Ryan Lochte is ready to become the next Kim Kardashian…
The 28-year-old competitive swimmer, an eleven-time Olympic medalist, is preparing to launch his new reality television show What Would Ryan Lochte Do?, which premiere on E! later this month.
Last week, Lochte told the Hollywood Reporter that he decided to go the reality TV route to become the next Kim Kardashian.
“I have the most respect for her with her business and what she’s done. She started from nothing and now look at her. You can ask anyone and they’re going to know who she is. She’s handled herself really well throughout the years of doing her own show. She’s a star,” said Ryan. “That’s what I want to do.”
Lochte hopes his new reality show will bring him a new status.
“I’ve seen what E! has done in the past with reality shows like hers. Today, she’s huge,” he said, adding that his current profession has its benefits.
“Not to have a big head about it, but people love me. When I walk down the street, people recognize me, and that never happened before. Now’s my chance. Anything I do, I do 110 percent. I don’t half-ass it,” said Ryan.
To prepare himself for his new show, Lochte watched Kourtney and Kim Take Miami. “The whole Kardashian family, they have a bunch of energy. Wow, this was awesome. That’s how my family is. We all have a bunch of energy and we are all different,” he commented on the family.
Now that filming of his new show has finished, Lochte is now back in Gainesville, Florida to get ready for the world championships in Barcelona this July.
“I’m back in my normal routine, getting my butt whipped all the time,” he said.
What Would Ryan Lochte Do? premieres on E! on April 21.