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ABC Slates Barbara Walters Heart Surgery Special

ABC has scheduled a new primetime Barbara Walters special focusing on people that have undergone heart surgery.”A Barbara Walters Special: A Matter of Life and Death” will air Friday, February 4 at 10 PM and will feature interviews with former President Bill Clinton, Robin Williams, Charlie Rose and Regis Philbin. It also features an interview with late night host David Letterman, who rarely sits down with interviewers.

Larry King to Howard Kurtz About SNL Parodies: ‘It means you accomplished something’

Outgoing CNN host Larry King talked to Howard Kurtz on Sunday’s “Reliable Sources” about everything from interviewing presidents to being made fun of on “Saturday Night Live.”

Kurtz asked King about how he felt about former president Bill Clinton saying “I can now bypass you people in the press because Larry King liberated me by giving me to the American people directly.”

King responded:

“I was in the audience. I was so embarrassed. I mean, the press are friends of mine. I love — I love journalism. I love the people in it. I love newspapers. I love the reporters. And to have a president say that, of course, a compliment, but it was extremely embarrassing. However, with the rise of cable news, he may have been prophetic not just that he can go to Larry King.”

When Kurtz asked King about the SNL parodies, he seemed not fased by the whole thing:

“To be made fun of on ‘Saturday Night Live’ is fine. You know, it means you’re being recognized. It means you accomplished something. It’s OK to be satirized. It ain’t that important, Howie.”

With Former President Bill Clinton Set to Appear, Here’s How The Final ‘Larry King Live’ Will End

We already told you that “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest will be appearing on tonight’s final installment of “Larry King Live.”

Well, earlier today Seacrest tweeted a picture from the rundown for the final show. While it doesn’t name any other guests, it does describe how King will be going out. Update: Seacrest has deleted his tweet, but we saved a copy of the picture.

While Seacrest may not name names, we will. TVNewser hears that former president Bill Clinton and current California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will be among those paying tribute to King tonight. Schwarzenegger has even declared today “Larry King Day” in California.

Spoiler: The picture from Seacrest’s rundown is after the jump.

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Bill Clinton Takes Over Briefing Room. Pres. Obama: ‘I’m going to take off…You’re in good hands’

Pres. Barack Obama met at the White House today with former President Bill Clinton — the first time since the midterm elections — on how to respond to the big Democratic losses and Obama’s deal with the GOP to extend the Bush era tax cuts.

The White House press corps was “summoned at a moment’s notice” to the briefing room for the news conference. And not long after the two presidents appeared together at 4:23pmET, it became AAB — all about Bill (or Bubba, take your pick).

All the cable news and business channels carried some, or all, of the news conference. About 10 minutes in, with Pres. Clinton in command at the podium, Pres. Obama excused himself. Obama: “I’ve been keeping the first lady waiting for about half an hour, I’m going to take off. I don’t want to make her mad. You’re in good hands and [Press Secy. Robert] Gibbs will call last question.”

And that didn’t come for another 20 minutes. MSNBC and CNN were still carrying the Q&A between the Press Corps and the former president, who officially left the White House 10 years ago next month. Fox News’ Neil Cavuto, who happened to be broadcasting from Washington, DC today, did not stay with the Clinton newser, but rather did his own Q&A with Clinton’s former chief of staff Mack McLarty.

Among those getting in questions for the former president ABC’s Jake Tapper, CBS’ Mark Knoller and NBC’s Mike Viquiera.

Phil Simms Out This Week With Back Injury

NFL on CBS lead analyst Phil Simms won’t be in the booth this week while recuperating from scheduled surgery on an ailing back.

Dan Fouts will replace Simms and work alongside play-by-play announcer Jim Nantz. The duo will call the San Diego-Oakland game on Sunday.

Simms is expected to return next week.

Stories About Athletes Overspending Are Always Fun

We’re going back to England.

In Sabatoge Times (yeah, not really sure what it is), Rohan Ricketts writes about the trials and tribulations of being a young, rich athlete.

Ricketts, who played for squads including Arsenal, Tottenham, England’s U-21, and Toronto FC, offers up some telling anecdotes. Read more

From Reality TV Star to Fake Sports Star

Mike “The Miz” Mizanin, formerly of Real World/Road Rules Challenge fame, shocked the world (we guess?) Monday night when he won the WWE championship on Monday Night Raw. This, of course, isn’t exactly newsworthy… but couldn’t you make the argument he’s the most successful of all the MTV reality stars? That’s an accomplishment in some sense.

We’ll let the announcers do our talking for us: “Ladies and gentlemen, the era of awesomeness has begun on Monday Night Raw.” Sure, that’s one way to put it.

(Snagged from Bill SimmonsTwitter feed.)

Katie Couric, Matt Lauer Attend Bill Clinton’s Birthday Bash

Former “Today” co-anchors Matt Lauer and Katie Couric were reunited yesterday. The NY Post‘s “Page Six” reports that Couric and Lauer were among the guests at former President Bill Clinton‘s birthday party in the Hamptons. Other guests inlcuded Sir Paul McCartney, Vera Wang and Jimmy Buffett.

Matt Lauer to Interview Former President George W. Bush

george-w-bush-picture080210.jpegTwo years after the 2008 Presidential Election, NBC’s Matt Lauer will interview former President George W. Bush. NBC will air a primetime interview with Bush Monday Nov. 8, with the former President sitting down for a live appearance on “Today” Wednesday Nov. 10.

Bush’s daughter, Jenna Hager, is a correspondent for “Today,” and conducted an interview for the program in April with former President Bill Clinton.

Since leaving office in early 2009, Bush has largely stayed out of the media spotlight. Now, it seems, he is finally ready to speak out. The appearances mark Bush’s first one-on-one television interviews with an American television network since leaving office.

Of course, the appearances are also tied to the release of his memoir, Decision Points, which will be available November 9.

Why choose NBC? The combination of a primetime network special and an appearance on the top broadcast morning show is sure to draw far more viewers than an appearance on any of the cable news channels, including the top-rated Fox News. When you are trying to sell a book, the size of the audience matters.

The press release is after the jump.

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Jenna Bush Interviews Bill Clinton

The daughter of 43 interviewed 42 on NBC this morning.

“Today” show contributor Jenna Bush chatted up former Pres. Bill Clinton at his Clinton Global Initiative gathering in Miami. “I was thinking, you know, if your family fed in questions I’d be cooked,” said Clinton. “No, no. They love you,” said Bush. “In fact, they joke that you’re my grandfather’s stepson.”

Bush and Clinton talked about the bi-partisan approach to Haiti rebuilding, the mission of the Initiative and Chelsea Clinton‘s wedding.

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