If you wanted to know what one of the more infamously jilted contestants from “The Bachelor” is doing these days, Ryan Seacrest and the folks at CMT are going to show you. Melissa Rycroft and her husband Tye Strickland will be starring in a new Seacrest-produced reality show on the country music channel, tenatively titles “Melissa and Tye: A New Reality,” which will start in April.
“Let’s be honest; I’m a reality TV girl,” she told the gathered critics at the TCA press tour in Pasadena. She understands that fame “comes and then it falls out from under you. I want to be prepared for when it starts to fall, which is inevitable out here.”
She’s been mostly out of the spotlight, except for some stints reporting for “Good Morning America,” since the couple had their daughter last year. But she’s gotten enough offers to convince the both of them that maybe it’s time to move from their Dallas home base to Southern California and see what happens. The reality show documents that move.
“I’ve yet to give any career I’ve had out here 100 percent because I was in Dallas,” she said. But since she didn’t want to leave her daughter in Dallas to pursue her dreams, the pair decided that they’d live in California. “We at least have to give it a shot, or live our life in Dallas.”
Tye, who owns a growing insurance agency in Dallas and commutes back and forth every week, is supportive of his wife’s ambitions. “On live TV she’s very good at her job. I have faith in her.”
Rycroft’s ambitions aren’t to land an acting gig; it’s to be a personality, doing what she called “Kelly Ripa-style things.” She wants to host shows, be a correspondent, that kind of thing. She knows her time is now, and she’s got a chance few people get.
Besides, Rycroft’s no stranger to reality, since she was in CMT’s “Dallas Cowboys: Making the Team” before her infamous “Bachelor” dumping and “Dancing with the Stars” afterwards. Both Rycroft and Strickland feel that they’ll be fine as a family, even with the cameras invading their space.
“We are confident in our relationship,” she said. “I know what we have. We already come into this crazy. Reality TV is only as invasive as you let it. We’ll talk about what we’re comfortable talk about, and leave the rest on the table. We do value our privacy.”
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