Rod Blagojevich can't get out of Chicago to get Out of Here.
A federal judge denied Blagojevich's request to amend the terms of his bail so he could travel to Costa Rica to film NBC's summer reality series I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, according to The Chicago Sun-Times.
Calling the project "way too soon," Judge James Zagel said he does not have faith that the former Illinois governor would comply with the conditions of the bail. "I don't think this defendant in all honesty ... fully understands the position he finds himself in," Zagel said.
Blagojevich, who has pleaded not guilty to federal fraud and racketeering charges, is not allowed to leave the United States. He said he agreed to the show to make money to pay for his legal team and to support his family. According to a defense motion, Blagojevich would have pocketed $123,000 for the series, set to premiere in June.
"NBC is disappointed in the court's decision today regarding Rod Blagojevich's participation on I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! but excited about the casting announcement for the show this Friday," NBC said in a statement. "There are no plans to move the show to a location in the United States."
In addition to Blagojevich, NBC is said to be pursuing soon-to-be-married Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt, American Idol's Sanjaya Malakar, Dog the Bounty Hunter, Janice Dickinson and Geraldo Rivera.