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Blago's hopes for reality TV bliss thwarted

By Marissa Warden and Katie Havranek

In a shocking decision by federal judge James B. Zagel, Mr. Rod R. Blagojevich was denied permission to partake in the reality television series “I’m a Celebrity.Get Me Out of Here!” He is not allowed to leave the country and the survivor-like show is scheduled to film in Costa Rica. For those of you who have forgotten the devilishly handsome Mr. Blagojevich, let us remind you. Blago was elected governor of Illinois in 2002. He led his state with his charisma, a charming smile, great hair and, most importantly, integrity. That was until he was charged with 16 felonies.

At a time in America when change finally could be realized-was realized-Blago joined in the celebration with his fellow Americans. But while the rest of the country was contemplating the changes Obama would bring in his first 100 days, Blago was contemplating how much money he could get for the president-elect’s Senate seat.

While some construe this as corruption, we would like to think he did this for the residents of Illinois. One need look no further than his attempts to improve the quality of the Chicago Tribune. When a persnickety op-ed columnist insisted on criticizing Blago, he worked to relieve him of his position and liberate his constituents of free speech, not to mention protecting his campaign funds.

But we digress. Forgive us for our infatuation with Blago, it’s just that we’ve been missing him and his boyish dimples. We were ecstatic when we heard that our favorite ex-Governor (he’s the eighth governor in American history to be impeached) was going to be on a reality television series.

We didn’t think it could get any better. And then it did when we learned that the couple we love to hate from “The Hills”, Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt, were also slated to be on the show. We hoped for a new love triangle. But just when our debates over who Heidi would chose were getting good, our dreams for reality television perfection were crushed by Judge Zagel.

The New York Times reported that Judge Zagel expressed his concern that good ol’ Blago still doesn’t fully understand “the position he finds himself in.” Seriously? Perhaps he does not understand the premise of the show. Despite the opportunity to earn $80,000 per episode, these selfless celebrities are working to raise money for charity and if you look deep into Blago’s beautiful eyes, you would know (just as we do) that charity must be his primary motivation to do the show.

We’re still hopeful that NBC will decide to move the show to the United States so that Blago can participate. We believe his gubernatorial position has prepared him to do what Lauren Conrad could not. Break up Speidi.

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