Sean Spicer Is Testing Out a New Job: TV Talk Show Host

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Sean Spicer Is Testing Out a New Job: TV Talk Show Host

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Ellen. Oprah.

… Sean?

Sean Spicer, arguably the world’s most famous White House press secretary, is developing a talk show with the tentative title of “Sean Spicer’s Common Ground,” in which the former spokesman for President Trump interviews notable people in an informal setting.

A pitch sheet for the show’s pilot, obtained by The New York Times, describes Mr. Spicer hosting “some of the most interesting and thoughtful public figures for a drink and some lite conversation at a local pub or cafe.”

“The relaxed atmosphere is an ideal setting for Sean to get to know his guests as they discuss everything from the media to marriage,” the pitch continues. “They might even tangle over the merits of making your bed or the value of a great point guard.”

No network is attached to the project, but the pilot episode, to be filmed in July, is backed by heavy hitters in the realm of unscripted television. Debmar-Mercury, the syndicator of daytime series including “The Wendy Williams Show” and “Family Feud,” is co-producing with Pilgrim Media Group, which has developed basic-cable staples like “American Chopper.”

Reached on Monday, Mr. Spicer confirmed that a show was in the works. “In this current environment, I think it’s important to have a platform where we can have civil, respectful, and informative discussions on the issues of the day,” he told The Times.

“Sean Spicer’s Common Ground” would feature one guest per episode — think “Washington Week” meets Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.”

If picked up, the series would mark a return to the medium that turned Mr. Spicer into a minor celebrity. During his last stint on daytime TV — anchoring the White House news briefings — Mr. Spicer earned high ratings, not to mention a “Saturday Night Live” parody, for his testy and occasionally truth-challenged style.

The prospective series is one of several ventures that Mr. Spicer, who is represented by the Hollywood agency WME, has pursued since he left the Trump administration last July.

He started a podcast, “Everything’s Going to Be All Right,” with the conservative writer Katie Pavlich, and joined America First Action, a “super PAC” formed to support Mr. Trump and his allies.



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