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DeLay finds another "reality" with ABC

NBC finally found the right reality show for ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. And ABC has finally found the right "reality" for former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.

ABC originally cast DeLay in "Dancing with the Stars," only he fractured both his feet during rehearsal and had to bow out of the competition though, sadly, not before dancing the cha cha to The Troggs' "Wild Thing," ruining that tune for us forever.

On Friday, Disney-ABC Domestic Television announced they'd found another reality-TV home for DeLay. He will sit in as the "Expert" in the "Ask the Expert" lifeline for episodes of the syndicated show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" airing all next week, Oct. 26-30.

Contestants who have correctly answered the $5,000 question can ask to be connected to a pre-determined "expert" via Skype. DeLay will appear from Los Angeles in the episodes. He told contestants ahead of time he knows a lot about politics, sports, history, and science. He also warned contestants he's weak on pop culture -- anyone who saw that "Wild Thing" cha cha knew that already -- celebrities, and literature.

Before there was DeLay on "Dancing," NBC cast Blago in "I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!" But a federal judge put the kibosh on that, saying Blago could not go to Costa Rica to participate in the show, because he, the judge, was not convinced the politician would comply with terms of his bail.(Blagojevich has pleaded not guilty to 17 charges against him, including racketeering and extortion.)

But NBC did not give up on Blago and has since cast him in the next edition of its Donald Trump-led "Celebrity Apprentice."

By Lisa de Moraes  |  October 23, 2009; 8:37 PM ET
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Delay's real forte is pesticides. Got a program for that?

Posted by: thrh | October 24, 2009 2:11 AM | Report abuse

'he's weak on pop culture -- anyone who saw that "Wild Thing" cha cha knew that already -- celebrities, and literature"

Tom Delay is weak on literature. Huh, who could have seen that coming?

Posted by: wsblount | October 24, 2009 8:09 AM | Report abuse

The original "balloon boy" albeit much fatter and way less innocent.

Posted by: coloradodog | October 24, 2009 8:10 AM | Report abuse

Oh my! Thanks posters for cracking me up this morning! Too funny!

Posted by: Blarney | October 24, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Blago's got this opportunity with Trump, see, and it's f******golden, so he's got to get something for himself.

Maybe they can get Bernie Madoff, Martha Stewart, Michael Vick, Alan Stanford and OJ Simpson to appear as well, for the "Celebrity Apprentice: Jailbreak Edition."

Posted by: rlr_ex_nova | October 24, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Tom de Lay "expert" on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire? He's a good choice. He knows how to lie and steal.

Posted by: Gatsby10 | October 24, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Tom? Tom baby, it's Sid, your agent. I'm looking at your overnights here, amigo, and compadre, you're a star. A star! They want you, chum, friend, pally...they want their DeLay and they want it now! They want you singing, dancing, spinning, jumping, talking, skating...and they can't get enough, mon ami! But are you ready for what they want more than anything else--more that food and water? More than life itself? They want their DeLay naked.

You heard me right, Tomster. They want Tommy in the buff. Fully frontal. Exposed and expunged, all skin all natural, and they want all that sweet sweet DeLay on DVD and pay per view, and when I say pay, I mean big time coin, name your price, off shore oil type pay.

So listen, Tom. Get on a plane and get out here to the place you love to hate, Hollywood, CA, the land of milk and money. You're gonna be America's next major adult film hero. Triple XXX, baby. That's where the gravy is. And you, Congressman? You're gonna own the business.

Hey, we need a co-star. Tell me can I reach Larry Craig?

Posted by: dfc102 | October 24, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Ample evidence here to support the contention concerning the demise of ABC. The management team needs to be told that wishing doesn't make it so. Do they ever look at the numbers?

Posted by: Diogenes | October 24, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

So Delay, the sick, hypocritical, creep, can't get enough of the limelight eh?

Baboons have more class.


Posted by: GooberBoy | October 24, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

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