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Butt seriously: Ice-T and wife Coco Austin shed their secrets in E!'s 'Ice Loves Coco'

June 10, 2011 | 10:22 pm


Ice-T, star of E! Entertainment's new reality series "Ice Loves Coco," has a question, a perfectly reasonable question. "Who the hell’s mother," he wondered, "takes a picture of her daughter balancing a can on her butt?''

That would be the mother of one Coco Austin, Ice's 32-year-old wife, a model most famous until now for her generously proportioned backside, photographs of which she obsessively posts - sometimes with help from her accommodating mom - on Twitter. Now the onetime rap star and his exhibitionist wife are taking it all off, figuratively speaking, for their inevitable celebreality project, which starts Sunday. 

Coco's TV model? Believe it or not, comedy icon Lucille Ball. "I think I’m silly," Austin said in a phone chat. "People don’t know that about my personality. … They just see me as a party girl."

Ice explained: "When we shot this show, we didn’t set out to do a comedy, but when it got done, the first episodes, they said, ‘This is funny.' We're naturally funny people."

In one clip, a saleslady at a clothing boutique expresses some surprise at Coco's measurements: a fit 23-inch waistline broadening out to the 40-inch hips of an ancient fertility goddess.

There will also be antics involving the couple's bulldog, Spartacus. "Since I don’t have kids, he’s my kid," Coco said. "I want to see how far his career can go."

It's unlikely to go as far as those of his masters, who are already a tabloid staple. Ice reportedly just clinched his deal to return to NBC's "Law & Order: SVU," which is still reeling after the exit of star Christopher Meloni. "That was a blow. I wasn’t ready," Ice said of Meloni's departure. 

In the meantime, he has the reality show, but don't count on him to be as revealing as his free-spirited missus.

"Some things you should keep personal," he said. "It’s disrespectful to put everything out there."


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Photo: Coco Austin and Ice-T star in "Ice Loves Coco." Credit: E! Entertainment.