Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Blagojevich Will Be Paid $80,000 A Week For NBC Reality Show?

(image via cltv)

This has to be a joke. Jeff Zucker is greenlighting an *allegedly* corrupt former Governor with chicken legs for a reality show? But April Fool's Day has passed. From Boston:

"Assuming he can get federal court approval, impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is poised to be a summer TV star on NBC's new version of 'I'm A Celebrity ... get Me Out Of Here'"

We cannot fail to note that in the British version of 'I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here,' JLo's useless ex-husband, Cris Judd, won. Back to the story:

"The reality show drops 10 celebri-- er, 10 people whose names we know, into a Costa Rican jungle for a month of rough living. The idea is to put them in wacky competitions, test their survival skills, and donate their prizes to charity. Based on a UK hit and a single-season flop on ABC in 2003, 'I'm a Celebrity' will air live, nightly, across the month of June. Viewers will get to vote on which players have to leave the competition.

"Before Blagojevich can officially sign onto the show, he needs permission to fly to Costa Rica from the federal judge presiding over his corruption trial. If he succeeds in getting his travel restrictions loosened, the financially strained former governor will be paid $80,000 a week for his appearance, according to a source in the Chicago Tribune.

Yesterday Rod Blagojevich's attorney, Sheldon Sorosky, told a federal judge that the former Governor with chicken legs would soon be making a request to loosen the travel restrictions placed on him. On-air pundits have opined tongue-in-cheek as to how much they would miss Blagojevich, but programming a man made famous for alleged criminal acts on reality TV is going too far.

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