Dina Eastwood admits that Clint’s “not doing cartwheels” over their reality show

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Last December, we first brought you the terrible news that Clint Eastwood and family were filming a reality show and that Clint was dead set against the idea, but his wife (Dina Ruiz, the star of the show) insisted. In March, those dreadful rumors were officially confirmed, and April brought us the show’s trailer, which was even worse than imagined. Clint not only makes the presumed cameos but is also heavily featured in the trailer, and the promotion is heating up for the show’s premiere date of … May 20. Oh lordy. Now Dina is promoting the show — which she swears will primarily focus only on herself, her daughters, and the band she manages — with an interview in this week’s issue of Star. If you ask me (and you haven’t), she’s probably sugarcoating Clint’s reaction to this whole mess:

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Was Clint into doing the show? “He’s not doing cartwheels, but we’ve been married for 16 years. He knew what he was getting into.”

Is Clint the next Bruce Jenner? “He appears in episodes because he’s a good husband, but none focus on our marriage. It’s about me being a haggard mom.”

On discovering Overtone (an a capella boy band): “I went to South Africa with Clint for Invictus. I heard them sing, and I’ve been their momager for three years. They’ve lived with us off and on.”

Does she worry about hunky boy singers around her daughters? “These guys are out of the ’50s. They carry grocery bags. They open doors. There’s no sneaking around.”

What does Clint think? “Clint has faith in me and the kids. I’m the sergeant; he’s the lover. He’s like, ‘Oh, let the gals have fun.'”

[From Star, print edition, May 28, 2012]

Mark my words, this reality show will cause a rift in the Eastwood marriage. Even if Clint really isn’t around for most of the filming, he will experience the fallout as the (inevitable) successive seasons and spinoffs make themselves known. Dina’s claims that the episodes don’t focus upon their marriage don’t really matter because subtle issues will inevitably come to the forefront in the narrative carved by the editing room. This will be a royal mess. Also, anyone who willingly describes themselves as a “momager” might need their head examined.

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  1. brin says:

    Ruh roh…..next season: “The Ex Mrs. Eastwood & Co.: The Unforgiven””

  2. Dorothy#1 says:

    What channel will this be on?? LOL

  3. Jayna says:

    The show will flop. She is in her midlife crisis, She is probably screwing one of the boys.

    • Maguita says:

      Whatever gets the Krapashians off my TV set, and out of magazine covers is fine by me!

      If the Eastwood family takes over E! completely, I will not need to cringe anymore every time I visit that damn site!!!! Especially when they are shoving those Jenner girls in our faces in the same breath as real stars, who had actually worked to get where they are.

    • Trashaddict says:

      Wow. My thought exactly. If not more.

    • Memphis says:

      Do u really think she’s actually f’in one of those guys in the band? Hell she probably is, mama got to have some good dick too. But don’t let Clint find out, bcuz he will make there DAY…….

    • Memphis says:

      Man do u really, think Dina is going thur a midlife crisis, bcuz if she is fuckin one of the band members, she bet not let Clint find out, or he’ll ” make there day”…….

  4. Launicaangelina says:

    This does not appeal to me at all but I’m not a reality show fan. But, even if I were, I still cannot see the appeal of this. I have a certain idea of Clint Eastwood: bad ass, stoic, smart and talented but this show takes away from my idea of him – even with his limited role.

    The previews are so cheesy, just like all other E! trailers. They’re all “Look at us! We dance! We Cry! We Scream! We laugh! We have a boy band! Oh and we are related to Clint Eastwood!” Ugh…

    • Jacq says:

      Agreed. And where is the demand to see Mrs. Eastwood? I didn’t know or care who she was before anymore than I do now. I have no desire to see the badass Clint as a frail, old man who gets bossed around by the women in his life. How emasculating.

    • Lynn says:

      Dina Ruiz/Eastwood was a terrible news reporter at that! Then she pushed for a new version of “Candid Camera” to be shot in Monterey, CA she hosted that and it failed. Ah KSBW action news 8 I remember that station well. Also because the weather guy Dennis was always drunk. I actually saw him passed out drunk at the old Lions club in Salinas when friends I went there for dinner.

    • Michele says:

      I agree. So sad that Clint would participate in such a low class project.

  5. marie says:

    why is she so hell bent on revealing the mystery of a legend? there is no part of me that wants to see Clint Eastwood complain that the toilet papers not soft enough for his old wrinkled hinney..

    • Maguita says:


      Do you think Clint Eastwood yearns for soft toilet tissue, and states when going into the bathroom “come on punk, make my day!”.

  6. horizonte says:

    I used to have a totally age inappropriate crush on Clint, and am now totally annoyed at his wife… keep it classy, lady!

    • bluhare says:

      I love Clint, until he starts talking politics. Love his movies, and he seems like a pretty unassuming guy. He has a house close to the hotel I stayed at on Maui and the guys there says he swings by all the time in his classic Mustang when they’re on the island.

