Couple things about the news that former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is joining NBC’s summer reality show “I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here.” First: Rod Blagojevich is a celebrity?
It’s hard to argue with the idea that he’s well-known. That’s what happens when you’re removed from office after being indicted on corruption and racketeering charges, among them an accusation that he tried to sell Barack Obama’s vacated U.S. Senate seat to the highest bidder. But a celebrity? No, not even by the standards of this show, whose previous U.S. incarnation featured such luminaries as Melissa Rivers and Cris Judd.
Second, if Blagojevich is indicative of the type of celeb who’s going to take part in the show, which premieres June 1 and will air several nights each week for four weeks, it might actually make me want to watch even less. I didn’t think that was possible.
Before he can take part in the show, which will film in Costa Rica, Blagojevich has to get permission from his trial judge to loosen travel restrictions. He pleaded not guilty to all the charges against him at his arraignment on Tuesday.