Oprah’s pursuing Jaycee Dugard interview

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The 24th season of Oprah Winfrey’s venerable talk show kicks off on Sept 14 and the woman who is actually running things in this country (don’t front, you know it’s the truth) has noted which person of interest she desperately wants an interview with for the new season.

O wants to speak with kidnap survivor Jaycee Dugard – the young woman who miraculously appeared last month after being imprisoned by her perverted captor for 18 years.

The talk show queen told “The Insider” this week that the girl kidnapped 18 years ago is one of the rare interviews that she cares about landing.

“I want that interview,” Oprah told Samantha Harris. “Obviously, like everybody else in this business, I have ‘my people’ working on that. Now, this is the truth…I really don’t care about getting interviews first and all that stuff….Really, truly, I don’t play that game. I feel like if somebody wants to talk to me, they will talk to me. If they don’t want to talk to me and they want to talk to whomever, fine. But this is the one I want.”

Oprah added, “It’s the first time I have ever called up a producer and said, ‘Are we on this story? Because I want that interview!’”

[From The Huffington Post]

Don’t be surprised when Winfrey lands that interview and soon. What Oprah wants, Oprah gets. Dugard is probably right now on a therapist’s couch and Winfrey will just have her shrink’s office moved to the Harpo studios in Chicago for convenience.

Here’s Oprah at her 24th season kickoff party in Chicago yesterday. Images thanks to WENN.com .

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  1. MeowMeow says:

    Oprah needs to step off. I’d be surprised if that poor woman could string together a coherent sentence, given what she’s been through. She has so much to reckon with now that she’s free, and it may take her a lifetime to do it.

  2. Alexis says:

    MeowMeow, I was thinking the exact same thing. Who is Oprah to make that poor woman do an interview for her?

  3. boomchakaboom says:

    It is way too soon. Oprah surely is only trying to lock down an interview for some day in the future, IF Jaycee ever feels like doing something so public. Which, honestly, I can’t imagine that happening anytime soon, if at all. Does this mean Oprah’s people are badgering this woman? That would be pretty gross.

  4. Susette says:

    “This one I want.” “I want that interview.”

    Mmm..hmm. So basically, it’s all about what Oprah wants. As that poor woman and her children are trying to maintain their anonymity and resettle in a normal life, Oprah’s got “her people” harassing the family. Real Nice.

  5. walker says:

    Why? This woman needs to be left alone. The LAST thing she needs is to be in the media spotlight. Come on man! This woman is going to need years of therapy.

  6. LL says:

    Even if this isn’t true, Oprah is still an idiot. And so are the people who treat her word as if it is gospel and run their lives based on whatever is currently appearing on her show. She managed to make her viewers feel inadequate because they didn’t own her “favorite things” then when the recession hits, she does shows on downsizing, buying from lower-end stores blah blah blah. Can’t stand her.

  7. MymaJane says:

    Oprah needs to back off for a bit. Give the woman some time. I remember watching the “O” series she did a while back, and she was talking about one of the interviews she had done with this woman who’s son was shot by his friend. The interview was done a week after the son was shot. Oprah lamented the fact that she shouldn’t have done the interview so soon, that it probably wasn’t healthy for the mom to be talking about it on national TV. I think she should take her own advice.

    She’ll get the interview, but she needs to give the woman some time. Jaycee needs to spend time with her family, obviously get some therapy, and begin to live her life.

  8. YT says:

    It would be better for Jaycee if Oprah would simply donate a very large amount of money to help Jaycee and her family with their futures. The mental health bills alone will be huge, and they all need a safe, secure place to live for a number of years.

    None need to be trotted out for a ratings boost.

  9. Embee says:

    It seems that everyone will be trying to get an interview–not just O. And Oprah is a survivor of repeated childhood sexual abuse so I can undertand her interest and expect that she will bend over backwards to make this lady feel comfortable. I hope she gets it and I hope she takes the family under her wing.

  10. voodoobetty says:

    Exploitation of the weak and wounded for financial gain and critical acclaim, not so cleverly disguised as empathy. She makes me sick.

  11. hmm says:

    Everyone should back off, not just Oprah. Every talk show host and every news show is trying to get this interview, that’s just the nature of the business. Oprah’s not doing anything different from Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Larry King, or Barbara Walters. She’s just being honest and speaking about it. Everyone should leave her alone and let her get the therapy she needs but methinks she will cash in, big time.

  12. Beth says:

    I agree with Hmm. I don’t know why everybody is trashing Oprah when every news organization is trying to get an interview.

  13. Sakota says:

    This makes me so sick. So waht if Oprha has sexual abuse on common. If someone cured cancer Oprah would announce her childhood interest in being a doctor. Everyone is being sick but for Oprah to say she wants the interview it makes me hate her more than I thought I could hate anyone.

