Todd Chrisley is as cocksure about his way of doing things as anybody on TV. And that includes Donald Trump — both The Apprentice version and the GOP debate version. Chrisley never lacks for an opportunity to give advice to his kids — or an opportunity to pass judgement. Hey, the man’s reality show is called Chrisley Knows Best. And guess what? Chrisley’s confidence and candor have helped him build one of the most popular reality shows on television.
But things change or they die. It happens in nature, in politics, and on TV. And the producers of Chrisley Knows Best found themselves a beautiful little fact they obviously couldn’t resist. Todd Chrisley, cocksure dispenser of worldly wisdom, had never been out of the USA. His father, who served in the Korean War, apparently told Todd it was too dangerous. (“Son, there is no need for you to go outside the USA. You are safe right here in our own home,” Chrisley says he was told.) We’re not talking about never trekking the Great Wall of China or sailing the Ganges — this man hadn’t been across Niagara Falls to Canada. So what’s more entertaining than taking a vain, worrisome, quarrelsome, talkative, opinionated, wealthy man out of his comfort zone? The producers sent the Chrisleys to London. People they encounter still speak English, if a funny version. Chrisley clearly remembers what his Dad told him. Worried his children will be abducted on London’s dangerous streets, Chrisley asks, “Have you seen Taken 1 and Taken 2?” Todd Chrisley in that Liam Neeson role is an excellent thing to ponder.