There’s a reality star born every minute these days, or maybe they emerge from some toxic sludge on the side of the 101 near the Hollywood Hills. Either way, we are inundated with them, whether we like it or not. Some reality stars are great and we love them: Tim Gunn, Anthony Bourdain. Some reality stars aren’t so great, but we still love them: Honey Boo Boo, Camille Grammer. A new reality star is forming, however, and he wants be the next Kim Kardashian. That man is Olympian Ryan Lochte.
“Kim started from pretty much nothing, and now everyone everywhere knows who she is. That’s what I want to do.”
Lochte is doing promo now for his new E! reality show, What Would Ryan Lochte Do? Which begs the question: what wouldn’t he do? Kim got her big break with her “leaked” sex tape – where is yours, Ryan? He is on the right trajectory, though, since it is on the E! network that Kim Kardashian and the other Kardashians got launched into the zeitgeist.
“I’ve seen what E! has done in the past with reality shows like hers. Today, she’s huge.”
Lochte is very aware of his stardom and seems to have no shame in capitalizing on it. It seems as though all that training and hard work in becoming an Olympic gold medalist (he has 5 Gold medals – 11 in total) was just to get him into the spotlight. His reality show follows him for five months as he trains for the 2016 summer Games, parties and gets advice from his mother and sisters. He also hits on plenty of women at bars. And we were worried about Michael Phelps little marijuana problem.
Lochte knows he’s going to make it in the reality TV world: “Not to have a big head about it, but people love me.” We’ll see.
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