'What Would Ryan Lochte Do?' Premiere Recap
Ryan Lochte's reality TV show, What Would Ryan Lochte Do?, premiered on the E! Network on Sunday after the Kardashians and offered a glimpse into the Olympic swimmer's daily life.The premiere of What Would Ryan Lochte? do focused primarily on his close relationship with his family and his dating woes with the opposite sex.
During the London 2012 Olympics and after, Lochte became known for his astoundingly poor interview skills – encouraging rumors that he's unintelligent. His show is now cashing in on his appearance as the attractive dumb jock. Two moments in the premiere that stand out in this regard are when Lochte reveals he doesn't know the definition of "douchebag" when asked to weigh in on being named 'Sexiest Douchebag' by Jezebel, and when he responds to a question about how many medals he has by saying, "I don't even remember what I got at the Olympics."
Lochte, who has said, "Family to me is most important," lives with his younger brother Devon, 22, and older sisters, Kristin and Megan. He expresses a desire to meet someone to settle down with, and implies that he's approached by a lot of women but is still looking for that one woman. Lochte's sisters chime in to explain that their little brother isn't looking in the right places for a steady girlfriend, as he heads to local college clubs on his night's out. They also bash him for taking all of his dates to the same sushi restaurant.
Lochte is also clear to point out that he's not just a swimmer, he's also a fashion designer who's created designs for speedos, sneakers, shirts and sweatshirts for his brand. He also makes it clear that he likes to have a good time. During the premiere, he's filmed going to the pool for a workout after a night of hard partying that carried on from his house to the local bars.
Earlier in the year, E! president Suzanee Kolb previewed the series. “He is an incredibly endearing personality who is sexy, entertaining and fun,” she said in a statement. “Watching this show, I believe people will fall into three categories: they want to be him, sleep with him or mother him." Looking at the first episode, it's still uncertain if her prediction is right. Regardless, it would come as no surprise if people continued to tune in to watch the star athlete affably blunder through the weeks.
Next week, Lochte is headed to Washington D.C. with his mother for a lesson in the country's history.
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