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Sharon Osbourne Asks Sarah Ferguson How She Fell For Undercover Camera Hoax (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 17th 2011 5:35PM
Sarah Ferguson and Sharon Osbourne on 'The Talk'Sarah Ferguson, former wife of Prince Andrew, has done some public soul-searching on her OWN series, 'Finding Sarah.' But there was only one thing Sharon Osbourne wanted to know when Ferguson appeared Friday on 'The Talk' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC). "How on Earth did you fall for it?" Osbourne asked.

Osbourne was referring to Ferguson's scandal when the U.K. tabloid News of the World sent an undercover reporter to catch Ferguson selling access to Prince Andrew. She wondered how Ferguson didn't see it coming when the same organization had tried similar tactics with other family members.

Ferguson said it was partly because she didn't trust her instincts about the reporter. "I was sitting with him and I said, 'Your leg's twitching, are you nervous? Why can't you look me in the eye?'" said Ferguson. "I knew, my instinct said he was a journalist. Did I listen? Hell no."

Ferguson says that's a mistake she has corrected through 'Finding Sarah.' Now, she listens. And we watch, because it's oddly hard to turn away.

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Sarah Ferguson Tells Jimmy Kimmel She Cleaned Urinals on Her First Trip to the U.S. (VIDEO)

by Mike Moody, posted Jun 15th 2011 4:06AM
sarah ferguson, jimmy Kimmel LiveSarah Ferguson dropped by 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (Weeknights, 12AM ET on ABC) to chat about her new documentary series, 'Finding Sarah,' and about her humble beginnings.

The Duchess of York didn't start out her life as a part of the rich and famous Royal Family. She was a "regular kid," as Kimmel said, who had to pay for her first trip to America by cleaning "urine-alls" or, as we Westerners call them, urinals, or toilets in Squaw Valley.

Ferguson had to hold down three jobs at one time to fund her travels, and her past gigs included escorting children to the ski lift and heating up strudel in a strudel house.

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Sarah Ferguson Relives Her Darkest Hour on 'Finding Sarah' (VIDEO)

by Mike Moody, posted Jun 13th 2011 1:39AM
finding sarah OWNSarah Ferguson -- a.k.a., the original "Fergie" -- talks about her much-publicized fall from grace on the premiere of her new six-part documentary series, 'Finding Sarah' (Sun., 9PM ET on OWN).

The Duchess of York discussed the downside of being plucked form obscurity to become part of the Royal Family, and she relived the scandal that led the media to dub her an "outcast" and the "Duchess of Disgrace."

Ferguson was caught on tape by a U.K. tabloid last year trying to sell access to her ex-husband, Prince Andrew. Re-examining the event, Ferguson confessed that she was "broke and hurting" when she made the deal, and that she was forced into the situation in order to pay back a friend who was in desperate need of cash.

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Sarah Ferguson on Hitting Rock Bottom and Her New OWN Show, 'Finding Sarah' (VIDEO)

by Jean Bentley, posted Jun 10th 2011 2:00PM
Sarah Ferguson, Finding SarahWhen Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, was caught by a British tabloid last year trying to sell access to her ex-husband, Prince Andrew, she was sure she'd hit rock bottom.

The natural inclination after such an embarrassing incident is usually to slink as far away from the public eye as possible, but not for Ferguson -- instead, she decided to document her redemption in a six-part documentary series on OWN (premieres Sun., June 12 at 9PM ET).

It pays to have famous friends -- Ferguson told AOL TV that it was Oprah herself who suggested she film a show for OWN. After the jump, watch Ferguson discuss 'Finding Sarah,' which follows the Duchess as she seeks the assistance of self-help gurus big and small, from Dr. Phil and Suze Orman to a shaman and a horse whisperer.

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Sarah Ferguson Pushes Reality Show, Denies Selling Access To Prince Andrew (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 7th 2011 12:45PM
Sarah Ferguson on 'Today'On Tuesday's edition of 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC), Meredith Vieira talked to Sarah Ferguson about her new show, 'Finding Sarah: From Royalty to Reality.' In it, Ferguson admits to feeling "worthless, disgusting, unlovable," and "emotionally bankrupt." But if you're looking for her to admit guilt in last year's scandal in which she was accused of selling access to her former husband, Prince Andrew, you won't find it.

Vieira asked Ferguson why she would open herself up so much on the show. For her, it was an opportunity to work with people like Dr. Phil, Suze Orman, and Martha Beck to get her mind and finances back in order. "I think this is quite an extraordinary moment to be sitting here completely calm, completely happy, moving on," said Ferguson.

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Sarah Ferguson Says 'I Blew It' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted May 11th 2011 10:15PM
Sarah Ferguson on 'The Orpah Winfrey Show'Sarah Ferguson's interview on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' (weekdays, syndicated) was looping all day Wednesday on BBC World News with a sound bite about her not being invited to the much-hyped wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. But she had another, much more personal moment on the show where she confessed, "I blew it," talking about her marriage and her life.

Ferguson was married to Prince Andrew, making her the Duchess of York. That marriage ended in divorce in 1996. Further, she was involved in a scandal about trying to sell access to the prince, and has been reported as having financial problems. Hers had been the last big royal wedding before Prince William and Kate Middleton.

"I had it all and I blew it," she said. "And I made mistakes."

Winfrey presented Ferguson with a photo of herself on her wedding day, and asked what Ferguson would say to her younger self.

"I'd say, 'Sarah, do you have any idea of who you are?'" Which is either ironic or appropriate, because Ferguson has a new show coming up on Winfrey's network, called 'Finding Sarah: From Royalty to the Real World.'

