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Thursday, 2 May, 2002, 21:38 GMT 22:38 UK
Clinton said to seek TV deal
President Bill Clinton greets a crowd
President Bill Clinton is a natural crowd-pleaser
Former President Bill Clinton has talked to television executives about hosting his own talk show, according to reports from the US.

One source said Mr Clinton was keen on joining the ranks of daytime hosts and had asked for a salary of $50m a year, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The ex-president, who left the White House more than a year ago, had met executives from the NBC network, according to the Associated Press news agency.

Bill Clinton prepares to go on television
Some doubt Mr Clinton would undergo the rigours of a daily talk show
NBC declined to comment and Mr Clinton's spokeswoman, Julia Payne, would only say that he had talked to various people in recent months to discuss different projects.

Ms Payne issued a statement which read: "President Clinton did not demand a talk show.

"He went to listen. The president is gratified by the range of opportunities that have been presented to him."

Though Mr Clinton clearly enjoyed interacting with crowds during his two-term presidency, commentators have raised questions about whether a talk show would suit him.

Conflict of interest

The often-salacious content of the genre could hurt attempts by the Clinton team to highlight the achievements rather than the scandals of his presidency.

A TV show might also conflict with Hillary Clinton's career as a US Senator and sources said it would be unlikely that Mr Clinton would commit to the usual schedule of daily recordings over 39 weeks of the year.

The 55-year-old former president left the White House saddled with debt, but has been making $125,000 to $300,000 for each speech he gives on top of a $12 million book deal.

Mr Clinton's relatively young age at leaving the White House - compared with former presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush who left the presidency respectively at nearly 78 and 68 - led to much debate and speculation about what he would do next.

See also:

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