brother has two kids and my former sister-in-law is just a nightmare when it comes to letting them be a part of his life and our lives.

Don't let the Palin's or anyone shame you into backing down. You want to be in your son's life, just do it!!! Our family has been fighting legal battles for years with my sister-in-law. But we won't give up. Don't you give up!!! I'm sorry you are so you young going through this,
thank God for your mom and sister. I hope you are getting some good family counciling if not private counceling on your own.

shaack   April 22nd, 2009 11:24 pm ET

To parents everywhere, if your child even thinks about getting involved with a politicians child, lock them in the basement! LOL! I don't know any rational person that would want to be in this situation. Maybe they should all go see Dr. Phil!

Tim Robertson   April 22nd, 2009 11:25 pm ET

I imagine that pushing the Johnsons to file a lawsuit to have more access to Levi's son will help accomplish just that.. I don't think it will, however,help Gov Palin's political career by bring up this association. What is happeniing to journalism in America?

shaack   April 22nd, 2009 11:25 pm ET

I'm starting to like you Jason! I guess I did misread your previous comments. Sorry!

jason   April 22nd, 2009 11:31 pm ET

haha.. yeah i think we ironed things out! I knew after reading some of your posts that we would see eye to eye.

Sandy   April 22nd, 2009 11:31 pm ET

Larry, Larry, Larry – Oh my, maybe it's time for you to retire. Leave while you are still known as a top-notch interviewer of heads-of-states, world leaders and the truely noteable famous etc. – one who is well respected for awsome interviews filled with integrity, important information and educational insights. You are likening yourself to a cheap tabloid. Any suggestions as to where to go now for educational information on whats going on in the world that is imporatant and relevant to todays more profound issues??

jason   April 22nd, 2009 11:35 pm ET

One thing... I am starting to get more turned off by cable news. I used to be a junkie, in fact MSNBC was clearly my favorite back in the day. It seems like it is filled with commentators that you know exactly what their biased answer will be when they are asked a question.

Ryan   April 22nd, 2009 11:36 pm ET

Larry King has proven once again to be a stellar journalist, finding the stories that really matter, with a relentless quest for truth, doing so with class, fairness, and unquestionable character. CNN is lucky to have you.

Brenda   April 22nd, 2009 11:57 pm ET

Bristol could have said 'no!!' to sex but she had no respect for herself and also had little control. Why put it just on Levi? They both made the decision to have sex and they both should be raising their son (even if it is separately raising him).

debbie   April 23rd, 2009 12:02 am ET

When Palin was campaigning, she pranced Levi on stage and insisted they were getting married. You could tell Levi did not want to be there and it was all for show. Now Bristol is 18 , Palin loves saying her 18 year old has a baby, like we forgot she was 17 and pregnant. I feel bad for Levi not being able to see his son, Palin preaches rights but will take them away if you cross her. Levi wants to be part of his son's life and that is honorable. I think Palin needs to stop worrying about her self image and look out for what is the best interest for her grandchild. We all knew if she lost that marriage would never take place.

Susan   April 23rd, 2009 12:03 am ET

"Why LARRY did you not ask Levi and his mom if perhaps her DRUG-DEALING issues out of the family home may behind Bristol’s reservations? "

Very clear Palin's have no issue with DRUG DEALINGS as their own kin are brought up on several charges for alcohol, narcotic abuses. Bristol, has been flooding, Levi and his sisterr with texting, including her friends, harassing them in IMMATURE JUVENILE RANTS. Bristol is envious Merede is not knocked up or tied down. There is nothing but PETTY JEALOUSY going on keeping Tripp from Levi.

Susan   April 23rd, 2009 12:07 am ET

Palin just got served with her 12th ETHICS VIOLATION today.

lynn   April 23rd, 2009 12:08 am ET

Larry – You tried desparately for 45 minutes to get some dirt on the Palins and you got nothing! This was pathetic journalism. You should be ASHAMED of yourself. You asked all leading questions because you had your own agenda. You did not even ask him if he paid child support until the very end and of course he is not paying any. CNN has let their liberal agenda ruin its reputation. No wonder your ratings are tanking. Leave the Palins and the Johnstons alone. This is none of our business.

Charlotte   April 23rd, 2009 12:17 am ET

Larry, shame on you! You are a trouble maker! I am sure Levi will work out his relationship with Bristol Palin. You just kept goading him! Not nice at all. I know this won't get published, but I hope you guys read it. How do you know that Levi doesn't make the effort to see his son. You just kept goading him on and making him feel very uncomfortable! Very unethical on your part!

walter   April 23rd, 2009 12:18 am ET

did a paternity test prove levi is dad?

Meredith   April 23rd, 2009 12:18 am ET

I can not believe that you gave this little boy a voice. Who cares why they broke up, duh they are kids and they had a kid. It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out things were not going to work out. I think that giving this crap a voice the "Larry King Live" show has lost all journalistic credibility. There is nothing else that CNN and the "Larry King Live" show can put on that is more important, like the Durban Review Conference.

Walker   April 23rd, 2009 12:18 am ET

I wonder if Levi is paying child support?

Meredith (long beach, CA)   April 23rd, 2009 12:19 am ET

Levi, PLEASE don't ever, ever, ever stop fighting for your right as the Father of this child to be a part of his life!!!!!!! Hire an Attorney TODAY, don't worry about the money....YOU NEED AN ATTORNEY! Tripp has a mother AND a father, don't be intimidated by the Palins or ANYONE else! God bless both you and Bristol.

Susan   April 23rd, 2009 12:25 am ET

"Larry, shame on you! You are a trouble maker! I am sure Levi will work out his relationship with Bristol Palin. You just kept goading him!"

Levi sat down and shut up for months while Palin abused his life and exploited his baby. Now that he has been told he cannot be with his son he is starting to find a voice & with the help of an experienced man like Larry, knowing the power and reach of his audience's attention, the pressure will be on Palin to resolve custody without further trauma to these kids.

Chris   April 23rd, 2009 12:27 am ET

A little short on guests Mr.King ? All little Levi did was sleep ( and not use protection ) with the daughter of the woman who WOULD HAVE made Dan.Quayle look like a rocket scientist. Go home and do what ever it is you do aside from pursuing being in the media Levi your 15 minutes are way up !

Susan   April 23rd, 2009 12:28 am ET

Good Lord, Palin, has her 70 something year old father calling, Us Magazine, giving tidbits, on Levi. Levi has no choice but to play on Palin's field of choice now.

"Palin's father, Chuck Heath, claims in a story being published Friday in Us Weekly magazine that the unemployed Johnston isn't financially supporting the infant. He said he wishes Johnston would take some money from the interviews and buy diapers for Tripp."

Bill   April 23rd, 2009 12:28 am ET

Wow...Do people actually think he's being paid by the Democratic Party to hurt Palin's chances of running in 2012? There's no need for that...Sarah is completely capable of making herself look bad without any outside influence. Remember, she has foreign policy experience because she can see another country!

angela   April 23rd, 2009 12:28 am ET

Sarah Palin is looking more and more like an emotional "mama bear", and I am ever so glad all she is running is Alaska and her own family. She is completely irrational, exploitive, and unworthy of office. A total novice, a nutcase really. She threw these kids out there foran image and she lost the election, the kids were used. Levi seems like a nice young man, but this family had no business being in high places.

Susan   April 23rd, 2009 12:29 am ET

Levi, set up a legal fund, I will be the first to donate...GET YOUR SON!!!

Mike Casey   April 23rd, 2009 12:29 am ET

Sign a book deal NOW. This is your chance to provide for your family for the rest of your life. Don't worry about what the Palins might say, you have rights, and you need to do what's right for you and the baby. Hire a writer and do it soon.

jt   April 23rd, 2009 12:31 am ET

Larry, your going down hill fast. Your not going to be happy until Levi gives you dirt on the Palins. Good for Levi that he is not.

Jess in Denver   April 23rd, 2009 12:32 am ET

Larry, I'm a big fan of you and your show...however tonightI find myself shaking my head. Levi needs to go to college, deal with being a parent on his and Bristol's terms and get this junk out of the media. Who cares about these two?
This has all been really over done. Next!

angela   April 23rd, 2009 12:33 am ET

Since Palins very own sister in law has been jailed with some serious offenses, doesnt he have a right to know exaactly who his child is around in the Palin household?

Phil Schneider   April 23rd, 2009 12:33 am ET

Levi, et. al.

Do you think there is some reluctance by the Palin family to share visitation with your family due to her recent arrest for selling prescription drugs?

Oldasnew   April 23rd, 2009 12:33 am ET

Larry like you would let this kid (Levi) walk out of the house with a kid. Give me a break! There is no way I would let him take the baby at this young age for a weekend. Take some parenting classes to show you can handle a baby. Larry stay out of peoples business!!! I can not believe you would try to push this guy to go to the attorneys like you did tonight. How many times did you plan to keep pushing him? This whole interview was ridiculous.

William Marleau   April 23rd, 2009 12:34 am ET

This is just gossip! Larry, I am surprised. This is not an interview! Why are prodding this kid to confront the Palin's??? Shame

Lee collins   April 23rd, 2009 12:34 am ET

What about Levi's mother's drug arrest? What is going on with that?

Chelsey   April 23rd, 2009 12:34 am ET

I am amazed at Levi's willingness to be there for his son, publicity or not, I support what he is doing. Keep being a great dad Levi!!!

shanen   April 23rd, 2009 12:34 am ET

It is clear that the Palins (Sarah) are using their powers to keep Levin away and are threatening Levis family. Sarah Palin would abuse her power again and destroy Levis family and they are to afraid of the Palins to stand up to them. This is sick and so low. Sarah Palin is an evil human being. Levi and his family need to stand up to the Palins (Sarah) Levi has EVERY right to see his son!!!

Christine   April 23rd, 2009 12:35 am ET

I think Palin began this charade about their relationship. Why is it okay for her to talk about their relationship, but it’s not okay for him to talk about it. This is not a 15 minutes of fame; this is the right to voice your concern, your right to speech. What? Is she going to ban him from talking the way she wanted to ban books!

Lisa Banks   April 23rd, 2009 12:35 am ET

Do you still have feelings towards Bristol? Are you two able to communicate? Do you think your sister is the problem?

Steve   April 23rd, 2009 12:35 am ET

Why does CNN with all your resources around the world have to focus and try and crush a small family with problems to gain ratings? If Levi is to be a man, he should come on your show alone! You Larry have a liberal agenda to hurt Sara Pallin, why can't you for once be a man and stand up for what is right? Your not that old that you can't change, and do the right think for this little baby. This comment will never make the air, but I wrote it and I know I did the right think. Disgusting, your young children will watch these old shows 30-40 years from know and they may realize you exploited this family and many more. Media lives for ever and cuts both ways.

Katherine   April 23rd, 2009 12:36 am ET

To Levi's mom:
If you want to keep things on the "low down" as you stated, why would you appear on Larry King Live?

Jess in Denver   April 23rd, 2009 12:36 am ET

The Mom and Sister are rediculous! Larry, lets move to a new topic...this one is horrible

Kyle   April 23rd, 2009 12:36 am ET

Stop trying "get your story out" and get home and take care of your son! You wonder why she isn't letting you see him. It's because you're too busy dragging him into the news!

elizabeth   April 23rd, 2009 12:36 am ET

They 're not getting a lawyer, because they dont have the money for it. His sister and mom say they dont want to "stir things up". If they really wanted to see the child, they would deal with matters privately. Do they really think going public is going to get him anywhere!? And Levi modeling? We see right through this family. What a joke

Chris   April 23rd, 2009 12:36 am ET

EXCLUSIVE? I lold when I saw that. This guys seems like hes just trying to get a job over the media and wants money. Please this doesn't help you in anyway to go public about this. I know you did this a couple of months ago on gma and it didn't do anything. People realize you are just a fake looking to get something out of the media.

Curious   April 23rd, 2009 12:37 am ET

Levi, does your mother's drug charges have anything to do with the reason why the Palin Family may not feel safe having their grandson around yoiur family

angie   April 23rd, 2009 12:37 am ET

what about levis moms aledged drog charges.

marnie   April 23rd, 2009 12:38 am ET

What... no child support? How does he get away with that?

This is one of the worst Larry King show I have viewed. Is he a talk show host or a Levi personal counselor?

There are much more important and interesting topics that could be on the air.

Courtney   April 23rd, 2009 12:38 am ET

I'm from Alaska and I know how small Wasilla really is, my question to the Johnston family is not how much are you covering for the Palins but why? You guys have been slammed by the media and the Palin family...get the truth out there..all of it. They can't hurt you. If anything, you have the upper hand its not like you're running for office. You have every right to be with your son.

Cindy   April 23rd, 2009 12:38 am ET

Hey Levi
Go ahead and gain fame and notoriety everyone knows that the Palins have taken anything they can at any opportunity why shouldn't you.

Kevin   April 23rd, 2009 12:38 am ET

Levi, you are a legal adult. Why is your mommy with you? Other than saying as a Grand Parent she wants to see her Grand child. And WHY is your sister there at all? does your sister actually believe she has any rights at all to see her nephew?

melodie mills   April 23rd, 2009 12:38 am ET

What about Levi's mom's legal troubles concerning selling drugs?Is this why Palins are hesitant to let them see the baby?

trish in SW FL   April 23rd, 2009 12:39 am ET

I just want to know where to DONATE to a fund to help Levi with his court battle!

willie   April 23rd, 2009 12:39 am ET

he does not speak properly, bad interview, hope tomorrow night is better, did not enjoy at & sis weird ...

Freemind   April 23rd, 2009 12:39 am ET

Levi would be a great advocate for singple fathers attempting to get his equal visitation rights.

Susan   April 23rd, 2009 12:39 am ET

"Larry like you would let this kid (Levi) walk out of the house with a kid. Give me a break! There is no way I would let him take the baby at this young age for a weekend."

