Martha Stewart, 79, says she was ‘pissed’ that her probation officer would not allow her to host Saturday Night Live after her arrest in 2004
Martha Stewart recalled being very unhappy about not being allowed to serve as a host on Saturday Night Live.
The 79-year-old media personality recently sat down for an interview with Harper’s Bazaar and spoke about the circumstances surrounding her 2004 arrest.
The television host specifically mentioned that she only had one regret from the time period, and that she was not allowed to host the long-running sketch comedy program.
Missed chance: During an interview for Harper’s Bazaar, Martha Stewart said that she was ‘pissed’ about not being allowed to host Saturday Night Live; the businesswoman is pictured in 2020
She placed the blame for the barring on her probation officer, who she said ‘wouldn’t give me the time.’
Stewart went on to lament the missed opportunity and remarked that she was very upset by her probation officer’s decision.
‘That really pissed me off, because I would have loved to have hosted Saturday Night Live. I’d like that on my résumé,’ she explained.
The reality television personality’s legal troubles stemmed from a 2002 incident where she engaged in insider trading.
Reasoning: The reality television personality recalled that her probation officer would not allow her to make an appearance on the long-running sketch comedy show during the period of her legal troubles
Hot water: In 2002, Stewart engaged in insider trading and was subsequently involved in a lengthy legal case that resulted in her 2004 arrest; she is seen during the final stages of her trial
She subsequently became involved in a highly publicized trial and stepped down from various corporate positions she previously held.
Stewart was eventually convicted of conspiracy and making false statements to federal investigators, among other charges.
The businesswoman spent five months in prison and was then given a two-year supervised sentence, part of which was served under home confinement.
During the interview, she expressed that her life had effectively changed during the entire affair and noted that she does not look back on the period as a particularly easy time.
Doing time: Stewart served five months in prison and was then given a two-year supervised sentence, part of which was served under home confinement; she is pictured in 2003
Stewart said, ‘I knew I was strong going in and I was certainly stronger coming out…It was a very serious happening in my life. I take it very seriously.’
The designer also stated that although she did not only have bad feelings about the period, the entire experience would change her for life.
‘I’m not bitter about it, but … . My daughter knows all the problems that resulted because of that. There’s a lot,’ she noted.
Stewart concluded the interview with a piece of advice that she wished to impart to the article’s readers.
‘I’ve said it so many times, but take your life into your own hands. Don’t let other people direct you. Know what you want. I really believe in that,’ she said.
Taking it in stride: Stewart reflected on the results of her experience during her interview, and commented that she ‘was certainly stronger’ at the end of it all; the business mogul is pictured in 2019