August 21, 2002 01:00 PM

To Bill Clinton watchers, it seems more a question of “when” he will find a way back into the spotlight, rather than “if.” Representatives for the 42nd president are in talks with syndication superstar King World and CBS-owned stations to host his own daytime chatfest, Variety reports. The trade magazine speculates that the show would be a cross between “Oprah” and “Nightline” and air during the day. This is not the first time rumors have circulated about a starring vehicle for the 56-year-old former president. Last May, producers and longtime Arkansas pals Harry Thomason and Linda Bloodworth-Thomason introduced NBC executives to Clinton to discuss hosting a talk show. A deal was never made and money may have been an issue. (At the time, it was reported that Clinton was demanding $50 million to sign on.) Now, Variety reports that sources say Clinton’s current asking price is much lower. If a Clinton-fronted show is to get on the air by next fall, the former president will have to declare his candidacy for a talk-show gig within the next month, Variety reports.

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