    This woman has been through hell and needs time to heal wihtout that vulture trying to exploit her. I am so SICK of this woman’s greed for the best interview ever. All these newspeople are gross and Oprah is so wrong for doing this.

  14. GatsbyGal says:

    This poor woman needs to be left alone to heal. I can’t even imagine her being in any sort of state of mind to go on TV in front of millions of people.

  15. Snoopchew says:

    Opies greed is only surpassed by her underwhelming empathy.

  16. Sakota says:

    This is the lowest of the low I have ever heard of any member of the press going and that’s saying something about Oprah and it’s not good. I cannot BELIEVE that Oprah is pursuing this.

  17. c says:

    I feel if the environment is comfortable and the negotiated rate is appealing to assist the Dugards with their future planning…then perhaps this could work.

    Oprah will be subtle and the room will be filled with mustard colored comfy couches redish pillows and soft toned voices….

  18. stellapurdy says:

    She’ll get the interview

  19. For Sooth? says:

    Please, oh please, I hope this woman does not agree to do ANY interviews, now, or in the future. We don’t need to hear the salacious facts at the risk of her sanity and her recovery.

    Back Off Oprah! You are being a di*k for pressing this matter.

  20. barneslr says:

    If she actually said that, then she has degenerated to the level of Perez Hilton and the E network. That poor girl needs to be LEFT ALONE to heal, not make the talk show rounds talking about the tragedy of her life for entertainment value.

    I just lost a great deal of respect for Oprah, and for one I will boycott ANY interviews this girl does with her or anyone else.

  21. Pam says:

    If anyone was going to get the interview I would want her to get it. She is and always has been a great advocate for children. She would do it with taste and compassion

  22. barneslr says:

    No, Pam. Pursuing this girl, this victim of a crime so horrific that it’s hard to even fathom, is not in any way a demonstration of taste or compassion. Even approaching her with the request for an interview shows a lack of both.

  23. chris says:

    Oprah needs to get off her pedestal and realize the self serving stupidity of her statements…
    leave the family ALONE !!!!! all she does is create a media frenzy to try to beat her to interview.
    What we need is compassion…something obviously Oprah lacks to feed her massive ego……
    the family needs to heal…geez…disgusting

  24. reggicat says:

    Agreed VoodooBetty, I’m tiring of hearing about Oprah. I would laugh if Jaycee told her to *blank* off. I would. Jaycee has obviously got more on her plate than to be worried by Oprah. Oprah is sounding like a vulture.

  25. Terri says:

    The whole world wants to see what Jaycee Dugard looks like now and to hear her story! So yes, every talk show, and every news media is trying to get an interview.
    So all yall saying Jaycee Dugard and her family just needs privacy, which I also agree that they do, and I just can’t imagine thier pain and what they have been though, and the horror that Jaycee Dugard has been through, bless her heart she was just a little kid, will be tuned in watching just like every one else in the world.
    Some of yall just want to bash Oprah.

  26. Dave says:

    The LEAP blog has an interesting take on what happened to Jaycee Dugard, particularly in terms of the number of sexual assault cases and the fact that there are limited police resources to investigate these cases:


  27. lucy2 says:

    Everyone needs to leave this woman and her family ALONE. If someday she decides to do an interview, which frankly I don’t think she ever should, she can decide who then. But for now everyone needs to back off.
    I hate the exploitative, rushed, instant gratification that so many media outlets need to have these days.

  28. Heather says:

    I hope she does one, because I think Jaycee could help kidnap victims everywhere, not just those who have been kidnapped and are living lives like Jaycee, but also those who might be kidnapped in the future. Plus, who wants the last word on this to be from Garrido, who says the story will be “heartwarming”? I think Jaycee would have something different to say about that, and should get her chance. Oprah’s show is a great opportunity for her to tell her story, how she coped… The interview could actually be very therapeutic for her, as well – her re-entrance into society, and cathartic. The story of her educating and loving her children who weren’t even allowed to know she was their mother might be sad, but could also be seen as extremely inspirational as an “against all odds” story – As even her mere survival is such a story.

  29. Heather says:

    I hope everyone here takes a look, because… ain’t that the TRUTH! Perhaps Jaycee’s case would have been solved years and years ago, if so many resources weren’t tied up in the War on Drugs!

  30. missykitty says:

    I’d like to see her.Curiosity is there. The money would help her. When she is ready. She was talking to the guy with printing work. She is able to talk.She wanted to be a model it said and her pics were on there. Why not have them on Oprah and get paid. I am not a big fan of Oprah but many are. People want only the best for her. She is undercover now but they will have to see the public some time. I do know what it is like to be attacked.