- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 21, 2009

CHICAGO (AP) - NBC says it’s disappointed indicted former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich can’t go to Costa Rica to tape a reality TV show but it isn’t moving the show to the U.S. to accommodate him.

A federal judge in Chicago has denied the ousted governor’s request to leave the country to tape NBC’s “I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!”

Blagojevich has pleaded not guilty to a host of federal corruption charges. His bond doesn’t let him leave the country.

Still, Blagojevich had asked to go to Costa Rica for the show, which is similar to “Survivor.”

An attorney representing Blagojevich’s brother in the corruption case says NBC had been contacted about possibly moving the show.

NBC says in a statement, “There are no plans to move the show” a U.S. location.

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