Former Louisiana governor and ex-con stars in new reality TV show with trophy wife

"The Governor’s Wife" premieres on A&E Wednesday, Feb. 27 VIDEO

Topics: Video, edwin edwards, Louisiana, Reality TV, Politics, Television,

Former Louisiana governor and ex-con stars in new reality TV show with trophy wife (Credit: WDSU TV)

Edwin Edwards, the flamboyant, womanizing, four-decades-long Louisiana governor who spent much of the last 10 years in prison, is getting his own reality TV show on A&E — and it’s about time. EW reports that “The Governor’s Wife” will follow Edwards, 85, his wife Trina, 34, and their respective children: Edwards’ daughters — a 62-year-old four-time divorcee and a 60-year-old ex-showgirl — and Trina’s two teenage boys.

According to A&E’s description, the show follows “Trina as she attempts to fit into the former governor’s upscale world and busy social life while trying to get along with daughters twice her age and corral her teenage sons.” Much of her time is spent “Between school projects, running for president of the Homeowner’s Association, fending off skeptics who think she’s a gold digger, and thoughts of adding a baby of their own to the mix.”

The outlandish show seems like the perfect cap to the long, eccentric career of the polarizing public figure. The colorful Edwards is affectionately known as “The Silver Fox” to his devotees and gained attention nationally for his outrageous quotes. (He once joked with reporters: “The only way I can lose this election is if I’m caught in bed with either a dead girl or a live boy.”) However, TPM’s David Kurtz notes that ”he was often described by those who dealt with him in person as the coldest, most affectless person they’d ever encountered.”

You Might Also Like

But Edwards eventually succumbed to one of his numerous vices and was imprisoned for eight years on charges of extortion and bribery. Jail didn’t seen too bad for Edwards, though, who divorced his much-younger wife of 10 years and then eventually engaged his even younger prison pen pal, Trina. Here’s a video of Edwards and his then-fiance, in his first public appearance after being locked up for eight years:

Prachi Gupta
Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

More Related Stories

Featured Slide Shows

  • Share on Twitter
  • Share on Facebook
  • 1 of 8
  • Close
  • Fullscreen
  • Thumbnails

    7 ways Americans have defiled the hot dog

    Sonic's Bacon Double Cheddar Croissant Dog

    Sonic calls this a "gourmet twist" on a classic. I am not so, so fancy, but I know that sprinkling bacon and cheddar cheese onto a tube of pork is not gourmet, even if you have made a bun out of something that is theoretically French.

    Krispy Kreme

    7 ways Americans have defiled the hot dog

    Krispy Kreme's Doughnut Dog

    This stupid thing is a hotdog in a glazed doughnut bun, topped with bacon and raspberry jelly. It is only available at Delaware's Frawley Stadium, thank god.


    7 ways Americans have defiled the hot dog

    KFC's Double Down Dog

    This creation is notable for its fried chicken bun and ability to hastily kill your dreams.

    Pizza Hut

    7 ways Americans have defiled the hot dog

    Pizza Hut's Hot Dog Bites Pizza

    Pizza Hut basically just glued pigs-in-blankets to the crust of its normal pizza. This actually sounds good, and I blame America for brainwashing me into feeling that.

    Carl's Jr.

    7 ways Americans have defiled the hot dog

    Carl's Jr. Most American Thick Burger

    This is a burger stuffed with potato chips and hot dogs. Choose a meat, America! How hard is it to just choose a meat?!

    Tokyo Dog

    7 ways Americans have defiled the hot dog

    Tokyo Dog's Juuni Ban

    A food truck in Seattle called Tokyo Dog created this thing, which is notable for its distinction as the Guinness Book of World Records' most expensive hot dog at $169. It is a smoked cheese bratwurst, covered in butter Teriyaki grilled onions, Maitake mushrooms, Wagyu beef, foie gras, black truffles, caviar and Japanese mayo in a brioche bun. Just calm down, Tokyo Dog. Calm down.


    7 ways Americans have defiled the hot dog

    Limp Bizkit's "Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water"

    This album art should be illegal.

  • Recent Slide Shows



Comment Preview

Your name will appear as username ( settings | log out )

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href=""> <b> <em> <strong> <i> <blockquote>