Clinton says it's unlikely he'll become host of TV show

Friday, May 10th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Former President Clinton said it's unlikely he'll start a new career as a television talk show host but admitted the idea had some appeal.

Clinton met with NBC executives last week in Los Angeles to discuss the possibility of a show, an unconventional move for an ex-president and one that generated a flurry of attention.

``I don't think this is going to happen,'' Clinton said during a National Public Radio interview scheduled to air Friday. ``I'd be surprised if it did.''

Clinton, a guest on NPR's ``The Tavis Smiley Show,'' said a TV forum would allow him to address ``things I care about in an environment where people would be free to listen to larger numbers of people than I can speak to.''

Clinton added that neither he nor the network were the impetus for the meeting. He was approached by a group of people, whom he didn't identify, and asked for help in financing a show, he said.

Asked if he would accept a position in which he provided analysis or commentary, Clinton said he didn't know.

NBC has declined to talk about the meeting, and a spokeswoman for Clinton downplayed its significance last week, calling it one of many discussions he's had about potential projects since leaving office.