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Levi Johnston is as shocked as we are that Bristol Palin is going to be on Dancing with the Stars this season, but he's got an additional, personal reason:

Throughout two engagements (2008-09, then again briefly this summer) and the entire time they dated in high school, she didn't dance with him once.

Well, with the exception of the horizontal mambo. UP TOP!

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Mark Ballas, left, is seen here rehearsing with Bristol Palin this week. Despite Mark grinding on his baby mama, Levi Johnston wishes them luck. [Photo: ABC]

Levi claims he has "nothing but warm wishes" for Bristol, who wants to set an example for moms, on the show. That's nice. So will he take over baby care?

Not remotely. Lil Tripp has moved to Los Angeles with Bristol while Levi works on his own show back home in Alaska. Running for mayor is a full time gig.

Bristol Palin, who has already hired a nanny to watch Tripp as she practices for the September 20 premiere, will probably get a few more votes than Levi.

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Levi Johnston has just one regret in life.

Not posing nude in Playgirl. Not eschewing birth control and knocking up Bristol Palin out of wedlock. Not selling out his baby mama's famous family again and again.

He just wishes he hadn't apologized to Sarah Palin that time. Why? Because he said then that he lied about Sarah, but in reality, "I never lied about anything."

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Levi said on CBS' The Early Show today that he regrets apologizing to Sarah "'cause it kind of makes me sound like a liar. And I've never lied about anything. So that's probably the only thing. The rest of the stuff I can live with."

Johnston is the two-time ex-fiance of Palin's eldest daughter, Bristol, and the father of Bristol's son Tripp. Bristol Palin's pregnancy thrust the couple into the spotlight in 2008 and just landed Bristol a gig on Dancing With the Stars.

Levi, meanwhile, is running for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska. Really.

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Will shady personal finances derail Levi Johnston's mayoral campaign?

Doubt it ... dude has no shot regardless. But this certainly can't help!

The former mayor of Wasilla, Ak., Sarah Palin, has been criticized for quitting as Alaska Governor to further a career as a professional celebrity. But at least she pays her bills ... Levi is accused of stiffing his credit card provider, TMZ reports.

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Levi Johnston with "friend" Brittani Senser.

Voters tend not to like candidates who can't pay credit card bills, gun store campaign stops be damned. Capitol One Bank filed legal papers claiming Levi never paid $1,178.06 from last year. They want that, plus 19.9 percent interest.

What's in your wallet? A nice chunk of debt.

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Levi Johnston is nothing if not a man of the people.

Having declared his intent to run for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, the baby daddy of Bristol Palin made his first official campaign stop last weekend ... at a gun shop.

A source at Chimo Guns in Wasilla says LKJ rolled up with a camera crew and played like a politician, shaking hands and taking every advantage of the photo op.

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GUNS BLAZIN': Levi (with sister Mercede Johnston) cleans up nice, but is still true to his own nature. A loyal shop customer shop, he didn't buy anything ... this time.

Reports say Levi tried out some of the merchandise, such as a $2,000 ultra lightweight rifle, and talked with some of the employees at the shop about hunting, though the political aspirant hasn't had any time to do much himself lately.

Possibly because of the reality show thing. Shocker: Bristol's not a fan.

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Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston recently reached a custody deal and agreed to iron out any issues they have privately, rather than bash each other in public.

One such issue? Baby son Tripp’s possible TV appearances.

As we reported earlier this month, Bristol's two-time former fiance just started filming a new reality show in which he is running for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska.

His approval ratings in the Palin household? Not high.

“Sarah can’t stand Levi and it’s gotten worse,” a source said, noting that the Tripp situation has caused increased friction. “She is absolutely opposed to it.”

A problem for Levi Johnston is that he has big problems making the show interesting enough for someone to broadcast it, and people connected to the production wants Tripp in the show to add another dimension to the reality show.

But Bristol Palin wants no part of that for the 18-month-old.

Will she come around? We wouldn't hold our breath if we were Levi, especially after the way their engagement blew up, with rumors of him putting it to Lanesia Garcia and Briana Plum, then mocking the Palins in a Brittani Senser music video.

It was a rough two-week engagement, to say the least.

“Sarah hates Levi,” a source said of the elder Palin, herself the former mayor of Wasilla. “She thinks his desperate grasp at fame is pathetic and doesn’t want him involving Bristol or Tripp in anything he does to try and get famous.”

In other words, anything he does ... at all.

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Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston have reached a deal in their custody battle over son Tripp, and will not be bashing each other in public anymore, either.

For them, this is great news. For us ... boo. What fun is that?

Under the deal, filed with an Alaska Superior Court, Bristol Palin will get primary physical custody of lil' Tripp, who turns two years old this winter.

Levi Johnston will have visitation privileges, taking place between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays and 12-6 p.m. on Wednesdays as well.

Hopefully this doesn't conflict with his mayoral campaign.

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The agreement states that Levi has to pay Bristol child support. No amount is stated, but the calculation is based on earnings of $72,000 a year.

Most intriguingly, both parties now legally agree not to "speak badly about the other parent in front of the child ... or to allow anyone else to speak badly about the other parent or members of their family in front of the child."

In other words, no more Sarah Palin talking $h!t about Levi or vice versa. Again, probably for the best, yet a little disappointing for THG staff.

Moreover, if anyone violates this, they're cut off: "The parties  shall not allow the child to visit with, or interact with, any family member who publicly ... or in front of the child, criticizes the other parent or the other parent's family."

Surprisingly, this sounds like a smart, amicable agreement.

 

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"Levi Johnston is to Sarah Palin what voicemail is to Mel Gibson." - Jimmy Kimmel

Having recently announced his bid for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, his hometown of 11,000 people, 20-year-old Levi Johnston is making the media rounds.

