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Clinton to appear on 'Daily Show,' skip 'SNL'

Former president to sit down with Jon Stewart on Monday
/ Source: The Associated Press

Bill Clinton has been all over television promoting his new book. But one show he won’t be visiting is “Saturday Night Live.”

The former president has turned down an invitation to be guest host of the NBC sketch-comedy series next season, spokesman Marc Liepis confirmed Friday. No reason was given for Clinton rejecting the offer, first reported by TV Guide Online.

But far from going into retreat, Clinton will sit down with Jon Stewart on Comedy Central’s “Daily Show” Monday at 11 p.m. EDT, presumably to say more about his best-selling memoir, “My Life,” as well as global affairs and the presidential race.

This appearance comes on the heels of Clinton’s guest shot on CBS’ “Late Show” Tuesday, when he brought a copy of his book as a birthday gift for host David Letterman’s 9-month-old son. Meanwhile, Clinton gave Letterman a rare ratings win over NBC’s “Tonight Show,” delivering the biggest audience for the “Late Show” since last March, when Janet Jackson drew a crowd for her first post-Super Bowl interview.

Fueled by Clinton’s ongoing publicity blitz, his book has sold more than 1.5 million copies since its June 22 release.