Yet IF you read Palin's EXCLUSIVE interview with People Magazine, of March 14th, you say you would approve of her having little seven year old Piper walking around a grocery store with his three month old in one hand, a bottle in the other & her mothers high heels on pretending to be a mommy?

jason   April 23rd, 2009 12:40 am ET

Fame?? This guy has been hounded since the elections. It is probably a relief to respond to the media. For all of those who like to point their fingers, I wonder how many have been dragged through the mud like this young man. He is human, made mistakes, and now responding to a dirt hungry society. Right or wrong, people need to worry more about themselves.

Courtney   April 23rd, 2009 12:41 am ET

I don't know why the Johnston family is covering for the Palins. They've done nothing but throw your family under the bus. Come on guys...tell us the truth.

ken   April 23rd, 2009 12:41 am ET

It is important for people to see that this young man is trying to be very civil on camera about his situation. It is sad to see a parent us a person for there own purposes then use the power of there office to take advantage of him.

Walt   April 23rd, 2009 12:41 am ET

Wow, Larry-

No more softball, obsequious interviews! You can actually grill a guest, make him squirm... too bad he's just a kid, and a simple one at that.
Let's see you ask some real questions for your adult guests! Like Queen Noor for instance, and pretty much everyone who has any status...

Steven Alderman   April 23rd, 2009 12:42 am ET

I believe it is hypocritical, all this talk of Levi trying to gain "fame and fortune" from this ordeal. It seems to me that the Palins were happy to keep Levi around when it suited the wholesome family image needed to sell the public during the campaign, and now they are quick to dismiss him now that the campaign is over. The Palins should educate themselves on the sad phenomenon known as parental alienation; it is recieving a lot of attention in the family courts nationwide, and it seems to me it would be in their political interest to avoid any scrutiny from this phenomenon. Most importantly, to the baby, any parental alienation could have terrible repercussions later in life. Levi should fight hard, and do it now.

Lori   April 23rd, 2009 12:43 am ET

I was an unmarried mother at 19. I had reservations too about leaving my daughter with her dad as he was not reliable. THe one time I left her with him, I came home and he was asleep while she was crawling around. There is a reason why the Palins are cautious with this baby and I don't blame them. I can certainly see stating he can come to their home to see the baby. Going on a show and giving CNN the chance to get more jabs in at Sara Palin is not the way to help get more time with your son. You should all be ashamed of yourselves.

Brenda   April 23rd, 2009 12:43 am ET

Did Bristol take parenting class? I seriously doubt it. Plus, Sarah even trusted Levi enough to be with Trige so why not his own son. Maybe your father was not capable of taking care of you??

Carla   April 23rd, 2009 12:43 am ET

Could Mr. King be anymore gleeful to do this interview with the opportunistic Johnston family? His obvious joy at trashing the Palin family is dispicable. No professional interviewer would ever put words in an interviewees mouth like Mr. King just did regarding Bristol "changing" since the election. Shame on you Larry King!

Amanda Glossip   April 23rd, 2009 12:44 am ET

If levi is not in this for fame, why does he have a PR? And is his mother under the influence of drugs now?

angie   April 23rd, 2009 12:44 am ET

l do like the dog show but isnt it true that he doesn't carry a gun due to his pas felony record. and why doesn't share this more often,,,

Hung Vu, MD   April 23rd, 2009 12:44 am ET

I am rather surprised that you prod the Levi about fighting in court and so forth when their intention is to keep their affair quiet. Even though I did not vote for Mrs Palin, I do not think she deserves to be vilified as The Black Sheep of the political scene. Thank you. I am a big fan of your show. I just want you you to know....Hung Vu, MD

rose gachoya   April 23rd, 2009 12:44 am ET

who gave tripp that name? levi or sarah palin?

Kendra   April 23rd, 2009 12:44 am ET

This boy was forced into fame through the GOP and the presidental campaign. He didn't ask for all of this. On a different note, his sister needs to shut her mouth. She seems to be the problem. She's messy and childish. She is not ready to truly be a mature aunt. Stop complaining and help your brother by cutting off your stupid friends (or at least keep your comments to yourself). Bristol is only 18. I'm sure she does not want his sister or her silly friends around her baby.

Chelsey   April 23rd, 2009 12:45 am ET

When people split there is always two sides and nobody is perfect, but if it were his parents would he appreciate it if they were to broadcast it to the nation? He is very young and needs to think about how these interviews and what he says will affect everyone involved not just tomorrow but in a few years? in ten years? Regret is not a coveted emotion; he should be at home growing up himself .

Terry, TX   April 23rd, 2009 12:46 am ET

I am sick of tired of Levi, McCain's daughter, Joy Behar and Perez Hilton.

Cindy   April 23rd, 2009 12:47 am ET

Why is CNN/Larry King devoting time and attention to Levi Johnston's story. His story is of no importance to the viewing audience and is no different than any other young man who has had a break up with a girl whose baby he fathered. Mattters like this should be kept between the couple and not for public exposition.

Dr. MJ Longley   April 23rd, 2009 12:47 am ET

Good luck to the Johnston family in seeking visitation with Levi's son Tripp! Alaska's grandparental visitation rights are a sham. Unfortunately other states seek to adopt Alaska's model which does not work. I am Alaska Native and a grandmother who helped raise my granddaughter; my daughter subsequently married and joined a right-wing church that frowns upon indigenous family structure and values. Since Tripp is part Alaska Native, it should be very interesting to see how the Palins address indigenous family and grandparental (not to mention biological father's) rights. This could be an excellent case for grandoarental visitation rights.
Dr. MaryJean Longley

sara   April 23rd, 2009 12:47 am ET

i feel sorry for the palin's. they don't deserve this kind of ridicule by johnston camp. i believe the reason they dont want levi to take out the baby is because he's irresponsible and his family namely his mom is reported to be involve with illegal drugs. and if his going to take this to court i think he would lose. love or words is not enough to prove your a good father! diapers and a stable job is what you need to be with your child!!! as for levi's family especially levi sister saying she has right to be with the child is totally outrageous. obviously she was bad news from the minute she started talking. i won't let my child be near her either if i were bristol. talking to the media was a total mistake. and it just shows hows dysfunctional levi's family is. as for bristol. stay strong and focused on your child.

Terry, TX   April 23rd, 2009 12:48 am ET

Where is the video of of Vice President Biden's daughter, Ashley, doing's all over the gossip columns.

Denise   April 23rd, 2009 12:48 am ET


What a lame interview. You were trying to get dirt on the Palins & the interview was a bore. The only good thing was that Levi Johnston & his family were pretty discreet. You'll never make a good lawyer. You lead them & picked sides by encouraging them to get a lawyer. Granted, they should if no other possibilities prevail. He should see his son, but he should also graduate HS, get a good job, & grow up. I am sure that after all the dust settles & Levi starts seeing his son, he will capitalize on all the lucrative media jobs & make some money off of this. He's just buying time for now.

Rose   April 23rd, 2009 12:48 am ET

The one word answers and 5 word sentences are unbearable. the family knows exactly who is behind all of this...Sarah Palin. Sarah is manipulating her daughter and the alpha female. She makes the decisions. That is why they can't see Tripp!!

I'm tired of this family not answering the questions. If they weren't going to provide any information tonight , they should have not come on tv. This interview was a waste of time..

Levi should learn to speak up and speak clearly.

Rina   April 23rd, 2009 12:50 am ET

We live in Canada and regularly watch the Larry King Show. We always thought a lot of Mr. King's interview style until tonight when he interviewed Levi Johnston. Shame on you Mr. King, what were you looking for – sensational information?

Jerod   April 23rd, 2009 12:51 am ET

I am a single father and orthopedic surgery resident. Because of the ridiculousness of the legal system, I was relegated to the same type of insanity (and minimal visitation with my infant son) that Levi currently faces. Because of the high-profile nature of this case (e.g. Sarah Palin's nomination for the GOP VP spot and current position as Alaskan Gov.), he is absolutely doing the right thing by exposing this situation to the media. I would have done the same thing if I had the opportunity. Instead I was forced to deal with the legal system (and spend a HUGE amount of money- all loans) to prove my case. Ultimately, I received custody but it took 3 long years and a great deal of heartache. Anyone who questions Levi's decisiion to bring this public is completely clueless and irrational.

Andrea   April 23rd, 2009 12:53 am ET

We can all appreciated that Levi deserves to see his child and most likely the reasons why he can't see his son seem to be related to control issues and possibly some anger and resentment on the part of Bristol Palin. Nonetheless, the Johnston's are doing themselves a huge disservice by bringing these issues public-someone needs to stop them. They do not come across well on television and by telling "their own story" they look like small town uneducated hicks. On that note, Mercede, may want to re-think her career choice with her grammatical skills I can't imagine she'd do well on the MCAT exam. Maybe a primer in English at a community college may help. God-help us if she becomes surgeon.

Pam   April 23rd, 2009 12:53 am ET

President Obama is either VERY NAIVE or SO LIBERAL THAT HE WANTS TO CHANGE THE COMPLETE STRUCTURE OF OUR NATION–either one of those scares me. His actions concerning our economic situation has been just plain irresponsible: spending billions WITHOUT EVEN GIVING CONGRESS TIME TO READ THE BILL, then trillions upon trillions for tarps and bail outs for banks businesses whose CEO's have been so fiscally irresponsible that they continue to do so even after getting the government money! I know this started in the Bush administration, and I didn't agree with that either. If banks and businesses are fiscally irresponsible, they should be allowed to fail or to file bankruptcy so they could restructure. The housing industry fiasco started at least 10 yrs. ago, and the democrats had more to do with that mess than the republicans. Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, etc. Banks being told to give people loans even though they did not have a down payment–that's ridiculous! It was only a matter of time before a disaster. And now today, that poor man–the CFO of Freddie Mac, only 41 yrs. old, with a 5 yr. old daughter. I cannot imagine the stress or problems he had on his mind. Then there's the PROTECTION OF OUR COUNTRY: OBAMA RELEASES THE MEMOS OF THE "HORRIFIC" TORTURE TECHNIQUES THAT WERE USED TO EXTRUDE INTEL FROM TERRORISTS BUT REFUSES TO RELEASE WHAT INFORMATION THAT THE TECHNIQUES PROVIDED. Such as saving the tall library building in Los Angeles and capturing a southeastern Asian terrorist cell group (because Al-Quaeda knew the U.S. would be looking for middle-easterners). AND NOW THE WHOLE WORLD KNOWS OUR GOVERNMENTS TECHNIQUES FOR DEALING WITH TERRORISTS. AND, YES, THEY ARE TERRORISTS! Also THE OBAMA "APOLOGETIC" TRIPS: I have a feeling that President Obama may have a hope that by him acting more humanely and gentlemanly towards these dictators will make a difference and will open up avenues of correspondence. But the thing is, THESE MEN ARE DICTATORS. Their views of a world leader who has acted as our president has acted and spoken about his own nation is, to them, proof of weakness. They make fun of him after he leaves. They only respect a certain kind of leader, and so far President Obama has not shown that kind of leadership. It concerns me very much.

glenn   April 23rd, 2009 12:53 am ET

4levi hey man you;ve got a beautiful g/friend and beautiful baby what more can a man ask for. if you said she changed maybe it's her moms campaingning in the limelight brought out the movie star attitude.please try and mend this thing w/your childs mom because later on in life they will be the only family you'll have .also that child will always be your bond in this short life. you take care and god bless you three......

ed,vancouver canada   April 23rd, 2009 12:55 am ET

his rights of visitation does not rely on his mother's reputation for success.she is not the one applying for custody.
his own issues will determine the visitation.
he is just the victim of a woman using the kid as a pawn.
in most divorce cases ,the woman abuses that power.
in the end, the child suffers as finances are wasted on lawyers.
do not fall into that trap.
the law is the law.
you do not need a lawyer to get your rights.
just get the right judge,THAT is the problem.

Sue   April 23rd, 2009 12:56 am ET

I can't believe some of you buy Levi's story because you don't like Sarah Palin. Newsflash, he didn't say Bristol wouldn't let him see his son, Larry said that. Would you honestly let your grandchild go into the house of a drug addict? If his mother is getting help, then in those instances only Levi would be allowed visitation until the court deems his mother responsible. The Palins have not exploited this situation and if this has been so physically taxing on the Johnstons, then what the hell are they doing on national T.V.? I'll tell you what, because his mother is seeing dollar signs. This has nothing to do with Mercedes. If she supposedly was not allowed to talk to Levi and really had no contact with Bristol, then how does she know she doesn't like her? Between this interview and Tyra's interview, it is a no wonder why Bristol ended things. These people came off really stupid tonight. Relationships end, it happens every day. If Sarah was such a tyrant, she wouldn't have wanted to even acknolege Levi at the convention. She would have swept him under the rug.

Steven Alderman   April 23rd, 2009 12:56 am ET

Parental alienation is just plain wrong. A child can potentially develop a hatred for the targeted parent, hatred which is unnatural and taught. Perhaps in 2012 or 2016, this may come back to haunt the Palin camp, which has a base in family values. Where is the value in alienating this child from it's Father?

Julia NYC   April 23rd, 2009 12:56 am ET

I had felt sorry for the Johnstons, but they really are not looking very good. I hope the Palin's fight for full custody. There is no way they should let that innocent baby be with such flakey people (Johnstons). It's not safe. Levi should at least have a relationship with his son, but he's got an awful lot of growing up to do, and his Mom and sister really seem quite frightful. Especially that ghastly sister. I'm on Bristol's side. She should stay away from these folks. And I'm sure Bristol did "change" since the election and the birth of her son. She's grown up! Levi hasn't even graduated from highschool and he appears to have no job. He's not a man.

Mary   April 23rd, 2009 12:57 am ET

When Bristol's pregnancy made the national news, Obama clearly said not to get the children involved. Levi, if you think you are a fit father, then prove it in court, media will follow it you don't need to chase it. I know you couldn't get a job on the north slope, how about geting your GED and going to college? And, tell your mom to go to need to do the right thing, and exploiting the mother of your child in the media is NOT the way to do it. You might have a better chance getting back with Bristol if you do the right thing. It's not too late to be a person of substance.