On Thursday's Jimmy Kimmel Live, the newly-minted political candidate was showered with praise - not to mention a collection of great campaign gear.

Kimmel showcased a blue baseball cap saying "The Thrilla from Wasilla" along with a red, white and blue pin with "Wassup Wasilla?" emblazoned on it.

A bumper sticker read "Elect me Mayor or I'll Date all Your Daughters" and a yard sign proclaimed: "Levi for Mayor – I'll Do the Job Naked." Hilarious.

Kimmel did offer some cautionary words to the boy who would be mayor.

"Listen, when you're mayor, there are gonna be debates," Jimmy said. "There are gonna potentially be shootings when Sarah finds out ... it's gonna be really bad!"

But Kimmel said he'd love a spot on the campaign team of Johnston, saying "The one thing I want to congratulate you on is ... the torment that you've caused."

It is quite an accomplishment. "So whaddya think? Can I be part of the team?" Kimmel asked. "I think I might make you campaign manager," Johnston replied.

As for potential votes from the family of two-time ex-fiancee Bristol Palin, he's not counting on them. In fact, he says he'd be shown the door in two seconds.

After his latest breakup with Bristol, he says, "I think they kinda kicked me out now … permanently." Hey, at least some Alaskans aren't fans of Sarah, either.

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Bill Simmons, a.k.a. The Sports Guy of ESPN fame, recently pondered if anyone with less talent has ever had a longer shelf life than Levi Johnston.

He makes a fair point, and the baby daddy of Bristol Palin shows no signs of fading into the sunset anytime soon. Any possible PR is good PR, right?

He'll be putting that theory to the test with a new show, Loving Levi: The Road to the Mayor’s Office. Yup, he's running for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska.

The current office-holder doesn't seem all that worried about a challenge from a 20-year-old high school dropout, but hey, you never know, right?

The producers at Stone & Company Entertainment are excited to bring his bid for office to your TVs. Head honcho Scott Stone spoke to EW about ...

The current status: "We're pitching the show as advertised, Loving Levi: The Road to the Mayor’s Office. We’re going up to Alaska to shoot for a couple of weeks. Once we have our story set up properly, we’ll start pitching it to the networks."

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Is Levi Johnston ready for a career in politics?

On who will air this nonsense: "I tend to do shows that could run multiple places. We will target the ones that are most interested first, and suffice to say we’ve gotten a ton of interest since the announcement went out yesterday."

On Levi's reaction to the idea: "Levi’s a young guy, and running for office is a scary proposition and a big commitment. He thought about it, and then he came back and said, “I thought about it, let’s talk and see if we can do this.”

On whether the Palins will be involved: "We went into this with zero expectation for any involvement from the Palins. If that changes, that’s purely their choice. We would welcome it, but it’s going to be the Levi Johnston show.

On Levi's political leanings: "Levi is well known all over the country, and you can be sure he’ll take advantage of it for his campaign. He’s already come out and said that he’s half-redneck and half-Hollywood. The Hollywood part isn’t going away."

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Levi Johnston has his work cut out if he wants to be mayor of Wasilla, Alaska. Current officeholder Verne Rupright says he needs to start by keeping his clothes on.

If Levi really wants the office once held by Sarah Palin, who went on to become Alaska's Worst Governor Ever and a professional celebrity, Verne has some advice:

"Get your high school diploma and keep your clothes on," said Rupright, who has a B.A. and J.D. to his name, when contacted by celebrity gossip site TMZ.

"Voters like it that way."

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We know Levi Johnston dispatches of clothes awfully well, but can he oust Verne Rupright from the mayor's office in his hometown of Wasilla, Alaska?

The 20-year-old Levi Johnston, who just broke up with Bristol Palin, announced he'll be running for Mayor of Wasilla next year as part of his new reality show.

Might he pose a serious challenge to Rupright?

The Vietnam war veteran, who's been in public service longer than Johnston has been alive, says, "I don't know if I could handle those responsibilities when I was Levi's age. I was still trying to figure out how to put on my uniform."

He's got a tough battle ahead. We don't see anyone named Palin casting a ballot in his favor, and even his own mom, Sherry, can't vote for him after her felony drug dealing conviction last year. But it should be fun to watch.

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Before his second broken engagement with Bristol Palin in as many years, there were whispers that Levi Johnston was planning a new reality show with her.

Those rumors were half true.

Bristol will be nowhere insight, but the former Playgirl cover model will soon be starring in a new show entitled Loving Levi: The Road to the Mayor's Office.

The premise: Levi Johnston is running for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska - the post famously held by Bristol's mother, Sarah Palin, before she became Governor!

No word if Brittani Senser will be deputy mayor, but it looks like his for office is actually happening. Executive producer Canaan Rubin says in a statement:

"The docu-soap will follow the ever controversial, headline making, matinee idol, handsome father of one as he embarks on a run for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska."

"It will chronicle a 'no-holds-barred' period in Levi’s tumultuous life; co-raising his son Tripp, looking for love, and taking care of business for fellow Wasillians."

"He will give us a real inside look into who he is as a father, a skilled hunter, an avid dirt biker, and of course his journey down the road of small town politics."

"Levi Johnston thinks he can take the office by representing the real citizens of Wasilla." The statement ends: "If elected, Levi promises to serve his full term."

That's a shot at Sarah Palin, who resigned Alaska Governor last summer to become a professional celebrity. Tank Jones will serve as Levi’s campaign manager.

Shooting is underway: "They shot pre-production on the pilot today on Rodeo Drive [in Beverly Hills]." Ooh, the real Wasillans aren't gonna like that one bit.

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