Former governor and wrestler Jesse Ventura to work for Russian TV

Pauline Gross
June 9, 2017

Photo via Wikimedia CommonsA year after he told Larry King that he wanted to help bridge the gap between the United States and Russia, he's on the hook to work for Russian state television.

But, as The Washington Post's Adam Taylor and Paul Farhi reported, RT initially focused on reporting events in Russian Federation and combating negative news about Russian Federation, then shifted to offering an alternative view of global events. Putin-who presumably recently started getting broadcasts of early-'90s HBO-has added the former professional wrestler turned governor of Minnesota turned conspiracy theory-slinging TV host to his strongman entourage by giving Ventura a new show on RT America, the USA arm of the Russian government-funded RT network.

Ventura, 65, lost his health insurance with the Screen Actors Guild union past year because he wasn't doing enough work in the industry.

Ventura has been unable to find work stateside since he filed a defamation lawsuit against "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle.

Ventura's show premieres this month and will air on Fridays, with weekend reruns, according to RT.

RT has provided the health insurance he lost with the actors guild, the Star Tribune first reported. He called RT, where he already had a contract, and the network enrolled him in a health insurance plan in 10 days.

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Ventura's 2015 show "Off the Grid" was carried by RT America.

To read this article in one of Houston's most-spoken languages, click on the button below. Ventura kept up his lawsuit even after Kyle died, with a jury awarding him $1.8 million in 2014-an award that was later thrown out on appeal. "Everyone in the world should experience freedom", Ventura says of the main thrust of the show produced by the state-owned propaganda arm of a country where journalists, activists, and other critics are often imprisoned or assassinated.

"I have total artistic control and I can talk about anything I want", he told the Star Tribune.

Ventura said however that he will be able to say whatever he wants without fear of being censored on the show. "But, in some ways I was forced to do it".

Jesse Ventura, the former Navy SEAL turned professional wrestler who eventually became Minnesota's governor, has never been fond of decorum or the media.

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