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Armed & Famous

Armed & Famous

“Armed & Famous” was a CBS network reality series that followed five celebrities as they trained to become reserve police officers for the Muncie Police Department in Muncie, Indiana, followed by their graduation. On December 5, 2006, the celebrities were sworn in as reserve officers. After that, the celebrities went go on patrol with the same training officers who traditionally ride with new officers.

In addition to La Toya, the series starred Erik Estrada, Jack Osbourne, Trish Stratus, and Jason “Wee Man” Acuña.

In an interview with USA Today, La Toya was enthusiastic about her police work and said she has “always wanted a job” but had rejected offers to do other reality shows. “I wanted to do something that I had the heart for and that I loved,” she said. “Doing this job is the total antithesis of who I am and what I’m about. I don’t work out. … I’m not aggressive, [and] I’ve never picked up a gun before.”

The January 10, 2007 premiere episode attracted an estimated 8.2 million viewers, generating a 2.9 rating, while the second episode’s estimate tops off at 7.8 million viewers, which generated a rating of 2.7.

On January 26, 2007 several websites reported that “Armed & Famous” had been pulled from the CBS schedule. On January 30, 2007, it was revealed that the show would debut on VH1 on Saturday February 3 at 5pm/4pm Central Time with a marathon of the first four episodes along with a brand new episode at 9pm/8pm central. However, the marathon was later rescheduled to air on Saturday February 10, without the new episode. It is unknown if the last three originally announced episodes were ever produced and even exist outside of raw footage. At the time of its acquisition of the series, VH1 confirmed that episodes 6 and 7 had not been completed and no time frame was given for their completion. Also, no comment was made about the apparent disappearance of episode 5. In a “Where are they now” type article in the January 27, 2008 Muncie Star Press about the show, CBS spokeswoman Kelli Raftery confirmed that the network has no intention of airing the last three unaired episodes.

Lyndsay Clements, 22, filed a lawsuit in March 2007 claiming that her home was wrongfully entered as she was questioned about people she did not know. She claims the search was illegal and excessive, and violated her constitutional rights. Footage appeared on January 11 on the show showing police outside Clements’s apartment, police rushing in, and then someone in handcuffs. Clements acknowledged that La Toya and Jack Osbourne were involved.