Jaycee Dugard to appear on Oprah

I found this article saying Jaycee is scheduled to be interviewed on the Oprah Winfrey Show in December. Maybe I could somehow find a way to watch it. I would have to borrow someone else’s TV. Anyway, it says she’s getting paid a million dollars for this.

I don’t think I would do it, if I were her — it seems like such a big famous TV appearance would mess up her life even more. But I’m not her.

17 thoughts on “Jaycee Dugard to appear on Oprah

  1. emma l September 25, 2009 / 9:57 am

    Wow. Umm I kind of don’t know what to say about that. I’m with you ion that i don’t think I would do it.
    However, she is a grown woman and I can’t say I am not unbelievably curious to see what she has to say.

  2. Bill September 25, 2009 / 12:33 pm

    For a million dollars there’s very little I wouldn’t do.
    For a chance to find out how she has been psychologically affected living in captivity and isolation during her formative years, I wouldn’t miss the opportunity.
    The girls who were with Creepo Garrido when he was arrested were described as “robotic.” Does this one even know how to talk to people?

    • Meaghan September 25, 2009 / 12:37 pm

      I suppose Oprah is as good a talk show as any for this kind of thing. I’m sure Oprah will be gentle with her anyway.

  3. Wendy September 25, 2009 / 2:09 pm

    I DESPISE Oprah, with a large purple passion, but I would watch this show out of raging curiosity. The thought does kind of leave me with a sick feeling, though. It feels kinda exploitative. Almost like it would be wrong to watch it just out of curiosity.

  4. donna September 25, 2009 / 5:39 pm

    Is she ready to face a crowd and answer tough questions? I would be a basket case and need years of Therapy before I could do something like this. I am not a fan of Oprah either, but I will make sure I see this. The area where she was kept needs to be destroyed and sanitized after the search is completed.

  5. Humbled September 25, 2009 / 8:05 pm

    I hope she can someday get together with Shawn Hornbeck. He would come closer to being able to relate to her situation than anyone else.

    As disgusting as we all know her captors are, it isn’t so simple for her.
    And I hope nobody gives her a hard time if she isn’t so ready to see them rot inside a jail for the rest of their life.

  6. donna September 26, 2009 / 5:08 am

    They were the only people she had for 18 years. She was vunerable and Human nature is to bond with someone-no matter how horrific the enviroment. If she didn’t have feelings toward them, I would be concerned. I am just worried that this interview is too soon for her and her daughters overall well being- Shawn and Elizabeth Smart know how she feels. There needs to be a support group for kids who have been abducted and saved.

    • Meaghan September 26, 2009 / 5:57 am

      Shawn, Elizabeth, Colleen Stan, Natasha Kampusch, Tanya Kach, Sabine Dardenne and Fusako Sano should all get into an online support group or something.

      Elizabeth Smart was quoted giving Jaycee Dugard advice to get on with her life ASAP: http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20301153,00.html

  7. Cheryl September 26, 2009 / 1:08 pm

    She did NOTHING wrong so I see no shame or harm in going public. Oprah, if anyone, is probably the best bet because she is so compassionate.

    As for the money, she’s going to need it for hersself and her children.

  8. Michael September 26, 2009 / 2:25 pm

    Oprah is kind to pay her that money and also to help this girl feel the tremendous support this country has for her. It will hopefully be catarthic for her. I think its a great idea for her to do it, and I see very little negativity with it. To say someone would need therapy for years by having an interview is absurd. It cant be anything in comparison to what she suffered already

  9. Cheryl September 26, 2009 / 3:00 pm

    I watched an interview the other day with a girl that had been abducted by one of her friends father. He had her in a hotel room for 3 months. She said that within a months time he had her convinced her name was Cindy Johnson and when the police arrived and asked her what her name was, she kept telling them she was Cindy Johnson. They had to convince her that she was really Jessyca Mullenberg.


  10. Justin September 27, 2009 / 6:13 pm

    I think she probably doesn’t want to be on Oprah and would rather the world not know what she looks like, so she can have a life without everyone staring at her. But she needs the money since she has two daughters to support and little education. She has been living in motels, her kids need extensive medical and dental work from a lifetime of neglect in that area, not to mention massive amounts of therapy she and her daughters are going to need for years. That costs and she probably has been told that the longer she waits, the less demand the media will have for her story since the general public has the attention span of a hyperactive three-year-old and needs to strike while the iron is hot.

    I just really, REALLY hope that whomever she is depending on or influencing her is putting her and her daughters well being ahead of making money. From what I understand, she is in a very fragile state from 18 years of being completely subjugated by her abductors and could be manipulated by people she trusts right now. I am reminded of Britney Spears, who is surrounded by people who would do whatever was necessary to keep the money machine going, including goading her into distructive behavior. And don’t even get me started on her mother Lynn Spears. But that is off subject.

    • Meaghan September 27, 2009 / 6:38 pm

      As far as the therapy and medical attention and all that goes, I know a trust fund has been set up for her, and I wouldn’t be surprised if professionals decide to donate their time as well. Also, if California is like Virginia, there is a public fund to pay for the expenses crime victims incur. But I suppose having cash in hand is much easier and less worrisome than having to go through the bureaucracy of filling out forms in triplicate and getting them notarized.

      Her mom and stepfather sound like decent people. I hope they will protect her to the best of their ability.

      As for me, I’m waiting for the book deal. Sabine Dardenne’s book was a bestseller in Europe where she came from, and she was only held for like six months. Jaycee’s story would be an international bestseller.

      • Justin September 28, 2009 / 10:50 pm

        I really hope her mother, stepfather, aunt, etc. do the right thing by her and her kids. But as the unforgettable Cyndi Lauper once sang “Money Changes Everything”.

        I remember reading about a similar case in Japan when a ten-year-old girl named Fusako Sano was kidnapped and held for nine years by a mentally unstable man in his parents house from 1990 to 2000. But nobody hears about that one. Or Natascha Kampusch. I wonder if there were any book deals offered to them?

  11. Jessica September 28, 2009 / 8:25 pm

    There’s a lot I would do for a million dollars. Going on Oprah is one of them, especially since I am sure Oprah will be kind (or at least nicer than she was to Shawn Hornbeck) and Jaycee has multitudes of people looking out for her who will run interference if necessary.

  12. danielle davis September 29, 2009 / 2:37 pm

    I can’t watch it b/c it makes me sick to my stomach. Oprah is going for the ratings. I can’t even look at the couple who did this to Jaycee. I wish I could turn the channel faster when they come on. Makes me want to be on the computer, reading or finding a hobby instead of watching tv.

  13. Justin December 22, 2009 / 7:59 am

    Looks like her giving an interview on Oprah was just a rumor that got squashed pretty quickly. The English tabloid The Daily Mirror spread the rumor that she would interview her in December and pay her a million dollars for it, but a spokeswoman for her show said the Oprah Winfrey Show doesn’t pay for interviews and I haven’t heard anything else about her appearing on it. December is almost over and there is nothing being promoted about her appearing on it. It looks like People Magazine was the only one that she did or will do for quite a while.

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