Martha Stewart has not watched one single episode of “Orange Is the New Black.” But according to the crafty businesswoman, it’s not because the prison series hit too close to home for the former jailbird.
“It’s not as good as the real thing,” the DIY darling told Chelsea Handler during an interview on the comedian’s new Netflix talk show, “Chelsea.”
In 2004, the television personality served a five-month sentence in Alderson, West Virginia. She was charged with securities fraud after lying to investigators about why she had sold stock in ImClone, which later dipped, in December 2001. Stewart’s offense inspired Jenji Kohan, creator of “OITNB,” to create a character based on the celebrity homemaker-turned-criminal.
In April 2015, Kohan dished to Time that a Stewart-like character would be making an appearance in Season 3 of the dramedy. The Litchfield newcomer, who made her debut in episode 4, was revealed to be a cooking star named Judy King (Blair Brown) — a TV chef who was arrested and charged with tax evasion. And according to a promo video for Season 4 of “OITNB,” which is set to stream on Friday, June 17, Judy will play a much larger role in the upcoming season.
Although Stewart didn’t dish her thoughts on the character that she inspired, she did tease that nothing, not even a prison drama, could compare to the people she met behind bars.
“When you live through something like ‘Orange Is the New Black’ the characters — the real characters — are better,” Stewart said.
Season 4 of “Orange Is the New Black” will stream on Netflix Friday, June 17, at 3 p.m. EDT.