Ven­tura re­turns to TV via Rus­sia

Los Angeles Times - - CALENDAR - — Libby Hill

Years af­ter hon­ing his stage pres­ence in the wild world of pro­fes­sional wrestling, for­mer Min­nesota Gov. Jesse Ven­tura is re­turn­ing to tele­vi­sion, this time by way of Rus­sian TV.

The As­so­ci­ated Press re­ported Thurs­day that Ven­tura had as­sur­ances from Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin that his se­ries, “The World Ac­cord­ing to Jesse,” will not be cen­sored by RT — a TV net­work funded by the Rus­sian gov­ern­ment.

Times have been tough as of late for Ven­tura, who told the AP that he strug­gled to find work af­ter fil­ing a suit against “Amer­i­can Sniper” au­thor Chris Kyle in 2012.

This is not Ven­tura’s first gig with Rus­sian tele­vi­sion. His 2015 se­ries “Off the Grid” was car­ried by RT Amer­ica.

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