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Patti Blagojevich

Patti Blagojevich Debuts in Jungle Reality Show Tonight

June 01, 2009 06:30 PM
by Anita Gutierrez-Folch
Former Illinois first lady Patti Blagojevich has a Web site to promote her appearance on NBC's “I'm a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!”

Show Debuts Tonight

Tonight, several celebities will try to survive the Costa Rican jungle and reality television. Patti Blagojevich joined the cast after a court refused to allow her husband, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, to participate.

“I didn't seek this out. And if it wasn't for our financial situation I probably wouldn't consider it. You do what you have to do when you're, you know, a mother of two,” she told The Associated Press during a telephone interview in May.

In a May interview with the “Today” show, covered by the Chicago Sun-Times, Patti explained that because she and her husband are currently unemployed, she will do whatever it takes in order to support her family. “We need to earn a living," she told “Today” host Meredith Vieira. “She's willing to go in the jungle for her kids," her husband added.

As a public figure, Patti has always guarded her privacy, shielding her two children from the press and avoiding the cameras as much as possible. “I've been able to comport myself in public in a dignified way in the past, so I don't see why this should be any different,” she told the AP.

Mrs. Blagojevich has prepared for her television debut by launching a Web site. It offers information on voting to keep her on the show, news and tidbits about her.

There's also a link to a public relations firm, The Publicity Agency, dedicated to her husband and his denial of any wrongdoing connected to his indictment.

According to her site, she cooked meals and froze them for her family to eat while she's away. It also appears she's not used to roughing it.

“Patti is a big city girl. Before this experience, she spent no more than one night camping,” the site said.

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Background: Blago’s corruption charges keep him in the country

NBC had offered Rod Blagojevich $80,000 a week to appear as a guest on their reality show. But Blagojevich's hopes of recovering his financial stability by appearing on the show were shot down when U.S. District Judge James Zagel barred him from leaving the country.

The former governor, who was removed from office after being impeached, faces several federal charges relating to allegations that he tried to sell the Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama. In April, he was indicted on 16 counts of extortion, fraud and racketeering.

Related Topic: “I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here”

NBC’s Web site describes the reality show as “the ultimate ‘Swiss Family Robinson.’” Viewers will have the power to decide who stays and who goes at the end of every episode, and will also have a say in the daily tasks that the 10 competing celebrities will have to face. Other showbiz personalities participating in the show include Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt from “The Hills,” actor Stephen Baldwin and former supermodel Janice Dickinson.

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