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Negotiations Are Under Way for Clinton Talk Show on CBS


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#1 OFFLINE   John Corn

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Posted 21 August 2002 - 10:16 AM

Some associates of Bill Clinton and executives from CBS are involved in negotiations to make the former president the host of a daily afternoon talk show.

The seriousness of the talks is a matter of dispute among the people surrounding Mr. Clinton. West Coast friends of his are advancing the negotiations and believe that a deal can be made. But his advisers on the East Coast said Mr. Clinton was unlikely to commit himself to a daily talk show.

CBS executives consider the talks preliminary and say that a number of hurdles remain, including a significant difference over money. But these executives, as well as NBC executives who have talked with Mr. Clinton, said that he had offered assurances that under the right circumstances he would be the host of a talk show.

One East Coat adviser noted that the former president had a history of sounding agreeable to interesting suggestions, however, and that it did not mean he was committing himself.

In May, after a spate of reports that he was considering an offer to star in a talk show, Mr. Clinton said he did not think that would ever happen. His spokesmen dismissed the reports, saying the former president had only had courtesy meetings with television executives.


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