Apparently navigating Illinois politics isn't all that different from life in the jungle. On last night's "I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!" Patti Blagojevich had some words of advice for John Salley, who was struggling with a crotchety Janice Dickinson.
"My husband had this campaign where he was running against this woman who was a little bit like her," Patti told him quietly. "And he thought of her as, as like a crazy old aunt. That he had to kind of like suffer and kind of like, and kind of just like, roll your eyes at. Like she's the kooky old aunt. You had to be respectful to her because she's your old aunt."
Presumably she was speaking of Judy Baar Topinka, who challenged Rod Blagojevich in the 2006 governor's race. Topinka is more often described as "colorful." (She calls her red hair "chemically dependent" and also plays the accordion.)
Patti also got air time volunteering for a food trial that involved mud and giant sponge block puzzle pieces. She lost the competition, but earned Salley's respect. "Patti was a beast," he said admiringly.
During the live portion of the show, Patti conspicuously tugged on her ear. It could have been a secret signal for somebody back home. Either that, or she's battling some sort of infection.
Bad news for Chicago: Angela V. Shelton, the former host of WTTW's "Cheap Show" and one half of comedy duo Frangela, was the first celebrity voted off the show. She looked relieved.