Susan   April 23rd, 2009 12:58 am ET

"Is Bristol Palin breast feeding? Is that why he can’t take the baby for the weekend."

According to Bristol's Fox interview and Palin's People Magazine, exclusive, Bristol is not only NOT breastfeeding, Piper is the one making bottles & feeding the baby. Hope that little kid knows the right ratio of formula to water or little guy could get seriously sick.

Susan   April 23rd, 2009 12:59 am ET

"you need to do the right thing, and exploiting the mother of your child in the media is NOT the way to do it. You might have a better chance getting back with Bristol if you do the right thing. It’s not too late to be a person of substance."

OMIGod, have you not seen, Bristol started this by going to Fox? Or before her, Palin running to the tabloids? A person of substance, LMAO.

sally   April 23rd, 2009 1:01 am ET

terrible interview, Mr King...he cannot speak & mom & sis should not have been there..& sis wants to be a surgeon ?...lotsa luck !..

Anne   April 23rd, 2009 1:01 am ET

It is a shame that his and Bristol's baby can't have these two getting along! To me, it looks like Levi is not assertive enough and needs to get on the ball, so to speak. Good luck to these two - especially to get the custody of the baby settled.


Lillian (Michigan)   April 23rd, 2009 1:05 am ET

I am a mother of four. I am not sure there is a story here at all. Levi does see the baby and the baby is very young so why would he want the baby to be away from the mother? He is perfectly fine going to see the baby in his own environment. I found the drug connection and the mother interesting. Could that be why Bristol is being protective of the baby.
Daddy(Levi) say what you want about having items for the baby at your house but since the baby is living at your ex fiance's house you need to send some support for your son or do you expect your baby to walk to your house and get his bottles, diapers etc.? Stop the nonsense and step up to the plate. Your a dad and you need to support your child. Do you know the saying a sperm does not a father make? Well, this is true in your case since you do not support your child. You played an adult game now step up and be a man. Quit crying and be a man.

Susan   April 23rd, 2009 1:05 am ET

For those of you NOT from Alaska, maybe you do not get Levi's urgency in gaining custody.

Bristol now stays at her mother's house which is in absolute chaos & turmoil.

Palin is not lucky or pretty enough to stay seated as governor of Alaska to the end of her term, let alone get re-elected. Knowing this, the fact, Palin is half a million dollars in personal legal debt, about to have her house leaned for monies, owed, soon to be without health insurance, a state SUV, a steady paycheck or sought after by the bright lights of Hollywood she is about to go bat sht crazy.

The boy is trying to get a hold of his son before the final despair and destruction of Palin's world so he can be ready at the moment she loses all senses and get the little guy into the safety of his own home.

Ruth Brown   April 23rd, 2009 1:06 am ET

Dear Larry,
I enjoyed the interview with Levi Johnston, his mother,and sister, they came off as intelligent and caring people,very concerned about Levi's son. This family could have taken this opportunity to slander the Palins and did not. This speaks volumes about this family. It really upsets me when people like Jamie Lynn Spears and Bristol Palin find themselves pregnant, and then conveniently break off the relationship with the Dads. Don't they know that by trying to raise these children on their own it is the child who ultimately pays the price? These young women need to grow up and think about their child and not themselves. There are enough young mothers who wish the father would take an interest in his child. I am married 22 years and mother of 3 (now grown children) who adore their Father, and I would not have it any other way.


Susan   April 23rd, 2009 1:08 am ET

"His obvious joy at trashing the Palin family is dispicable. No professional interviewer would ever put words in an interviewees mouth like Mr. King just did regarding Bristol “changing” since the election."

Ya mean like Greta did when she "Interviewd" Bristol?

Susan   April 23rd, 2009 1:13 am ET

"Your a dad and you need to support your child. Do you know the saying a sperm does not a father make? Well, this is true in your case since you do not support your child. You played an adult game now step up and be a man. Quit crying and be a man."

Levi, had an education, Palin, yanked him from it. Levi, had a job, Palin, got him fired, after she blogged about him on the official web page of the governor of Alaska and questions about his NOT having a high school diploma were questioned (Which is a requirement for the position he held).

Levi, cannot leave his own home without having Palin's tabloids ambush him. What is he suppose to do, go work at the gas station until the photographers from People Magazine, annoy his employer he gets terminated again?

Sue   April 23rd, 2009 1:15 am ET

What about the Johnstons movie star attitudes? Lots of you on here say Levi should be able to see his child. Nobody said he couldn't. He even admitted to seeing his child, it was Larry that told him he should get a lawyer. If he really wanted to see his child and really needed a lawyer, then don't you think that would take priority over going on Larry King? This is all because lots of you don't like Sarah Palin so anything, even if its a lie will be the truth. For people who claim to hate her so much–you sure can't stop talking about her. Last time I checked, she was hundreds of miles away. Relax, Obama won, if everyone was a hundred percent happy with that, then there wouldn't be a need for this discussion.

Beachwriter   April 23rd, 2009 1:15 am ET

Susan, Alaska is 50/50 custody state where both parents have equal rights to the child. I don't care if he's three days old or three months old, that baby deserves to be with his father and the law supports it. Bristol and Sarah are playing a dangerous game and it's going to come back to haunt them. You can't withold a child from the other parent for ANY reason.

Susan   April 23rd, 2009 1:21 am ET

"Johnston’s are doing themselves a huge disservice by bringing these issues public-someone needs to stop them."

They are answering Bristol and Palin's MEDIA EXPLOITATIONS & refusal to let him have time in a comfortable setting with his son. He is USING their medium of choice, tabloids and prime time television to gain their attention since apparently all they notice is when their names are mentioned on the tube.

Levi, sat quietly for months & they abused his trust.

Susan   April 23rd, 2009 1:23 am ET

"What about the Johnstons movie star attitudes? Lots of you on here say Levi should be able to see his child. Nobody said he couldn’t. He even admitted to seeing his child"

Seeing him while being harassed & yelled at? Is that what you consider healthy for the baby?

Susan   April 23rd, 2009 1:26 am ET

"Run Bristol! Run as far and as fast as you can. "

She has already RAN into the arms of TWO men since the baby's birth. She needs to sit her ass down.

Sue   April 23rd, 2009 1:27 am ET

Geez , looks like Susan has a personal vendetta with Sarah Palin. Maybe Susan's husband is secretly attracted to Palin which would explain a lot of these ridiculous comments. Bristol went on Greta but did not say anything to trash Levi. If Sarah would have hid her daughters pregnancy, then she would have been a liar and a hypocrite, but because she brought Levi to the convention, then it was because she was parading him around to make Bristol a poster child for teen pregnancy. For one, they were 18, if there was a draft, they would be getting shot at right now.

Beachwriter   April 23rd, 2009 1:29 am ET

Susan....I am from Alaska. Why do you think Palin won't finish her term? I can see she's in melt down mode, but do you really think it's that bad?

paula   April 23rd, 2009 1:29 am ET

Mom & sister weird, they are coercing him, he cannot be himself, they need family therapy...he is not articulate, difficult interview...

hlake   April 23rd, 2009 1:30 am ET

Susan, are you Levi's new girlfriend? How are you related to the parties? You really seem personally involved, somehow - at least psychologically.

Susan   April 23rd, 2009 1:32 am ET

"If Sarah was such a tyrant, she wouldn’t have wanted to even acknolege Levi at the convention. She would have swept him under the rug."

Palin exposed Bristol's pregnancy in effort to shift responsibility and explanation of the question(s) of why she HID her pregnancy of Trigg until the last two weeks before his birth and why she recklessly disregarded all welfare bringing him into this world on that insane flight from Texas, bypassing the nearest Children's Hospital, once back in Alaska and dragging the baby with a known HEART DEFECT & Medically treated Jaundice to her office less then 48 hours after his birth during a respiratory outbreak in Anchorage.

Sue   April 23rd, 2009 1:33 am ET

Absolutley, Yelling is not good for a baby. Its so nice to know that there are good samaritans out there like Susan making sure that our next generation of youngters are hooked on oxycotin.

Beachwriter   April 23rd, 2009 1:33 am ET

Levi said nothing wrong about Bristol or her family, even after prodding from King. Bristol doesn't have the right to tell Levi he can't take Tripp just like Levi wouldn't have the right to do it to her.

Susan   April 23rd, 2009 1:34 am ET

"Susan, are you Levi’s new girlfriend? How are you related to the parties? You really seem personally involved, somehow — at least psychologically."

I am an Alaskan and am INFURIATED with the intimidation Palin has invoked on families with children, especially, special needs.

Cynthia Gladstone   April 23rd, 2009 1:38 am ET

Fight for your Rights! Being the NICE GUY or TRYING to work it out with people doesnt'w rok. i understand your fear of people in power and GOOD FOR YOU for being on Larry King. I hope some GREAT atty. takes your case. And go back to school and become more of the amazing person you are.

Susan   April 23rd, 2009 1:39 am ET

Beachwriter wrote "Susan, Alaska is 50/50 custody state where both parents have equal rights to the child. I don’t care if he’s three days old or three months old, that baby deserves to be with his father and the law supports it. "

If you are from Alaska then you saw what Palin had her buddy, Talis do as Attorney General, (Before he jumped ship) & what she attempted to do with the Ross appointment. If Levi could hold out for another two weeks he would be able to go into a court room with reasonable expectation of a semi-fair hearing YET there is always a chance one of these small court judges still think Palin has ability to appoint into the Supreme court their lowly ass and railroad the kid.

John E in Arizona   April 23rd, 2009 1:42 am ET

I agree with the many comments above which point out the wrong-headedness of Levi Johnson. I think his approach to this entire episode, from conception to right now is immature, irresponsible, lackling in tact, and harmful to any future relationship he may have with his son and with the Palin family.

Dixie Brown   April 23rd, 2009 1:42 am ET

I find it very amusing that Larry King has spent more time in this interviewing trying to make this young man disparige the Palin's by saying they have a hand in Bristol's decisions, are they nice, about John McCain (off topic) and Levi has done nothing but praise that family. Why, why are the democrats constantly trying to dig dirt on the GOP? Why does Larry push the lawyer. Levi openly admitted to NOT paying child support; maybe if he did he would be able to see the baby.

Put Larry out to pasture....he's lost all sense and sensitivity toward a private matter. I'm turning out and will not return to this channel, EVER.

Beachwriter   April 23rd, 2009 1:44 am ET

Susan....that comment was for the other Susan,,,,sorry to not be more specific!

John E in Arizona   April 23rd, 2009 1:46 am ET

Regarding Larry King's part in the interview with Levi Johnson, his mother and sister, I believe Larry's approach was shameful. He made a bad situation worse by his questions and pushing an agenda of his - namely that he does not like Sarah Palin. He was totally unprofessional.

Susan   April 23rd, 2009 1:46 am ET

"Susan….I am from Alaska. Why do you think Palin won’t finish her term? I can see she’s in melt down mode, but do you really think it’s that bad?"

Seriously? Did you read that rant Palin posted on the gov's site about BOGUS ethics complaints asking Alaskans to defend her? Or her starting a legal fund to pay her previous debt & pool, reserve for these active cases? Palin is finally seeing with the four appointments this week alone denied in legislative session she has no hold. She executed herself from Frankie Graham's bankroll when she played him against the Scientology backing of Great & Coale.

She has no base, she has no reserve. Heck she cannot even drum up enough to pay the personal use taxes on the state's SUV to keep it nor have I read she reimbursed that lowly 10 grand on her multi thousand dollar per diem scams she compromised to id herself of ethics punishment.

Heck, People Magazine won't even take her calls anymore, IT IS THAT BAD.

Susan   April 23rd, 2009 1:48 am ET

"Geez , looks like Susan has a personal vendetta with Sarah Palin."

Geez, mention one thing I have posted that doesn't have a viable source. Palin is this dubious, there is that much to post on her deceit.

Beachwriter   April 23rd, 2009 1:49 am ET

Susan....I had never thought about that! It's interesting you think Talis jumped ship, I always thought it was because he was the fall guy for all the tricks she had pulled and they wanted to silence him. Hmmm, now I'l be up all night thinking about this ROFL!

Susan   April 23rd, 2009 1:51 am ET

"Absolutley, Yelling is not good for a baby. Its so nice to know that there are good samaritans out there like Susan making sure that our next generation of youngters are hooked on oxycotin."

Ya know, with Palin's son being a former addict to the drug & seller, along with her mother in law an abuser & so forth, she has guaranteed her family is hooked for generations to come which I betcha is why Levi is fighting for his son to get away from her influence.

hlake   April 23rd, 2009 1:54 am ET

Susan: "I am an Alaskan and am INFURIATED with the intimidation Palin has invoked on families with children, especially, special needs."

Please explain how Governor Palin has intimidated families with special needs children.

Susan   April 23rd, 2009 1:57 am ET

"Susan….I had never thought about that! It’s interesting you think Talis jumped ship, I always thought it was because he was the fall guy for all the tricks she had pulled and they wanted to silence him."

Maybe you are right as well but his resignation shook Palin, you could see by her press statement, she lost her poker face. Palin has no backers of significance any longer.

She done burned her bridges with the GOP. Again, Frankie doesn't see her as a warm body in a higher position to forward his own fortune & with the outing of Greta & Coale as advisor's to SarahPAC & their relationship to Scientology she has no one or thing to strong arm her way into the Duct Tape Ball let alone a nomination for any elected position. She isn't smart to be a professor at U.A.A. or a lecturer. Her tabloid minutes are is over until, Piper is of age to start running for something.

Beachwriter   April 23rd, 2009 2:01 am ET's so nice to hear another Alaskan who can see the truth about Palin. Since the 2006 Gubernatorial debates I could see she was disordered and really had no clue what she was talking about. Piper was often in the audience, running around until 10:00 at night. As a parent of five children I couldn't believe she was so insensitive to the needs of her own child. I was shocked when others thought she had won these debates, when in my opinion Halcro blew her away. It's been a tough ride for Alaskans and now we have all the mess she's created to clean up.

