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Ventura talker bows with Davis

California governor, Huffington to be interviewed

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura begins his scaled-back gig on MSNBC Saturday, just in time to opine about California’s recall election and throw a few questions Gray Davis’ way.

“Jesse Ventura’s America” will air at 7 p.m. ET. The weekly hourlong show will be broadcast from the unorthodox ex-politico’s home state.

Ventura’s first guests will be California governor Davis and ex-gubernatorial candidate Arianna Huffington, who exited the race this week and plans to campaign against the recall. Interviews will be done via satellite hookup.

On MSNBC’s Web site, Ventura said he represents millions of Americans who feel politically disenfranchised.

“I’m looking forward to doing a show that is from the gut, completely unpredictable and full of different opinions. You might not always agree with what you hear, but I guarantee you’ll never be bored,” Ventura said.

And thanks to his wrestling and acting careers, Ventura is on a first-name basis with California gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger — both were in the pic “Predator.”

MSNBC originally intended a weeknight, primetime show for Ventura, but those plans were scuttled.

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