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.   (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.   (AP Photo/Matthias Silveri, Puls4)
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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