'Dancing With the Stars': Bristol Palin says scandal 'boosted ratings'

bristol-palin-loser.jpg Bristol "the pistol" Palin came out with guns a-blazin' on the "Dancing With the Stars" finale -- though not in the way you might have expected.

Maintaining a generally shy persona with the press and on camera throughout the season, she dropped the act for the finale, saying that winning would be "a big middle finger to all the people out there who hate my mom and hate me."

With the votes already cast, it seems the time for pageantry has passed.

Palin and partner Mark Ballas spoke with press, including Zap2it, after finishing third, and when asked if she intended the remark as some sort of slam, she skirted the question. "My plan was just to go out there and have fun," she says. "And that's what I did."

On the subject of constant speculation over her votes and the recent threats against her, she's equally vague. "I think it boosted its ratings," she says.

Searching for something positive, we asked her how the show stacked up to her expectations. "I never thought i would be so fully consumed by this," she says. "It was awesome."

Well, at least there's that. 

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