Bret Michaels Among Reality Stars Who've Redeemed Themselves
By Jane Boursaw Posted May 23rd 2010 04:00PM
First up: Bret Michaels. After seeing him on 'Rock of Love,' I didn't think the Poison frontman could get any lower. Really? You think so highly of yourself that you'll have women compete to be your companion? What's worse, there were plenty of women ready to bare flesh and everything else to get their 15 minutes of smarmy fame. But then Michaels came back and impressed the heck out of me with his turn on 'The Celebrity Apprentice.' He's smart, he's a hard worker, he's polite, he's a gentleman, and when his health woes hit, I worried for him. Not out of some ambulance-chasing need to gawk at his misfortune, but because I liked him and didn't want his kids to grow up without a dad. Maybe Michaels realized that 'Rock of Love' was a big blight on a reputation already scarred from being a rock star in the 1980s, so he decided to do something positive to change our view of him. If that's the case, it worked for me. Well played, sir.
Here are a few other reality show stars I'm liking at the moment. >>
Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett, 'Kendra.'
Yes, there's that looming sex tape business, but the girl lived in the Playboy mansion on 'The Girls Next Door,' so we know she's not exactly innocent. She was Hugh Hefner's girlfriend, but now that she's moved out, married NFL star Hank Baskett and had little baby Hank, she seems to be relishing the role of wife and mother. Hopefully, they can weather the sex tape storm and move past it. Kendra and Hank seem good together, and he's a complete gentleman who always says just the right thing and means it.
Kim Kardashian, 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians.'
Here's another sex tape survivor who has proven herself to be a hard-working, caring person. Yeah, I know a lot of it's probably for the cameras -- like when she took in a stray Chihuahua, then realized she wouldn't be able to care for it and spent time volunteering at a kennel instead. Or the time Bruce Jenner volunteered the family for a charity boxing event and Kim was scared to fight, but did it anyway because she met a girl who would benefit from the charity, and she didn't want to let her down. Whether or not Kim's a diva, she's definitely a caring woman who loves her family and sisters, despite all the typical family drama they've been through together.
Hugh Hefner, 'The Girls Next Door.'
I'm already ducking the comments flaming towards me on this one, but I really like Hugh Hefner. Sure, he's a playboy, and yes, he's built his life and career on that persona.
But he also seems to really care for the girls he surrounds himself with -- even when he kicks them out of the mansion. He seems to view all of his girlfriends -- past, present and future -- as family. He also puts his money where his mouth is, whether it's saving the Hollywood sign, championing civil rights in the 1960s or working for gay and women's rights. I hope people can look beyond the blondes and boobs and see all the good that Hef has done in the world. If you need more proof, check out the documentary 'Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel.'
Kevin Federline, 'Celebrity Fit Club.'
Poor K-Fed. He got such a bad rap after the whole Britney Spears fiasco. Late night comedians would say stuff like, 'Yeah, you know things are bad when Kevin Federline is the smart one in the situation!" Well, you know what? He's not only smart, but he also takes good care of his kids.
I think his stint on 'Celebrity Fit Club' helped to humanize him to the world, too. He apologized for his actions to ex-girlfriend Shar Jackson and revealed that he gained weight because he was depressed about everything that happened with Britney. Their kids have already had to deal with lots of stuff, but they're lucky to have K-Fed in their corner.
OK, lay it on me. Do you agree or disagree with my choices? Which reality stars would you have included?
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