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Blagojevich joining reality show...and it's not Cops

by Danny Gallagher, posted Apr 15th 2009 10:02AM
Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich

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.

Should a federal judge grant Rod Blagojevich their permission to fly to Costa Rica to film a reality show?
Sure, let the man humiliate himself28 (32.9%)
No way, the law is the law32 (37.6%)
Only if he promises not to come back25 (29.4%)

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C. Robertson

This is the wrong media form for the former governor to showcase himself in. I think theatre is the true path he is destined for. He should dye his topknot red and audition for the lead in the future Broadway hit, "Woody Woodpecker--the Musical"!

April 23 2009 at 9:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I would argue that he stretches the definition of celebrity, but that didn't stop Melissa Rycroft from getting a spot on Dancing With The Stars.

To answer the question put forth, I don't think he should be permitted to join until after he's out from under his indictment. He shafted the public trust, let 'im live with the consequences.

April 15 2009 at 6:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This guy is almost as bad as the octo-mom yeesh.

And to Willy who commented above me: Who gives a shit about his party affiliation? Both parties are filled with corrupt jerkwads.

April 15 2009 at 11:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joe stalin

P.S. I think you "forgot" to mention his party affiliation! Funny how that happens when its a scandal ridden DEMOCRAT.

April 15 2009 at 11:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Joe stalin's comment

I think you are right.

Of course you'd assume it's a republican because we all know they are the ones who are corrupt in general


April 15 2009 at 4:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joe stalin

Cool Democrat former Gov. Rod Blagojevich just can't stay out of the news. Next we need Democrat former Gov. Elliot Spitzer and Democrat Rep. John Murtha and all those Obama cabinet tax cheats in a reality tv version of Big Brother. Only they get voted out of the country.

April 15 2009 at 11:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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