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WHY US? FOX'S KERRIGAN/HARDING SEQUEL TO GET BOFFO RATINGS?

          Fox's "Breaking the Ice: The Women of '94 Revisited,"
     which features the first joint interview of Nancy Kerrigan
     and Tonya Harding, airs tonight at 8:00pm ET.  In Dallas,
     Barry Horn says Fox execs "won't say when" during tonight's
     telecast they'll run the interview.  Noting the reported
     $250,000 paid to Harding and Kerrigan, Horn: "Fox got itself
     a Jerry Springer show that should be a ratings grabber on
     the opening night of February sweeps" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS,
     2/5).  Fox Sports President David Hill wouldn't confirm that
     the two were paid an appearance fee: "We wanted to offer a
     platform so there was the opportunity of closure with
     dignity" (DAILY NEWS, 2/5).  In a one-on-one interview,
     Fox's James Brown asks Harding about FBI reports that she
     and her cohorts involved in the attack on Kerrigan briefly
     considered killing her.  Harding "is visibly shocked by the
     question and asks Brown to repeat it" (Josh Dubow, AP, 2/5).
          WE CAN'T WAIT: In N.Y., Neal Travis previews tonight's
     historic occasion, and reports that Harding's apology is met
     by "frigid silence" from Kerrigan.  Harding: "Nancy, I want
     to apologize for being in the wrong place at the wrong time
     around the wrong people.  I would have done anything to stop
     it, anything."  Fox's Brown to Kerrigan: "How do you regard
     (Harding) now?"  Kerrigan: "I don't" (N.Y. POST, 2/5).   

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