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Could Dr. Dean be the next Dr. Phil?

The former Democratic nominee may have his own talk show.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean is talking to television producers about hosting a talk show.

Dean met this week with executives from Paramount, which produces talk shows such as Judge Judy and Dr. Phil, according to Walker Waugh, a spokesman for Dean’s grassroots group Democracy for America.

“The governor has been getting offers from plenty of different people since he finished (the presidential race),” Waugh said Friday. “He’s listening to everybody.”

But he said Dean’s main focus until the November election will be working with Democracy for America to get President Bush out of office.

The potential Dean talk show would not involve politics, said Asher Spittler, assistant to Paramount consultant Larry Lyttle. He said he didn’t know what the focus would be.

“It’s in the early stages,” Spittler said.

Lyttle was head of the production company that created Judge Judy, Judge Joe Brown and the Jamie Kennedy Experiment, Asher said.

Dean, who pulled out of the presidential race in February, met with television executives during a West Coast swing that included a rally with California Rep. Hilda Solis on Friday.

The physician and former Vermont governor will speak regularly at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. until the election. He spoke last month on “The Long-term Implications of the 2004 Presidential Election,” and will return for two days each in June, July and August, and again after the election.