LAST CALL: Ryan rains on the rumors of DC job

Whenever a high-profile person leaves a high-profile position, rumors will abound. Just look at Bill Clinton's chat show. Or not.

Whenever a high-profile person leaves a high-profile position, rumors will abound. Just look at Bill Clinton's chat show. Or not.

But for the record, Bill Ryan tells us that he will not go to DC to work for President Bush.

For those of you who know the apolitical Ryan, co-founder of the erstwhile Niehaus Ryan Wong, this news will come as no surprise. But somehow the rumor has refused to die in the notoriously gossip-fueled Bay Area and Northwest region.

After all, the White House does have an open communications slot with Karen Hughes heading home to Texas.

"Rumors of my job with the Bush administration are highly exaggerated," insisted Ryan, explaining that he has no interest in the Beltway scene, or in W's PR predicaments. "But if he wants my opinion on improving his media standing, I'd be happy to help,

he added, generously.

Even if his country called him, Ryan said the obstacles would be too hard. "I could never pass the urine test,

he joked. At least, we think he was joking ...

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