Martha's Countdown to Freedom
March 2, 2005
Diva Martha Stewart has a lot to celebrate - not
only is she just 48 hours away from freedom, but
Wednesday morning, her cancelled syndicated show
"Martha Stewart Living" received three
Daytime Emmy nominations.
Stewart is said to be so excited about returning
to work that she'll report to her corporate headquarters
in midtown Manhattan as early as Saturday. "I
would imagine that's what she wants to do,"
agreed Martha's billionaire buddy, Donald Trump.
Trump will serve as an executive producer of Stewart's
upcoming "Apprentice" spin-off, and
inside sources tell "Extra" that The
Donald will provide one of his personal aircrafts
to fly Martha from prison to her estate in Bedford,
New York, where she'll finish out her sentence
under house arrest.
Meanwhile, Martha is getting advice from celebrity
publicist Lizzie Grubman, who knows all about
bouncing back from a scandal. "Martha is
going to be fine," Grubman insisted. "She's
great. She's a good friend of mine.
Lizzie earned notoriety following an infamous
traffic accident in the Hamptons. But later this
month, she's starring in her own reality show
called "Power Girls" on MTV. "I
can't wait to see Martha," Lizzie added.
"She's a survivor, and she's going to be
on top of the world."
And last night there were air kisses and warm
wishes for Stewart at a star-studded party, hosted
by socialite songwriter Denise Rich, celebrating
Joan Collins' new book.
"I think the woman is incredible," Rich
told us of Martha. "I just hope she's going
to be hugely successful. If she wants, I'll write
a song for her!"
"She's coming back big time," Joan Collins
added. "Good on you, Martha. I approve."
Even Regis Philbin had warm wishes for Martha:
"America loves a comeback and this in every
sense of the word is going to be a comeback for
For more Martha, check out the current cover of
"Newsweek," which shows Martha's head
pasted onto a model's body, illustrating that
America's favorite home maker is coming home 20
pounds lighter -- but bigger than ever.