October 1, 2009 / 4:48 AM / 10 years ago

Flavor Flav heads back to high school

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - That clock around Flavor Flav’s neck says it’s time to return to reality TV.

Rapper Flavor Flav performs during the 2008 VH1 Hip Hop Honors show in New York, October 2, 2008. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

The original basic-cable ladies’ man is teaming with producer Eric Ortner to shop a new series to networks in which he returns to high school to receive his diploma.

Rapper-turned-television star Flav (or as he was known in school, William Drayton) says he dropped out in the 10th grade.

“I just want to show the world it’s never too late to get your diploma, and show kids they should stay in school and not wait until you’re old to get it,” Flav said. “Everybody sees me as this big love mogul. Now I got a baby girl, I’ve been there and done that and now it’s time for the next episode.”

Flav starred in VH1’s “The Surreal Life,” “Strange Love” and in three seasons of the popular dating show “Flavor of Love,” which set ratings records for the network. Flav ended up settling down with a woman who he met outside the show.

“Flavor of Love” spawned sequels that ran into recent controversy when contestant Ryan Jenkins was accused of murder.

Hearing the news about Jenkins “really broke my heart,” Flav said. “It’s really messed up. Love can make you, and love can break you. This guy definitely couldn’t handle it.”

With VH1 looking to move away from lurid dating shows, Ortner thinks the timing is right for Flav to return with a new format.

“It’s perfect timing to change the type of show he was going to do and be more message-driven,” Ortner said, noting that the project was in the works before the Jenkins scandal.

“I’ve been known to be a leader and I’ve had a lot of followers, and there’s a certain franchise I’ve set up on VH1,” Flav said. “This show can be big enough to change the direction of reality shows.”

Editing by SheriLinden at Reuters

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