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Blagojevich Booted From "I'm A Celebrity..."

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(WGN-AM)- Even though NBC's "I'm a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here" ranked 17th in the Nielsen ratings for the week ending June 21 among viewers age 18-49, there is a certain amount of local curiosity about contestant Patti Blagojevich.

In the week ending June 14, the Wednesday and Thursday editions of "I'm a Celebrity" landed in the Windy City's Top 10, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Eight months ago, Patti was known, if at all, as the wife of then- Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Seven months ago, she was heard on a federal investigators' audiotape uttering four-letter words, and soon thereafter her husband was out of a job.

Patti became the family breadwinner when she was chosen to replace her husband to be on "I'm a Celebrity," where she was largely successful at winning over her fellow competitors.

But her luck ran out Tuesday, when votes from viewers came in and Patti didn't have enough. Both Patti and another contestant, Sanjaya Malakar, were eliminated from the show, which broadcasts its finale Wednesday.

"I found more strength within myself here thanks to my campmates and thanks to the jungle," Blagojevich said when her elimination was announced. "It's inspirational."

There was a strange moment in the June 1 season premiere, in which Patti prayed with reality veterans Heidi and Spencer Pratt. Also in that episode, when asked by Spencer Pratt about the charges that her husband faces, she defended Rod.

"I can't really get into it too much, except that, yeah, they made a big hoopla about something that wasn't even the truth," Patti said. "My husband was governor for six years, and, you know, was always about doing the right thing for people."

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