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Ridgely & Corrao Families On Wife Swap

April 30, 2006 11:01 PM by Joe Blackmon

It’s grit versus glamour this week in "Ridgely/Corrao," as rodeo barrel racer "Cowgirl Jen" trades families with luxury-living hair stylist Kim on "Wife Swap," MONDAY, MAY 1 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Each week from across the country, two families with very different values are chosen to take part in a two-week long challenge. The wives from these two families exchange husbands, children, and lives (but not bedrooms) to discover just what it’s like to live another woman’s life. It’s a mind-blowing experiment that often ends up changing lives forever.

Jen Ridgely (36) and her husband, Randy (38), a professional bull rider and steer wrestler, keep tight reins on their children, Peyton (7) and Rylee (3), who were born into a rough-edged lifestyle and do chores around the ranch when not in school, practicing their cowhand skills or attending the rodeo. No whining’s allowed in this Delaware family, where rugged independence, hard work, competitiveness and frugality take precedence over romance and leisure time.

Traveling to the suburban Ohio home of hair stylist Kim Corrao (42) and her husband, Louis (41), "Cowgirl Jen" encounters a family bred on "la dolce vita" (the sweet life). The Corrao children, Sofia (8) and Vittorio (6), feel free to do just about anything around the house, set their own bedtimes and even write on the walls. They think their party-girl mom shops too much and wears too much makeup. Husband Louis relishes the good life and the passion in his marriage, and believes his children should have fun, not chores.

In the first week of the swap, hairdresser Kim has to buckle down to the endless manual work on the Ridgelys’ Delaware ranch. She shovels horse manure morning, noon and night, feeds their 42 animals and, at the end of the working day, spends hours on the phone taking bookings. Meanwhile in Ohio, "Cowgirl Jen" changes into revealing clothes and high, high heels to become mom in the Corrao house, where a hard day’s work means chatting at the salon, going out for cocktails and coming home after the family have eaten. Jen is appalled by the lax discipline and structure in the Corrao house, and she and son Vittorio and clash when she refuses to indulge his every whim.

In the second week of the swap, when the wives change the rules and turn the tables, "Cowboy Randy" has to do all the ranch work without anyone’s help, while Kim indulges his daughters with candy, makeovers and no bedtimes. Randy starts breaking Kim’s rules immediately and things go downhill from there. In Ohio the Corraos get a short, sharp shock when "Cowgirl Jen" saddles up and brings in structure, discipline and the rodeo.

In the most explosive table meeting ever captured on the show, things get ugly when the fists fly as the reunion ignites an angry shouting match, preventing any sensible discussion of their two-week swap experience from going any further.

Once the dust settles, will glamorous Kim have influenced the rough and tumble Ridgely family, and will "Cowgirl Jen" have lassoed the Corrao lifestyle?

"Wife Swap" is an RDF Media Production. It was created by Stephen Lambert and is executive-produced by Lambert, Jenny Crowther, Wendy Roth of RDF Media ("Faking It" and "Junkyard Wars") and Michael Davies of Embasy Row ("Who Wants to be a Millionaire"). Stef Wagstaffe and Stephanie Schwam are the co-executive producers.

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  1. Anonymous Says:
    May 2nd, 2006 at 4:12 pm

    Cowgirl Jen, oh so sweet and perfect, hmmmm…. until things don’t go her way, then she’s a total beyotch ! Talk about slave labor, little 3 and 7 year olds scooping poop half the day. Cowboy whats-his-name (I have a good name for him, LOL) is such a total A double S there is no sense even commenting on him. Poor kids !!

  2. Payne Says:
    May 3rd, 2006 at 5:00 pm

    Cowpoke BS rider Ridgeley no doubt questions his own masculinity by his inability to “be romantic” or show affection to his woman. Of course as someone wrote earlier she is a true beeyotch. The bull rider is not doubt a true troglodyte to attack the man married to the woman that Misses “Ridden hard” called a slut. Initially I thought maybe the rodeo family had something to offer but they showed their true “ignunt”colors and Cowpile is a disgrace to anyone who ever wore cowboy boots and mucked a stall.I am sure the state authorities might view their treatment of their young daughters and the exposure to severe danger posed by the horses and farm equipment as a form of child abuse. Sickness perpetuates sickness in that family and they should feel embarassed and disgraced. I may not be a bull rider but being from Idaho, having ridden the range,cared for my horses worked just as hard I have no respect for what the Ridgely’s portrayed as rodeo/ranch people. Maybe eastern cowfolk are different but to be deficient in both character and intellect to attack a man on national tv let alone hit his own wife who tried to stop him Randy is truly a disgusting individual.

  3. Smith Says:
    May 7th, 2006 at 3:46 pm

    Cowgirl v. hairdresser, reality? Hardy. Editing magic maybe, producers quest for ratings, absolutely. The Ridgely’s came off as being hard-living, rough edged cowpokes but I think Randy only drew the line when his kids were going to be adversely affected. Why isn’t anyone disturbed by the hair queen’s kid wanting to be taken out of this world becuase he didn’t get his way? THAT was far more disturbing to me. Also, kids on farms should learn how to pitch in. It’s hard work for everyone. I bet they love their life, especially when they can run and play on the 60 acres. Hard work and expectations on kids DOES NOT equate to abuse, lack of structure and discipline may though. And what’s up with weak Louie? ONe minute he’s telling Jen how much she’s done for them, the next he’s stabbing her in the back becuase the queen is home and she might declare – off with his head! Get real, this show was edited and slanted to get the most viewers – NOT- show the truth about hard working, loving families.

