Impeached Illinois governor set for reality TV
They may want to name it “I’m a Disgraced Public Figure… Get Me Out of Here.”
Impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is set to star in NBC’s upcoming summer reality skein “I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here,” the Peacock confirmed Tuesday.
But there’s a catch: A federal judge must first give his OK.
According to the Chicago Tribune, which first broke the story, Blagojevich’s attorney has asked a judge handling the corruption case against the former governor to loosen his travel restrictions.
That’s because Blagojevich would be required spend time on Costa Rica, where the show will take place and air live this summer on NBC.
Since his departure from the Illinois gubernatorial job, Blagojevich has maintained a very public profile, having just served as a guest host on Chicago’s WLS talk radio station.
“Based on the hit U.K. reality show, “I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!” is a groundbreaking live series event premiering June 1 and stripped over four weeks in June,” NBC said in a statement. “Ten celebrities of various backgrounds will be dropped into the heart of the Costa Rican jungle to face challenges designed to test their skills in adapting to the wilderness and to raise money for their favorite charities. Rod Blagojevich will be a participant on the show pending the court’s approval.”