The premiere of LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian’s purportedly “unscripted” reality show is this week (they insist there is no “script”, however, there can still be “guided conversations” where they’re told what to say and how to say it).
In any case, it’s a peek into their personal and professional lives and their side of the story televised after Brandi Glanville has spent several seasons of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and more than one book talking about the ramifications of LeAnn and Eddie’s 2010 affair on the set of Lifetime’s Northern Lights.
In a panel promoting the show for TV Guide, LeAnn and Eddie discussed the show and how much they’re willing to expose.
“Everyone’s used our lives as entertainment and so we wanted to actually kind of take our life back,” said LeAnn of the show she and Eddie executive produce (joined by the executive producers of Duck Dynasty).
“We definitely hit on the tabloid fodder because that’s what surrounded our lives so much in the past five years,” LeAnn added. “I think we’re really kidding ourselves with the illusion of a private life because it’s very hard.”
“We’ve both gone through a lot of private things with the public eyes watching. … Eddie and I really have coped with it all by laughing,” LeAnn continued. “People think we take ourselves super seriously and we don’t.”
“We do discuss Eddie’s ex-wife [Brandi Glanville] when it needed to be discussed,” LeAnn admitted. “Any situation, any tabloid fodder that might have come from her … you can’t really do a show without talking about that.”
“We’re not taking shots [at Brandi],” Eddie insisted. “We keep [the kids] out of it as much as possible. My kids are not in my ex-wives’ show and they’re definitely not going to be in our show and that’s that.”
“We thought we were going to be more protective of the final cut but we kind of let the final product breathe on its own,” Eddie said. “There are some things that are kind of embarrassing that we left on the show because we thought it was funny. We really didn’t censor ourselves that much.”
“If [the tabloids] want to stop writing about us, then we won’t have to set the record straight anymore,” Eddie continued. “[It] gave us an opportunity to do something fun, work together and at the same time, what’s really real about the show is our relationship. You’ll see how we interact with one another.”
“Ultimately, this is a comedy. That’s kind of how we go about our life as well; we laugh, and it really helps,” Eddie added. “It’s a show not about real dysfunction or exploitation. It’s a fun show to watch and you laugh and that’s kind of the area we wanted to explore.”
LeAnn & Eddie premieres on Thursday, July 17 at 8/7c on VH1.