Mary Grace   April 23rd, 2009 2:02 am ET


You are very young and I think you are being manipulated by outside forces and all the in-laws. Take control and tell them all to back off and stop making all these private issues public. This situation should be just between you and the mother of your child. You can accomplish more by respecting the mother of your child and her wishes, so don’t keep antagonizing her with your sister’s friends, your mother and these public interviews. In-law interference is very destructible and can cause irreparable damage. So please think of future relationships before you take the mother of your child to court. This situation is no longer about your ego, but about creating a beautiful life for your child and a good relationship with your child’s mother. Good luck and take care.

Susan   April 23rd, 2009 2:06 am ET

"Please explain how Governor Palin has intimidated families with special needs children."

Palin has REFUSED stimulus funds for special education, she has allowed the only therapy clinic in the valley to close for lack of verbal support as a mother & as a governor leaving dozens of children without readily accessible care for seemingly no other reason then her own inability to accept and educate herself on her own son's disabilities.

Palin is intimidating the heathcare system to hide her head from her own child.

Palin, is using her position as governor, her personal agendas & greed to veto special needs support, reducing advocacy from the gov's office, requiring families to file lawsuits against the state in an exhausting effort demanding care & attention for their children.

Palin, as recently as TODAY, was slapped with an ethics violation using her office against the rights of Alaskans special needs children.

Beachwriter   April 23rd, 2009 2:09 am ET

Hlake, did you know Palin was found quilty of abusing her power? Her sister divorced a state trooper and she tried to get him fired. Palin believes herself to be above the law and intimidates anyone who doesn't do what she wants them to. The Sarah you see on TV is a FACADE. Remember Joan Collins....Mommy dearest? That's exactly what the real sarah palin is like.

Beachwriter   April 23rd, 2009 2:17 am ET

A trooper who was security detail for Knowles and Murkowski made this comment about Palin. "she's never at work, things are added to her calender after the date, that she never went to. You know, she's really not that a matter of fact she's actually kind of stupid."

Susan   April 23rd, 2009 2:22 am ET

Beachwriter, have you seen Palin's press release to the ethic's violation today?

Her chief of staff says, "I hope that the publicity-seekers will face a backlash from Alaskans who have a sense of fair play and proportion," Nizich said in the statement. "I served six previous governors, and I've never seen anything like the attacks against Governor Palin."

Ya know, Meg ,will release a torrent of fake, Team Sarah impersonators flooding blogs saying these are all because everyone is jealous of Palin & afraid of her smashing intellect!!!

Susan   April 23rd, 2009 2:25 am ET

"Susan…it’s so nice to hear another Alaskan who can see the truth about Palin. Since the 2006 Gubernatorial debates I could see she was disordered and really had no clue what she was talking about. "

Took me longer. I figured with five kids she had to have some serious skills. Then I noticed after that attempted abortion of Trigg with that ludicrous flight & hauling him around to venues of germs & chaos her kids survived her not thrived because of her.

Susan   April 23rd, 2009 2:27 am ET

This is who she was before she had any, "Power" and enforcement of the states resources. She only got more diabolical, conniving, hideous, when she got elected.

Palin Spread Lies About Mayoral Opponent's Religion And Marriage

Before Sarah Palin decided to run for the Wasilla mayor's office in 1996 against incumbent John Stein, the Palins and Steins were friends. John Stein had helped launch Palin's political career, mentoring the hockey mom during her 1994 run for City Council, along with veteran council member Nick Carney. Stein's wife, Karen Marie, went to aerobics classes with Palin.

But when she announced her candidacy for Stein's seat, vowing to overturn the city's "old boy" establishment, a different Sarah Palin emerged. "Things got very ugly," recalled Naomi Tigner, a friend of the Steins. "Sarah became very mean-spirited."

Even though Palin knew that Stein is a Protestant Christian, from a Pennsylvania Dutch background, her campaign began circulating the word that she would be "Wasilla's first Christian mayor." ...

The Palin campaign also started another vicious whisper campaign, spreading the word that Stein and his wife - who had chosen to keep her own last name when they were married - were not legally wed. Again, Palin knew the truth, Stein said, but chose to muddy the waters. "We actually had to produce our marriage certificate," recalled Stein, whose wife died of breast cancer in 2005 without ever reconciling with Palin.

Read the whole story here.

Susan   April 23rd, 2009 2:31 am ET

Levi, needs to fight as hard & quick as he can. This is what Palin did to full grown adults with life experience & resources. Levi and his son are at her feet unless he breaks ground while she is under investigations on those complaints.

What follows is an open letter written by a resident of Wasilla, Alaska named Anne Kilkenny.

I am a resident of Wasilla, Alaska. I have known Sarah since 1992. Everyone here knows Sarah, so it is nothing special to say we are on a first-name basis. Our children have attended the same schools. Her father was my child’s favorite substitute teacher. I also am on a first name basis with her parents and mother-in-law. I attended more City Council meetings during her administration than about 99% of the residents of the city.

She is enormously popular; in every way she’s like the most popular girl in middle school. Even men who think she is a poor choice and won’t vote for her can’t quit smiling when talking about her because she is a “babe”.

It is astonishing and almost scary how well she can keep a secret. She kept her most recent pregnancy a secret from her children and parents for seven months. She is “pro-life”. She recently gave birth to a Down’s syndrome baby. There is no cover-up involved, here; Trig is her baby. She is energetic and hardworking. She regularly worked out at the gym.

She is savvy. She doesn’t take positions; she just “puts things out there” and if they prove to be popular, then she takes credit. Her husband works a union job on the North Slope for BP and is a champion snowmobile racer. Todd Palin’s kind of job is highly sought-after because of the schedule and high pay. He arranges his work schedule so he can fish for salmon in Bristol Bay for a month or so in summer, but by no stretch of the imagination is fishing their major source of income. Nor has her life-style ever been anything like that of native Alaskans. Sarah and her whole family are avid hunters. She’s smart.

Her experience is as mayor of a city with a population of about 5,000 (at the time), and less than 2 years as governor of a state with about 670,000 residents. During her mayoral administration most of the actual work of running this small city was turned over to an administrator. She had been pushed to hire this administrator by party power-brokers after she had gotten herself into some trouble over precipitous firings which had given rise to a recall campaign.

Sarah campaigned in Wasilla as a “fiscal conservative”. During her 6 years as Mayor, she increased general government expenditures by over 33%. During those same 6 years the amount of taxes collected by the City increased by 38%. This was during a period of low inflation (1996-2002). She reduced progressive property taxes and increased a regressive sales tax which taxed even food. The tax cuts that she promoted benefited large corporate property owners way more than they benefited residents.

The huge increases in tax revenues during her mayoral administration weren’t enough to fund everything on her wish list though, borrowed money was needed, too. She inherited a city with zero debt, but left it with indebtedness of over $22 million. What did Mayor Palin encourage the voters to borrow money for? Was it the infrastructure that she said she supported? The sewage treatment plant that the city lacked? or a new library? No. $1m for a park. $15m-plus for construction of a multi-use sports complex which she rushed through to build on a piece of property that the City didn’t even have clear title to, that was still in litigation 7 yrs later–to the delight of the lawyers involved! The sports complex itself is a nice addition to the community but a huge money pit, not the profit-generator she claimed it would be. She also supported bonds for $5.5m for road projects that could have been done in 5-7 yrs without any borrowing.

While Mayor, City Hall was extensively remodeled and her office redecorated more than once. These are small numbers, but Wasilla is a very small city. As an oil producer, the high price of oil has created a budget surplus in Alaska. Rather than invest this surplus in technology that will make us energy independent and increase efficiency, as Governor she proposed distribution of this surplus to every individual in the state.

In this time of record state revenues and budget surpluses, she recommended that the state borrow/bond for road projects, even while she proposed distribution of surplus state revenues: spend today’s surplus, borrow for needs.

She’s not very tolerant of divergent opinions or open to outside ideasor compromise. As Mayor, she fought ideas that weren’t generated by her or her staff. Ideas weren’t evaluated on their merits, but on the basis of who proposed them.

While Sarah was Mayor of Wasilla she tried to fire our highly respected City Librarian because the Librarian refused to consider removing from the library some books that Sarah wanted removed. City residents rallied to the defense of the City Librarian and against Palin’s attempt at out-and-out censorship, so Palin backed down and withdrew her termination letter. People who fought her attempt to oust the Librarian are on her enemies list to this day.

Sarah complained about the “old boy’s club” when she first ran for Mayor, so what did she bring Wasilla? A new set of “old boys”. Palin fired most of the experienced staff she inherited. At the City and as Governor she hired or elevated new, inexperienced, obscure people, creating a staff totally dependent on her for their jobs and eternally grateful and fiercely loyal–loyal to the point of abusing their power to further her personal agenda, as she has acknowledged happened in the case of pressuring the State’s top cop (see below).

As Mayor, Sarah fired Wasilla’s Police Chief because he “intimidated” her, she told the press. As Governor, her recent firing of Alaska’s top cop has the ring of familiarity about it. He served at her pleasure and she had every legal right to fire him, but it’s pretty clear that an important factor in her decision to fire him was because he wouldn’t fire her sister’s ex-husband, a State Trooper. Under investigation for abuse of power, she has had to admit that more than 2 dozen contacts were made between her staff and family to the person that she later fired, pressuring him to fire her ex-brother-in-law. She tried to replace the man she fired with a man who she knew had been reprimanded for sexual harassment; when this caused a public furor, she withdrew her support.

She has bitten the hand of every person who extended theirs to her in help. The City Council person who personally escorted her around town introducing her to voters when she first ran for Wasilla City Council became one of her first targets when she was later elected Mayor. She abruptly fired her loyal City Administrator; even people who didn’t like the guy were stunned by this ruthlessness.

Fear of retribution has kept all of these people from saying anything publicly about her.

When then-Governor Murkowski was handing out political plums, Sarah got the best, Chair of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission: one of the few jobs not in Juneau and one of the best paid. She had no background in oil & gas issues. Within months of scoring this great job which paid $122,400/yr, she was complaining in the press about the high salary. I was told that she hated that job: the commute, the structured hours, the work. Sarah became aware that a member of this Commission (who was also the State Chair of the Republican Party) engaged in unethical behavior on the job.

In a gutsy move which some undoubtedly cautioned her could be political suicide, Sarah solved all her problems in one fell swoop: got out of the job she hated and garnered gobs of media attention as the patron saint of ethics and as a gutsy fighter against the “old boys’ club” when she dramatically quit, exposing this man’s ethics violations (for which he was fined).

As Mayor, she had her hand stuck out as far as anyone for pork from Senator Ted Stevens. Lately, she has castigated his pork-barrel politics and publicly humiliated him. She only opposed the “bridge to nowhere” after it became clear that it would be unwise not to.

As Governor, she gave the Legislature no direction and budget guidelines, then made a big grandstand display of line-item vetoing projects, calling them pork. Public outcry and further legislative action restored most of these projects–which had been vetoed simply because she was not aware of their importance–but with the unobservant she had gained a reputation as “anti-pork”.

She is solidly Republican: no political maverick. The State party leaders hate her because she has bit them in the back and humiliated them. Other members of the party object to her self-description as a fiscal conservative.

Around Wasilla there are people who went to high school with Sarah.

They call her “Sarah Barracuda” because of her unbridled ambition and predatory ruthlessness. Before she became so powerful, very ugly stories circulated around town about shenanigans she pulled to be made point guard on the high school basketball team. When Sarah’s mother-in-law, a highly respected member of the community and experienced manager, ran for Mayor, Sarah refused to endorse her.

As Governor, she stepped outside of the box and put together of package of legislation known as “AGIA” that forced the oil companies to march to the beat of her drum.

Like most Alaskans, she favors drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. She has questioned if the loss of sea ice is linked toglobal warming. She campaigned “as a private citizen” against a state initiaitive that would have either a) protected salmon streams from pollution from mines, or b) tied up in the courts all mining in the state (depending on who you listen to). She has pushed the State’s lawsuit against the Dept. of the Interior’s decision to list polar bears as threatened species.

McCain is the oldest person to ever run for President; Sarah will be a heartbeat away from being President. There has to be literally millions of Americans who are more knowledgeable and experienced than she. However, there’s a lot of people who have underestimated her and are regretting it.


•“Hockey mom”: true for a few years
•“PTA mom”: true years ago when her first-born was in elementary school, not since
•“NRA supporter”: absolutely true
•social conservative: mixed. Opposes gay marriage, BUT vetoed a bill that would have denied benefits to employees in same-sex relationships (said she did this because it was unconsitutional).
•pro-creationism: mixed. Supports it, BUT did nothing as Governor to promote it.
•“Pro-life”: mixed. Knowingly gave birth to a Down’s syndrome baby BUT declined to call a special legislative session on some pro-life legislation
•“Experienced”: Some high schools have more students than Wasilla has residents. Many cities have more residents than the state of Alaska. No legislative experience other than City Council. Little hands-on supervisory or managerial experience; needed help of a city administrator to run town of about 5,000.
•political maverick: not at all
•gutsy: absolutely!
•open & transparent: ??? Good at keeping secrets. Not good at explaining actions.
•has a developed philosophy of public policy: no
•”a Greenie”: no. Turned Wasilla into a wasteland of big box stores and disconnected parking lots. Is pro-drilling off-shore and in ANWR.
•fiscal conservative: not by my definition!
•pro-infrastructure: No. Promoted a sports complex and park in a city without a sewage treatment plant or storm drainage system. Built streets to early 20th century standards.
•pro-tax relief: Lowered taxes for businesses, increased tax burden on residents
•pro-small government: No. Oversaw greatest expansion of city government in Wasilla’s history.
•pro-labor/pro-union. No. Just because her husband works union doesn’t make her pro-labor. I have seen nothing to support any claim that she is pro-labor/pro-union.


