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LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian Take on Reality TV

by Ilana Angel

July 10, 2014 | 11:29 pm

Next week will mark the premier episode of the new reality TV show “LeAnn and Eddie” on VH1. It is hard to imagine the word “reality” having any association with Ms. Rimes, but whatever. She is making a living, bless her, and since singing is clearly not working out for her, she is turning to television. Important to note that just about anyone can get a reality show so this is not a big deal in terms of accomplishments. It is a big deal however that her husband has managed to get a job. Nobody is interested in him of course, and will only tune in to see the trainwreck that is LeAnn Rimes. I will be watching and blogging all about it.

LeAnn thinks my blogging about her show proves I like her. She not only tweeted me directly to discuss my blogging her show, but VH1 tweeted me directly and begged me to give the show a chance. It is quite funny as I have written about LeAnn a lot and not been shy about sharing my opinions of her. I have never met her in person, but my job is to write about pop culture and so she is on my radar. I am fascinated by not only her obvious mental illness, but her lack of decency or awareness of actual reality. She is mean spirited, selfish, simple, and laughing all the way to the bank. She is milking her 15 minutes dry.

I could write about how she has countless accounts on Twitter trying to get her show trending. I could write about how she is friendly with hurtful and crazy people on Twitter. I could write about her delusions of motherhood to Brandi Glanville’s kids. I could write about her latest video announcing a Christmas tour nobody will attend and she will cancel more than perform. I could write about how funny it is she promotes hair products when she does not appear to ever wash her hair. Instead I would just like to say a few words about a subject few seem to mention, and that is her husband Eddie Cibrian.

His is an interesting man. Well he is not interesting as much as his choices are. He cheated on his wife, married his mistress, yet seems to be repulsed by her. He rarely works, is supported by his wife, and wants us to think his children are not only his top priority, but he turns down work to avoid being away from them. Any man who would allow his wife to disrespect, mock, torture, and ridicule the mother of his children is not a real man. He is a coward and in the end this show will be the thing that shows his kids who he really is. When they watch this show they will have no respect for their father.

Important to note that I have no vested interest in this couple or their show. I am writing about it because that is what I do. If it is a great show, I will say so. If it makes me laugh, people will know. If it makes me want to impale myself with my remote control and drink until I am so drunk I can’t see or hear them, then I will write that. It is nothing personal, just my opinion, and I am not the only one who will be writing about it. For some reason LeAnn Rimes has taken a personal interest in me and my work and that is both entertaining and unfortunate. It is also proof I am dealing with a loose cannon who is mentally unstable.

The days leading up to the premier of this show are proving to be volatile on social media. Some people are writing about boycotting the show because they feel strongly about her. She is polarizing and oddly unaware the power to change public opinion is in her hands. Since LeAnn reads everything I write, I'd like to tell her that when your show airs you will put another nail in the coffin of your career. It is on you and not those of us who write about you. Don't blame me for writing my opinion. Instead of rallying your multiple personalities and Twitter accounts to attack, take a deep breath and take the hits.

The choice to go on reality TV is one you can never take back. You are putting yourself in the line of fire and no matter how prepared you are for attacks, you'll never be prepared enough. If 50% of marriages end in divorce, and that number is higher for couples on reality TV, this could not end well for Mr. and Mrs. Cibrian. In an attempt to show the world how happy and in love they are, this may be their undoing. Either way, I don’t really care. I’m just a writer who is going to do my thing, while they do their thing. I am certain when it comes to Leann, Eddie, and me, I will be the only one keeping it real.



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Ilana Angel writes two blogs for JewishJournal.com. KEEPING THE FAITH is about her worldview as a single Jewish mother, and KEEPING IT REAL is all about reality television....

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