Blagojevich joining reality show...and it's not Cops
by Danny Gallagher, posted Apr 15th 2009 10:02AM
When Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was finally indicted and impeached, I breathed a sigh of relief and hoped that would be the last we would ever see of him.
Then I heard he might be coming back to haunt my TV like the ghost of an angry relative, and the nerves in my whole body stiffened. Would we once again have to spend all of our remaining TV time dodging the naysaying and the placating and the denying that is the Rod Blagojevich variety hour?
Then when I heard he was going to be on an NBC reality show, I again breathed a sigh of relief, comforted by the fact that no one would see him.
The Chicago Sun Times reported the former Illinois governor has been invited to appear in the second American revival of I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here.
He's chomping at the bit for the chance to put another million in his legal defense fund, which must be draining at the rate of an underfunded levee.
The problem is he has to leave the country to film the show and his current indictment forbids traveling out of the country and requires special permission from a federal judge.
I'm the farthest thing from a legal expert. In fact, I think I'm ranked just behind Judge Wapner's dog, Skippy. But why should Blagojevich get special treatment, even if the money is going towards his legal defense? If an ordinary defendant who didn't have TV time on The View and The Late Show to explain their alleged activities had the same opportunity, he probably wouldn't get the same special permission that Blagojevich is hoping to score. On the other hand, if he was hoping to go on something like The Chamber, then I'd be OK with it.
|Sure, let the man humiliate himself||28 (32.9%)|
|No way, the law is the law||32 (37.6%)|
|Only if he promises not to come back||25 (29.4%)|