First Austrian Cellar Girl Becomes Talk Show Host

Natascha Kampusch gets gig two years after escaping

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted May 30, 2008 11:01 AM CDT

(Newser) – An Austrian woman who was held captive for more than 8 years has achieved her dream of hosting a talk show, the Guardian reports. TV had been Natascha Kampusch's main source of entertainment during her years trapped in a cellar before her escape; now she’s seeing “the other side” of broadcasting. “I'm interested in people who deal with the everyday in a courageous and confident way,” says the 20-year-old.

In this Aug. 24, 2006 file photo, police stand in front of a house in Strasshof, northeast of Vienna, where kidnapped girl Natascha Kampusch was kept by a 44-year-old man for more than eight years.
In this Aug. 24, 2006 file photo, police stand in front of a house in Strasshof, northeast of Vienna, where kidnapped girl Natascha Kampusch was kept by a 44-year-old man for more than eight years.   (AP Photo/Hans Punz, file)
In this photo released by Puls4 channel, former hostage Natascha Kampusch, left, talks to former Austrian Formula One champion Niki Lauda at a TV studio in Vienna.
In this photo released by Puls4 channel, former hostage Natascha Kampusch, left, talks to former Austrian Formula One champion Niki Lauda at a TV studio in Vienna.   (AP Photo/Matthias Silveri, Puls4)
Former kidnapping victim Natascha Kampusch arrives at the main court in Graz, Austria, on Thursday, May 15, 2008.
Former kidnapping victim Natascha Kampusch arrives at the main court in Graz, Austria, on Thursday, May 15, 2008.   (AP Photo/Markus Leodolter)
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