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Diane Sawyer Lands Exclusive TV Interview With Jaycee Dugard

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 9th 2011 4:15AM
Jaycee DugardJaycee Dugard, the California woman who was abducted as a child and held in captivity for 18 years, will break her silence about the ordeal in an exclusive TV interview with Diane Sawyer.

Multiple news organizations had been trying to secure an interview with Dugard and, according to 'The New York Times,' ABC signed a deal earlier this week.

A spokesman for the network said that "Dugard will be asked about the extraordinary and heartbreaking story of her captivity [and] her reunion with her family," adding that the interview will air shortly before her memoir, 'A Stolen Life,' is published on July 12.

However, exact details of when the interview will air, and on which show(s), have not yet been announced.

Last week, the couple who kidnapped Dugard in 1991 and imprisoned her in a backyard compound for nearly two decades were sentenced to lengthy jail terms. Phillip Garrido received 431 years, and his wife, Nancy, got 36 years to life.

In a statement read out in court Dugard told the couple, "There is no God in the universe that would condone your actions."

In May she signed a deal with Simon & Schuster to publish her account of the kidnapping and the subsequent years she spent as a captive. A spokeswoman for the publishers said that Dugard wrote the book without the assistance of a ghostwriter.

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Considering Sawyer talks so slowly she seems like shes on drugs, the interview should consist of one question.

June 09 2011 at 6:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

She was supposed to get a $20million settlement from the state of California so I doubt that she needs the money. I am sure that she figured the story was going to come out completely anyway so she may as well be the one to tell it.

June 09 2011 at 4:29 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Why don't they just pay her the money and not interview her? I'm pretty sure we can figure out what happened. I may or may not read the book but at least give the girl some cash to live on and get herself educated. Bad idea with the interview. Sawyer is not that good, I can ask someone, 'How did that make you feel?' Remember the Jessica Lynch interview? Sawyer at her worst ever. Glad my cable is turned off.

June 09 2011 at 3:46 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply

so she can write yet she doesn't have the imagination to pick up the phone and call home!! She's either another dimwit like Smart or their wasn't much to go home too!!

June 09 2011 at 2:45 PM Report abuse -8 rate up rate down Reply
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that has to be the most ignorant comment I've ever read!!!

June 09 2011 at 4:54 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Veena Grover

Diane Sawyer will do great job interviewing Jaycee Dugard, Such a sweet young woman & who was held under the thumb of strange couple.I personally don't believe in revenge, but justice & teaching lesson for wrong doing is must.It is also eye opening incident for people to watch their children more closely, when they go to school or elsewhere alone.It is sad, world is becoming negative place for young children to survive.We still have to have faith on God & teach the good moral values to our children.They should not be afraid to live, rather little more careful.

June 09 2011 at 2:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"...were sentenced to lengthy jail sentences."? Really? for a professional journalist the redundancy is inexcusable and embarassing..

June 09 2011 at 2:17 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Bonnie Blue

Diane Sawyer is the best. Jayce must be cream of the crop to endure what she did and still be able to even write. If I had a difficult interview I would choose Diane.

June 09 2011 at 1:26 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

This is another low point for Diane Sawyer. This is a story for voyeuristic Nancy Grace. Diane is so not credible as a journalist covering international news, the real focus of serious news organizations. She should get her own talk show where trendy women talk about hair, fashion and celebrity gossip. She seems more comfortable in that domain than anywhere where news is breaking in the world.

June 09 2011 at 12:57 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply

I think Diane is a good choice. She has a lot more class and tact than most. I think she'll do a good job. Then, sadly, we can wait and see how the vultures from Access Hollywood, Extra, and the like, trash it up.

June 09 2011 at 12:48 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

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