  7. Cathy says:

    Is this woman so stupid that she doesn’t know that “guys are out of the ’50s” had sex too? Give me a break.

    • ladybert62 says:

      Hi Cathy! That was exactly my thought! She is having these “boys” live with them and she has daughters – lady, grow up and pay attention to what is probably happening or has already happened!.

    • fabgrrl says:

      No way! Pre-marital, teen sex was only invented in the 1960s. Damn hippies! People didn’t even have genitals until their wedding day before that.

  8. corny says:

    I saw her on a few interviews and found her to be quite annoying so therefore he show with be a gigantic hit I suppose. All she did was promo her music group over and over.

  9. dorothy says:

    I watched the show the other night out of curiosity. Clint was on camera for about 15 seconds, the rest was all Dina and her band. Big yawn, turned channel after 5 mins. of show. Talk about using the back of your husband to gain fame. How embarrassing for Clint.

  10. Nanz says:

    “He’s not doing cartwheels, but we’ve been married for 16 years. He knew what he was getting into.”

    What does this answer even mean? Eastwood knew 16 yrs ago he married a famewhore who would demand a reality show despite what he wants or what is in the best interests of everyone involved?

    • bluhare says:

      She was a television reporter, wasn’t she? I guess that’s what she means when she said she knew what he was getting into.

    • anonymoose says:

      I think she means that since she and Clint have been together 16 years he already knows she’s a headstrong nutball who does what she wants despite his opinions. So this show won’t surprise him, won’t reveal any new antics/shortcomings Clint doesn’t already know about. Maybe he is just getting out of the way so the show can be an outlet for her and relieve some pressure off of him?

  11. lower-case deb says:

    gawd. as i was saying. i hope those reality show directors and camerapeople and crewsmen learn something from all this, from just breathing the same rareified are as clint, can somehow absorb talent. and then they wake up from their instafame stupor and began applying their craft in a more dignified manner.

    not holding my breath though.

    but wouldn’t it be interesting if one of those crewspeople come out and chronicle the exact time epiphany struck. haha…

    well, wishful thinking ahoy.

  12. TheOriginalKitten says:

    Clint probably longs for the days before reality TV shows, when old dudes could marry trophy pieces without worrying about them parlaying their 2nd-hand fame into a reality TV show. Ah, Clint, times have changed.

    • lil ole me says:

      ^^^^ This.
      Lost a little respect for Clint when he left Frances Fisher (they’d just had a baby together) and then immediatedly got with this twit. He should have stuck with Frances, she already had fame

  13. Zelda says:

    The hell is the front guy in the band thinking with that outfit? Something along the lines of “Every part of me gets cold but my chest”, I imagine.

  14. jo says:

    I pretty much agree with everyone.. I am curious why Frannie is living with them.. was that for the show.. she and Dina seem close but still she has a mom.. by the way she would benefit from a chin implant squatty face. poor clint although he doese deserve his share of bad relationship karhma

    • OXA says:

      I had it was on and was wondering why Frannie’s muther would allow her 5th grade daughter(if I heard it right) to go live with them.

      • Karma says:

        Who knows.

        Maybe the daughter was being influenced by a bad crowd and was sent to live with Clint and Dina to get her away from that environment.

        Carmel is a pretty mellow place.

        Or maybe she wanted to live with her dad and mom let her go.

    • Kristin says:

      I found that interesting as well. In an interview on The Daily Beast site, she referred to Dina as her mother. Obviously, they’re close, but it makes me wonder what her relationship with Frances Fisher is like if she’s calling her step-mother mom.

      • Jill says:

        Yes, I saw the “special” too and that was the one part that I found the most interesting. But, In Ruiz’s defense, she did seem to be a good mother figure (except for that whole reality show thing) to Francesca and spoke highly of her.

        BTW, I think Francesca is a striking young lady. Looks a lot like her mom.

        There is a (kind of) recent pic of her out with her mom getting groceries, so maybe their relationship is fine or healed now or whatever.

      • Jayna says:

        Her stepdaughter was a toddler when she married Clint. So Dina was always in her life from the time she can remember. My nephew called his stepfather daddy also because he was two when they married. He was close to his real father also.

        From what I remember back in interviews Frances and Dina became friends and Frances was close to Clint even though they didn’t make it as a couple. I think they all made great effort to be a blended family for the little girls’ sake.

  15. skipper says:

    Clint is doing it because he feels guilty that he is too impotent to service his wife anymore. And she pretends to want it from him to further that guilt.

  16. ladybert62 says:

    I agree with all the posts above except the last one by skipper.

    Poor clint.

  17. fabgrrl says:

    “These guys are out of the ’50s.”

    Yeah, teenagers never, ever had sex in the 1950s.

    • Lucky Charm says:

      I know, right? Thats why so many girls got married right before/after graduation & had “premature” babies. As long as there have been teenagers, there has been sex!

