Jail cam from a soft cell
TAX cheat Glenn Wheatley has reportedly been signed to star in a TV reality series to be filmed while he completes home detention.
Sydney music industry identity Phil Tripp said yesterday the show would be shot in Wheatley’s South Yarra mansion over a 13-week period.
Tripp said the working title was Soft Cell — Music Mogul Mansion’s Crim Crib.
No stranger to causing controversy, Tripp even plans to use novelty ankle bracelets, similar to the one Wheatley will have to wear as part of his home detention, as a way to merchandise the show.
But Tripp refused to comment on whether Wheatley would make any money from the series.
Tripp claimed they have the same lawyer, but said he had not visited Wheatley in jail. He did not comment on how the reality show plan was hatched.
‘‘Glenn has a long and respected history in the music industry, a colourful career, and is an entertaining fellow who deserves a chance to wipe the slate clean and start over,’’ Tripp said in a press release.
‘‘We think this series will not only get him sympathy from the curious public but also help him monetise his situation in a unique way.’’
The Wheatley family did not return calls about the rumours, initially laughed off by many in the music industry as a joke.
Tripp hopes many of Wheatley’s famous friends will feature in the show as they visit his South Yarra house.
Wheatley is to be released from Beechworth Prison on May 19.
Tripp said TV cameras would follow Wheatley home as he was reunited with his family.
‘‘I think this program will bring him back into the public’s eyes and hearts.
‘‘It’s the Australian everyone wants.’’