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Oprah to Sarah Ferguson: 'I Better Not See You on 'Dancing With the Stars'

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 29th 2010 1:30PM
Sarah FergusonHoping to see Sarah Ferguson cut a rug on 'Dancing With the Stars'? Well, don't hold your breath. Why? Oprah Winfrey has spoken.

Money-strapped Ferguson, who will appear in 'Master Class: Finding Sarah' on Winfrey's new network OWN, was warned away from reality TV by the queen of daytime herself. You know, reality TV except on OWN.

In a new interview with Parade, Winfrey shined some light on how Ferguson ended up on OWN, and not some other network.

"Don't let me see you on 'Dancing with the Stars,'" Winfrey told Ferguson after interviewing her. "She started emailing me and at one point asked what did I think of her doing a celebrity chef show. And I said, 'That's not going to help you. How are you going to rehabilitate yourself on a celebrity chef show? You should be working on yourself.'"

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News Roundup: Sarah Ferguson Gets OWN Series, New 'Glee' Pics and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 10th 2010 6:10PM
Sarah FergusonSarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, will appear in her own series on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network.

'Finding Sarah' will follow the troubled royal as she rebuilds her life with the help of some of Oprah's favorite experts.

"With the help of experts Dr. Phil McGraw, Suze Orman, Martha Beck and others, The Duchess will open up about her recent public troubles and explore her lifelong battles with weight, relationships and finances," Lisa Erspamer, chief creative officer of OWN, said in a statement. "She will look to put the past behind her and move forward to a positive future."

Ferguson said she is doing the six episode series in an effort to heal.

"After 22 years of raising my two amazing daughters, it's time for me to mother myself," Ferguson said in a statement. "My hope is that sharing my journey will help someone else."

In other TV news ...

Want to see some photos from the Britney Spears episode of 'Glee'? New York Times photographer Todd Heisler spent time on set of the hit Fox show and got backstage looks at the actors and crew making the episode. [NY Times]

Courtney B. Vance will guest star on the summer finale of 'The Closer.' Vance will play Tommy Delk, the head of the LAPD's counter-terrorism unit. There's a chance his character will reappear later in the season. [TV Guide]

'Nikita' debuted to 3.6 million viewers, 9 percent more than its lead-in 'The Vampire Diaries.' The season 2 premiere of 'The Vampire Diaries' was down 24 percent in viewers 18-49 compared to last year. NFL ratings were up, with the Vikings vs. Saints game getting the highest overnight ratings, 17.7 million, in 13 years. [Live Feed]

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Oprah Offers Sarah Ferguson her OWN Show?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jul 26th 2010 7:35AM
Debt-ridden Sarah Ferguson may have found a way out of her current financial predicament, and her savior is reported to be none other than the Queen of U.S. TV, Oprah Winfrey.

According to 'The Daily Mail', Oprah called Fergie to offer her a prime time chat show on the new cable network OWN, which is debuting in January. Oprah and Ferguson have known each other for some time and Ferguson appeared on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' back in May to explain herself after her recent "cash-for-access" scandal.

A source close to Ferguson said: "Oprah has always been impressed by Sarah's ability to pick herself up and reinvent herself. ... She feels Sarah will be someone viewers of her new channel will be able to relate to on many levels -- she's a divorcée, a working mother, someone who has made some very public mistakes and a woman who, like Oprah, constantly battles with her weight."

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Sarah Ferguson Faces the Devil on 'Oprah' (VIDEO)

by Harley W. Lond, posted Jun 1st 2010 6:38PM
Oh those British blue bloods. There's always been scandal among the royals (think Prince Charles and Princess Diana's improprieties) and Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York and ex-wife of Prince Andrew, is no exception. Her latest: She wanted a $40,000 bribe from a "businessman" (actually a reporter) to introduce him to her ex-husband.

Ferguson was on Tuesday's 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' (weekdays, syndicated) and Winfrey showed Ferguson the tape of her attempt at bribery. She hadn't seen it yet, she said, because she was afraid to "look the devil in the face."

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Joey Fatone is no longer too good to dance

by Anna Johns, posted Dec 20th 2006 11:33AM
joey fatoneJoey Fatone, one of those guys who used to be in a band with Justin Timberlake, has decided that Dancing with the Stars is popular enough for him to participate. He told a Florida radio station that he had turned down Dancing three times before but now he'd like to give it a shot, noting, "it's kind of popular now." But, he doesn't want to wear "those stupid tuxes." Riiiiight. Because being in a boy band is so, like, rad. Going into Dancing with that attitude isn't going to win very many votes. Drew Lachey managed to get past his boy band past to win the second season, but can Joey do the same?

Also rumored to be on the next edition of Dancing is Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson.

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The royal Fergie invited to dance with the stars

by Julia Ward, posted Dec 12th 2006 8:05PM
Sarah FergusonThe former Duchess of York and Weight Watchers spokeswoman Sarah Ferguson has publicly stated her love of ABC's Dancing with the Stars, the American version of Brit hit Strictly Come Dancing. In response, producer Conrad Green has offered the affable redhead a place in next season's line-up. Green has said that Fergie would add a "touch of class to the proceedings" and suggested that a romance might spark between the ex-royal and her dancing partner. Sounds like wishful thinking to me. A British accent does not "class" make except maybe on American television so, alright, she might "class" the joint up.

The implication of the announcement is that Fergie has accepted the invite, but royal watchers shouldn't get excited just yet. The word isn't official, and Fergie has a heavy schedule of waving politely and counting meal points.

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