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WHY US? FOX'S KERRIGAN/HARDING SEQUEL TO GET BOFFO RATINGS?
Published February 5, 1998
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).