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LeAnn Rimes on New Reality Show: We Hit on All the Tabloid Fodder

LeAnn Rimes on New Reality Show: We Hit on All the Tabloid Fodder

LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian step out to promote their reality show LeAnn & Eddie on Thursday (July 17) in New York City.

That same day, the 31-year-old country singer and 41-year-old actor were seen heading to SiriusXM radio.

The day before, the married couple appeared on The View to talk about the show, which premieres tonight on VH1.

“Everyone’s used our lives as entertainment, so we wanted to actually kind of take our life back,” LeAnn said (via CMT). “We definitely hit on the tabloid fodder because that’s what surrounded our lives so much in the past five years. I think we’re really kidding ourselves with the illusion of a private life because it’s very hard.”

Be sure to check out the show tonight and check out their interview on The View below…


LeAnn Rimes & Eddie Cibrian – The View

FYI: LeAnn is wearing Levi‘s 501 cut-offs shorts and Bianca Pratt‘s “E” initial necklace.

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# 1

Having a private life wouldn’t be that hard if you’d quit calling the paps for photo ops and tweeting about yourself all the time!

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Samuel L. Jackson @ 07/17/2014 at 4:34 pm

Eddie, say fodder one more time, I dare you, I double dare you motherfcker

# 3

I’m so happy for these fame whores. Along with Brandi these kids are going to be f’d up.

# 4
Country Girl Tammy @ 07/17/2014 at 4:53 pm

Wow just wow! Looking great!! So many people can hardly wait – must see television!!!

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Country Girl Tammy @ 07/17/2014 at 6:00 pm

Wow just wow! This is not Looking great!! So many people are saying that they can hardly wait for her show to fail– it’s not must see television!!! THAT IS WHY LEANN AND GINGER HINES ARE ON CELEB&TCHY WRITING POSITIVE REVIEWS ABOUT HER SHOW TRYING TO GET PEOPLE TO WATCH………CHECK IT OUT…………

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Country Girl Tammy @ 07/17/2014 at 6:01 pm

BLIND GOSSIP
The Spotlight Seeker and The Compulsive Cheater

infidelity 4[Blind Gossip] This award-winning performer’s husband has been cheating on her since the beginning of their marriage. In fact, he is cheating on her right now with another female celebrity. The identity of the mistress would probably surprise you.

Wife knows all about the affair, but is reluctant to file for divorce. That’s because this marriage keeps her in the spotlight… which is the thing she craves more than honesty or fidelity!

So she will do anything to give the appearance that things are fine, including arranging for daily affectionate “spontanteous” photo ops with the Husband to try to convince you that all is well. She calls her publicist first thing every morning to provide an itinerary of where she will be for the day. Her publicist then calls the paparazzi to ensure that they are there to “secretly” capture how devoted they are to each other and their family. Yes, it’s all done for the cameras.

Spotlight Seeking Wife:

Compulsive Cheating Husband:

Mistress:

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Country Girl Tammy @ 07/17/2014 at 6:01 pm

EXAMINER
Review: ‘LeAnn & Eddie’

July 13, 2014

Words cannot describe how little I care about the personal lives of most celebrities. I have a couple of close friends that are extremely well-known and if I’ve learned one thing from being around them, it’s the life they live in public (even in the tabloids), bears scant resemblance to what happens in private. I don’t care all that much if someone cheats on their spouse or is a terrible parent. Those problems are best left to the people they impact directly and it would be insane for me to draw conclusions based on what I read in a gossip column or TMZ.

All of which was a problem for me when I approached the new VH1 reality series “LeAnn & Eddie.” LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian are both talented enough people, but why exactly would I want to watch a TV show highlighting their lives…or at least, the version of their lives they want to show to the viewing audience?

Based on the premiere episode of the show, the answer is that there isn’t a reason to watch, unless you’re either an uber-fan of the duo or are a Brandi Glanville fan who has some need to keep count of how many times she’s referenced in the show. “LeAnn & Eddie” isn’t the worst entry ever in the “celebrity life” reality TV genre, but it is a pretty good example of why you shouldn’t allow the subjects of the show to have too much control over the finished product.

