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Bob Kerrey: “We’re in the Final Stages of Negotiating” With MPAA

Bob Kerrey told Don Imus today that he was in the “final stages of negotiating” to be the next head of the Motion Picture Assn. of America.

In an interview on his radio show this morning, Imus asked Kerrey what his next job would be after he leaves the New School.

“I’m talking very seriously with the Motion Picture Association of America,” he said.

Imus responded, “I thought you took that job.” In May, Kerrey said that he was talking to the MPAA but that no decision had been made.

One difficulty had been working out his contract with the New School, as it runs through the middle of next year. But Kerrey noted on Imus’ show that the school is in the process of finding a new president and that he would be there until “sometime in the fall.”

There had been speculation that Kerrey would perhaps be interested in another high profile lobbying position, that of head of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). But that position was filled today by John Castellani, currently president of the Business Roundtable.

Kerrey did get a taste of what he was in for when Imus asked him whether his MPAA job would entail commenting on such things as Mel Gibson’s audio rant at his ex girlfriend, which Imus played on his show. “God no. Other than to say I wold hope that I would never have to listen to it again.”

“It is news. It is a little like LeBron James in that everybody is talking about it,” Kerrey said. “It is disturbing, that is for sure.”

Kerrey said James’ ill-advised ESPN special was a “terrible mistake.”

“He made five cities mad at him,” Kerrey said. “You have to work really hard to do that.”

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