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Lewinsky lands job as reality show host

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) -- Monica Lewinsky, whose affair with then-President Bill Clinton nearly cost him the Oval Office, will soon be hosting a reality show for the Fox network, Daily Variety reported in its Thursday edition.

The 29-year-old former White House intern has landed a job as host of the hidden-identity dating show, "Mr. Personality," slated to debut on Fox April 21, the entertainment trade paper said.

Lewinsky's deal comes not long after Clinton began his stint as a paid TV commentator on CBS, debating onetime campaign rival and former Republican leader Bob Dole in a revival of the "Point/Counterpoint" segment by news magazine "60 Minutes."

According to Variety, "Mr. Personality" will follow a group of average-looking guys whose faces have been masked as they try to win the affections of an attractive young lady. Their looks will be concealed throughout the dating process, as the woman eliminates a contestant each week until she narrows her choice to one man.

Lewinsky, who designs handbags and accessories that she sells via her Web site, most recently appeared in the HBO documentary "Monica in Black & White," Variety said. That program featured Lewinsky answering questions about her dalliance with Clinton, which led to his impeachment. He was acquitted by the U.S. Senate.

Otherwise, Lewinsky has kept a relatively low public profile in the years since her relationship with Clinton came to light. Lewinsky also appeared in an MTV special with gross-out comedian Tom Green, but she turned down overtures to appear in the Fox special "Celebrity Boxing."

Fox is currently enjoying a ratings rebound, thanks in large part to the huge success of recent reality TV offerings, namely "Joe Millionaire" and "American Idol."

Fox is a unit of News Corp Ltd. CBS is owned by Viacom Inc.

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