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Scoop: NBC asked Patti to go to Costa Rica

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Which reality is wackier?

Seeing Rod Blagojevich dropped into the Costa Rican jungle to film a reality TV show -- or, after a judge nixed the idea, seeing his wife do it?

NBC executives have asked Patti Blagojevich to act in her husband's stead and become a contestant on the reality show "I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!"

But a defense lawyer, who did not want to be named, said the couple will heed their attorneys' warnings and not allow Patti to do the show.

The attorney said the two were told: "They both should follow Judge [James] Zagel's sage advice regarding Costa Rica."

Though the former first lady has surfaced in a federal indictment against her husband, she has not been charged. So there's nothing that bars her from traveling outside the country, unlike her husband. But those close to the couple say she wasn't too excited about the possibility of eating insects.

The Blagojeviches considered the idea to bring income into the family. Both Rod and Patti Blagojevich were fired from their jobs in January. The show would have paid a maximum of $123,000 for a month's work.

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