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You probably think of Ryan Lochte as a strong and focused Olympian -- the only swimmer to emerge as a worthy competitor for the insuppressible Michael Phelps.
After you watch the trailer for his upcoming reality show, What Would Ryan Lochte Do? (premiering April 21 at 10 p.m. ET on E!), you're going to have a more realistic picture of the 11-time Olympic medalist. In fact, consider yourself forewarned: If you'd rather just think of Lochte as the toned Adonis who swam to the London games in this AT&T commercial, you might want to skip watching the following sneak peek entirely. You just can't un-see a guy painstakingly trying to explain how to pronounce the world's dumbest catchword: "jeah."
Cameras trail the 28-year-old going about his life post-Olympics fame: He trains for swim competitions, hangs out with his family, golfs with friends and parties hard (aka drunkenly chases women) in Gainesville, Fla. In confessional interviews he comes across as well-meaning but casually brutish. "Would you describe yourself as a player?" an interviewer asks. Smiling mischievously, Lochte replies, "Describe player."
In a segment that shows Lochte and his assistant, Gene, golfing together, Gene sets the scene: "Me and Ryan, we have a bromance relationship," he says. In earnest. With a straight face. As the two friends banter on the links, Lochte defends his penchant for "always being with different women." Women get too jealous, he explains. However, he does admit that he wants to find his soul mate and settle down. Laughing, he clarifies: "I just don't see that s--t happening any time soon."
Ah, well -- boys will be boys. That's the message, anyway, and even his mother, Ike, is okay with it. In one scene, her infamous slip-up about her son's love life is recounted: "Ike Lochte told Today.com, 'He goes out on one-night stands!'" Cut to the swimmer, rolling his eyes. This is, apparently, supposed to come off as adorable.
One thing is clear about the show -- producers aren't doing Lochte any favors in the editing room. We get footage of the athlete slurring his words when drunkenly propositioning girls at bars, and even when he's sober, he manages to mangle the English language. "Don't duplicate," he says. "Just reciprotate."
Sorry, Ryan -- you're much more interesting when your swimming does the talking.