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Clinton to King- TV talk show not in the near future

September 06, 2002|by New York Daily News

Former President Bill Clinton has given up on the idea of becoming a TV talk-show host in the near future.

During a Monday appearance on CNN's "Larry King Live," Clinton acknowledged a desire to have his own program. But his current activities preclude the kind of commitment needed to make it work.

"You have to be there every day," he told King. "And a lot of the work I do requires me to travel. I'm going to Africa at the end of this month and India at the end of November. And I really believe I should always spend half my time on public service, so I just don't see how I can do it."

Since leaving office in January 2001, Clinton and his advisers have met with a number of media companies, including NBC and CBS, about his being the host of his own syndicated daily program.

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Clinton was reported to be looking for $25 million to $50 million for his services, a figure that kept talks from advancing very far.

But Clinton said the notion of getting in touch with his inner Oprah still appeals to him.

"You know, maybe sometime later in my life I'd like to do it," he said. "It would be intriguing to me because I like to talk to people."

CBS spokesman Chris Ender said the company's recent discussions with Clinton have ended, but company officials have made it clear that he has an open invitation to pursue the matter again.

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