Jerry E. Smith
He’s undertaken some of the most dangerous missions in the world as a Navy SEAL. He’s body-slammed giants in the wrestling ring as a WWE superstar. He’s even conquered politics as the governor of Minnesota. Now, Jesse Ventura is about to face his greatest challenge yet: uncovering the most compelling, modern-day conspiracy theories. CONSPIRACY THEORY is produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions (Hell’s Kitchen, I Survived a Japanese Game Show, Kitchen Nightmares, Trading Spaces) and will appear on truTV (formerly CourtTV) in the fall 2009 season line-up.
Ventura will travel the country, investigating cases and getting input from believers and skeptics before passing judgment on a theory's validity.
"Ventura will hunt down answers, plunging viewers into a world of secret meetings, midnight surveillance, shifty characters and dark forces," truTV said in a statement.
"I've been a mayor, I've been a governor," Ventura said. "Now, I get to be a detective and seek the truth." A pilot for the show, on 9/11, was shot in October. Several episodes have since been taped, including one with Jerry E. Smith on the High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP), which is expected to air in November 2009.
"Jesse is a savvy, high-energy and highly intellectual person," TruTV executive vice president Marc Juris said in a statement. "Above all, he's someone who is as real as they come." - Richard Huff
Ventura, a former pro wrestler and Minnesota governor, hosted a weekly talk show that lasted two months on MSNBC in 2003. He was also a TV commentator for the XFL, an alternative football league that folded after airing for one season on NBC in 2000. Elected governor in 1998, he did not run for re-election in 2002. The former Navy Seal has been extremely vocal in his support for the 9/11 Truth Movement. Ventura spoke passionately on the subject in front of 10,000 strong and millions watching on C-Span during an appearance at Ron Paul's Rally For The Republic.
During an appearance on the Alex Jones show, Ventura hit out at a now entrenched culture that "cannot handle the truth" when it comes to the events of 9/11, the war in Iraq, the devastation that has been wrought on the economy and the "failed political leadership" of the last administration.
TruTv currently reaches 91 million U.S. households, meaning Ventura’s show could potentially reach millions of viewers.