Literally 75% of the premiere episode involves gossip and the press in some way, with much of the storyline built around Eddie Cibrian’s unhappiness with a tabloid story that claimed the couple was headed for a $50 million divorce. Now while I understand their frustration, seeing their frustrations played out on camera is like a whiney version of watching sausage being made. Will the couple respond publicly? What will the kids say? Will friend Mario Lopez ask them about it during an interview on “Extra?” The problem is that while this story matters a lot to LeAnn and Eddie, it’s not so compelling a story if you’re just watching the couple obsess about it.

Yawn.

I’m probably not the target audience for “LeAnn & Eddie,” but it’s hard for me to determine just who the audience might be for a show that wants to offer up a different side of the duo, but is also self-obsessed with gossip and bad publicity. A writing mentor of mine once told me that just because you have a story to tell, that doesn’t mean it’s worth telling.

And that, in one sentence, is the core problem with “LeAnn & Eddie.”

“LeAnn & Eddie” premieres on VH1 on Thursday, July 17th, 2014.

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Country Girl Tammy @ 07/17/2014 at 6:01 pm

TCA COMMENTS ABOUT LEANN AND EDDIE’S REALITY SHOW…..

Left the room as Leann Rimes, Eddie Cibrian self-justified their reality show, but it didn’t improve while I was gone. #TCA14

Not to damn with faint praise, but Nicole Richie certainly seems more worthy of a show than LeAnn & Eddie. #TCA14

I understand that packs of paparazzi would be very excited to have LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian before them hyping new show. #NotMe #TCA14

VH1′s “Leann and Eddie” is them presenting the real story of who they are blah blah blah just like every other celeb-couple show. #TCA14

From the “Leann & Eddie” clips, which were shockingly boring, @BrandiGlanville need not worry. #TCA14

Maybe I’m just grr today, but the LeAnn & Eddie trailer makes me stabby #TCA14

As I’m writing the reviews, a few quick thoughts: really enjoyed ep of #TheDivide, but want to see more. #LeAnnAndEddie is horrifically bad.

VH1′s “Leann and Eddie” is them presenting the real story of who they are blah blah blah just like every other celeb-couple show. #TCA14

Are we seriously that desperate for entertainment that we’ll resort to watching that? Weren’t the Kardashians bad enough?

#LeAnnandEddie reality series sizzle reel makes me want #DatingNaked back on screen #TCA14

“Well, that’s obviously not what we’re doing,” says Cibrian when asked if the show is like #TrueTori. #areyousure #TCA14 #MTV #LeannAndEddie

Not interested in #LeAnnAndEddie. Looks dumb. Especially juxtaposed with something as authentic and fascinating as #VirginTerritory. #TCA14

Watching this clip for #LeAnnAndEddie makes me want to palate cleanse with a viewing of #RHOBH. That’s not a good feeling. #TCA14

#confession I had to look up who @EddieCibrian was, and who his ex-wife is. not interested in seeing his life with @leannrimes. #TCA14

Eddie Cibrian proudly lists #ThePlayboyClub as one of his major credits, fyi. #TCA14

Leann Rimes & Eddie Cibrian are talking about the tabs spreading lies. So they DIDN’T hook up while they were both married to other people?

Eddie Cibrian talks about having a reality show like most celebrities talk about having a boat. “Everybody has one these days.” #TCA14 #VH1

It’d be fun to have Lisa Kudrow (perhaps as Valerie Cherish) ask the questions in this depressing #LeAnnAndEddie reality show session #tca14

Once, couples bored friends with home movies, today they bore whole nations with fake ones, cut with noisy music stings. #LeAnnEddie #TCA14

@courtenlow @BrandiGlanville It seems highly produced. (AKA fake.)

ZING!!! RT @TVGMDamian: Leann Rimes says tabloids lie and ruin lives. So do man-stealers. #TCA2014

Can’t wait to see the impending divorce tabloid headlines about these two as I check out at the grocery store…sigh.

Now #LeAnnAndEddie are joking “we wanted to ruin our marriage, so we’re doing a show.” #selffulfillingprophecy #TCA14

Cibrian & Rimes talk about doing a reality show as if “yeah, it’s what everyone does.” Um, no, no, it’s not.

