Ryan Lochte Shares His Reality TV Fame Aspirations With ‘The Hollywood Reporter’

"Not to have a big head about it but people love me."

Last week we got to watch a BRILLIANT supertease video promo for the forthcoming E! reality TV series What Would Ryan Lochte Do? Today we get to see a bit more promo from Ryan in the new issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Ryan is featured in the mag with an interview photospread that attempts to entice the reader to watch the show. The photos, for me, work better than the Lochte‘s interview answers do. In his interview, Ryan shamelessly admits his reality TV fame aspirations and he reveals which reality TV star he would most like to emulate. His revelation is just to horrid for me to repeat so I’ll let you hear it straight from him in the interview excerpts below.

Ryan Lochte knows exactly what he wants. He wants to be Kim Kardashian — and isn’t ashamed to admit it. “Kim started from pretty much nothing, and now everyone everywhere knows who she is,” he says. “That’s what I want to do.” Lochte pulls a gray beanie down over his ears and collapses onto a sofa on the roof deck of the Thompson Beverly Hills. It’s March 5, and the 28-year-old swimmer is in Los Angeles to promote his new E! series, What Would Ryan Lochte Do?, which premieres April 21. He has shed the designer Tom Ford duds he wore for his THR shoot (a polished look he’s still getting used to, admitting he only learned how to tie a tie three weeks earlier while in Washington, D.C.) in exchange for a more casual look: a white button-down, khakis and sneakers. As well known for his six-pack abs, “playa” reputation and oversize sneaker collection as he is for his three world records and 11 Olympic medals (including five golds), Lochte sees no reason why he can’t follow Kardashian’s trajectory. “I’ve seen what E! has done in the past with reality shows like hers,” he says admiringly of his network co-star, whom he has not yet met. “Today, she’s huge.” Lochte doesn’t want to miss his moment, and he’s sure this is it. “When I walk down the street, people recognize me, and that never happened before,” says the athlete, who’s known to stand outside his hotel to sign every last autograph and pose for countless iPhone photos — even if that means being late to practice. “Now’s my chance.”


I think it’s pretty common knowledge that Ryan Lochte isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed. He may look pretty but seemingly every single time he opens his mouth, something stupid comes falling out. Honestly, tho, the interview answers he gives in the video embed above are much less cringe-inducing, so, Yay! him. Truth be told, all of the dumb things that Ryan has ever uttered in the past — combined — does not, IMHO, surpass what he reveals in this interview. I mean, really? Of all the people in the world … Hell, of all the people in reality TV, that is who he wants to emulate? I’m telling you, I want to like the guy … I reaaaaaaally do … but I have a real hard time seeing attractive qualities in someone says the absolute dumbest things. This is why, I think, I’ll be tuning in to watch What Would Ryan Lochte Do? with the sound turned off.

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  1. Jas

    Why do you hate Kim so much?

    • @Jas — I wouldn’t say hate. I just don’t have a single positive thing to say about that family as a whole, so I don’t personally talk about them.

  2. If I recall correctly, Kim Kardashian didn’t get famous because of her reality show. I thought her reality show was sparked by something else…

  3. people dont love him, they like what they see from the neck down. (cause lets face it..aint nothin goin on upstairs.)

  4. “Kim started from pretty much nothing” Since when does nothing mean having millionaire for a father and famous family friends?!

  5. Ella

    So this is where our society is? He obviously isn’t very bright, but when an Olympian thinks “making it” means being famous for nothing we are in a sad state. When I was a kid Olympians were about discipline and hard-work getting you to the top. Now it’s eff hard work! I’m pretty so I wanna be Kim Kardashian! Jigga-what???

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