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Scoop: Kimberly Guilfoyle has eyes on White House press secretary post

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Rumors are circulating that Kimberly Guilfoyle may replace Sean Spicer as Donald Trump’s press secretary. (Courtesy Fox News)
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San Francisco’s former first lady and current Fox News personality Kimberly Guilfoyle may be on her way to the White House.

The Mercury News reports that the co-host of “The Five” has been in talks with Donald Trump’s administration to replace Sean Spicer as press secretary.

She told the paper, “I think it’d be a fascinating job, it’s a challenging job, and you need someone really determined and focused, a great communicator in there with deep knowledge to be able to handle that position.”

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Trump apparently was the one who brought up her name up for the job, according to the New York Times.

Guilfoyle, a former prosecutor in Los Angeles and San Francisco, was infamously married to Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom back when he was mayor; they announced their divorce in 2005.

On her show last week after Trump let go of FBI Director James Comey, Guilfoyle — though not mentioning her interest in the position — said, “If you want to be successful and do communications with President Trump, you have to be someone who he actually wants to spend a little bit of time with.”

Perhaps the saddest part of the story is the possible loss of the great Melissa McCarthy, whose “Saturday Night Live” interpretation of Spicer has quickly gone down in history.

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Bill Cosby isn’t planning to testify in his own defense during his upcoming assault trial.

In his first public comments in two years (during a taped interview with CNN host Michael Smerconish on his SiriusXM radio program), the fallen comic said he didn’t want to “sit there and have to figure out what I believe is a truthful answer.”

More than 50 women have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct, many claiming he drugged and assaulted them; the trial is set to start in June.

While his sitcom daughter Lisa Bonet has been silent about the topic, her real-life daughter Zoë Kravitz told Allure that her mom wasn’t “incredibly surprised” about the situation.

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— Staff, wire reports

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