Teacher ripped for reality TV role
The Arizona Republic
SCOTTSDALE - Randi Coy, the unwitting "star" of a Fox reality series that debuted last night, is in hot water with the school where she teaches.
Last summer, between graduating from Arizona State University and beginning life as first-grade teacher at Pope John XXIII Catholic School Community, Coy, 23, attended an open casting call in Scottsdale.
She wound up in "My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance," produced by Rocket Science Laboratories ("Joe Millionaire," "Temptation Island"). Coy interrupted her first year of teaching at Thanksgiving break to begin taping the show. She remains on leave.
The show's producers led Coy to believe she was a contestant for a million-dollar prize. Producers picked Coy and a man named "Steve" as finalists.
For Coy to win, she needed to convince her family that she met, fell in love with and planned to marry "Steve" without revealing that their pairing is a farce.
But "Steve," his friends and family were actors, paid to sabotage the staged wedding.
Coy's boss, Principal Bill Langley, sent a letter to parents, alerting them to Coy's leave and upcoming TV appearance.
The school's mission statements vow to teach students to become Christian leaders and responsible citizens, which might come into conflict with marrying a stranger on television for money.
"You can't be teaching and do a show like that," Langley said.
Coy, promoting the show for Fox on Friday in Los Angeles, said, "I'm not going to lie. I thought I was doing the ultimate practical joke, but then again, the joke was on me.
"I'm taking it day by day... . I definitely have some resentment."
Coy said she wants to go back to her teaching job.
"I'm young, and I did this for the experience, and who knows what's going to happen?" she said.