NEW YORK – Bill Clinton (search) is set to appear on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" (search) next Monday — perhaps the most promising interview yet on the spotlight-loving ex-President's extended TV talk-show tour to promote his best-selling memoir.
Unfortunately, hopes for more Commander-in-Chief comedy — an invitation to host "Saturday Night Live (search)" next season — were dashed yesterday when Clinton told producers 'No thanks."
An NBC spokesman confirmed that Clinton has declined the "SNL" offer, first reported by TV Guide.
Clinton will, however, sit down with Jon Stewart (search) on Monday (11 p.m.) — where he's expected to make headlines on what has become the presidential campaign's most talked-about TV watchdog.
Certainly, Comedy Central hopes that Clinton can work the same ratings magic for "The Daily Show" that he worked for his appearance this past Tuesday on "Late Show with David Letterman."
Thanks to Clinton, "Late Show" earned its best numbers since last March — when Janet Jackson gave her first post-Super Bowl interview — and gave the show a rare win over NBC's "Tonight Show."
"The Daily Show" has featured many politicians over the years, including Vice President Al Gore, senators John McCain, Hillary Rodham Clinton (search) and Arlen Specter, congressman Dick Gephardt and many more.
During the 2000 election season, former senator and GOP presidential candidate Bob Dole served as the show's "Guest Political Commentator" for its "Indecision 2000" series.