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Just like old times, eh Bristol Palin?

The daughter of ex-Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin was back on the hotseat Friday to answer questions about why she — and 11 other celebrities — decided to make a return visit to Dancing with the Stars this fall. Though Drew Lachey and Pamela Anderson managed to get a few words in edgewise, Palin received most of the questions from members of the media, who repeatedly tried to press the young mom about why she wanted to do another reality show.

By the end of the press conference, a rather defensive Palin deflected a question about the upside of getting lots of publicity by repeating her mantra “God provides opportunities like this for me” and by saying “it’s a positive, active show. It’s going to be awesome. Do I like to provide for my son? Yes, I do.”

Asked why she’d return to a show that generated so much negative publicity for her the first time around, Palin said, “the press is going to talk to me no matter what I do. I might as well have fun.”

Apparently, it wasn’t a hard sell to get the eldest daughter of the former Vice Presidential candidate to return to the ballroom. One insider on the show say it was an “easy sell” to get her back in sequins — just like it was the 11 other celebrities who will participate in the show’s first all-star edition beginning Sept. 24. (One star who didn’t make the cut was Kate Gosselin, who wanted to return but apparently the producers didn’t think her current “storyline” was that interesting. Snap!). Then again, DWTS would have been foolish not to approach Palin, as her season generated huge ratings for ABC.

At one uncomfortable point Friday, the conversation turned to Palin’s politics and how she feels about gays. “I love ’em!” shouted Anderson, in one of the few chances she got to talk during the entire panel.

“I like gays,” Palin said. “I’m not a homophobic. Just because I’m for traditional marriage … I don’t hate anybody. People will make up things about me. I’m going to go dance and have fun. It’s not about politics, it’s not about traditional marriage. It’s about dancing. That’s all I have to say about it.”

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