Tuesday, April 14, 2009

NBC courts Blagojevich for reality show

Rod Blagojevich, recently removed as governor of Illinois, has made a deal to star in NBC's upcoming summer reality show "I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here."

According to a statement released by network, "Rod Blagojevich will be a participant on the show pending the court's approval."

In the series, 10 celebrities of various backgrounds compete in challenges to raise money for their favorite charities.

The network has been looking for household names for its version of the U.K. hit, which launches June 1. The program will be shot in Costa Rica. According to the Chicago Tribune, Blagojevich's attorney told a federal judge Tuesday that he will file a request to loosen his client's travel restrictions to participate in the show.

Blagojevich was indicted April 1 on federal corruption charges that included 11 counts of wire fraud, three of extortion, one of racketeering and one of lying to federal investigators. He has pleaded not guilty.

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Shirazi said...

I thought he will avoid public appearance. No?

Deb S. said...

Shi: This doesn't seem to be the case with Mr. Blagojevich!

Ian Lidster said...

Doesn't matter what kind of slimeball you are, you always end up with a good gig somewhere. Hardly fair for people who play by the rules, don't you think?

Rose said...

He's crazy!

Deb S. said...

Ian and Rose: The two of you seem to be on the same page. :-)