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11:47 pm - 07/13/2014

LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian: "We Wanted To Do A VH1 Reality Show To Take Our Lives Back!"



LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian have been in the public eye for pretty much their entire relationship thus far thanks to paparazzi and tabloids. So the two were not only well-trained for the ups and downs of documenting their daily lives, they actually wanted to do it.

"Everyone's used our lives as entertainment and so we wanted to actually kind of take our life back," Rimes told reporters Friday at VH1's Television Critics Association fall previews.

The end result is LeAnn & Eddie, a new reality series about the everyday lives of the Grammy-winning singer and the CSI: Miami alum. Premiering on Thursday, July 17 at 8/7c on VH1, the series promises to show a different, more honest, side of the couple compared to the duo splashed across tabloid covers and gossip websites.

"We definitely hit on the tabloid fodder because that's what surrounded our lives so much in the past five years," Rimes said. "I think we're really kidding ourselves with the illusion of a private life because it's very hard."

Rimes is referring to media scrutiny that followed the two since they began a romantic relationship in 2009 when they were both married to other people. Both divorced their partners and tied the knot in 2011. Cibrian admits the intense coverage of their relationship was a motivating factor in wanting to do the show, which they pitched to VH1.

"If [the tabloids] want to stop writing about us, then we won't have to set the record straight anymore," he said. "[It] gave us an opportunity to do something fun, work together and at the same time, what's really real about the show is our relationship. You'll see how we interact with one another."







From the executive producers of Duck Dynasty, LeAnn & Eddie will have a similarly light tone, according to its stars. "We've both gone through a lot of private things with the public eyes watching. ... Eddie and I really have coped with it all by laughing," Rimes said. "People think we take ourselves super seriously and we don't."



"Ultimately, this is a comedy. That's kind of how we go about our life as well; we laugh, and it really helps," Cibrian added. "It's a show not about real dysfunction or exploitation. It's a fun show to watch and you laugh and that's kind of the area we wanted to explore."



And those jokes also extend to others within the couple's orbit, such as Cibrian's ex-wife, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Brandi Glanville, who has not shied away from talking about her ex-husband and his wife on the hit Bravo reality series. "We do discuss Eddie's ex-wife when it needed to be discussed," Rimes said. "Any situation, any tabloid fodder that might have come from her ... you can't really do a show without talking about that."



However, Cibrian stressed "we're not taking shots."

As with the Real Housewives, this show will not feature Cibrian's two sons with Glanville. "We keep them out of it as much as possible. My kids are not in my ex-wives' show and they're definitely not going to be in our show and that's that."

Aside from exercising creative control to keep his sons off the air — Rimes and Cibrian serve as executive producers on their show — the couple say that viewers will get an honest and relatively unfiltered representation of them on the show.



"We thought we were going to be more protective of the final cut but we kind of let the final product breathe on its own," Cibrian said. "There are some things that are kind of embarrassing that we left on the show because we thought it was funny. We really didn't censor ourselves that much."

LeAnn & Eddie premieres on Thursday, July 17 at 8/7c on VH1.



sources: Zimbio, TV Guide
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adriana_venti 14th-Jul-2014 05:28 am (UTC)
or to give yourself a platform to badmouth brandi glanville to revive your fading "music career"
isntdaveone 14th-Jul-2014 05:33 am (UTC)
adriana_venti 14th-Jul-2014 05:35 am (UTC)
i cant wait for leanne rhimes (???) to go to reality tv to promote a music career thats been dead and buried since coyote ugly
beetlebums 14th-Jul-2014 05:31 am (UTC)
I may be here for this
isntdaveone 14th-Jul-2014 05:36 am (UTC)
hellicoptajuuce 14th-Jul-2014 08:32 am (UTC)
yes daddy
thrillisgone_89 14th-Jul-2014 05:31 am (UTC)
his dimples >>>
isntdaveone 14th-Jul-2014 05:34 am (UTC)
marrymejoejonas 14th-Jul-2014 05:48 am (UTC)
his iconic role. he will never top it.
muzicnem 14th-Jul-2014 02:07 pm (UTC)
Those cut off shorts showing his saddle bags are making me dry heave rn.
grandmascorner 14th-Jul-2014 07:30 am (UTC)
mte
vanilla_blue 14th-Jul-2014 05:33 am (UTC)
they are such a disaster
isntdaveone 14th-Jul-2014 05:37 am (UTC)
vanilla_blue 14th-Jul-2014 05:38 am (UTC)
damn he is still gorgeous tho
catelyn_tully 14th-Jul-2014 05:33 am (UTC)
ughhhhhh



