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Speidi celebrity walkaway, real or a stunt?

June 3, 2009

speidi1(Writing and reporting by Laura Isensee)

Speidi’s on-again, off-again affair with reality television show “I’m a Celebrity … Get Me out of Here!” has kept celebrity watchers guessing whether the newlyweds have quit the show or is their walkaway from the celeb reality show just a big publicity stunt.

 

There’s no such thing as bad publicity, as they say in showbiz (see Sacha Baron Cohen and his MTV stunt with Eminem), and this back-and-forth is creating buzz for the NBC show, where Hollywood D-listers like “American Idol” contestant Sanjaya Malakar and born again Christian Stephen Baldwin battle for survival — and a return to fame — in a Costa Rican jungle.

 

Spencer and Heidi Pratt, dubbed Speidi, exited the jungle on the summer adventure’s first episode, which drew 6.4 million viewers. Yet on the second day, celebrity Web site TMZ reported they asked to come back and the couple reappeared on Tuesday night.

 

Adding to the confusion — and the buzz – have been reports that a Speidi double faked the couple’s return to Los Angeles airport and that Spencer and Heidi are telling people they never really planned to quit, bragging it was to mess with the competition.

 

The show’s publicist was not immediately available for comment. But on the show’s official Web site, Spencer and Heidi’s mugshots are faded out and slapped with a big, fat “QUIT.”

 

That leaves viewers with one option: to tune in to find out if they’re gone for good or not. And maybe it’s better if they stayed. This is, after all, a show in which people are humiliated, and we must admit a certain guilty pleasure in seeing Speidi squirm.

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