The former vice presidential candidate and ex-governor of Alaska made her comments to TMZ at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday, soon after Bristol, who was 17 when she was pregnant with the first of her three children, confirmed reports that she has joined the Teen Mom cast for season 8 this fall following the contentious departure of Farrah Abraham.
“Yeah, Bristol’s gonna be a great messenger for kind of overcoming a little bit of challenge and doing well in life,” Sarah told paparazzi at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday, in a video posted by TMZ. “The girls, my daughters, have been telling me who all the characters are, kinda trying to catch up, but my daughters—Bristol and Willow and Piper—they all have great respect for some of the girls who have really overcome some obstacles and done well with their children.”
Bristol will join returning cast members Catelynn Lowell Baltierra, Maci Bookout McKinney and Amber Portwood.
“Heck no, we’re not doing the reality star type thing,” Sarah added. “[Bristol] sees this as a venue, as a forum for good, to help people in a hurtin’ world so I encourage her to do this. I support her doing this and I’m proud of her.”
This isn’t Bristol’s first rodeo. The 27-year-old has already done the “reality star type thing” several times; she she appeared with her family on Sarah’s docu-series Sarah Palin’s Alaska in 2010 and 2011 and she and her eldest child, son Tripp, 9, had their own reality show, Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp, in 2012. Bristol also competed on Dancing With the Stars twice—in 2010 and later, on an All-Stars season in 2012.
Bristol will appear on Teen Mom with Tripp and her two daughters, Sailor Grace, 2, and Atlee Bay, 1.
It is unclear if viewers will see the girls’ father, Dakota Meyer. He filed for divorce from Bristol early this year after less than two years of marriage. However, the two have appeared cozy in a few Instagram photos she has posted since the filing.
When asked if she herself would make an appearance on Teen Mom, Sarah told TMZ, “Whatever Bristol needs, whatever she wants and whatever those, my grandbabies need or want, I’m there.”