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Who is Jaime Bayly?

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Jaime Bayly is a Peruvian television personality, political activist and journalist. Bayly is a well-known political commentator in Peru, famous for his conservative commentary and outspoken opinions on a variety of political issues.

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Outside of Peru, Bayly has worked on shows for CBS Network Latin America and Telemundo Network. Bayly began working for a newspaper as a teenager because he was a poor student and his mother thought he needed work experience. He quickly ascended through the ranks and wrote articles for the paper. Bayly then attended the Universidad Católica del Perú but left after several years of poor grades.

Bayly then began reporting on municipal elections in Peru, which he found boring. He moved on to late night television, first hosting "1990 en America" and later the extremely popular "Que hay de nuevo?" Critics credit Bayly's boisterous personality for his success in late-night television.

Bayly once said that the principal purpose of television is to make people laugh and that is what he tries to do with his shows. Bayly tried, and failed, to become president of Peru in 2009. During the height of Bayly's fame, he used drugs, reports the Miami New Times.

Using his notoriety, Bayly advocated for gay marriage and the legalization of recreational drugs. Bayly had liver and lung problems, as of 2011, which he blamed on his poor lifestyle. He has published several books, including "Aquí No Hay Poesia," meaning "Here is No Poetry," in 2001. Bayly claims to be gay and has two daughters with wife Sandra Masías.

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