Leann Rimes keeps saying that she doesn’t take herself seriously. Or, apparently, the sanctity of marriage. #LeAnnAndEddie

Leann Rimes mentioning “any tabloid fodder that may have come from [Brandi]” has me taking off my earrings. #TCA2014

So Leann Rimes says she doesn’t pay attention to social media @etnow. Someone tell her twitter is social media. #TCA14 #lie

#EddieAndLeAnn was produced by The Gurney’s — also EPs of Duck Dynasty — which is apt since both shows make me want to die #TCA14

In the 1st ep of #LeannAndEddie they do bad talk Brandi. They are saying on this panel that they do not, but I watched the episode… #TCA14

I stopped watching my screener of LEANN AND EDDIE when they were making fun of his kids’ mom. Gross. #tcas14

And now, the panel for LEANN AND EDDIE, exactly the gossip-rag faux-record-clearing kind of show I dislike most. #tcas14

There are boing-boing sound effects on WIPEOUT that are more authentic than LEANN AND EDDIE felt to me. #tcas14

Time for #CandidlyNicole with Nicole Richie, a far more palatable personality. #vh1 #TCA14

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Country Girl Tammy @ 07/17/2014 at 6:02 pm

WHY DO THOSE DRESSES LEANN IS WEARING LOOK FAMILIAR???/ BECAUSE BRANDI WORE THEM FIRST

BLACK DRESS WITH THE SIDES CUT OUT
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–>BRANDI WORE IT JANUARY 26, 2012

McDonald’s New Chicken McBites Celebrity Launch Party
Caption:HOLLYWOOD, CA – JANUARY 26: Reality TV Personality Brandi Glanville attends McDonald’s new chicken McBites launch party at Siren Studios on January 26, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)

—>LEANN COPIES THAT SAME LOOK ON JULY 16, 2014 FOR THE VIEW
DAILYMAIL: LeAnn Rimes puts an ab fab twist on little black dress as she promotes new reality show

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LEATHER
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–>BRADI WORE a Black Leather Peplum Dress in January 2014

–>LEANN TRIED TO CREATE THE LOOK OF THAT DRESS WITH A BLACK TOP AND LEATHER SKIRT IT ON JULY 17, 2014 FOR WENDY WILLIAMS

DAILYMAIL:LeAnn Rimes looks lovely in leather as she promotes new reality show with husband Eddie (and gives a nod to her country roots with a tasselled Chanel handbag)

Country Girl Tammy @ 07/17/2014 at 6:03 pm

THIS IS WHY EDDIE IS TRASHING BRANDI ON WENDY WILLIAMS

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Psychopaths, Jerks and Triangulation

If you’ve fallen for a jerk, you may take some solace in the fact that you’re in good company. Even Hollywood stars and music icons, who have their pick among men, tend to go for bad guys. To mention just one of the latest scandals, LeAnn Rimes has left her husband, Dean Cheremet, for Eddie Cibrian, a man whom many describe as a “serial cheater”. This news caused a splash in 2009. It even led the editor of Shape Magazine to offer an apology to her readers for putting Rimes on the cover. Needless to say, LeAnn Rimes is no innocent victim. And yet, given the fact that Eddie Cibrian reportedly already cheated on her with his ex-wife and his ex-mistress, I predict that he’ll be the one to break her heart rather than the other way around.

For now, their blooming love affair appears all rosy. On Halloween last year, Eddie proposed to LeAnn as a prank, but recently they got married for real. The fact that she became obsessed with her looks, lost a lot of weight, and now looks anorexic seems like a very bad sign. However, still in the throes of the honeymoon phase, LeAnn has no time for regret. She states in an interview: “Nothing I’m going to say is going to change it. I do know that, and I have accepted that…but I do know how much I love him. So I’ve always said I don’t live my life with regret. I can’t.”

And yet, many women who leave decent partners for rakish lovers do, indeed, end up living with regret. What’s new gets old. After the initial conquest is over, the Casanova types quickly tire of their relationships and look elsewhere for new sexual thrills. Even giving in to their libertine lifestyle may not be enough. Speaking of which, it seems like each of Charlie Sheen‘s “Goddesses” were eventually knocked off their pedestals, despite readily participating in his raunchy fantasies.

