Martha Stewart wants to take Barbara Walters's place as next important interviewer

COOKING UP: Stewart is launching prime-time interview specials for the Hallmark Channel.
COOKING UP: Stewart is launching prime-time interview specials for the Hallmark Channel. (Pr Newswire/epson America)
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By Lisa de Moraes
Thursday, September 2, 2010

Martha Stewart, whose talk/crafts show is moving to cable's Hallmark Channel in two weeks, coinciding with the launch of her prime-time interview specials for that network, wants to become the new Important Interviewer in the television firmament.

"My favorite interviewers are Larry King [and] Barbara Walters, both of whom are kind of retiring," Stewart said in a conference call Wednesday.

This will be news to Barbara Walters, who recently confirmed she will be back on "The View" starting next week.

Anyway, with both of these TV icons out of the picture in Stewart's mind, she sees herself as their perfect replacement.

"Who's going to take their place as the serious, great interviewer? I'm throwing my name in there," Martha told reporters on a call to talk about the return of "The Martha Stewart Show," which premieres Sept. 13 on the Hallmark Channel.

Martha's first prime-time interview special, "Martha Stewart Presents: The Women Who Dress America," will debut Sept. 19; she will interview Diane Von Furstenberg and Donna Karan, among others.

In her chat with reporters, Martha mulled other ideas for specials:

"The hottest, sexiest, young male movie stars -- like, who are they really, how do they live, how do they cope?" Martha pondered.

One reporter wondered whether, following in the footsteps of King and Babs, she would also interview politicos.

"I would love to interview the first lady. . . . I consider her political," Stewart gushed. "I would love to interview Hilary Clinton, and of course, she is political, being our secretary of state."

"I would love to interview Nancy Pelosi in detail," Martha continued. "I think she's a phenomenal woman, I mean, look what she's done . . . and how absolutely gorgeous she is, too. But yes . . . I'm involved as much as anyone in the political future of this country and hoping that we get ourselves on track, as the president announced yesterday in his State of the Union speech."


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