In a move that's bedeviling federal prosecutors but will surely delight
reality TV fans, disgraced former Gov. Rod
Blagojevich is appearing
on Donald Trump's "Celebrity
Apprentice" program. Prosecutors complain that Blagojevich's
appearance on the show could prejudice potential jurors during his
criminal trial in June. But yesterday, a federal judge gave the former
Illinois governor the go-ahead. Needless to say, the prospect of seeing
Blagojevich and Trump face-to-face on the small screen has the
- You've Got to Be Kidding, says Julie Mason: "Really, Blago? And more to the point: Really, Donald Trump? Cue heavy sigh, obligatory references to 15
minutes and general speculation about incarceration."
- It Was Destiny, writes Susan Davis at the Wall Street Journal: "The governor seems
like a natural fit for a show with celebrity-sized egos based on
scheming against the people you work with for money."
- What a Disgrace, writes Garrard McClendon at Chicago Now: "He should not be allowed on The Apprentice. Sure,
he needs to make a living for his family, but he and the Donald would
have a hair fight that would surely taint the jury pool. Look for the
brunette brush to be fired before he even gets to say hello to Mr.
Trump. How long will it take for us to get Blagojevich to trial? Whether
he is guilty or not guilty, we should not have to see the former
governor applying for jobs on reality shows with his wife. This gives
public officials a bad name. Try convenience stores Rod."
- I Can't Wait! writes a blogger at Ledaro: "It is going to be some show to watch.
The battle of big egos... Any
other man would have gone to pieces by now but this guy has a lot of
resolve and perseverance. This particular version of the series will be
fun to watch.
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