Mel B and Gordon Ramsay’s teens to star on reality show “Born Famous”

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Phoenix Chi, who is the daughter of singer Mel B, and Jack Ramsay, Chef Gordon Ramsay’s son, have been signed along with two other affluent legacies to a new show called Born Famous. The other progeny include Ultimo’s founder Michelle Mone’s daughter Bethany and former Manchester United’s football captain Paul Ince’s daughter Ria. The idea is these early-adult kids will be dropped into the communities in which their parents grew up to live like one of the locals. When I first read these headlines, I thought this was the offspring version of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!. But the idea is sort of intriguing. The hope is that these kids will get an idea of what their lives would have been like if their folks weren’t multi-millionaires or famous.

Gordon Ramsay’s son Jack and Phoenix Chi, daughter of Spice Girl and America’s Got Talent judge Mel B are two of the celebrity offspring that will front a Sliding Doors-style format produced by Ramsay’s own production company.

The four-part series, produced by All3Media joint venture Studio Ramsay, will take the four youngsters and immerse them in the life that they might have had if they had not been born to celebrities and millionaires.

They will be sent to the communities their parents grew up in, to discover what their own lives would be like today and question how different it is being young in modern Britain from when their parents were growing up. The teens will have their ‘alternative life’ mapped out for them by leading social mobility experts.

Jones said, “There is a myth that talent will out whatever the circumstances. Using extraordinary access so some of our most successful celebrities, Born Famous is a novel way to explore the degree to which we’re all in denial about how hard it is to be young today.”

Cooke added, “We’re hugely excited to be making this inspiring series which shows some of our biggest celebrities in a way you have never seen, through the eyes of their teenage children. It promises to be compelling TV as the famous teens come to terms with their own privilege, whilst delivering searingly honest accounts of what it is like for young people growing up in Britain today.”

[From Deadline]

This feels like another of Gordon Ramsay’s attempts to have his kids forge their own way in life. Perhaps one day he will see the irony of “making his kids earn it” by giving them their own shows and guest spots.

As for the show itself, I like the premise of showing these folks their own privilege. I hope they talk a little about what their parents upbringing. Maybe even find some folks who knew them back when. I have no idea how effective it will be since the communities they move into will obviously know who they are. Ramsay will be in Bretch Hill, Oxfordshire, Chi is going to Leeds, Mone will be in the East End of Glasgow and Ince will be hanging out in Dagenham, Essex. Plus, I just read they’ll live in these towns for only one week. A week is a vacation, not living an “alternative life.” Not to mention they’ll spend that week with the knowledge that they’ll return to their lives.

And since Gordon is producing this, and he and David Beckham are such buds – and Victoria was a Spice Girl with Mel B – I can’t imagine why one of the Beckham kids isn’t involved. (I don’t wonder, really. I’m sure they laughed off the offer while tucking into their breakfast of a bowl of $100 bills in milk.)

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18 Responses to “Mel B and Gordon Ramsay’s teens to star on reality show “Born Famous””

  1. Other Renee says:

    This is what the world needs now. A show about rich kids being shown why they’re lucky to be born rich kids.

  2. Inky says:

    Ha! I live in the East End of Glasgow, in Dennistoun, where Gordon Ramsay lived for a while growing up. I wonder if that is where they will send his son. It is definitely much different now than it was then. Maybe I will get to see some filming! It might be interesting to watch anyway.

    But, yea, a week isn’t really going to teach them much of anything. A month, with a budget, with no help from outside sources would be much more challenging and probably a better TV show. What do I know though?

  3. tealily says:

    Wow, Mel B.’s daughter looks a lot like her! She caught my eye in the header picture first and I thought it was Mel for a second.

  4. me says:

    If this show becomes a hit, I can bet you one of the Beckham boys will be on the second season.

  5. Mia4s says:

    Oof, really? Hey kids, come see how the poor people live! Don’t worry, we will pay you.

    I get some celebs want their kids to “forge their own way” (which usually means a nepotism showbiz job) but frankly I think I would leave my kids a massive trust fund on condition they do something other than dumb reality shows, “DJ”-ing without any training, or nepotism modelling contracts. Go to college and become a marine biologist…I’ll leave you millions!

  6. Slowsnow says:

    I… don’t have a lot of love for Gordon Ramsay. And I find this ridiculous. And I don’t understand how barely talented parents who came to fame almost by sheer luck want their kids to go through the same but without the hustling talent (the only talent) they’ve had. (Football player excluded). ‘Cause this ain’t about checking your privilege however they try to spin it.
    Can’t muster much more energy to say anything else.

  7. Mo' Comments Mo' Problems says:

    We’ve already seen Gordon’s kids and family on tv…and we don’t want to anymore…Meh! Tilly’s show is great, though, and his wife is lovely. Not the rest lol.

    But this is so insufferable. We also don’t need more Ramsay but less.

  8. Kate says:

    It seems like any lessons here will be for the wealthy kids who didn’t previously appreciate their wealth and privilege or the hard work of their parents. Cool cool. But also inapplicable to most people? But whatever, people will watch anything.

  9. gingersnaps says:

    Just learned yesterday when I switched channels from Cbeebies to CBBC as my toddler didn’t want to watch the Clangers that Gordon Ramsay’s daughter has a show on CBBC, Gordon and most of the family were in it, it was an episode about their holiday to Italy where they flew on a private jet and she ‘cooked’ some of the meals while they were on the jet. Thankfully, my toddler didn’t like it and asked to switch channels again.

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