Bristol Palin has weathered many attacks for her performance on "Dancing with the Stars," but things took a serious turn on Friday when an envelope containing a mysterious white powder arrived at the studio with her name on it.
A staffer on the hit ABC show reportedly found the powder and a threatening letter in fan mail addressed to Palin, according to TMZ.
Police and emergency responders arrived at the scene at the CBS Television City studio on Friday night, and evacuated part of the building while they investigated.
Shortly after the report emerged, ABC released a statement confirming the substance was harmless.
"An envelope containing an unknown substance was delivered to the Dancing with the Stars production office on Friday evening," the network said.
"Measures were taken to secure the area and ensure the safety of personnel...Ultimately we were advised by the LAFD that the substance was determined to be talcum powder."
Earlier in the evening, an FBI representative confirmed to TMZ that the agency came to the studio to investigate "a report of a threatening letter containing white powder."
"Initial field screening was negative for hazardous substances but will be transported to a regional lab for further testing," the rep told the gossip site.
Multiple sources told TMZ the powder was hidden in fan mail sent to Palin.
Palin, who has managed to avoid elimination on the show despite posting lower scores than her opponents, has taken quite a bit of heat from "Dancing" fans and fellow competitors for her continued success.
She has battled rumors of having a "diva" attitude on set, and conspiracy theories that a right-wing voting block has manipulated the system to keep her on the show each week.
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