Rod Blagojevich didn’t watch reality shows before nor during his stormy term as Illinois governor, but he still knew the kind he didn’t want to do.
“I wasn’t interested in a ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians,'” he tells Zap2it of his multiple television offers after being impeached in 2009 amid charges of corruption and misconduct, which he characterizes as “lies.”
The ex-politician known as “Blago” will be among the 14 contenders when Donald Trump and NBC launch season three of “The Celebrity Apprentice” Sunday, March 14.
“I have great admiration for him,” Blagojevich says of Trump. “This is a guy who stands very strong for the things he wants to do and believes in. He’s known great success, and he knows what it’s like to fall from the highest mountain and crash to the ground, then to pick himself up and come back.
]]>couldn’t participate last summer in NBC’s “I’m a Celebrity
… Get Me Out of Here!” because of travel restrictions on him, but his
wife Patti did. He claims he felt comfortable taping in the “Celebrity
Apprentice” boardroom, except “when I was sitting next to the wrestler
Goldberg. That guy’s huge! I just felt so short next to him.”
Pleased to be receiving “modest compensation” for himself and his
family, plus potential winnings for a charity (in his case, the
Florida-based Children’s Cancer Center), Blagojevich also appreciates
being able to use what he can of his former occupation in “The
“In some respects, doing a show like this takes you back to your
beginnings,” he confirms. “I was the chief executive of the fifth
biggest state in America for six years. You have all these people who
work for you, and you delegate and discuss and do all the things
leaders do. Making decisions, and achieving results, is so much a part
of what the job is.”
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