By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated August 26, 2002 01:15 PM
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With Variety reporting that Bill Clinton is being primed to star in his own daytime talk show, Comedy Central host Ben Stein of “Win Ben Stein’s Money” has some tips for the 42nd president. In an open letter to Clinton, published on the op-ed page of Saturday’s New York Times, Stein (who once wrote speeches for presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford) had this to say to the budding new Oprah: “Dear Mr. Clinton . . . Before you put on your lavaliere mike and your earpiece and slick back that roguish mane of gray hair, here’s some advice . . . First of all, on a ‘talk show,’ the host has to let someone else talk. Even an informed, lovable former president does not get to talk the whole time. Are you prepared to let the woman whose husband has left her for a younger man, the sex expert, the makeover stylist or the free-trade economist be the center of attention?” Also, suggests Stein, “A large part of this gig is just being a sexy and sympathetic man of a certain age, and you’ve got that locked up.” So far, no reply from the Clinton camp.