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Pitch documents reveal Julie Bishop’s plans for new talk show The Conversation

Julie Bishop is leaving politics behind in the hopes of becoming Australia’s newest television talk show host. 

The former deputy leader of the Liberal Party has been revealed as developing a new television show called The Conversation with Julie Bishop.  

Pitch documents obtained by the The Australian’s Diary detail plans for a new ‘event documentary series’ which involves her interviewing A-list guests. 

Bishop’s star-studded guest list includes Princess Mary, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, singer Sia, TV chef Nigella Lawson and Matildas star Sam Kerr. 

It was unknown if she had secured any of the influential guests yet. 

The show promises to feature Bishop’s meetings with guests with a dozen mobile cameras in a public setting chosen by the interview subject. 

‘This is a talk show with “what will Julie Bishop and her guest have in common?” as its primary question. But there is a central unifying theme: what shapes the people that change our world?’ the pitch reads.  

‘This is pure conversation. Two great minds. No tricks.

‘We take the powerful players back out to the street where it all began. Where ideas can be shared in the cold light of day. The hustle and bustle of the world are invited into the conversation – what happens when a member of the public interrupts the interview to share their admiration for the guest?’ 

The show’s format has been inspired by French and Canadian TV formats: ‘Conversation Secrete’.

Weeks after retiring from politics ahead of the federal election it was reported Bishop, 62, had turned down well-paid ‘glamour roles’ in politics in order to focus on roles in the private sector.

‘Right from the word go, she said ”I do not want the job”,’ her sister MaryLou told ABC Radio Adelaide’s David Bevan.

‘She wanted to prove herself in the free market, in private enterprise.’

The Australian previously revealed Ms Bishop was in talks with South Australian Premier Steven Marshall to take over the $315,000 a-year role as the state governor but she later turned it down.

Ms Bishop later signed up to Sydney firm Claxton Speakers International to help manage her talks around the country and internationally.

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