Rod Blagojevich cast on NBC’s I’m a Celebrity, and Nancy Kerrigan may join him

Rod Blagojevich has been cast in NBC’s summer revival of I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here, because he clearly hasn’t already embarrassed himself enough. And Nancy Kerrigan may be one of the celebrities to join him when the series airs live daily this June.

The Chicago Tribune first reported the possibility, saying that Blagojevich’s “attorney, Sheldon Sorosky, told a federal judge Tuesday that Blagojevich soon would be making a request to loosen the travel restrictions placed on him” to “allow the disgraced ex-governor to travel to Costa Rica for the program’s filming this summer.”

NBC confirmed the casting, saying in a statement, “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. Rod Blagojevich will be a participant on the show pending the court’s approval.”

He’d get up to $80,000 an episode, according to Chicago’s NBC affiliate, which cites a WGN report that’s not online. Also in that report: Olympic skater Nancy Kerrigan may also join the cast.

Blagojevich eyes role on TV reality show [Chicago Tribune]
Reality TV, Blago Style [NBC Chicago]

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