The first episode of LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian’s new show LeAnn and Eddie has been streaming online on VH1.com since about July 11, so many fans have already watched season 1 episode 1 ahead of its official premiere July 17.
Today, they spoke to USA Today about the show and its premise. LeAnn, true to form, starts with a seeming passive-aggressive dig at Eddie’s ex-wife, Brandi Glanville. “I am actually a real housewife. I’m a housewife. When I’m home, I cook. I do housewife-y things. I love to go on RealSimple.com and pick up a recipe and hang out in the grocery store for hours. I go home and have a glass of wine and cook.”
Asked why do the show at all, she continues, “We wanted to be home with the kids. That’s one of the reasons we explored this whole world. This is us taking our lives back, in a way.”
Eddie adds, “We wanted to work together. When we sat down and took stock of everything that’s happened over the last five years — it’s been a one-sided story. If we scripted this, it would be an incredible sitcom. This show is a satire of what has happened in our lives.” Asked whether the kids are on the show, he says “There’s no point and no benefit for the kids to be on any kind of show. They’re never on camera.”
Asked about the divorce from Brandi, Eddie refuses to comment but says they all co-parent fine and don’t intentionally behave in a way that’s embarrassing to the kids.
“[The show is] not invasive. It’s not exploitative. It’s not train-wreck TV,” says Eddie. “If [a personal issue is] within the story line we’re talking about, you get to see how we would deal with it. That’s really it. There’s no malicious attacks.”
LeAnn adds, “Nothing that we say about ourselves, or others, is untrue. We wanted for people to laugh with us — they’ve been laughing at us for a long time.”