LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian are still deep in the middle of promotion for their VH1 reality show “LeAnn and Eddie” and she can’t help but to take a sly dig at Brandi Glanville. She wants everyone to know that she is a “real housewife” and how they handled the idea that their lives would be put on display for the public.
From “USA Today”, they both talked about how they navigated the tides of reality television.
DO set up boundaries and decide what’s fair game — and what’s not. In one episode, Rimes hits her head while Cibrian carries her. In another, she’s bloated after using steroids to treat her voice after she lost it on tour. But Glanville won’t be on Cibrian’s show — and, most adamantly, neither will their boys. “There’s no point and no benefit for the kids to be on any kind of show,” he says. “They’re never on camera.”
DON’T act normal. Just be normal. “You do forget the cameras are there,” says Rimes. “You do see how we are as a couple.” Rimes says it took her about a day to get used to being filmed. To help things along and make her mother, who’s not a performer, feel at ease, Rimes would joke around with her to make her forget about the lenses and lights surrounding her. “We’d start making her laugh and you’d get this magical thing,” says Rimes.
DON’T airbrush your reality to the point where it stinks of fakery. Both Cibrian and Rimes are producers on the show, so they decide what’s in or out. But they opted to let ridiculous and heartfelt moments stay on air. “We didn’t shy away from anything,” says Cibrian. Even some tough moments. “Eddie is making a decision of whether or not to take a job. He’s really given up a lot of work to be home with his kids, and there’s something that’s really emotional about that for me,” says Rimes.
DO have fun, and keep it as classy as possible. “Just enjoy it,” Rimes says. “We got to work with our parents and friends. It was fun to be able to interact with them. My mom is hysterical. His parents are Cuban. My mom is Southern. Everyone seems to get along.” Looking back, says Cibrian, the plan was to do six episodes. Then, VH1 asked for more. “We could cut some embarrassing moments out, but we kept them in,” says Cibrian, referring to a future episode dealing with Jackson Pollock and bathroom humor.
DON’T talk smack about bothersome people. Including your exes, even if they trash you. Cibrian says he won’t dig into any divorce issues, and says that he and Glanville manage to co-parent amicably these days. And he has no intention of behaving in a manner that would make his kids cringe when they finally see an episode. “It’s not invasive. It’s not exploitative. It’s not train-wreck TV,” says Cibrian. That being said, personal travails will be addressed as needed. “If it’s within the story line we’re talking about, you get to see how we would deal with it. That’s really it. There’s no malicious attacks.” Adds Rimes: “Nothing that we say about ourselves, or others, is untrue. We wanted for people to laugh with us — they’ve been laughing at us for a long time.”
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