Earlier this week, I had lunch with Carnie Wilson, Bobby Brown, and John Rich (of country duo Big & Rich) to chat about their new CMT reality show, Gone Country, which premieres tonight at 8 p.m. ET. Now, I knew I’d like Carnie from the moment I watched a screener of the first episode and saw that she was the first person to get bleeped (while talking to castmate Dee Snider). But I discovered that I loved her when she and Rich launched into the following saucy conversation after Brown stepped outside for a smoke.
Note: I should preface this by saying that Wilson, who’d already told me how sexy and smart Rich is, is a happily married woman. That I know because she’d also told me that she and her husband are trying for a second child. And that she ovulated that day. And unless he wanted to FedEx his sperm to New York…
Carnie Wilson: I want the ratings [for Gone Country] to be great. Of course you do. But I have my own selfish reasons, too. Because I’m thinking about moving to Nashville, and doing something really special there. I can’t say what it is, but it’s a lifelong dream. And I want to do it in Nashville because I think I’d be wildly successful. And my heart’s in it, too. [Pause] Open up a strip club! I’m just kidding.
John Rich: The Carnie Barn.
Wilson: Oh sh–. That’d be great.
Rich: You know what you got to do: Open a strip club called Carnie’s, and the theme is all the strippers are circus performers.
Wilson: That’s genius! A carnival. That’s genius! I love it!
Rich: Yeah, they’re all, like, acrobats. They’re clowns. Stripper clowns.
Wilson: Ohmygod, I almost said the most disgusting thing. I am so foul, that I have to really hold back. ‘Cause you don’t even know, my mind is sick.
Rich: I have somewhat of an idea. I’ve seen some of the outtakes.
Wilson: I am bad, bad.
Entertainment Weekly: What’s a good outtake of her?
Rich: Ah… Carnie said a few things about me she doesn’t know that I heard.
Wilson: Shut up! (Gasps)
EW: Like what?
Rich: Now she’s embarrassed.
EW: Oh, she can handle it.
Wilson: Are you kidding? I’ve posed for Playboy. Do you think I’m embarrassed? My a—— was in the lighting guy’s face. Are you kidding me? If you can do that, you can do anything. I mean it. I’ve done it.
Seriously. How much do you love her?
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