First, I have long believed in the importance of being an informed voter. I am a voter registrar. For 10 years I put on student voting programs in the schools. If you google my name (Anne Kilkenny + Alaska), you will find references to my participation in local government, education, and PTA/parent organizations.

Secondly, I’ve always operated in the belief that “Bad things happen when good people stay silent”. Few people know as much as I do because few have gone to as many City Council meetings.

Third, I am just a housewife. I don’t have a job she can bump me out of. I don’t belong to any organization that she can hurt. But, I am no fool; she is immensely popular here, and it is likely that this will cost me somehow in the future: that’s life.

Fourth, she has hated me since back in 1996, when I was one of the 100 or so people who rallied to support the City Librarian against Sarah’s attempt at censorship.

Fifth, I looked around and realized that everybody else was afraid to say anything because they were somehow vulnerable.


I am not a statistician. I developed the numbers for the increase in spending & taxation 2 years ago (when Palin was running for Governor) from information supplied to me by the Finance Director of the City of Wasilla, and I can’t recall exactly what I adjusted for: did I adjust for inflation? for population increases? Right now, it is impossible for a private person to get any info out of City Hall–they are swamped. So I can’t verify my numbers.

You may have noticed that there are various numbers circulating for the population of Wasilla, ranging from my “about 5,000″, up to 9,000. The day Palin’s selection was announced a city official told me that the current population is about 7,000. The official 2000 census count was 5,460. I have used about 5,000 because Palin was Mayor from 1996 to 2002, and the city was growing rapidly in the mid-90’s.

Susan   April 23rd, 2009 2:36 am ET

Levi Johnston Incest Insinuation Made By Right-Wing Blogger, OMIGod, this is what the family is up against, GET TRIPP NOW before these lunatics fawning over Palin do something more then blog filth!!!.

Beachwriter   April 23rd, 2009 2:49 am ET

The right-wing fanatics are bringing down the republican party. Levi needs to all the help he can get. I would love to know if there's a fund we can donate to, I would gladly send cash.

Sue   April 23rd, 2009 2:54 am ET

What does this have to do with Levi? I forgot, because you hate Sarah Palin.

trish in SW FL   April 23rd, 2009 2:55 am ET

Susan April 23rd, 2009 2:36 am ET said:
"Levi Johnston Incest Insinuation Made By Right-Wing Blogger, OMIGod, this is what the family is up against, GET TRIPP NOW before these lunatics fawning over Palin do something more then blog filth!!!."

Just wanted to add: GET TRIGGY BEAR too, also!

Susan   April 23rd, 2009 2:58 am ET

"Levi needs to all the help he can get. I would love to know if there’s a fund we can donate to, I would gladly send cash."

I would LOVE if after, the way, Palin, ambushed, Bristol, during that Fox interview....Bristol & Levi, pulled together with a strategy to appear at odds so they could hoodwink her, grab some quick cash & run away with their baby. Odds are not likely.

I am thrilled, Levi, got ahold of, Butler, for his councel. Rex is everything, Palin fears, all wrapped up in a nice "Brown", package. After seeing that look of terror on Palin's face when that black guy approached her at the RNC convention, she might just toss, Tripp, over to, Levi, so she doesn't have to get near the big bad black man.

Palin, has some serious issues.

Susan   April 23rd, 2009 3:04 am ET

"Just wanted to add: GET TRIGGY BEAR too, also!"

Yes!!! Did you see the photo that flashed of Levi tenderly holding a baby during the Tyra show? Did you know that was NOT of Tripp but of Levi holding Trigg? Wondering if that was a subliminal message to Palin he could and will tell all if she does not act with a shred of decency, giving him access to his son(s). Curiously a blogger added three additional pictures to that Tyra one showing Mercede holding Trig with Palin at her side, with the caption, from her MySpace, Mommy In Law, me and Trigg.

Susan   April 23rd, 2009 3:06 am ET

"What does this have to do with Levi? I forgot, because you hate Sarah Palin."

Everything about this baby being kept from his father has to do with Palin and her spiteful greed.

Susan   April 23rd, 2009 3:07 am ET

Beachwriter, notice ADN just wiped the front page from the headlines of Levi & the ethics complaints? They are such sad sacks.

Beachwriter   April 23rd, 2009 3:11 am ET

Sue,,,let me guess, you're a right wing fanatic? Bible thumping Baptist? Live in Wasilla? Unhappy wife, mother, sister? Mentally challenged? Blind, deaf, dumb?
Palin is a nut and those who choose not to see it are just as mentally ill as she is.

Beachwriter   April 23rd, 2009 3:14 am ET

I was just going to say that!!! Now that Megan Baldino is back KTUU will be now doing the same thing.

Susan   April 23rd, 2009 3:17 am ET

Beachwriter wrote "Sue,,,let me guess, you’re a right wing fanatic? Bible thumping Baptist? Live in Wasilla?"

What is really foretelling is how there is not a flood of Team Sarah drones here. With all these scandals, Meg, must have developed a sprained wrist double fist typing. I knew there were not more then three Palin lovers. As quiet as it is, Todd is probably out killing something & Piper finally in bed after feeding all those babies in her house. That counts for all three of them 🙂

I doubt, SarahPAC, has raised the funds this week to pay for spammers to hit the blogs. Might finally be the light at the end of the dark days of Palin if she cannot find spinners to swamp the internet.

Hayate Yagami   April 23rd, 2009 3:23 am ET

I'm watching the interview for the first time now, and I must say that I'm sorely disappointed with Levi's presentation. He seems nice enough, but he's completely inarticulate, mumbling and giving single word answers throughout the interview. Just as bad, though, is the number of times he changed his story during the interview. First he said he had no lawyer, then he said he had one. First he said he couldn't take Tripp out, then he could. Decide what you're going to say, then say it. If you don't want to answer a question, say so instead of saying two different things in the same interview.

At the same time, I'm quite impressed with Larry, continually asking questions, trying to get just a few more words out of Levi.

Susan   April 23rd, 2009 3:24 am ET

Beachwriter "I was just going to say that!!!"

ADN has been playing dirty with their posts for weeks. Mudflats is awesome. They are keeping Alaskans in the know.

There is simply no resources left for Palin to absorb without being caught & called out. She messed up with the stall on the District B senate seat. Unbelievable her gall at trying to force Tim and Joe. It is over, she is over, she cannot hang on for another year plus, without having a heart attack.

Hope while she still clings with her teeth to the gov's seal she is made to answer who built her house. Although, with that half a million debt, it is going to the attorney anyway.

trish in SW FL   April 23rd, 2009 3:26 am ET

Susan April 23rd, 2009 3:04 am ET said:
Yes!!! Did you see the photo that flashed of Levi tenderly holding a baby during the Tyra show? Did you know that was NOT of Tripp but of Levi holding Trigg?

Yes! I have been following the PD blog since last fall–amazing research team there! 🙂

The wheels are definitely falling off the Palin bus. She is coming undone!

Robin   April 23rd, 2009 3:29 am ET

An attorney, why go public? No dignity.

Gretchen   April 23rd, 2009 3:30 am ET

I notice that levi johnson's mom didnt mention her pending charges in alaska, (she was selling perscription drugs). Although, i am not a big Sarah Palin fan, i think that she, and her family are trying to do their best for Tripp.

Debbie   April 23rd, 2009 3:34 am ET

The Johnson family should be ashamed of themselves. This should be a private matter....I don't think they deserve to see the baby. They have shown how irresponsible they are.

Susan   April 23rd, 2009 3:35 am ET

"The wheels are definitely falling off the Palin bus. She is coming undone!"

Yup, yup. Palin has no attorney general, in her pocket to run interference. She canceled out both her cash cows, of Frankie Graham and Coale's, (Scientology buddies). GOP hates her. There are no private donors/citizens to her PACS. The public has had enough of her and she wasted her tabloid exclusives crying wolf. (Not to forget she already sold her Naughty Monkey, on Ebay.)

There is no way for her to defend the remaining ethics violations. They will impeach on at least one. It is over, just how slow a death will it be...hope, it is quick for the sake of our state.

Jeri   April 23rd, 2009 3:36 am ET

Come on a big boy and be a real dad.....get a lawyer and leave the parents and sister out of it.....

sandi   April 23rd, 2009 3:36 am ET

How can you justify being on television with this situation? If you were not the father of Sara Palins grandson you would not be sitting where you are right now. How do you justify being with Larry King right now?

Andy   April 23rd, 2009 3:38 am ET

Levi do you think that the governer will accept you taking this matter to public? and do you think this situation will go on and if it does and when your child grows up will Bristol allow you to see him even after she moves on?

muhammed   April 23rd, 2009 3:40 am ET

you are acting like you dont love your son. if you do, you go visit your son any time without hesitation. why arent you?

B.M. Lawson   April 23rd, 2009 3:40 am ET

Perhaps the reason the Palins are hesitate to allow Leafs Mom to watch the child is because she was arrested from drug use. Meth

He's a light weight using Palin's popularity to get attention. He's sad and his sister seems to be an instigator also wanting her 15 min of fame.

Debbie   April 23rd, 2009 3:40 am ET

I happen to be flicking throught the I know why I don't watch Larrry King! Jerry Springer show!

robin james   April 23rd, 2009 3:41 am ET

where is Sarah Palin's FAMILY VALUES?? She is vendictive and being cruel to her grandson.

Susan   April 23rd, 2009 3:42 am ET

This is the second to latest complaint BUT still, Levi, hit her hard now, Palin is losing her last wit. OMIGod, how stupid to call a citizen's concern, asinine. DO YOU ALL SEE KNOW WHAT Levi has to deal with. This is Palin, in public, as governor, calling names, can you imagine what she is like in private?

Latest Bogus Ethics Complaint

Governor Comments on Latest Bogus Ethics Complaint

March 24, 2009, Juneau, Alaska – Governor Sarah Palin issued the following statement in response to another ethics complaint filed today. Filed by an Anchorage political blogger, the complaint alleges the governor “… improperly used her position and state resources to serve her personal financial interests by being a walking billboard for Arctic Cat ...”

"Are Alaskans outraged, or at least tired of this yet – another frivolous ethics charge by a political blogger? This would be hilarious if it weren’t so expensive for the state to process these accusations and for me to defend against these bogus harassments. Yes, I wore Arctic Cat snow gear at an outdoor event, because it was cold outside, and by the way, today, I am wearing clothes bearing the names of Alaska artists, and a Glennallen Panthers basketball hoodie. I am a walking billboard for the team’s fundraiser! Should I expect to see an ethics charge for wearing these, or the Carhartts I wear to many public events? How much will this blogger's asinine political grandstanding cost all of us in time and money?"

James   April 23rd, 2009 3:43 am ET

Levi how do you handle this situation with your friends are you ashamed?

Beachwriter   April 23rd, 2009 3:46 am ET

I don't like to see others hurt or fail, etc. But Palin is a different story, she's recked havoc on so many people since she's been in power, it feels GREAT to see the wheels fall off her bus.

Yanna   April 23rd, 2009 3:46 am ET

If Levi really cared for Bristol and his son, you would think he would protect them. The fact that he's sharing "his side of the story" and saying things to make "the one he loves" look bad, shows he's not a protector, he's more concerned about himself. This is gossip. The other party is not there to defend themselves. Levi's mom won't talk about I her issues, but will gladly talk about others. I have no respect for the Levi and his mom and sister. . Bristol may be realizing this guy is not a protector. If he was, she would not have gotten pregnant. He would have respected her enought to wait to "protect her".

Barbara Kennedy   April 23rd, 2009 3:51 am ET

I have just one major question...I am listening to your "sob story" about not getting equal time with your son and if your desire to be more involved in his life is real and not just a media stunt I feel for you... but the question I have for you is... how much financial support are you providing? If, in fact, you are stepping up to the plate and contributing equally then I say move ahead with whatever legal moves you say you are planning! If not, change your tune and start doing what you morally are supposed to be doing!!!!! Yes, I get it...that you don't even have a high school diploma and good jobs are hard to find for such a young man but this baby needs food, diapers,etc. right now. There is no waitng intil tomorrow for such necessities for this child so you MUST do whatever it takes to provide such for this little guy. When you are doing whatever you can to supply his needs then it is then... not a second sooner...that you should think of screaming for your rights! I wish you the best of luck! B. Kennedy

Nancy   April 23rd, 2009 3:52 am ET

Levi, wouldn't your time be better spent getting with friend of the court and having things settled. Larry said the state government has established equal rights. Go get your rights put in place, your child support set, and your visitation schedule set. I understand why they might hesitate to have Tripp in your care if you are haning out with young foolish girls with a snit fit going on between your sister and Tripps mother. Your son is the grandson of a public image and could be a target for kidnapping. Also young girls do not think things thru and the people your sister hangs out with if they are in fact not on friendly terms with Ms. Palin may do things just to get back at her. They are teenagers. Not saying they would hurt the baby but all the high school type things would make me nervous as a mother and I can understand her not wanting you to take her baby out of her care and possibly into the presence of her "enemy". Are you familiar with the term "mother bear"?

Yanna   April 23rd, 2009 3:54 am ET

And Larry, you're playing the part of a gossip columnist, making Levi look life the victim. He's not the one staying up at nights raising a child. The fact that he's going on shows, making himself look like the victim, speaks of who he is, and makes sence of why she doesn't want him in her life, as well as his mom and sister. He 's revealing his true colors. There's more to this story than what's being spoken..

Nichole Smith   April 23rd, 2009 3:58 am ET

Dear Larry, It was just said on your show that Levi just needs to get an Attorney and Fight. Ya that's what everyone says until they go through this. I totally feel Levi's pain along with their family. My son is going through something much the same. Same age, same treatment from the mother and her family. I can tell you that when the mothers family has family in the higher ups anything can happen. Even if it is WRONG. it is so very sad that a lot of courts treat fathers like they are bad fathers just because the mothers don't like the fathers any more. It is also sad that Mothers these days keep the babies as collateral to use against the fathers. These children are not pawns. they have feelings and one day will grow up to know the truth. And yet in the mean time they lose out on their DADDIES. Just because you became a mother doesn't mean you are a good one or have the right to keep your child from it's father!!! These girls need to grow up it is NOT ABOUT THEM ANY MORE> It is about that CHILD. Stop being selfish...P.S. Not everyone can afford $10,000. for an Attorney and that barely gets the case started these days!

