Cris Judd Joins Celebrity Reality Show
Thu Feb 6, 4:22 PM ET
BURBANK, Calif. - Cris Judd, Jennifer Lopez's most recent ex-husband, just joined the cast of "I'm a Celebrity — Get Me Out of Here!"
Judd will rough it out in the Australia Outback with Melissa Rivers, Robin Leach, Downtown Julie Brown, Alana Stewart and others.
ABC will air the show live for 15 straight nights starting Feb. 19. Viewers will decide who stays in rainforest and who comes home, voting each night via phone or internet.
The show recently won a lawsuit brought on by CBS that claimed the ABC show was too much like "Survivor" which bring 16 strangers into an exotic location to compete for a million dollars.
In the ABC show, eight celebrities would be put in a remote location, given tasks or trials to perform and be allowed to eat better food if they do well.
The judge said "Survivor" had a serious tone featuring "cutthroat competition." The ABC show, though, features humorous hosts and contestants merely fighting to be king or queen of the jungle, with any monetary reward being donated to their favorite charity, she said.
The judge said the lighthearted celebrity show with its unpolished video was no match for the serious "Survivor" with its movie-quality images and attention to detail.
She felt that the shows would have to learn to co-exist, much like "The Honeymooners" and "I Love Lucy," or "Bewitched" and "I Dream of Jeannie."