Reality TV Show Seeks to Dump Blago in Jungle

Ex-gov offered space on NBC show if judge gives the OK

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 15, 2009 7:07 AM CDT

(Newser) – NBC wants to pluck Rod Blagojevich from the political wilderness and dump him in the Costa Rican jungle, the Chicago Tribune reports. The ex-Illinois governor, who pleaded not guilty to corruption charges yesterday, has been offered a spot on a new season of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!—pending court approval.

The show will see 10 celebrities dropped in the jungle to "face challenges designed to test their skills in adapting to the wilderness," according to NBC. Blago, who faces years in federal prison if convicted, isn't allowed to leave the country under his current bond conditions, but he has asked a judge to modify them to accommodate filming in June.

Impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich talks to media as he arrives at his home, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009 in Chicago.   (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich listens to a caller and glances at the clock as he guest hosts the Don and Roma radio talk show at the studios of WLS Radio in Chicago.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich appears on the NBC "Today" television show in New York, Tuesday Feb. 3, 2009.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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