Alan Bastable with the gory details. Yes, some of them want a reality show (what else?) and they want it now!
"We're the bad girls, I don't know what else to say," Liz Estes, Bob's wife and one of the women pursuing the show, said half-jokingly in a phone interview.
Joining Estes in her quest for reality-TV stardom are Leot Chen, Vaughn Taylor's fiancée; Melissa Weber Jones, wife of Matt Jones and a former Miss Idaho; and Alli MacKenzie, Will's wife and a model who has been featured in a pictorial in the men's magazine FHM. (Erin Walker, Jimmy's wife, who is a competitive horseback rider and writes a blog about traveling on Tour, also partook in the photo shoot, but said she has no interest in appearing on a reality show.)
The women have hired a Los Angeles marketing firm, Reverb Collective, to help them land a deal, and in its first major play to generate some buzz, Reverb has released some edgy photos of the girls.
"We were so careful not to do anything that would be offensive to anybody," Alli MacKenzie says of the shoot.
And hoping to avoid the Ponte Vedra fine police.
"We got a bunch of old Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues and looked at athletes and athletes' wives in them and made sure we didn't do anything that was more provocative than what they did."
There's a barometer of class and dignity!
Liz Estes, an aspiring pop musician, is hopeful that the PR push will work and that the show will find a home given that production companies have shown interest in her and the other wives in the past. "We were approached by the guys who did Pawn Stars," Estes says of the History Channel show about pawnbrokers. "We talked to them three times, but they never called us back. And then this guy from VH1 asked me to put a show together with the other girls, and I'm like, 'Well, I'm not putting it together.' "
Like, good idea.
MacKenzie has experienced firsthand the public's piqued interest in the lives of golfers and their wives. When flying to Tour stops she says the first question she used to get from fellow passengers was whether she had ever met Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson. "And now it's like, 'Oh, did you know Tiger's wife?' " MacKenzie says. "'Did you know any of that was going on? What's the inside scoop?' That's always their first question."