  18. Snowflake says:

    It’s really wrong of his wife to insist he do appearances on her show. poor guy. that kind of woman prob won’t give him any rest if he says no. but hey, if you can’t make it on your own, i guess you got to use your connections you got with your open legs. don’t worry about your ancient husband, just do what makes you happy. it’s all about you lady.

  19. serena says:

    Clint run away till you can!

  20. TG says:

    Glad this topic came up because I have been curious about how others feel about this reality show. I too am a huge fan of Clint Eastwood and find this bizarre that his wife would do this and that he would allow it. I hope he is not being taken advantage of somehow. That being said his daughters are beautiful I think and they seemed sweet. I did not see anything susicious in the first episode with the boys and she seemed to treat them like a mom would and they seemed to treat the girls like sisters, but I can’t help but wonder if there isn’t some Fraudian reason why she needs 6 younger men in her life right now. I mean Clint is THE MAN to most of us but maybe she is missing some hot action and he is in his 80’s now I think. I hope they are not taking advantage of him. Also, I am glad they rescue animals but I thought their house looked gross and dirty. I did think it was adorable that their housekeeper came with the house when they bought it. She seemed like a funny character.

  21. Barbara says:

    I live in Monterey so of course came in contact with Dina over the years, especially when she was a local newscaster. She is very nice woman. I do think a reality show is stupid, but I think she mainly thinks it will help her band.

  22. Bobby the K says:

    Maybe we’ll see the jar she’s keeping Clint’s balls in.

  23. G says:

    Of course. She has a total expert on how to successfully handle Hollywood fame and money sleeping in her bed, but she thinks she knows better?

    Frankly, it sounds dull anyway.

  24. Seriously says:

    81 yr old + 46 yr old + reality show = ?

    7 children + 5 baby mommas = Clint

    • crtb says:

      That is called Karma!
      Don’t feel bad for this old fool.
      He’s a great director but he didn’t treat the women in his life nicely.
      So now his current wife is tired of iving in his shadow. If he had married an age appropriate woman he would be having this problem. LMAO

  25. Anoni Mus says:

    That header picture just cracks me up!

  26. narsa says:

    this is a legend DIRTY HAIRY and after the reality show he will stil be DIRTY HAIRY , the show will not difine who he is it’s a chance to be given a glimpse into a little part of his life. CLINT EASTWOOD he’s self made succesful and an ICON i’d much rather see that than kate gosselin or kardashians !!!!!

  27. Beatriz says:

    The first picture omg aaahahahahahaahahaha!!!!

  28. jes_sayin says:

    I wanted to like this show, since nothing else was on.. but it was TERRIBLE. So boring.

  29. jwoolman says:

    Elsewhere she was quoted as saying the Kardashians are the Gold Standard for such shows. Oh, dear.

  30. Kel says:

    They just seem so mismatched as a couple, but there’s something there that has kept them together all these years. Is it that he’s too old and tired to leave, or maybe she entertains him with her antics? It will be interesting to see the fallout.

  31. Brianna says:

    They give out reality shows like halloween candy! Seriously, who is this woman besides being Clint Eastwood’s wife and why the hell should we care?

    • Lynn says:

      Dina Ruiz rears her fame hungry head again.She went from being a terrible News Caster KSBW Salinas, C.A. to a band promoter. Come on it’s a joke. I missed living in Monterey/Carmel, but it’s been invaded by once again by this clueless woman.Sad too third generation from there I am.I only go down there three times a year now.

  32. kate says:

    He looks like a mummy near her, why would a woman wants such an old man like that? Cougar power, we also can have boys.

  33. Karma says:

    I doubt Clint cares about the reflection it will have on him. He is a living icon who is pretty humble about all of that stuff. So I don’t think it will cause a riff.

    However, some people being upset that he didn’t put his foot down to preserve his legacy is kinda a selfish/shallow and sexist view of who he should be. That Clint should keep his women ‘in-line’ to maintain a movie illusion/fake image. Come on. Really? That fake image is more important than real people?

    Yes, I could see why he wouldn’t be thrilled with the idea. It’s his family, after all, but I doubt it was HIS image that he was worried about.

    But seriously why would someone think it tarnishes his image, if Clint has often presented the world with, he doesn’t care what anyone thinks of his image or his opinions? This is what he thinks on this ‘fill in the blank’ topic…deal with it.

    The guy has been given flak for westerns and action films that others claimed promoted violence, he has been called a racist, he has been accused of being sexist with numerous films, and elitist with his golf course. Name an insult and Clint has been called it, stood up to it, and went on his way, not caring if he gains fans or lost them with his answers.

    In fact, it has always been a rather refreshing part of Clint’s real life persona.

  34. louise says:

    CLINT EASTWOOD is indeed a legend especially to those who were around in the RAWHIDE days..the bottom line is that he doesn’t need to worry about Dina’s success or failure with this silly show and we have NO idea what he thinks about it…personally I think it’s small potatoes to him….He’s got bigger fish to fry!!