Psychopaths know how to identify each person’s specific weaknesses and vulnerabilities. If you’re okay with an open sexual relationship and look down upon the “bourgeois” notion of fidelity as too boring and conventional, don’t worry, the psychopath will identify other deliciously cruel ways to betray, hurt and punish you. After all, isn’t that what the libertine tradition is all about? Not just pleasure in itself, but pleasure through someone else’s dupery, misery and pain? Just take a look at Laclos and De Sade.

In fact, it’s worth rereading the eighteenth-century novel about psychopathic seduction after which I named my own book on the subject, Dangerous Liaisons, or at least seeing the excellent movie staring John Malkovich and Glenn Close. In a particularly poignant scene, whose image I’m including below, the psychopathic sex addict, Valmont, is writing love letters to one mistress on the naked back of another: a corruptible young woman he seduced and perverted very young, who relishes the perversion and colludes with him in his libertinage

Predictably, she ends up destroyed as well. It’s not just sex psychopaths and other jerks want, nor just power. It’s power at the expense of another. For a disordered, control-driven individual, there’s no better way to exert power over others than through triangulation: flaunting new relationships to his ex’s; fostering enmity and jealousy among his various conquests.

http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/pics-leann-rimes-eddie-cibrian-flaunt-pda-in-front-of-brandi-glanville-20111212

As I’ve explained in my earlier post on manipulating women and turning them against each other (http://psychopathyawareness.wordpress.com/2011/06/02/stringing-women-along-the-psychopath-as-puppet-master/), such ostentatious make-out sessions aren’t about affection or love. They’re about using current targets to rile up and hurt former targets. Without causing pain to others, psychopaths and other jerks don’t enjoy their control over women. They use new victims to rub salt on former victims’ wounds, just as they’ll use future victims to try to hurt them in turn.

Their logic is the same as the song How You Like Me Now? by The Heavy, which I used in this art video to showcase the photography of postromanticism, the art movement I started in 2002.

Country Girl Tammy @ 07/17/2014 at 6:03 pm

THIS IS WHY EDDIE WAS TRASHING BRANDI ON WENDY WILLIAMS

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Psychopaths, Jerks and Triangulation

The logic of this song is triangulation: How do you like me now, that you know I cheated and replaced you? The ****** in the song flaunts the new “love” to the former girlfriend and asks her: Does that make you love me Baby? Does that make you want me Baby? The obvious answer to such stupid questions from anyone who is not disordered is: NO. I like you even less. Or, if you prefer, I dislike you even more!
A psychopath can’t understand that it’s him you reject, so it doesn’t matter what other women (or men) he attracts and what he does with his life, professionally or personally. Nothing and nobody can make a person entirely deprived of human qualities and character look good. Triangulation can only expose further the depth of his depravity.
Even those women who, like LeAnn Rimes, buy the psychopath’s smear campaign about his ex’s and relish being the new partner in his latest triangulation don’t usually enjoy when they’re the target of the psychopath’s newest “love of his life” or “soulmate,” as the process inevitably starts all over again. A psychopathic seducer cannot be happy with anyone, not even with his most ardent defender and worshipper. It doesn’t matter how much she herself loves him; what’s most relevant is that he is constitutionally incapable of real love. Sooner or later, he’ll find ways to humiliate and hurt her as well, as he’s done to every other woman before her.

Believe it or not, you reap what you sow in life. Each target will eventually be stabbed in the back by yet another target, whom the psychopath will use to machinate against her. This pattern, which we see played out over and over again, leads me to ask the inevitable question: Why do so many women go for jerks? Here’s my top five reasons, off the top of my head:

1. Jerks tend to be very romantic at first. Much more so than nice guys. Jerks are impulsive, thrill-seeking and experienced in the art of seduction. They know just what to do and say to sweep women off their feet.

2. Jerks are smooth liars. They know how to tell women what they want to hear. A nice guy may tell you quite honestly when you don’t look so hot or have gained a couple of pounds. A jerk, however, will usually flatter you as if you’re the best thing since sliced bread (but he’ll cut you down behind your back, to the other women he’s trying to impress).