  4. Esperanza Says:
    March 6th, 2007 at 1:00 am

    OMG just saw the last wife swap, these two couples could of had an amazing experience and taken great things from each other… I feel so sorry for the rodeo kids I’m sure their rodeofather beats their mom, the way he was treating the other “wife” verbally was signs enough of his underlying abusive nature… And then his wife called the other wife a slut? Because she wears more fashionable clothes and works as a hairdresser? That lady was way out of line.. I hope they sue the Ridgley Rodeo Rednecks and maybe the father should take some anger managment and really take something from it. Why did they sign up to be on the show anyway? for money? I hope they broke their contract by the physically abusive ending of the show and got ziltch.

  5. mia70 Says:
    July 30th, 2010 at 2:17 am

    Just watched the rerun of this Ridgely/Carrao show and I’m APPALLED by the rodeo couple. They were both extremely unkind people and I couldn’t believe the things that came out of their mouths. They took absolutely no lessons from the swap except to close their ranch down early? Are you serious? How about treating their daughters and other people with a little more kindness and respect? “Cowgirl Jen” called the other kids sissies and weaklings. Way to make them feel good and boost their self esteems, Cowgirl. And the jerk cowboy insulting his “wife” constantly was unbelievable; calling her “big” and “that’s what ugly people have to wear to look good”. Were they both raised in the barn they shovel poop in? And then cowgirl laughs when her husband admits he was mean to the swap wife. A couple of the other people that commented on this show were dead on. Those people should be ASHAMED of themselves.

  6. Mary Alex Says:
    November 18th, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    I just saw this episode.

    Both families COULD have had a great experience, but the Cow girl Jen and her husband were too closed minded to even consider.
    Firstly at the table meeting, Cow girl Jen was dishing out insults and derogative statements, but when Louie interrupts her close minded bitchy comments she calls him “weak backbone and a sab” then calls his Kim a slut. It sounds like she has serious anger management issues. It was clear Louie did not like Cowgirl Jens attitude during the show, but was more open minded to change than the Jen and her husband.

    Also, it is clear that Jens husband is a wife beater, I say this because Jen calls out “don’t do it, your going to kill him”. Two people with anger management issues always have volatile relationships. Either its a verbally or physically abusive relationship, but definitely one or the other.

    I must say Kims son when he said “I want out of this crap world”, was disturbing. This could be a saying he has picked up or a real concern. It should be looked into, as depression is a serious condition and caused by in balance of chemicals in the brain not his parents.

  7. Moose Says:
    August 23rd, 2012 at 4:46 am

    I felt so sorry for the Rodeo couple’s kids. The husband seems extremely abusive. If that’s how he acts in front of national TV what do you think he acts like in closed doors? A woman shouldn’t have to scream “he’ll kill you” out of fear, thinking her husband might kill someone, and for what? He constantly makes death threats the entire show to the other wife. The other wife is far from perfect but at least she’s not living in an abusive home. Mr. Rodeo couldn’t handle having his kids eating candy for a week without him losing his mind and making a more death threats? Give me a break. The Rodeo wife seems like the product of living in a strict abusive home, she wouldn’t have the choice to live differently of she wanted to.

  8. Laura Says:
    September 25th, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Just saw this, both families are out of balance obviously but I had to main concerns. One is the suicidal speech that came out of the boys mouth, if he is saying that stuff that early in life that is a huge red flag and should be seriously looked into. Two, is the Cowboy Husbands rage. He pushed his wife out of the way like she was a rag doll and her fear of what he might do to the other man was chilling. She seemed to be way to familiar with his temper and what he was capable of. But besides that, just him putting his hands on HER when he pushed her kind of made it obvious.

  9. nai Says:
    September 25th, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    I just seen a repeat of the episode and I loved the Ridgely Family they were a great family. I think they in stilled great morals and respect in their girls early in. Sometimes they could of been a little more nicer in doing it, but they live on a farm its hard work and everyone has to pull their weight. Now the Corraro family needs help all she did was whine. Her husband had no backbone at all and she dressed ok not slutty. She doesn’t no the meaning of work. Kim’s kids are out of hand though temper tantrums wow. Also just because he has a temper that means he beats on her wow my husband does the same thing, but he doesn’t abuse me. Also i think cowgirl Jen wouldn’t tolerate it. All in all it was a crazy show.

  10. Doe Says:
    September 25th, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    I really can not believe you put that rodeo family on wife swap what the fuck were you thinking I hated those parents with a passion and felt really bad for those little girls being used as free farm hands.The husband making death threats being verbially abusive to the other wife. The other woman was no prize but she didn’t deserve to be treated the way she was being treated especially on national tv for the whole world to see. I’ve never hated a show like this one ever since I’ve been watching wife swap PLEASE do not put another show as bad as this one.

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