Rod Blagojevich will not host

Former Governor and ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ competitor Rod Blagojevich not hosting "new" web talk show - cease and desist sent to show’s producers

NEW YORK, February 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Former governor Rod Blagojevich, who last year was impeached by the Illinois Senate and will be competing on the upcoming season of ‘Celebrity Apprentice,’ will not be a guest host of’s “new program” ‘The Late Net Show.’

As it turns out, that “new” show will not be happening at all. And to top it off, it isn’t new – it has been around since 2007. If the show’s producers had done a simple search on any search engine they would have found that the title already existed.
“LateNet® with Ray Ellin” is a popular web-based talk show that has been running since 2007 -- and is trademarked. The show, which is featured and is available for viewing on and other websites (over 70 videos) recently aired on, a division of AOL.
Guests have included stars such as Hank Azaria, Leonard Nimoy, Chevy Chase, Fran Drescher, Ralph Macchio, Paul Shaffer, and many more.

“I was pretty surprised when I heard about this,” said Ray Ellin, the show’s host, creator, and exec producer. “Never mind them using the same name - I was surprised to hear the guy was even going to host a talk show. I figured he would be better off doing ‘Let’s Make A Deal.”

“LateNet®” is taped in New York City at AOL studios in front of a live audience and includes a monologue, celebrity interviews, comedy sketches, musical performances and comedians.

The “LateNet®" legal team sent a cease and desist to the former Governor and last week. ArtofTalk complied immediately, removing anything ‘Late Net® related from its site. Blagojevich was not a producer or creator of the program.

“The funny thing is, maybe one day Blagojevich can get to host LateNet®. Ray Ellin is so good, so natural, that soon he’ll be on network tv anyway. Then maybe Blagojevich could do the program,” said comedian Dan Naturman, who has appeared as a guest on Ellin’s show.
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About LateNet® with Ray Ellin - the first comedy variety show to be broadcast via live online video made it’s debut in 2007, now running on AOL’s Ellin, an accomplished stand-up comedian, host, actor, and award-winning filmmaker (The Latin Legends of Comedy/20th Century Fox) is the show’s host and creator/exec producer through his production company.