3. Jerks tend to be hyper-sexual. All too often women equate sexual attraction with love. But remember, attachment doesn’t equal bonding. Just because a man wants to make love to you all the time doesn’t mean that he actually cares about you. Besides, sexual passion rarely stays intense once the relationship transitions from an affair to marriage.

4. Women flatter and fool themselves. We really want to believe that we’re the exception that confirms the rule. Sure, the man I love may have cheated on his ex-wife and dozens of OTHER women, but he won’t cheat on ME. Why not? Because our relationship is that UNIQUE and because I’m that SPECIAL. Chances are: no, you’re not. What he did to others for you he’ll eventually do to you for others. Mark my words LeAnn Rimes! You’ll see this behavior in a few years (at most!), when he’ll be using someone new to hurt you just as he used you to hurt his former wife.

5. Women enjoy a challenge. Taming a player is kind of like riding a wild horse. It may be dangerous and cause anxiety, but it’s also very exciting. One thing to keep in mind is that, sadly, excitement is fleeting. Dealing with your partner’s constant lying, cheating and rationalizations for his bad behavior gets tedious, predictable and boring real fast. Far more boring, in fact, than interactions with men who have good character and emotional depth.

Because women don’t always have impeccable judgment when it comes to falling in love, it may be true that good guys finish last. But if you choose a jerk over a nice guy (or even over being single), you’ll be the one ending up last. My advice? Choose someone sweet because a relationship with a psychopathic jerk is bound to sour.

Country Girl Tammy @ 07/17/2014 at 6:05 pm

LEANN IS GOING TO TWEET ON EDDIE’S ACCOUNT…………….

LeAnn Rimes Cibrian @leannrimes · 46m
Hrs away! #LeAnnAndEddie 9:30 cst/10:30 est we’ll be on twitter tonight during the show. Eddie & I will both tweet from here lol

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EDDIE HATES LEANN………………….WHY IS SHE STILL TWEETING?

WHY DOES SWAY LOOK SO SCARED?

Retweeted by LeAnn Rimes Cibrian
Sway Calloway @RealSway · 1h
.@LeAnnRimes & #EddieCibrian tell all on #SwayInTheMorning.

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WHY IS SHE TWEETING IF SHE HAD FUN?

LeAnn Rimes Cibrian @leannrimes · 50m
@RealSway it was awesome to chat w/ you. Eddie and I had fun

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Country Girl Tammy @ 07/17/2014 at 6:32 pm

LEANN AND EDDIE’S INTERVIEW WITH WENDY BACKFIRED…………………..

LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian on Wendy to remind you that no one is safe

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Leann Rimes and Eddie Cibrian have a reality show? OMG goodbye, laughing forever.

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Who decided LeAnn and Eddie needed they own show y’all know how I feel about that hoe LeAnn!! I can’t!! #teamBrandi #RHOBH

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@WendyWilliams @leannrimes @VH1 Recorded it on demand, watched, and deleted from my que IMMEDIATELY. It is a good sleep aid though.

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@WendyWilliams @leannrimes @VH1 that show is AWFUL.

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MORE NEGATIVE COMMENTS

@theviewtv @leannrimes changing the channel

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#LeAnnandEddie wreaks of a homewrecker and a cheater trying to revive their subpar careers #snooze #TeamBrandi

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“We’re trying to be a family that’s not highly publicized.” So we’re making a reality tv show about our lives. #LeAnnAndEddie

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Those #LeAnnAndEddie promos make me sick,ugh.

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Ok I use to love #LeAnnRimes but this song on the view she is singing does not go good with the beat and she needs to put a few pounds on!

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at this point, i feel kind of sad for them and their fakeness. they look stiff and uncomfortable/over rehearsed in the few interviews i’ve seen. and whoever wrote those stupid sound bites for them should be fired. tabloid fodder? does he know what tabloid fodder is? leann’s twitter addiction and all her fake accounts is the reality they should be talking about, not bashing his ex wife.

of course, fodder for the masses !

disgusting adultress

Wow! LeAnn looks so AWESOME in that dress!! Licky, licky!! LOVE!
Now, Glanvile will wear it next…just wait! She is constantly ripping off Le’s style!

