March 11, 2013 at 9:06 AM ET
Newt Gingrich won't rule out competing on a reality show. The former Republican presidential candidate told conservative radio host Laura Ingraham that he would compete on Donald Trump's NBC reality show "The Celebrity Apprentice" if asked.
"Sure, why not?" Gingrich said on Wednesday's show, as quoted by Politico. "I've known the Donald, we've done fundraisers together. But look, I think Republicans would be so much better off and relaxed (to) go on shows like that and be interesting."
Trump has drawn ire over some of his more controversial comments, including his criticism of Barack Obama and long-running public questioning of whether the president is really a U.S. citizen.
But Gingrich and Ingraham -- who also said she'd go on the show -- had nothing but praise for Trump, who both hosts and executive produces "Celebrity Apprentice," and the way he's able brand himself and make headlines.
Incidentally, Gingrich wouldn't be the first politician to appear on "Celebrity Apprentice." Disgraced former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich also competed in 2010 but was fired in episode four.
The first-ever all-star edition of "Celebrity Apprentice" is currently airing at 9 p.m. Sundays on NBC.
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