Nancy   April 23rd, 2009 3:59 am ET

It's funny how they also are saying the media was a problem for them but they are courting the media when they want to "use" it for their benefit.
A grandmother involved in any way with a drug arrest,
an aunt openly making it known she doesn't like Mom and
the father not knowing how to put an honest statement out there without the interviewer having to drag the truth out of him.
I'd not want my child with this Moe, Larry & Curly either

Tessa Reed   April 23rd, 2009 4:00 am ET

This Larry King Interview with Levi Johnston and his "desperate mother and sister," was pitiful. It was so obvious by Levi's body language, especially when his mother and sister joined the interview, that he was completely uncomfortable talking negatively in any way about the Palin family. It is very sad that his mother and sister obviously pressured him into this interview in their efforts to get their "moment in the spotlight." As for why Bristol Palin might refuse to permit Levi's mother from taking the baby, Tripp, back to her home with her....Would anyone in their right mind let that woman take their baby home with her? NO WAY! A drug abuser, a woman arrested for drug possession....and it was so obvious she was lying through her teeth...she could not even be honest about her arrest when asked....As for Mercede...She just wants to get noticed. She is desperate for a moment in the spotlight, and will step on anyone to get herself there! So sad....It is too bad that she and her mother had to use Levi and his son, Tripp, to get noticed. Levi made a mature decision when he and Bristol decided to take a break from their relationship. He was mature in admitting that he does not feel ready for a committed relationship. Why cannot the media just accept that? Why cannot his own family accept that and let he and Bristol have time to decide what they each want for their future. If Levi's mother and sister and the media would leave things alone, it is obvious Levi would be handling this "a whole lot different " than what has occurred in the talk show circuit in the last week! LEAVE THE PALIN FAMILY ALONE ALREADY!!!!!

Cheryl in Canada   April 23rd, 2009 4:01 am ET

I think Larry dropped the ball on this particular interview. It was totally tacky of him to ask if Levi and Bristol had sex in her parents' home, as well as irrelevant.

Rene   April 23rd, 2009 4:03 am ET

I keep seeing that Levi is just clamoring for fame. It's strange though because I never heard of him before his name came out of the mouth of Sarah Palin when she used Levi and her daughter to remain in the headlines during her campaign. I don't think he's clamoring for fame, he's fighting on the level that is necessary. Bristol and Sarah are all over the media. Unless he speaks up also the only side media would hear would be theirs. Believe it or not, Sarah's powerful position and her reputation of seeking vengeance on those who side against her in domestic cases could sway the outcome of a custody/visitation battle. He needs to be seen as a father who loves his child; which means he needs to be seen.

harley henne   April 23rd, 2009 4:08 am ET

your questions skipped around but you were nice this kid is a dead beat . why didnt you ask who paid for the birth. who paid to bring him to show? Is he employed? Who needs or cares to know about his problems. Only because you and your network want to cast sarha palin as a vindictive grand mother only because she is gov. an strong force in the rep. party. larry im personally in salted by your baised interview.

Nichole Smith   April 23rd, 2009 4:09 am ET

Good for you Levi and your family to bring this type of behavior of these kind of mothers to the public eye. Someone has to . There are TOO many girls on POWER TRIPS with the FATHERS these days.I don't like you any more so you and your family can't see my son. Yet those girls forget it took TWO to make that CHILD. they did not do it alone! It is NOT her son . He is THEIR SON!!

Candace Mack   April 23rd, 2009 4:12 am ET

Aloha Larry, up until this interview, over the past several years I had come to look forward to your show and on the main found you to be insightful and profession. I had come to enjoy you and your show.

I find I must email you to say how very disappointed I am in how you treated the Johnsons in tonight's interview. You were incredibly condescending to the Johnsons, people who simply and sincerely just want to share in the life of their son, grandson and nephew. Does every issue require a lawyer. They obviously do not have the education or the sophistication of a Larry King; shame on you for embarrassing them and your viewers. Your are not the professional nor the gentleman that I thought you are. You truly owe them an apology.

Nichole Smith   April 23rd, 2009 4:19 am ET

Thanks for the topic tonight.. Because there A LOT of other young relationships much the same and this issue needs the attention. So Thanks again...

Nichole Smith   April 23rd, 2009 4:24 am ET


Sheri from Arizona   April 23rd, 2009 5:02 am ET

Larry, your disdain and bias against Sarah Palin for being a conservative Republican showed strongly in your Johnson family interview. You were egging the three of them on to sue for custody and frequent visitation yet you don't know a thing about the character of these people. They ARE opportunists who are looking to cash in on baby Tripp's parentage; a book deal, modeling, TV appearances. You agreed with them that "supporting the baby" means keeping a ready supply of diapers and baby toys at HIS house. That certainly helps financially in the baby's day-to-day needs according to Larry King. Your liberal prejudice was there for everyone to see!

Andy Mollinger   April 23rd, 2009 5:14 am ET

Why does a family feud have to be broadcasted in a show like this? Have the decensy to allow the family to solve their own problems. Sometimes it looks as if you do all you can for some good ratings.... try and focus on content for Pete's sake and for the sake of both families or all involved! Shame on you......

ADISA LANSAH   April 23rd, 2009 5:20 am ET

Levi, i think, you guys can sort things out. just take it easy and give Palin some time. all the best!

Marlene Ward   April 23rd, 2009 5:23 am ET

What was Larry King attempting to achieve by asking leading questions where he almost provided the answers, for a young, fairly inarticulate young man?

We know CNN is liberal but this is really playing childish games.

Rodney   April 23rd, 2009 5:33 am ET

At this point I think Trig should be given custody over Bristal and Levi.

cosmo in Japan   April 23rd, 2009 5:36 am ET



felicity   April 23rd, 2009 5:36 am ET

what they're going through is difficult. but they should find a common ground for the sake of their son. enough of the media and the interviews.

Tim Messick   April 23rd, 2009 5:38 am ET

Levi, shame on you for not paying child support. You have an obligation to do the right thing. You could be serving as a role model for many other fathers.

Andre   April 23rd, 2009 5:39 am ET

Levi Johnstone says he is not doing it for Fame and Fortune.

Could you please ask him how much money he has been paid for his TV appearances? How many of his hotel bills has he had to pick up during his "screen tour".

He is living the good life under the guise of trying to get to see his son.

Anand   April 23rd, 2009 5:39 am ET

Levi should do whatever he needs to do to defend his legal right to be a part of his child's life. A father's influence in crucial in the succesful psychological and social development of the child.

mariana nortje   April 23rd, 2009 5:46 am ET

Give a thought to Bristol. It is very hard to look after a newborn baby with sleepless nights and all the hormonal changes going on in your body after giving birth. Levi's sister should not gloat that Bristol is jealous. Her smug attitude can ruin a baby's life. Also Levi cant still love Bristol, other wise he would not say anything that makes it impossible for them toget bak together

Mildred Hanley   April 23rd, 2009 6:23 am ET

Since Levi chose to advertise how stupid he is on your show, it's no wonder Bristol doesn't want to have anything more to do with him. If he thinks he's entitled to take the baby anytime he wants to, he's more stupid than I thought. And why does he think people care?? He and his mother and sister are non issues. And, yes Levi, you DO have to get a job and help support your child. Grow up.

North Carolina   April 23rd, 2009 6:32 am ET

Levi Johnston, like Sarah Palin, was the sacrificial lamb. He was dragged into the public spotlight and told what to do, how to look, how to act. Levi and Bristol always looked terribly uncomfortable with all the attention not to mention the pressures from the media inquiring about her pregnancy. They were two young kid's going through a major life-changing event in front of all the world to see. Levi did his part in looking like the fiance/father-to-be but since Palin's loss, it seems they no longer need him to fulfill that role. The problem is, he's still the father of baby Tripp and deserves to establish a relationship with him regardless of the circumstances. He did his part for the campaign and I think its fair he have his cake too.

joy   April 23rd, 2009 8:05 am ET

Larry, you ask why he can't take the child. maybe a clue is he lied to you about legal counsel until you corrected it; he hasn't even taken his high school test yet; he has no job; he gives no child support; his mother has a drug charge. would you want your child in that environment???? not me!!

Brenda   April 23rd, 2009 9:11 am ET

Has anyone heard of what Bristol is doing to help support their baby? She isn't breastfeeding and she is just as immature. BooHoo that she has sleepless nights...Don't think so. I think that someone is caring for both Trigg and Tripp, and it is not just Bristol.

Levi was good enough for Bristol for 3 years before getting pregnant. People want to talk about how Levi articulates. Did any of you watch the presidential debates when Sarah Palin couldn't answer the questions that she should have known? Plenty of words did come out of her mouth though. How a person talks does not answer if they could take care of a baby.

Keep going on about how Levi didn't graduate from high school. Did Bristol graduate? If so, where is her great job?? and don't use it that she has a baby to take care of because she isn't taking care of the baby all the time. They need to share custody so that when Levi is working, Bristol is caring for the baby and Bristol works also while Levi watches the baby.

Levi's mother?? Maybe she was arrested on drug charges. Did she do it around the baby??? I don't think she sold, made, or was under the influence around the baby. Why is Levi seeing his son any of Sarah Palins business? Levi was good enough to go on campaign trail but not now?

Susan   April 23rd, 2009 10:04 am ET

"Levi Johnston, like Sarah Palin, was the sacrificial lamb."

Levi, yes...Palin, no way she is as EVIL as the Alaskan day is long. She is manipulative, she is arrogant, she is in full knowledge of what she is doing. The only thing she has been taken advantage of is her EGO which is her own fault for being so greedy.

Susan   April 23rd, 2009 10:10 am ET

"The fact that he’s sharing “his side of the story” and saying things to make “the one he loves” look bad, shows he’s not a protector, he’s more concerned about himself."

Levi, is finally responding to the dozens of interviews, Palin & Bristol, have given about him and their relationships. He is only doing so because those two "Females" have refused to allow him access to his child, for no other reason, then, Bristol's juvenile agitation with Levi's sister. Palin, keeps this nonsense going of not allowing Levi, his child, you are going to hear the TRUTH about her.

Right now Levi is being directed by counsel to hit the airwaves in anticipation of a court battle in Alaska. You, me, everyone, can see he is uncomfortable being interviewed. He IS attempting to prepare for custody of his son...Palin is the one who brought their private matters to the public.

Susan   April 23rd, 2009 10:17 am ET

"Larry, you ask why he can’t take the child. maybe a clue is he lied to you about legal counsel until you corrected it; he hasn’t even taken his high school test yet; he has no job; he gives no child support; his mother has a drug charge. would you want your child in that environment????"

Levi not bragging he has an attorney is EXACTLY proving he is not trying to get Palin's fight up. Levi, is not "Lying" like Palin does to be dubious, he is simply trying to get across to her he can enter the media arena like she has, using her forum to address her since she does not pay attention to anything unless there is an audience & a camera.

FYI, Levi, was in school, with serious potential to college with a hockey scholarship. He was MADE to abandon school after 11 years to be Palin's stooge on the RNC stage. Levi, had a job. A very well paying, one, with benefits, Palin got him fired from.

As much as Palin and Bristol, have gotten from their tabloid EXCLUSIVES about Levi, his son & their relationships, that more then covers diapers, formula, baby stuff.

Susan   April 23rd, 2009 10:19 am ET

"Larry, you ask why he can’t take the child. maybe a clue is he lied to you about legal counsel until you corrected it; he hasn’t even taken his high school test yet; he has no job; he gives no child support; his mother has a drug charge. would you want your child in that environment????"

Levi not bragging he has an attorney is EXACTLY proving he is not trying to get Palin's fight up. Levi, is not "Lying" like Palin does to be dubious, he is simply trying to get across to her he can enter the media arena like she has, using her forum to address her since she does not pay attention to anything unless there is an audience & a camera.

Susan   April 23rd, 2009 10:24 am ET

"If he thinks he’s entitled to take the baby anytime he wants to, he’s more stupid than I thought. And why does he think people care?? "

Oh please, as if, Levi, said he wanted to steal the baby away on a whim, anytime, anywhere. Levi, is NOT the one who has shown to have disregard to hauling small children around all hours of the day and night across the country, on busses, planes, a different hotel every night, up at five to sit on a stage for HOURS and HOURS on end eating microwaved macaroni & cheese on a campaign bus.

Susan   April 23rd, 2009 10:28 am ET

"Give a thought to Bristol. It is very hard to look after a newborn baby with sleepless nights and all the hormonal changes going on in your body after giving birth."

I agree it is difficult for a new mother, especially one living under the roof of a tyrant with an agenda.. Problem with the picture you are painting of Bristol, being, "Confused" and "Overwhelmed", is she has already been dating again, two men, publicly, since the birth of Tripp and spends a full part of her day texting hate messages to Levi & his sister. The girl, like her mother, can drop a kid and be back on her Blackberry, 20 minutes later.

Susan   April 23rd, 2009 11:44 am ET

My repulsion of Palin came about when I read she flew to Texas to rub elbows with Gov. Rick and dine on barbecue, staying after her water broke, risking a 12 hour flight back to Alaska two months premature, without alerting anyone of her condition for fear she would not get her way. To learn from Palin herself, she bypassed the Children's Neo-Natal Hospital in Anchorage to drive with unknown health of her baby to a rural hospital 90 minutes further was jaw dropping.

The fact after she delivered the baby instead of taking a minute to cuddle him she went about dictating that Email in, "The voice of God", telling her family to downplay his disability to the press to not appear weak, she showed her true self.

