April 21st, 2009
02:29 PM ET
5 years ago

Judge vetoes Blagojevich's reality TV plan

A Federal judge has denied ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's request to travel to Central America to take part in a reality TV show.
A Federal judge has denied ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's request to travel to Central America to take part in a reality TV show.

CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) – A Federal judge has denied ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's request to travel to Central America to take part in a reality TV show.

Blagojevich had signed on to "be dropped into the heart of the Costa Rican jungle" in a celebrity competition, according to the NBC television network.

But his participation depended U.S. District Court Judge James Zagel lifting travel restrictions imposed when the former governor was indicted on federal corruption charges, the network said.

Zagel, in a Tuesday morning hearing, called it "a bad idea" and suggested Blagojevich find another way to earn money, according CNN affiliate WLS-TV.

The judge told Blagojevich he should stay remain in the United States to work on his defense, WLS reported.

Blagojevich, who was impeached and removed from office earlier this year, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

A federal grand jury indicted him this month on 16 felony counts, including racketeering, conspiracy, wire fraud and making false statements to investigators.

He is accused with scheming to sell or trade the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Obama.

Blagojevich denies all charges.

The reality show - "I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!" - is based on a successful British show, NBC said.

"Ten celebrities of various backgrounds will be dropped into the heart of the Costa Rican jungle to face challenges designed to test their skills in adapting to the wilderness and to raise money for their favorite charities," the NBC statement said.

The show is scheduled to air over four weeks in June, the network said.


Filed under: Rod Blagojevich
soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. Bill G

    The one distinction that seems to be forgotten here is that this idiot is not a CELEBRITY - he is a CRIMINAL (excuse me, "alleged" criminal). NBC should be ashamed of itself for even entertaining inviting this idiot as a contestant on the show.

    April 21, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  2. Colin Flannery

    I am pleased to see this has-been has taken the next step in his Tanya Harding like slide from the sublime to the ridiculous. I say drop him in the jungle, just don't use a parachute.

    April 21, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  3. Donna from Colorado Springs

    Great news! Now there will be one less idiot on tv!

    April 21, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  4. Fred L. Fraud

    Hey Rod – your "fame" clock is at 14:59.

    April 21, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  5. Saad

    Cool.... now hand him over to Somalian pirates.

    April 21, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  6. Sharon - NC

    Perhaps the Judge should reconsider and just agree that he can only be dropped in the middle of a Costa Rican jungle, with no production crew to save him.

    April 21, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  7. Christian

    I think they should let him go....it would be great to hear when whatever carnivore there is in those jungles enjoyed themselves a B-Lo sandwich.

    April 21, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  8. marcus

    in one word....... SWEET !!!!!!! send the idiot to jail... blago just does NOT get it..

    April 21, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  9. Joe the Troll

    We could always drop him in the middle of East St. Louis.

    April 21, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  10. Cynthia

    Thank you he should not be traveling all around the world like he is a celebrity.

    April 21, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  11. The Last Patriot

    Reality TV is out, eh? Well perhaps he can join the Obama administration, I'm sure there are some available "czar" positions. He seems to have just the right moral fiber.

    April 21, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  12. KG, Twin Cities

    Hey Rod, my car needs washing.

    April 21, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  13. MJM

    Put him on the comedy station with the cable guy, Bill Engvall, Jeff Foxworthy, and all those others, it will make him run home to momma crying his little heart out!!!!

    April 21, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  14. Mississippi Mike

    Let's hope he can't find his way out.

    April 21, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  15. Voice of reason

    This man is so messed up. And the sad thing is, he doesn't even seem to realize it. I feel sorry for his children.

    April 21, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  16. Proud American

    I say let him go, but don't allow him back in......

    April 21, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  17. arithmetic is liberal

    There IS a God!

    April 21, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
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