By Mike Bruno
Updated April 04, 2009 at 03:47 PM EDT

Sarah Palin’s family has released a statement sharply criticizingLevi Johnston for talking on an episode of The Tyra Banks show set to air Monday about his relationship and sex life with18-year-old Bristol Palin, with whom he has a baby. reports that the Palin family rep released a statement saying, “We’redisappointed that Levi and his family, in a quest for fame, attention,and fortune, are engaging in flat-out lies, gross exaggeration, andeven distortion of their relationship….It is unfortunate that Levi finds it more appealing to exploit hisprevious relationship with Bristol than to contribute to the well beingof the child.”

Johnston and Bristol Palin’s son Tripp was born on Dec. 27. Theysplit up earlier this year. “Bristol realizes now that she made amistake in her relationship and is the one taking responsibility fortheir actions,” the Palin statement ends.