Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Blagojevich wants to tape Costa Rica show

Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich arrives at his home after pleading not guilty to federal racketeering and fraud in federal court in Chicago, Tuesday, April 14, 2009. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)By Mike Robinson, Associated Press Writer

CHICAGO – An attorney close to Rod Blagojevich's (blah-GOY'-uh-vich-is) legal team says the ousted Illinois governor wants permission to leave the country to appear on a reality TV show in Costa Rica.

Blagojevich, who pleaded not guilty to federal racketeering and fraud charges Tuesday, could tape the show in June if given permission by Judge James B. Zagel. The lawyer spoke on condition of anonymity, saying the plan was confidential.

Blagojevich attorney Sheldon Sorosky declined to confirm the reality show idea.

NBC confirms it wants Blagojevich to appear on "I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!" A network statement says 10 celebrities will be dropped into the Costa Rican jungle "to face challenges designed to test their skills in adapting to the wilderness."

Blagojevich's bond doesn't allow him to leave the country.

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