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TV show to follow porn star’s Jewish conversion

Israeli fiancé says he kept Jenna Jameson’s former profession a secret from his mom

Raoul Wootliff is the Times of Israel's former political correspondent and producer of the Daily Briefing podcast.

Former adult actress Jenna Jameson promoting her erotic novel 'Sugar' on October 25, 2013 at a Barnes and Noble in Los Angeles, California. (Valerie Macon/Getty Images, via JTA)
Former adult actress Jenna Jameson promoting her erotic novel 'Sugar' on October 25, 2013 at a Barnes and Noble in Los Angeles, California. (Valerie Macon/Getty Images, via JTA)

The former porn mega-star Jenna Jameson and her Israeli fiance are to be the subject of a new reality show, which will document the couple through Jameson’s conversion to Judaism and preparations for their wedding in Israel next year, her fiance said.

In an interview with the Walla news site, Jameson’s intended, Israeli diamond merchant Lior Bitton, also discussed breaking the news to his family that he was dating the “queen of porn.”

“Look, I didn’t come to my mom and say, ‘I’m dating the biggest porn star in the world.’ I mean, there are porn stars, and then there’s Jenna Jameson,” said Bitton, 41. “At the start, I didn’t tell her who she was. It was a slow process. I let her know in bits and pieces until eventually she was able to accept it. And then it was fine.”

Bitton said the reality show, which is in its early production stages, would be “something like ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians'” and focus on the couple’s private life in the lead-up to the wedding.

“It’s a bit stressful, because I’m not used to being in front of the cameras. But I can assure you there won’t be any ‘adult content’ in the show. I’m not going there,” he said.

It wasn’t clear from the Walla report where the show would air.

Jameson, who was raised as a Catholic, announced in June that she was converting to Judaism in order to marry Bitton.

After months of peppering her decidedly NSFW social media streams with photos of handmade Jewish dishes, Sabbath candles and even Hebrew phrases, last week Jameson expressed support for Israel amid a recent wave of violence that has rocked the country.

Posting a photo on her Instagram account with a flag of Israel painted on her back, she wrote, “Stay strong Israel.”

“Stand strong and defend yourself by all means,” Jameson wrote on Twitter. “I am a very outspoken supporter of Israel… I have family there and it’s constant worry,” she added.

She even entered the political debate over US support for Israel, retweeting Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio who said, “Obama Administration needs to stop blaming Israel for Palestinian terror.”

Jameson’s career started in 1993, and she formally announced her retirement from pornography in 2008.

In the past she described herself as a devout Catholic, telling Larry King in 2013 that she was “very religious.”

“I think that we’ve come a long way religiously,” she said. “I don’t think that you have to take the Bible literally… And I love being able to teach my children what it means to just believe and have the strength of faith… I’ve always been extremely Catholic. My father was Catholic, and he brought me up that way.”

During an appearance on the British version of the reality show “Big Brother” in September, Jameson declared that she only ate kosher food, kept a separate fridge from the other housemates, and didn’t sit at the table when nonkosher meals were served.

At one point during the show Jameson got into an argument with another housemate who had taken her kosher food without asking, saying it was “disrespectful of my religion.”

Jameson has said she became enamored of kosher cooking by preparing meals for Bitton. She has been regularly preparing Shabbat dinners and sharing many of her creations on social media.

Bitton, however, is known more for insurance fraud than for his appreciation of traditional cuisine.

In 2010, he was convicted in California of falsely reporting the theft of a 4.21-carat diamond from his Pacific Diamonds and Gems store, which he went on to try to flip in a sale in Israel after having collected $100,000 in his insurance claim. The fraud was discovered when the buyer went to have the diamond appraised, and Bitton was sentenced to three years of probation and five days in jail.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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