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Former NBA star Kenny Smith is the proud patriarch of a reality TV family in 'Meet the Smiths'

04/02/2015 02:44 EDT | Updated 06/02/2015 05:59 EDT
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Former NBA star Kenny Smith and his wife Gwendolyn, who works as a model on "The Price is Right," are the latest heads of a reality TV family.

"Meet the Smiths," which premieres at 9 p.m. EDT Friday on TBS, invites cameras into their Encino, California, home where they're raising five kids, ages 2 to 21.

"A lot of times you guys let me into your living room and now I get an opportunity to let you into my living room with my lovely wife Gwendolyn and our five, yes five, cinco, kids," said Smith, who is currently working as an analyst on CBS during their NCAA Men's Basketball tournament coverage. "We're a blended family."

The chemistry between the Smiths was obvious as they talked about why they agreed to do the show:

Kenny: "It took four years for this in the making, man. This is not like we thought about it yesterday..."

Gwendolyn: "It wasn't fly-by-night."

Kenny: "This is like four years of no's and then finally a yes from us. Like I said, it was just the right timing. I watch television a lot and seeing what was on television I thought there might be a void for what we offer if we kept it fun. ... You're going to see how great I am at cooking, cleaning, doing diapers, doing all the chores and still being able to be working, man, you'll see all of those great things about me."

Gwendolyn: "You've watched a couple things on the show, have you? Well, you can see how great Kenny is at cooking and cleaning, right?"

Kenny: "You'll see how I'm able to just, I'm always on time, I'm always studious and astute, organized..."

Gwendolyn: "He's so organized!"

Kenny: "You'll see all of that. You'll see the greatness of me."

Two of the Smiths' older children are girls, a special challenge for their 50-year-old father.

"It's difficult to see my daughters on television and in music videos and then I get tweets or comments about crushes and, 'Hey can I date? And hey, I'd be a good son-in-law type,'" he said. "I don't need a gun to protect them, because they're smart young ladies. But I have one."

Gwendolyn, laughing, is quick to point out that her husband really doesn't own a firearm.

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