NEW YORK (Reuters) - Britain’s Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, has guest hosted ABC’s The View, CNN’s Larry King Live and is a special correspondent for NBC’s Today show, but now she wants her own American television program.
“I want it to be a show that is me on the streets,” Ferguson told reporters over afternoon tea to promote the release on Tuesday of her Oscar-winning film “The Young Victoria” on Blu-ray and DVD.
“I want it me going round (in) middle America,” she said. “I want to go out and see what the needs are, and then the audience has to challenge me ... to go and fix the school in Boise or get another restaurant in Allentown.”
Ferguson credits America with saving her after her high profile divorce in 1996 from Queen Elizabeth’s son Prince Andrew, with whom she has daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, and weight battles that saw her become a frequent tabloid target.
“I love American people because they saved my life. When the British threw me out, the Americans embraced me and said ‘it’s alright Fergie, we’ll have you, we’ll give you a second chance,’” she said.
“I’d had such bad press that is was very hard to live ... I don’t have a house, but I live here ... I am the No. 1 fan, I love Americans.”
After making her producing debut with “The Young Victoria,” which won an Academy Award this year for costume design, Ferguson said she is keen to follow up with a film centered on the life of Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert, and a television series about the couple’s nine children.
“You have to write that no one must steal (these ideas),” she added.
Ferguson said she came up with the idea of making “The Young Victoria” nearly two decades ago. The film tells the story of the first few years of Queen Victoria’s reign in Britain, which began in 1837 and lasted until 1901.
“I was determined it had to be filmed in Britain and it had to be as historically correct as possible,” said Ferguson, who has also co-written two books on the travels of Queen Victoria.
“I sort of let all the best people do it and I stayed away,” she said of her role as producer. “But I certainly helped them as much as I could with castles and palaces.”
Editing by Patricia Reaney