Fortysomething socialites looking for love have a new best friend: Ivana Trump.
The Donald’s ex-wife will play TV matchmaker as the host of “Ivana Man,” the tentative title of a two-hour unscripted special headed to Fox next season. Scott Stone, Sharon Levy and Anthony Ross are exec producing; Jonas Larsen will serve as co-exec producer.
Format for “Ivana Man” has Trump choosing eight bachelors in their twenties to compete for the attention of the mature woman at the show’s center — “a successful but lonely fortysomething,” as Fox calls her. Trump with then help the socialite eliminate the would-be suitors until two are left standing; the socialite will pick the winner.
“For years, rich older men have traded in their wives for pretty young women with bigger ‘attributes,’ ” said Fox exec VP of alternative programming Mike Darnell, explaining that the special will show how “mature women are finding that true love can happen with younger men.”
Stone said he came up with the idea of “Ivana Man” while headed up a ski slope.
“It was in the zeitgeist, with Demi and Ashton, and Madonna and Guy Ritchie,” he said. “And I have a lot of female friends always looking for me to help find men for them, but the men their own age are (sometimes) intimidated by their success.”
Stone then had the idea to approach Trump about the show. “She said, ‘Dahling, that’s me. That’s perfect,’ ” Stone said.
Trump herself has a fondness for dating younger men, most recently being linked romantically with a man more than 20 years her junior. “I cannot be with an older man; they’re too set in their ways,” Trump recently told the UK’s Hello! magazine.
Or, as Trump told Stone, “I’d rather be a babysitter than a nurse.”