Kyle Massey Claims Lifetime Stole Bristol Palin Reality Show Idea From Him, Sues Network

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If you read our recap of Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp, you know we thought it was terrible on every level. Well, it turns out Kyle Massey is even more steamed than the public, claiming it was his idea and he was screwed over by Lifetime!

Kyle, his brother Chris Massey and their mother Angela have sued the producers, charging that the Masseys came up with the concept and started shooting a series that involved themselves and Bristol, only to be cut out and uncompensated.

Bristol was not named as a defendant in the 31-page lawsuit.

Kyle Massey and Bristol Palin

Kyle Massey and Bristol Palin filming "their" reality show last year.

"It is unfortunate that after months of trying to resolve this matter the professional way, we were left with no other course of action than taking legal action to protect ourselves," Angela Massey said in a statement announcing the legal claim.

"If you read the entire complaint, and particularly pages 8-11, you will see how we came up with and created the show, registered the show and did all the leg work to bring this idea to TV and to the defendants, who stole our concept."

Originally titled Helping Hands, the show was to feature Bristol Palin, who was allegedly dating Kyle Massey, moving in together with her son Tripp.

His brother Chris would also be living with them, and the trio would be seen embarking on various charitable ventures together in the Los Angeles area.

Bristol and Kyle had met as contestants on Dancing With the Stars.

Kyle's fellow Disney Channel star Chelsea Kane predicted that the pairing would make for "must-see television," but someone apparently felt differently.

Life's a Tripp now features Bristol readjusting to life as a single mom back in her home state of Alaska after brief stops in L.A. and the Phoenix area.

The Masseys are asking for damages and a permanent injunction against the show's producers from profiting on what they claim was their idea.

The lawsuit alleges copyright infringement, fraud and deceit, breach of contract, bad faith, misappropriation, tortious interference and unfair competition.

A&E has not returned a request for comment, nor has Sarah Palin, who is probably preparing a Facebook rant about the "gotcha" media right now.

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