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Coy Behavior

''Obnoxious Fiance'' gets bride in trouble at work. Catholic school admonishes teacher Randi Coy for starring in Fox's fake-marriage series

My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance | THE 'OBNOXIOUS' COUPLE Steven and Randi looked the part on the Jan. 19 premiere
Image credit: My Big, Fat, Obnoxious Fiance: S. Adyani
THE 'OBNOXIOUS' COUPLE Steven and Randi looked the part on the Jan. 19 premiere

Randi Coy's relatives aren't the only ones upset over her deception as the star of Fox's new reality show ''My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiancé.'' So are her employers at Phoenix's Pope John XXIII Catholic School Community, where she teaches first grade. According to the Arizona Republic, she's received a rap on the knuckles from principal Phil Langley, who sent a letter home to parents warning them about Coy's appearance on the series, which premiered Monday. Apparently, fooling your family by trying to pass off a loutish impostor as your groom-to-be and embarrassing your relatives on national television, all in order to win a $1 million prize, conflicts with the school's mission statement of promoting ''Gospel values and self-discipline.'' Coy went on leave in November to appear on the show, and school officials may not be sorry she's out of the classroom. ''You can't be teaching and do a show like that,'' Langley told the Republic.

At last week's television critics' press tour in Hollywood, Fox executives said Coy's family was ''fuming mad'' over her trickery. ''The family's reaction is more than we ever could have imagined that it would be,'' producer Mike Darnell told Reuters. ''It was very difficult for them, and that made it extraordinarily difficult for her... It's hysterical.'' He said the family's reaction was so severe that ''Fiancé'' was ''the closest we've ever come to not completing a television show.''

Originally posted Jan 20, 2004
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