Love it! Eddie is finally coming clean about life with Brandi. It sucked! Good for you Eddie, finally speaking your side!! Everyone knows what a piece of sh!t Brandi is now, her twitter tells her nasty story! Any mother who calls her children a$$holes and sh!t publicly deserves a beat down! That little boy is only 7!!!
I have a feeling, just an inkling, that those little boys DO NOT WANT TO HERE HER “I GOT FINGERED” stories!

lol, I guess they just kissed what was left of their careers Good Bye. Please VH1 if Leann and Eddie need to public lie, why in the world would you set yourself up for a lawsuit. Drop the hasbeens.. Leann and Eddie, go find an Isalnd to live on, stick a fork in them, they are sooooooooooo done!

O my gosh girl, what kind of medicaiton are you on.

once they find another synonym for fodder, they may want to peruse through the dictionary for the definition of comedy…cause this mess ain’t it. at no point, was laughter even remotely an option. there is very little about these two that makes them likable. from the opening talking heads, they come off smug, angry, and unhappy. none of these things make for good laughs; throw in trash talking the mother of those boys and it’s a tragedy. but the vitriol isn’t saved for the woman-who-dared-to-be-cheated-on, apparently gainfully employing someone is grounds for hatred as well. or at least, deserving of a butt wiping with the contract binding her to indentured servitude. she’s so strong. and weepy.

not. funny.

THEN STOP CALLING JUST JARED EVERYTIME YOU PEE!

Country Girl Tammy @ 07/18/2014 at 12:52 pm

Wow! LeAnn DOESN’T look so AWESOME in that dres THAT IS WHY I CAME BACK AND MADE 2 MORE POSTS IN GWEN’S NAME!! Licky, licky!! EDDIE AND LIZZY ARE IN LOVE!
Now, Glanvile HAS ALREADY WORN it AND LEANN IS WEARING IT next…just wait TO SEE HOW BAD THINGS ARE FOR LEANN! LEANN is constantly ripping off BRANDI’s style!

Country Girl Tammy @ 07/18/2014 at 12:55 pm

THINGS ARE BAD FOR LEANN…….YOU NOW THAT THINGS ARE BAD FOR LEANN BECAUSE I AM USING GWEN’S NAME TO MAKE POSTS…………….

THE WASHINGTON POST
LeAnn Rimes, Eddie Cibrian image PR backfires with terrible new reality show

There are a lot of people gunning for the “Worst Person on Reality TV” title — but we might have a couple of new frontrunners after Thursday night’s premiere of “LeAnn & Eddie,” the awful, smug new reality show starring LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian.

The show is marketed as “the real truth” about the controversial couple — and as those who skim supermarket tabloids are well aware, both are desperately in need of some image rehab. Rimes (country music star) and Cibrian (TV actor) have been inextricably linked ever since 2009 when they had an affair while filming a Lifetime original movie. Both were married to other people at the time.

In an unusual twist, Cibrian and Rimes didn’t deny it. Instead, they left their respective spouses and got married. What followed has been years of an astonishingly messy, personal family issue played out in a very nasty, public way — pretty ugly stuff, even for a celebrity scandal. Now, apparently not quite ready to let go of the spotlight, Rimes and Cibrian have decided to dredge it all up again with a reality series on VH1.

Rimes and Cibrian’s explanation for doing the show is this: Tabloids and paparazzi have profited off their personal drama for years, so they want to take control of the story. They feel this is necessary because Cibrian’s ex-wife, Brandi Glanville, (the mother of his two sons) parlayed Cibrian’s betrayal into a gig on Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and two memoirs; in all projects, she goes into explicit detail about her former marriage. Glanville and Rimes have famously been in massive Twitter fights, while she and Cibrian feud across the tabloids about everything from child support to more cheating accusations.

Anyway, it’s pretty stomach-turning to see a family fall apart in the public eye, and not a surprise that Rimes and Cibrian want to repair some of the damage they’ve done to their reputations. Unfortunately, the show completely backfires, as they make a few crucial missteps along the way in the premiere.

