An eyewitness to the Palin family’s drunken, 20-person hillbilly brawl is now out of a job after talking about the incident. Eric Thompson, a now-former employee of the company that hosted the party, was terminated shortly after giving his account of the events that prompted one party-goer to yell, “This isn’t some damned Hillbilly reality show!”
The party was held for twins Matt and Marc McKenna, owners of McKenna Bros. Paving Company. He told ABC News that the party was marred by drunken confrontations between Bristol and Track Palin and an ex-boyfriend of Bristol’s.
As office manager Korey Klingenmeyer, owner of the house at which the party was hosted, attempted to stop Bristol, she “stood straight up, brought her arm back and cold-cocked [her ex] right in the face,” Thompson said.
He said that before the Palins showed up, “It was a really nice, mellow party.” Afterwards, however, “it turned into the Jerry Springer show.”
Political blogger Amanda Coyne wrote,
“At this point, he’s up against nearly the whole Palin tribe: Palin women screaming. Palin men thumping their chests. Word is that Bristol has a particularly strong right hook, which she employed repeatedly, and it’s something to hear when Sarah screams, ‘Don’t you know who I am?'” she wrote. “And it was particularly wonderful when someone in the crowd screamed back, ‘This isn’t some damned Hillbilly reality show!'”
“I heard Sarah Palin scream out, ‘You know who we are, don’t you?’” Thompson told ABC.
Entertainment Tonight producer Elizabeth Applegate tweeted that she had confirmed with Townsend that he was terminated on Friday morning for speaking to ABC.
Watch Thompson’s Good Morning America segment, below: