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LI's Flavor Flav and Dee Snider to 'Wife Swap'

Rapper and TV personality Flavor Flav (William Jonathan

Rapper and TV personality Flavor Flav (William Jonathan Drayton Jr.), who rose to fame as a member of the rap group Public Enemy, grew up in Freeport. (Sept. 25, 2010) Credit: Newsday/Michael E. Ach

A footnote of interest to that special forthcoming almost Long Island edition of "Celebrity Wife Swap," launching next week: The spouses of Flavor Flav (Freeport) and Dee Snider (Massapequa; lives on the North Shore) will trade off on Jan. 10, the network just said. Here are the relevant graphs from the news release (and oh for a clip. . . but we'll have to wait for that, I'm afraid): 

Legendary hype man Flavor Flav, his fiancee of nine years, Liz, and sons Gibran (15) and Karma (4), live in a gated community in Las Vegas, but that’s where the “normal” part of their lives ends. When he’s not touring with Public Enemy, Flav regularly spends his time with his friends at the bowling alley.

The easygoing Liz usually sits at home alone, tranquilly crocheting and reading self-help books while her mother looks after the baby -- or she goes out gambling, her favorite pastime.

Dee, who is perhaps best known as the lead singer of ‘80s sensation Twisted Sister, and his wife of 22 years, Suzette, met in high school. They are very much the hands-on parents to Jess (29), Shane (22), Cody (21) and Cheyenne (14). When the quiet-loving Liz travels to Long Island to swap lives with Suzette, she almost loses her mind when Cheyenne’s post-hardcore band rehearses in the house. 

She is also taken aback when she realizes how little Dee and the kids help with the household in comparison with Suzette’s daily routine, which includes all of the cooking, cleaning and even styling her sons’ Mohawks every day.  

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