First, they try to spin their marital issues as a light-hearted joke — because if you can’t laugh at your problems, then how else can you deal?! Sure, fine, except the “jokes” are actually cruel barbs aimed at their enemies, mostly Glanville. It makes them both come across as incredibly self-satisfied and generally terrible.

“Our relationship didn’t quite start off like we had planned,” Rimes says cheerfully at the beginning of the premiere, as previous tabloid covers fly across the screen with headlines like “LEANN CAUGHT IN AN AFFAIR” and “BRANDI CHEATED FIRST.” (Aww, keepsakes!)

“We were both married to other people when we fell in love,” Cibrian confesses sheepishly; the two are cuddled on a couch together. “And I know most of you think my wife is a homewrecker and a stalker.”

“You’re forgetting alcoholic, pill popper and children stealer!” Rimes pipes up, echoing rumors about the past and adding some tabloid theories about Cibrian: “And you’re also a moocher, you have no job, and you married me for my money.”

“Look, everyone thinks they really know how it is with us,” Cibrian says defiantly. “But there’s two sides to every story — and this is ours.”

That leads into the next problem — even though they claim to laugh off every tabloid rumor, they are obsessed with everything written about them. To that point, if there weren’t any tabloids, there definitely wouldn’t be a show. The entire episode centers about the fact that Star magazine published a story claiming they’re getting a “$50 million divorce.”

Ignore it? No, that’s far too logical. In a car on the way to Cibrian’s movie premiere, Rimes reminds him that everyone on the red carpet is going to be asking about the article. Cibrian says he won’t dignify those questions with an answer, but Rimes doesn’t like that.

“I don’t want to give anyone the pleasure of it playing out in the media, ” Cibrian responds — while on camera on his reality show.

Rimes is not pleased. “Well, it’s unfortunate that we have a third party in this situation that’s just a mouthpiece,” she snaps. “It doesn’t matter if we say anything because she’ll keep blabbing about it.”

Country Girl Tammy @ 07/18/2014 at 12:57 pm

THE WASHINGTON POST
LeAnn Rimes, Eddie Cibrian image PR backfires with terrible new reality show

Ah yes, the “third party” — Glanville hangs over the episode like a ghost, though apparently the show’s producers just assume viewers know the whole sordid backstory. Otherwise, it seems like this poor lady is just getting thrown under the bus by her ex-husband for no good reason.

“The likelihood of Brandi and I getting back together, I would say, would be slightly above the existence of Bigfoot and just below an actual zombie apocalypse,” Cibrian says at one point, very pleased with that dig.

That’s one of several jabs at Glanville — calling into serious question Cibrian’s claims that, according to a USA Today article, “he won’t dig into any divorce issues, and says that he and Glanville manage to co-parent amicably these days.”

Speaking of co-parenting, the worst scene of all is when Rimes goes to get a celebratory tattoo over getting out of a 20-year record contract (oh right, her singing career — no time for that here) and her friends spot the Star magazine that just so happens to be in the tattoo shop.

“You don’t want that in a market while the kids walk by,” their friend advises wisely.

Rimes explains that Cibrian’s sons know all about tabloids lies. Once, one of the kids told her, “The magazine said that mom [Glanville] and dad were getting back together — and I for sure know that’s not true.”

“That’s a smart kid,” Cibrian jokes. Laughs all around about traumatic family experiences!

The rest of the episode plods along as Rimes continues to be upset that Cibrian refuses to deny the divorce rumor in Star magazine. Finally, it resolves where every problem should: At a picnic table with “Extra” host Mario Lopez. Before a charity skydiving event, Lopez grills them on the rumor, until Cibrian finally decides to take the advice “happy wife, happy life” and comment on the story.

He calls it “ludicrous.” Rimes is thrilled.

“For Eddie to comment on this, when I know he did not want to do it at all, really means a lot to me,” she gushes.

So — happily ever after? Future episodes promise more clashes with the media. We all know that as much as certain celebrities — particularly in the reality TV world — claim to loathe the paparazzi, it’s a vicious circle, as the tabloid press fuels their careers. Some try to hide that fact, but it’s beyond obvious in “LeAnn & Eddie”; and frankly serves to make this whole spectacle even more embarrassing.

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