Taking the little guy out in the cold, during a flu break out, 90 minutes plus to her Anchorage office less then 48 hours later with a known heart defect & jaundice, feeding him at two months old, still premature, baby food instead of nursing or a bottle to cut back on feedings...exploting his fragile health on stage day after day, on a bus, a plane , around thousandths of screaming maniacs rarely holding him...yeah, this is why I cannot stand her.

Now she is trying to exploit another baby, for her own agenda. Not going to happen without protest!!!

Susan   April 23rd, 2009 12:02 pm ET

Levi, Special Olympics and Trig
Thursday, April 09, 2009 eiditon @ Hypocrites and Heffalum Traps

Very facinating indeed. In the least Palin wants to call Levi uncaring, and his sister white trash, yet there they are tenderly loving TRIGG not TRIPP, as there very own. Something more is going on with these babies, maternities.

"The image above was taken prior to May 5, 2008, in the Palin family kitchen. Sarah Palin bends in to the picture, and Mercede Johnston, Levi's sister, holds an infant Trig. This image was on Mercede's MySpace page which was public at the end of August, 2008. The MySpace page was made private shortly thereafter. The caption that went with this picture was "Mommy-in-law, Trig and myself."

The photo above appeared briefly on the video screen that was visible during the Johnston's interview with Tyra Banks. Note the chair. Check. The kitchen and woodwork. Check. The paper hanging on the cupboard in the background. Check. Mercede's and Trig's apparel. Check.

Here, then, is 17-year-old Levi Johnston, sometime prior to May 5, 2008, paternally holding ... his girlfriend's mother's baby?

shaack   April 23rd, 2009 1:21 pm ET

If the Republican party doesn't dump Palin, they are making a huge mistake. This woman has more dirty laundry than the largest dry cleaner chain. I'm starting to favor Alaska's succession from the nation.LOL

Rose   April 23rd, 2009 1:34 pm ET

I agree with Susan's post about exploiting a sick baby. This whole Palin-Johston circus seems to have everything to do with personal egos and wants rather than what is good for the 2 babies – both Sarah's and Bristol's. This extends to both families and their white-trash-on-parade manner of handling issues.

Unfortunately Sarah Palin milked it as best as she could for her own political benefit during the election by:

– Parading her special needs BABY in front of the pro-life right wing for votes.
– Arranging for her her oldest SON to be deployed to Iraq on Sept 11th, 2008. Just keep juicing it Sarah.
– Parading her unwed, underage teenaged DAUGHTER and Levi as the "happy engaged couple" so she would not get criticised by the right wing for their "situation".
– Parading her 7 year old DAUGHTER at the NHL hockey game, thinking they wouldn't "boo" a child (Palin was getting boo'd regularly). Guess what – Palin got boo'd big time for minutes (see the youtube clip), they had to turn up the background arena music so loud to cover up the boo's but it didn't work.

4 children exploited by Palin during the election. Chickens do come home to roost sooner or later. I think they just arrived a-clucking.

Louis Molinari   April 25th, 2009 4:17 pm ET

Larry, I was disappointed to see you spend time on Levi and family on how they are quarreling with the Palins, I can tell you stories about my kids and their potential in-laws, if you want 🙂 We need to be discussing how many of us of struggling to keep food on our tables. We need to have people like you make noise to our government on how things are NOT getting better. I am out of work since June 2008, and I do not qualify for an ""obama" assistance. Do they "the government" realize that when "we the people" go to bankruptcy and foreclosures that we will not be able to help start the economy since we (1) have no longer a 401K, as it was spent to live on, (2) will have so bad of credit that we will not be able to buy any big ticket items..
Also I have tried to start a small business, which is "obama's" method to move us along, and guess what ... due to my credit I can not get any "assistance".
What are they doing.. You need to focus on this till they get it !!!!
BTW U R Great.

Joe Lafler   April 25th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

Doesnt Levi feel like all of the media coverage is hurting his chances to be with the child? I think he deserves to be with his child just as much as Bristol does. The man always seems to be the minority in a battle like this, when he possibly could be the better parent?

Calvin   April 25th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

Larry, I feel there was never any plans to marry. It just so happened that once Palin was tossed into the Presidential race, the story was made up in order to save face with the country and the republican party, Levi was forced to play the politically correct game.

Richard   April 25th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

I think that there is no hope for Levi and Bristol. Unless they moved to the lower 48 states.

Brandon B Ny   April 25th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

Dog how hard is it being a bounty hunter with your family with you. im thinking of takeing a course i collage to be a bounty hunter got any good tips

Rachel   April 25th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

Are you and Bristol planning on going to college? If so, where?

Josh Kovacs   April 25th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

I want to know if he is worried about saying something wrong or not even seeing his child because of Palin's status. Who she is for the state. She has a lot of power!

bryon   April 25th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

Why is he doing the Blogo thing and hitting the talk shows and not using his lawyers

Jonathan   April 25th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

Levi, what do you hope to gain by going public?

tonya   April 25th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

dog do u think not being able to carry a gun and people know you cantt do you think thats why people are more willing to surrender to you without to much trouble except for finding them of course

Judi   April 25th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Levi seems like a young man caught up in a bad situation. It's like Sarah Palin used him and once he was no longer needed, she discarded him. Shame on you Sarah Palin!

michaelj   April 25th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Did Levi say "they've fighted". ????

Joe H   April 25th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

Levi is obviously intimidated by the Palins as pehaps well he should be. Larry should be cutting this boy some slack instead of trying to get him in hot water with the Palins.
Sarah Palin went after an Alaskan State Trooper, what chance does that poor boy have. The smartest thing he could do would be get up and walk off.

suzanne   April 25th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

If you want to have your child more you would. Don't play the victim...she won't let me have him...sounds like you like the part time dad perspective.

bryon   April 25th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

what about her drug charges.. why does he just hunt all the time and not in school..

Rachel   April 25th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

Levi's mother is messed up.

Jon   April 25th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Levi, for someone who claims to care for his child, you sure don't seem too involved in Tripp's life. When do you plan to stop waiting for an invitation and be a father for your child?

w.c   April 25th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Levi grow up and take care of your business OFF the tv.

rocco   April 25th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

Larry I love your work and I am great fan of yours but why did you bring Levi Tells on your show? It is disapointing that you are supporting Levi's dishonorbale intentions. Sounds more like a political ploy than an entertainment interview that matters to the American public.

Joe H   April 25th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

Levi, you want visitation rights? File for custody of your son! MAKE visitation their idea!!!

Sal   April 25th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

There is apparently a problem that is not being said regarding the Bristol – Levi story. No one would keep a father from their child without a reason.

Uju.   April 25th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Hello levi, it's sad to hear young people like you say that abstinence isn't possible.The fact that you have chosen not to live abstinence doesn't mean others aren't abstaining. ABSTINENCE is not just possible, it's JOYFUL. Finally, it's a matter of choice. God bless.

Hendrik   April 25th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Do you think that Gov Palin is using this as a media stunt to further her own agenda? Using a my daughter is blameless to further her own political career?

bryon   April 25th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

ask about the drugs.. and the drug buddies the Johnson family have according to other news

Sharon   April 25th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

what about child support? will Levi have to pay?

Jorge   April 25th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

It is sad how the McCain/Pailin campaign used this young man. It goes to show thedouble standard in the Republican Party and how conservative standards are dependent on who you are. Is it really a surprise to anyone how they broke up as soon as the election was lost??

Brenda   April 25th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Curious, that of all the questions asked Levi, not one has been asked pertaining to his financial support of his child?

w.c   April 25th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Hey Dog, I love your show and never miss it....just wondering where is Youngblood.?

Britanni   April 25th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

The sister seems like she is causing a lot of the issues. I think that a lot of this controversy has to do with her and I would suggest that she stay quiet if she really cares about the central issue which is between Tripp, Bristol, and Levi.

Tim   April 25th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Levi do not let the Palins push you around like they do all of Alaska.

Christin   April 25th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Levi's sister really doesn't seem to be helping her brother. She rubs me the wrong way, comes off very smug and sarcastic.

Dave Daigle   April 25th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Levi, Shame on you. How is what you are doing helping anything but you? The country is suffering becuase of your greed for attention. Leave private issues in private especially when they effect the country. I serve in the USN and I cant see my kids, Larry do you want to hear my story too?

jane graham   April 25th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Why doesn't Larry just hire him a lawyer? Give me a break. There is another side to this story.....tell him to go home and settle things off tv. His sister has no rights to the child so we don't need her opinion about anything. Please Larry.....this is a side show and an embarrassment. I wouldn't want someone that has been arrested for drugs (Levi's mom) keep my child either.

Marc   April 25th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

He did not love her. When you love someome, it matters not if they've hurt you or how deeply, you will not knowingly – much less intentionally – do something that will hurt them. You will be hurt, you may and potentially should be angry; but, to intentionally return the pain is only possible if you "loved" because it is was selfishly good for you at the time, not because you ever loved them for themselves.
Mr. Johnston, could have made the foolish mistake of sharing publicly that which should be regarded as sacredly personal and private, but upon realizing how his words wounded the one he once held "in love" he should have then asked for forgiveness, – more likely than not, his misstep would have been swiftly forgiven. His persistence in harming both feelings and reputation of his "former sweetheart" is also a reflection of the utter lack of wisdom he surrounds himself with.
Ms. Palin should not now consider entrusting her heart or her interests to one who subjects her to humiliation and who still has no sense of the sacredness of the relationship that was to be. Sadly, this is one case where she is better off without him. The tragedy is that however foolish and selfish and inconsiderate his recent actions continue to be, the Baby will never be better off.

Carol   April 25th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

I think Sarah Palin should be ashamed of her self, all she is doing is using the media to further her own career.

Glenn Bridgers   April 25th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

This interview is soo very "kid glove", why dont they just tell people that they are up against the sitting "Govenor" of their state. She has already bent the law before, so how hard would it be now ! They tried to use this poor kid to their advantage to get elected, then discarted him when they failed!

Jon   April 25th, 2009 9:40 pm ET


Have you bought Tripp his first gun, yet? It's never too soon to teach him about his second amendment rights! What about your first father-son hunting trip?

jacquie   April 25th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Levi didn't marry the girl because he was too young and not ready for such a big step-how the heck then, is he ready to take care of his child. Being a good parent is much more difficult than being just married.

Ty   April 25th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

I'm with Levi's, because I am currently dealing with the same situation and it just sucks. That P chick is just like her mother (a crazy you know what). Yet still the good guys have to suffer. I'm not going to even comment on the child support ( I have another name for it but I have to keeo it clean).

Dave Daigle   April 25th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

You have a lawyer becuase you want to see your child... Has the Palin family gotten one so you can pay child support? i bet not. Have they gotten on Hannity to explain how you won't pay child support? This is the difference between class and trash.

AJ Miller   April 25th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Shame on the Palins for throwing their political weight around regarding a private family matter. Levi and Bristol are both over 18 now and the issues regarding their son should be between them – not the powerful Governor Grandma!

Jason Chaney   April 25th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

If I was Levi Johnston I would be on every television show showing the truth of the Palin family, there is no excuse to deny a father his right to see his child, my advice do not be afraid of reprocussions from the Palins and you fight for your right to be in your father life.

Courtney   April 25th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Question for the sister of Levi Johnston. Why is it necessary for you to be on television discussing your brothers relationship with his ex fiancee? I can see how the public might be interested in your brother but it seems as though you are riding on your brothers coat tails seeking fame.

Laura   April 25th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Of course Bristol is she's a mom!

John   April 25th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Could Levi be in Alaska with his son now?...Can't blame the Palins for Levi being in New York/L.A. for "appearances".

He should stop allowing his mother and sister from treating him as a puppet and allow him to learn to be father.

Visiting you son is easier when you are in the same state...

mike   April 25th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Levi is allowed to see his kid whenever he wants. He even said that there is no problem with the Palins. He is just a 19 year old kid that really doesnt want to be a dad. Larry is putting words in his mouth and generate some controversy where none exists. The baby is only 4 months old and too young to be handed over to a drug addict mom. When the kid is less fragile I am sure he will be able to take him. The Johnstons don't want to fight this case because they dont want the moms drug history brought up in court.

Martie   April 25th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Shame on Larry King!!!! He is trying to put words in Levi's mouth. This ia a private matter and you should stay out of it. It's obvious this is a stab at Sarah Palin and her family.

Jim Collins   April 25th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

The lowest level of show since the Anna Nicole never ending episodes.
Who cares-this is just horrible TV.

danny gefen frim israel   April 25th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

in my country stories like that (personal life) is not really mentioned on the media ,therefore my question is-
how do u feel about all the media is dilling with you even if this is your personal life?

sylvia   April 25th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

I think Levi shouldn't even be judged for making a profit out of this situation, call it a book deal, an interview, it doesn't matter. The Palin family obviously used him when they needed to have a "fiancee" for a pregnant daughter. Any other thing wouldn't have been acceptable by Republican Standards. Now that it is all over they can dispose of him.

Sam   April 25th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

I think Sarah Palin knew about you two having sex, but during the campaign they kept it under raps, until it was somehow leaked. The news of her pregnancy clearly defines the hypocrisy of the republican party.

jacquie   April 25th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Looks like Levi is trying to drum up some loot to keep his meth-head mom out of jail.

Jeff   April 25th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

This is further reinforcement why I couldn't vote for Sarah. The GOP and Sarah did everything to include Levi during the election. Now that they have lost, the truth comes out about how false the image really was. What a disappointment.

Richard Martin   April 25th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Great show, Larry. Three stumble-bums that know nothing because they know nothing.

Laura Curry   April 25th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

I am watching the show now – and I want to express support for Levi and his supportive family. He was just being a normal teenager, including making some not-so-good decisions, resulting in an unplanned pregnancy. Unfortunately these very human events do not fit well in the same picture with someone with high-profile political ambitions. It's obvious to me that things got sour when Levi publicly disclosed his experiences through the election – it negatively impacted Gov. Palin's image. I wouldn't be surprised if things get rougher. I just pray Levi can have a strong relationship with his son one day and that he and Bristol can rise above all of the rough spots for their own sakes and for the sake of their son.

