Todd Palin Earns His 'Stripes'

Former Alaska Gov. and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's husband Todd Palin exclusively told Sarah Palin Radio this week he jumped out of helicopters, shot a .50 caliber WWI machine gun and rappelled into buildings and water for the upcoming NBC reality show "Stars Earn Stripes." 

"It's kind of scary jumping out of helicopters, but at least we're not being shot at like our military men and women," said Palin, whose son Track Palin is currently deployed in Afghanistan. "To hang out with Navy SEALS, Delta Force operators and police and fire, first responders is a true honor."

The show, which Palin described as intense and emotionally charged, challenges contestants physically and emotionally as they compete to earn a cash prize for military, veterans and first-responder based charities. Palin has chosen the Armed Services YMCA of Alaska.

Each week, the contestants will be matched with a military op or first responder in a competition that will feature complicated and difficult missions inspired by real military and first responder exercises. A new person will be eliminated every episode.

The show, which will debut with a two-hour special Aug. 13, will be hosted by Gen. Wesley Clark, the former Supreme Allied Commander in Europe for NATO. Other contestants include four-time, undefeated world boxing champion Laila Ali (Muhammad Ali's daughter), actor Dean Cain, former NFL player Terry Crews, recording artist Nick Lachey, Olympic gold medalist Picabo Street, trainer Dolvett Quince and World Wrestling Entertainment diva Eve Torres.

"It's all for a good cause to honor our Armed Forces and first-responders," Palin said. "This show is going to shed light on our finest, who save lives and defend our freedom every day."

Palin said he hopes his son Track will be able to watch the show in Afghanistan and have a good laugh at his expense. Sarah Palin hasn't been able to cheer him on location because the competition involves military-like logistics and dangerous situations with live ammunition and high-risk situations.

Palin agreed to be a contestant because "Survivor" creator Mark Burnett serves as a producer on the show. Burnett produced "Sarah Palin's Alaska" that was a big hit on The Learning Channel.

Tune in at 8 p.m. EST Aug. 13 for the two-hour premiere and at 9 p.m. EST on for its regular Monday time slot.


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