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'Supernanny' Jo Frost Wants to Retire

by Kim Potts, posted Apr 28th 2010 9:15AM
Is the Mary Poppins of reality TV getting ready to hit a retirement village?

Apparently so. According to Variety, 'Supernanny' star Jo Frost wants to quit the ABC series after the 2010-11 tube season. Frost, who debuted as the 'Supernannny' in England in 2004 and then brought her child-rearing tips to U.S. airwaves in 2005, is currently filming a final 13 episodes of the show, and then plans to quit.

"It feels like the right time for me to end my reign as the Supernanny," Frost said. "I've lived out of a suitcase for the past five years, visiting 47 states for the show. It's time to settle down in one place for the time being."Is the Mary Poppins of reality TV getting ready to hit a retirement village?

Apparently so. According to Variety, 'Supernanny' star Jo Frost wants to quit the ABC series after the 2010-11 tube season. Frost, who debuted as the 'Supernannny' in England in 2004 and then brought her child-rearing tips to U.S. airwaves in 2005, is currently filming a final 13 episodes of the show, and then plans to quit.

"It feels like the right time for me to end my reign as the Supernanny," Frost said. "I've lived out of a suitcase for the past five years, visiting 47 states for the show. It's time to settle down in one place for the time being."

ABC, however, may have other plans; Frost is reportedly under contract to do the show for an additional season, though ratings for 'Supernanny' have dipped, with the last new episode, which aired on Mar. 12, doing particularly poorly in the coveted 18-49 demographic.

'Supernanny,' whose pop culture influence has led to spoofs in series like 'South Park,' 'Drawn Together' and 'Doctor Who,' and a Fox rival series, 'Nanny 911,' currently airs in more than 50 countries. (That's a lot of bratty kiddies!) Local versions of the show air in several more, including Germany, Brazil, Poland and Israel, and in the U.K. version, 'Supernanny' is narrated by 'Shaun of the Dead' and 'Hot Fuzz' actor Nick Frost (who, incidentally, is not related to Jo Frost).

Meanwhile, as 'Supernanny' may be winding down, Frost isn't permanently packing away her nanny bag of tricks (which includes the cool British taxi and her ever-present DVD player). She's also the star of 'Jo Frost: Extreme Parental Guidance,' which is in its second season in England, and makes frequent appearances on shows like 'The View' and 'Rachael Ray' to dispense advice for frustrated parents.

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