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Martha Stewart says ‘Orange Is the New Black’ is ‘not as good’ as real prison

'The real characters are better.'


Christine Friar


Posted on Jun 10, 2016   Updated on May 26, 2021, 3:27 pm CDT

Martha Stewart revealed something surprising this week in an appearance on Chelsea Handler‘s Netflix talk show: she doesn’t watch Orange Is the New Black because it’s not as good as the real thing. 

Stewart famously spent time in prison in 2004 after being convicted of three felonies, but it seems that the people she met during her stay made a lasting impression.

“When you live through something like Orange Is the New Black, the real characters are better,” she told Handler.

Here’s the full clip:

Stewart also shared her early morning prison-TV ritual.

“In prison, it was BET television at all times,” she said. “I had to get up really early to watch the news. There’s only one TV available, and you have to sit in a room on hard chairs and you look up like this at the TV, so if I wanted to watch the stock market and stuff like that I’d have to get up really early and watch it by myself.”

Typical Martha—always resourceful. 

H/T Jezebel

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*First Published: Jun 10, 2016, 12:28 pm CDT