Edited at 2014-07-14 05:35 am (UTC)
mizzchia01 14th-Jul-2014 05:35 am (UTC)
He is so handsome
isntdaveone 14th-Jul-2014 05:38 am (UTC)
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hellicoptajuuce 14th-Jul-2014 08:34 am (UTC)
i would rim that daddy hole tbh
forgethissmile 14th-Jul-2014 01:56 pm (UTC)
I hate that he has such a nice ass.

Figures a raging asshole would have a perfect butt.
myblackass 15th-Jul-2014 02:30 am (UTC)
I lived for this scene.
noneformethanx 14th-Jul-2014 05:36 am (UTC)
They kept mentioning Brandi
isntdaveone 14th-Jul-2014 05:39 am (UTC)
sadistic_dance 14th-Jul-2014 05:41 am (UTC)
She's the only interesting and entertaining thing about them.
noneformethanx 14th-Jul-2014 05:42 am (UTC)
She's the only reason why they are still together.
forgethissmile 14th-Jul-2014 01:57 pm (UTC)
I wonder if they're even aware the hypocrisy of constantly talking about how Brandi must be talking about them to the media.
kerrence 14th-Jul-2014 05:37 am (UTC)
shut up, Falcor
tigermilk 14th-Jul-2014 05:38 am (UTC)
They're so lame.
a_files06 14th-Jul-2014 05:39 am (UTC)
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Did Eddie not get the memo? With great looks comes great responsibility.
honeebs 14th-Jul-2014 09:31 pm (UTC)
lol I Luv it.
fauxparadiso 14th-Jul-2014 05:40 am (UTC)
they are the most vapid, insufferable couple in hollywood. it would be less mentally exhausting to hang out with kim and kanye for a week.
marrymejoejonas 14th-Jul-2014 05:47 am (UTC)
Because Kim and Kanye have more money, and these two have to work harder.
fauxparadiso 14th-Jul-2014 05:54 am (UTC)
no its because they're the personification of headless chickens.
forgethissmile 14th-Jul-2014 01:59 pm (UTC)
At least Kanye wouldn't GAF if you praised him while hanging out with him (he'd be doing that enough for himself). I can see Leann being the type of friend who constantly begs you to compliment her and constantly puts you into situations where you have to say something nice about whatever it is that she's doing.
muzicnem 14th-Jul-2014 02:08 pm (UTC)
I can't figure out who I hate more, tbh.
dizzy879 14th-Jul-2014 05:41 am (UTC)
These two, rme.
xcollsangelx 14th-Jul-2014 05:41 am (UTC)
They are all so annoying.

distant_lines 14th-Jul-2014 05:42 am (UTC)
He so wishes he was still married to Brandi. He drops her name way too much in that promo.
a_files06 14th-Jul-2014 05:44 am (UTC)
The only thing Leanna has going for her is her nice bank account. Hate her or despise her, at least Brandi is a lot more entertaining.
isntdaveone 14th-Jul-2014 05:51 am (UTC)
neemah 14th-Jul-2014 05:53 am (UTC)
Unfortunate because I was team Brandi in the beginning but she lost me even before this.
shilohninejulia 14th-Jul-2014 04:39 pm (UTC)
he never wanted the divorce. brandi was the one who wanted it and he married leann as revenge. even after brandi kicked him out, the whole first year he was with leann he was still hooking up with brandi and begging her to take him back. he promised her he'd never marry leann. when brandi finally put her foot down and said no more (because he was still hooking up with leann, scheanna and god knows who else) he married leann.
queencersi 14th-Jul-2014 05:42 am (UTC)
Leann needs to get her shit together and focus on making music.
I love her older stuff.
isntdaveone 14th-Jul-2014 06:10 am (UTC)
freemywilly 14th-Jul-2014 06:31 am (UTC)
life goes on is pretty much the only song I like tbh
thirteenarrows 14th-Jul-2014 12:56 pm (UTC)
hours late but your icon hngh
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