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Ex-governor, wrestler Jesse Ventura heads back to Russian TV

Associated Press logo Associated Press 6/8/2017
FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2015, file photo, former Minnesota governor and professional wrestler Jesse Ventura talks to reporters outside the federal building in St. Paul, Minn. Ventura has a new commentary show on Russian state television called "The World According to Jesse." It's expected to being airing soon on RT America, the Washington arm of the international network RT. (Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2015, file photo, former Minnesota governor and professional wrestler Jesse Ventura talks to reporters outside the federal building in St. Paul, Minn. Ventura has a new commentary show on Russian state television called "The World According to Jesse." It's expected to being airing soon on RT America, the Washington arm of the international network RT. (Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP, File)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minnesota governor and professional wrestler Jesse Ventura says he hasn't been able to find work since his highly-publicized defamation lawsuit against "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle, so he's returning to Russian TV with a new commentary show.

Ventura told The Associated Press on Thursday that he has personal assurances from Russian President Vladimir Putin that "The World According to Jesse" won't be censored by the government-funded RT network.

Ventura says he lost health insurance with the Screen Actors Guild union last year because he wasn't doing enough work in the industry. He says the RT contract he signed provides health insurance. Ventura says the first of 32 shows is expected to air in the next few weeks.

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

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