June 30, 2004

Sharpton to host reality show

Former Presidential candidate Al Sharpton, relatively quiet on the national scene since dropping out of the race for the White House, has a new job.

Sharpton will host SpikeTV's I Hate My Job, due to premiere this fall on the cable network.

"I like the concept of trying to have people discover their purpose in life, and not have the world define them or settle for less than who they want to be just to pay their bills," Sharpton said Tuesday.

"I'm the working man's (Donald) Trump," Sharpton said. "He brings people into the penthouse. We bring them into the house."

Crazy Al will be one of two "life counselors" who will give the eight male contestants advice and weekly assignments. The other "life counselor" is California psychologist Stephanie Raye.

Since leaving the Presidential race, Sharpton has entertained a number of offers, including a possible talk show, as well as accepting an offer to become a commentator for CNBC. Sharpton cut his television chops with a guest host spot for NBC's Saturday Night Live earlier this year.

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