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Gavin Newsom to get his own talk show on Current TV

April 18, 2012 | 12:23 pm

Gavin Newsom gets a talk show
Gavin Newsom, the lieutenant governor of California, is adding a new job to his resume: talk show host.

Newsom's new show, "The Gavin Newsom Show," will premiere on Current TV (a.k.a. the channel currently in a legal battle with Keith Olbermann) in May.

Tapping into his knowledge of California politics, the weekly show will focus on interviews with newsmakers from Silicon Valley to Hollywood, among other subjects.

In a statement, Al Gore, Current TV chairman and former vice president, said, "Gavin Newsom is a courageous leader who has boldly seized every opportunity to create positive social change. First as a successful entrepreneur, then in his role as Mayor of San Francisco, and now as Lieutenant Governor, Newsom touches many worlds -- business, politics, entertainment and activism.  We are honored that Current TV will be bringing his curiosity, intelligence, insights and enthusiasm to television."

Newsom came to national attention in 2004 when the then-mayor directed the San Francisco city-county clerk to begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses in violation of state law. Since then he's become a talk show regular, notably on "Real Time With Bill Maher" on HBO.

Newsom will be joining former politician Eliot M. Spitzer as a recent Current TV hire. Spitzer's program, "Viewpoint With Eliot Spitzer," began airing at the end of March as a replacement for Keith Olbermann, who was dismissed from the network.


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— Patrick Kevin Day

Photo: Gavin Newsom. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images for American Foundation for Equal Rights.