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Posted on Apr 15, 2009

Blagojevich will need court approval to appear on the show, to be shot in Costa Rica, since he’s not allowed to leave the country.

Only 24 hours after pleading not guilty to racketeering and fraud charges on Tuesday, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has accepted a reality television deal to be one of 10 contestants competing in “I’m a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!” As if his hair was destined for anything but television stardom?

Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

The reality for Rod Blagojevich? He may become a TV star.

The former governor of Illinois, who pleaded not guilty to federal racketeering and fraud charges Tuesday, has inked a deal to star on NBC’s summer reality series, I’m a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Blagojevich’s participation requires court approval because the show will be shot in Costa Rica and he is not allowed to leave the United States.

Blagojevich would be one of 10 celebrities competing in survival-of-the-fittest challenges in the Costa Rican jungle to raise money for charity. The series, adapted from the U.K. version, will premiere June 1 and is slated to unspool four nights a week for a month.

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By mill, April 19, 2009 at 7:42 pm Link to this comment

Will it be possible for the audience to vote that no, they can’t leave?

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By godistwaddle, April 18, 2009 at 10:26 am Link to this comment

I’ll think more poorly of Blago when he’s convicted of something other than politics as usual. Until then, he’s innocent in my eyes.

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By photoshock, April 16, 2009 at 6:32 am Link to this comment

To the person who wrote this opinion page, How dare you not sign your name to this worthless piece of trash.  Who gives a tinker’s damn about someone like former Gov. Rod Blagojevich? 

I certainly don’t and don’t know too many people outside of a limited few, from Chicago that care what happens to him.

With the advent of internet media, we now have the chance to create news at an alarming rate. But there should be one ethical thing that does not change, the signing of one’s name to an op-ed piece, so that people can respond to it in an intelligent and cogent manner.

Whomever wrote this piece, thank you so much for lessening the value of opinion writing and the art of essay writing.

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By Hulk2008, April 15, 2009 at 2:15 pm Link to this comment

I can see it now - Rod Baby as a new permanent member of the cast of The View - he can sit right next to Lizzie Hasselbeck and they can compare hair-do’s.  We live in an era when the most outlandish behavior and language is highly rewarded - a time when real public servants (police, firemen, military, teachers) get miniscule paychecks and are reviled while the most useless, least productive to society have lavish bank accounts (hedge fund managers, politicians, sports players, TV “reality stars”, and singing “Idols”).

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By mike turner, April 15, 2009 at 12:32 pm Link to this comment

gutless worms….WMDS, Poindexter & private enemies lists paid for by Homeland defense funds, a criminal Justice Dept cherry picking investigations/prosecutions….and you just roll over with a tarded/expensive investigation of a Dem for INTENT? Trillions of Taxpayers funds have been ripped off and you don’t FIRST demand a total investigation of what Bush/GOP operatives have been doing? They railroaded the former Alabama Gov into prison….where is the prosecution of the criminals who perpetrated this litany of crimes?
Violent/criminal acts have been perpetrated…..and opponents/targets of the corporate/Bush power elite are vilified for mere WORDS?

the right to say stupid, crazy things is just part of the Constitution, unless of course you imprison people for just saying things….that is a criminal offense.
I’m waiting for the COMPLETE story.

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By tropicgirl, April 15, 2009 at 11:28 am Link to this comment

People that don’t sign their names to name-calling are douchebags.

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