Andy Richards   April 25th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

For Levi Johnson. In my opinion Sara Palin is the wicked wich of the west and you better hope someone drops a house on her before she sicks her flying monkies on you. Andy in Sarasota

Brenda   April 25th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Levi, grow up, get a diploma, get a job, and get away from mommy. Maybe you won't have time for Larry King interviews then!

Chad   April 25th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Dog, What did you say to the fugitive after he was in custody?

jerry   April 25th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

This is about 2 young kids and there baby, is not about Sarah Palin, god enough already abou Sarah Palin, she go beat and I believe its her who's keeping this in the limelight. I just wished the Johnson's would grow a pair and stand up to Sarah, is obivious she's telling her daughter how to do things. They best take this out of state cuz the Palins will tamper with the judges and levi wont get to see that kid at all.

Dave Daigle   April 25th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Jim and Jacquie got it right! Mom gets arrested and will not say she is innocent... Levi does not have a diploma... Larry this is ridiculous. This family has no business on TV. They should be on Jerry...And leave the Palin's out of it.

Elaine   April 25th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

I think this was Levi's mother and sisters plan to get their 15 minute of fame.

Linda lemueix   April 25th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Shame on the Johnston family. Levi, his mother and sister. Levi sister seems like a spoiled brat. His mothers drug charge could possible be part of the problem and as for Levi he has to grow up. His answers are silly. Did he think he helps his son by doing these shows.
Too bad they have to air their problems for the whole country to view. If they have a lawyer, just do what you have to do and don't bother the rest of us with your problems. Also, Larry, you tried several times to blame Sara Palin. Too bad it didn't work. I'm sure Bristol and family have their story to tell.

Joshua Gonillo   April 25th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

I think LEVI with his whole modeling career and him stating he has things lined up in this type of industry he is not being truthful because being in this industry you are either wanted or your not. When Levi is questioned about this topic you can see in his eyes he's not a truthful person.


Joshua Gonillo

Burlington VT.

Christine Bell. Salem, Oregon   April 25th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

It's time to bring in the dirty laundry and take care of this off the air. Leave the Palins with in on court if you need to, Levi, and get on with life!

Joel   April 25th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

I think this Levi Johnston guy is a "tool". If he would allow his girlfriend to be incharge of who he can talk to, or who he could see is just ridiculous! And it doesnt seem like he is tryin to be a good father, i would be over at that house demanding to see my child. I think he is using this controversy to make a name for himself.

Laney   April 25th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

LEVI, stand up like a man. Tell your sister to get out the way and patch things up with Bristol. You got a baby Levi, its time to think of your little boy. You need to grown up.

laurence anderson   April 25th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Dog Chapman, remember Steve irwin was killed by the animals he worked with

danny gefen from israel   April 25th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

hello to mr' Duane dog

i dont realy know how does the Bounty Hunters system works, but my quastion is-
do you think that its ok that the state gives private citizennce the power to do police work? (and why)

Matthew   April 25th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Dog, has there ever been a fugitive you have not been able to catch?

Joel   April 25th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Duane "Dog" Chapman has an awesome show. I think that if he truly is a believer in god he should praise him for his life after this incident. And continue not only to inspire "convicts", but also citizens without a record to be the best person they can be.

Charlie Bradley   April 25th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

I think Levi needs to man up. Tripp is his son and I would be moving Hell and High Water to see him if it was me!!

Sheila B   April 25th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Someone should let Levi know that a baby needs more then diapers and toys. Like bottles, spoons, bowls, formula, pureed food, cereal, laundry soap, new clothes every 2 months, bathing supplies, and so on. Also, if he wants to be a good father, he should call every morning to check on his son and stop by to see him once a day. He should spend less time on the media circuit and make more of an effort to give time to his child. When you are a parent your child comes first. Go see him regardless of how uncomfortable you may feel in the Palin home. Maybe Bristol Palin is waiting for you to step-up and prove you are a comitted father.

Richard Kreemer   April 25th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Dog, why isn't Tim on this new season of the Bounty Hunter?

DJ Nutima   April 25th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

I have talked with Dog before on "Native American Calling" and shared that I was hooked on meth for many years. I have been clean for almost seven years now and I was just wondering how his battle to fight meth in Hawaii is going? Does he have contact with the many people he has helped to get off this dangerous drug?

Jeremy Haygood   April 25th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

I want to comment on Levi and His Mother and Sister several times during the interview they said they didn't want to "stir up any trouble" what do they think being on National TV is really going to do calm the waters and smooth everything out? I think they just showed the entire US they are just out for a little glory and their 15 minutes of fame, frankly I think the family is using the infant to gain "stature" and their 15 minutes of fame was up about a year ago

stacy   April 25th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

Did Mom honestly say that she wanted to keep this on the "down low"? Now that's funny.

marian   April 25th, 2009 10:10 pm ET

It was the first time for me that I heard this story from Levi, his mother and siser on TV, after Tyler show. For me, I feel so sorry for this young man being revealed his private life in order to help Palin's campaign last year. Sounds like and looks like a lot going on in between Palin and Levi's family. I saw clearly that his mother was about to cry a few times, when Larry asked her questions. There must be a lot that they can not talk due to the issue that they are dealing with a politician, Palin who wants to run the presidential campaign next time.

I think that Levi needs to have an excellent lawyer but it is very expensive, so that he needs to find any job that he can make money to help support his son's child support and establish his life from this

We do not know much about their real story which may be quite a surprise to us all. I do not know. writing a real story out in the book may be a good idea as well. This seems to be beyond Levi and Bristle, but something to do with Palin family.

Laura Curry   April 25th, 2009 10:29 pm ET

Don't criticize the Johnstons – they and the Palins swim in the same pool. Problem is, Momma Palin is a shark and wants all the other fish to swim in line or else. (I'm just glad that shark is not in the White House! Geez, we would be subjected to a feeding frenzy!)

lola   April 25th, 2009 10:36 pm ET

the sister wants to be involved..yet she wants to go out of state & learn how to be a surgeon, about 4 yrs pre med, 4 yrs med schl, 4 yrs or maybe more of residency/internship/ like Dr Wm Nolen had.../he's deceased now, read all of his books/ ...CNN made the mom & sis look good w/the special make/up ...we still could see thru them...

Dave Gallagher   April 25th, 2009 10:58 pm ET

I admire and have learned much from you Larry.

Concerning the program you did tonight with the Father and paternal family of the Palin child: This should not be fought int the court of public relations or the media. if Levi is legitimatly asserting his rights under Alaska law; and there are no outstanding reasons to question these rights - he should share custoday - period.

This is not the appropriate place to argue about the crediblity (or lack) of Governer Palin's family. This is about the well-being of a child, and the right of a legitimate caring parent to assume his/her role.

Thank you for handling the interview with sensitivity. During your interview, I believe the entire Johnson family showed credibility.

The well-being of the child should be the foremost concern.

/Dave Gallagher

Donnie   April 26th, 2009 12:05 am ET

Hi Mr. King,
I am from Perth, Western Australia and I write to tell you how much I enjoy watching your show. Keep up the good work.

Rose   April 26th, 2009 12:43 am ET

Larry, I watch you consistently, but your interview with Levi seemed
manipulative, and an exercise in trying to trap Levi into saying things
that would stir up the pot. Levi and Bristol might make it, if the media would back off and give them a chance. Don't they have a right to privacy?

Carlos   April 26th, 2009 3:38 am ET

Looks like Levi is making good money doing all of these interviews, does not sound like his priority is focused on his son but himself.

oregonvoice-   April 26th, 2009 3:41 am ET


You have publically backed the Palin family into a corner by going public. In the long run going public has drastically reduced your chances of having a successful co-parenting relationship with your childs mother. These types of family matters should be kept private.

Heather   April 26th, 2009 4:00 am ET

first time catching larry king late; seems like a reality show; The Johnston-Palin baby thing, typical young america, almost not newsworthy other than her not being Mrs. VP; Asking Dog...we're you scared...would you be if bullits went by? Beth...did you change your eye makeup? LIking it

mandy   April 26th, 2009 4:00 am ET

Lost a lot of respect for your show tonight Larry. It was sad how you played this family, very manipulative. Obviously trying to get the family to go after the Palin's. Dad's certainly do have rights, but young infants belong primarily with mothers, especially if Bristol is nursing. That would have been a thoughtful question, rather than all the banter about taking the Palin's to court.

Michaela   April 26th, 2009 5:31 am ET

I think Levi has to fight for his rights, but not in this way – on television/public.

Tony   April 26th, 2009 5:34 am ET

Re: Levi Interview.

I just have one question......Levi, where you paid for this interview? If so, hope the money helps you go to the Court where the issue can be determined than on TV!

ardy   April 26th, 2009 5:38 am ET

Levi seems to be a good kid. His sister seemd to be a factor in this relationship which should not be there. Levi, if you still love Bristol, then do the right thing. A young mother is confused and alone, she definitely is crying in her heart. She needs you the most now.

guido van broekhoven   April 26th, 2009 5:38 am ET


I totally understand your point. From my point of view the problem started when Senator Palin accepted the position for VP. However, I believe she did not totally appreciate the responsibilities that came with that position from a social perspective in relation to her family and her friends.
The very break-up therefore was caused due to the severe media attention which Senator Palin did not channel very well. She barely copes correctly with her own media attention i must admit.

I feel that you got between wall and ship without personal desire. Reason why I back you up on this and I really hope that you and Bristol come back together.... Senator Palin should understand that her exposure caused your son and your relationship to be another one to "bite the dust".

Bristol is 18 years old, and she should be able to make decisions for herself, but with Senator Palin I believe that is a hard battle to fight... and after having a baby that might be "one bridge too far"....

Levi, Take care and I pray for you.


Jae   April 26th, 2009 5:40 am ET

He doesn't have custody because in all reality he can't provide any better environment than what Bristol can. Yes he should see his baby, and no I don't think he's being opportunistic, but she is the mother and is responsible for that child especially since they aren't married.

Cathy   April 26th, 2009 5:41 am ET

It really doesn't matter what these kids want. They are parents of a very young chid that NEED both families. Get the custody; support; visitation etc. orders done NOW while the world is watching Before he can be bullied out of the kids life. The KID comes first. And it is for LIFE.

Kylie   April 26th, 2009 5:45 am ET

This is Saddening that Levi doesn't get to see his own son.
but right now he should focus on getting a proper job and then getting custody of his son.
and it seems like the Palins aren't co-operating well; this kind of public feud is going to be a problem as Tripp is growing up..

linda lindemore   April 26th, 2009 5:56 am ET

Dear Larry King
First I would like to say I love your show. Levi has everyright to see his son. My oldest son is now 43yrs old. He fought to see his son and daugther and not once complained about paying child support, but when it came time to meet his ex-wife to pick up the children she never showed. This tormented my son, he is a good man, a military soldier and has been given the chance to see his son Drew sworn in the "The United States Army" on April 8, 2009. Drew is following in his Father's footsteps and this makes my son proud. I hope and pray that Levi will has his chance to be apart of his son's life. Levi's Mom and Sister deserve that right also. I pray that everyone can come to an agreement , because everyone wants what's best for their baby. I know I watched my son cry many times....May "God Bless"


Cathy Texas   April 26th, 2009 6:03 am ET

I was 30 when I had my 1st stroke. My kids were 7 & 9 and trhey have feared "WHAT HAPPENS TO US IF..."

The fueding and publicity grabbin needs to stop. MaKE provisions for TRIPP. He is the importatnt one. My children are in their 20s now but have only had one parent since 1989. That is not fair. to them. Focus on the child Tripp,.

Elizabeth   April 26th, 2009 6:33 am ET

Personally, I saw Levi as a Capital "L"...Liar.
If you look into the eyes of someone when they are talking, body language says more than the words from their mouth.
I don't believe he's a "naive" as some of you think.
In one of the films of the campaign, you could see he wasn't "into" this "hand-holding" lie of a relationship. I'm betting the Palin's "asked" him to "play along" during the campaign.

Dudley   April 26th, 2009 7:22 am ET

A kid himself with not a dime or prospects "enjoying" and playing at daddy – get back to school and if you keep on insisting that abstinence is not an option be a real man and at least sheath it next time

Sonia Martino   April 26th, 2009 10:29 am ET

I watched Levi and feel sympathy for him and he should have access to his child. I do have a question for Larry. Would you send your infant child to a home where the Grandmother has charges brought against her relating to having sold or had drugs in her possession? I do not think so. You seemed very gleeful in telling him his rights as a father against Sarah Palin. Remember her daughter is the Mother. There is no proof Sarah Palin is holding the child from him and he never said she was but you wanted to hear that. He should have supervised visits when his Mom is present until she clears her name and can prove this allegation is not true. Talk about bias on an interview.

Lois   April 26th, 2009 5:07 pm ET

Larry, I was disappointed in your interview with Levi. You tried to twist his words into saying things he did not want to say. He does see his son and you kept on saying that he doesn't. His mother babysits the baby and also gets to see him. You tried to make the squable between Bristol and Levi's sister a big deal. COME ON! They are just kids. I don't watch your show, but happened to stumble onto it while surfing the channels.

Richard Nelson   April 27th, 2009 3:46 pm ET

Endless coverage of GOP relatives. Must be an agreement among the media to ignore demo relatives.

Patricia Zaffuto   April 28th, 2009 11:35 pm ET

I was shocked and disappointed with this interview. Your interview questions were something I expected to be said by some trashy person at a bad trailer park. Why would you stoop so low? I expect more of you than to ask someone where he had sex. No family deserves this type of degreading and treatment. It seems demented to me. Maybe it is time to call it quits if this is the best you can do. Why, are you stooping so low. I have lost all respect for you and your show.

I had really thought better of you than this interviewed brought to the table. PSZ

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