Earlier this year, Barbara Walters ended an era, deciding to hang up her celebrity interview microphone after a whopping 29 years. Names batted around to replace the icon included James Lipton, Conan O'Brien, Stephen Colbert, and Oprah. Each was a logical choice, offering up something new for the audience, from wry cinematic know-how to comedic ridiculousness or massive fandom. But here's another possibility: Martha Stewart.

Yes, the once-imprisoned mega-name behind all things fancy and domestic is itching to join the ranks of celebrity interviewers. While she's not leaving her daytime job as lead of The Martha Stewart Show, she is leading a new interview series called Martha Stewart Presents, which she hopes will fill a void left by Larry King and Barbara Walters.
Stewart told the NY Post: "My favorite interviewers are Larry King [and] Barbara Walters, both of whom are kind of retiring. Who's going to take their place as the serious, great interviewer? I'm throwing my name in there, because I love to talk to people." She's not wasting any time either. Her first round of interviews goes live on the Hallmark Channel on September 19, featuring chats with Donna Karan, Diane Von Furstenberg, Tory Burch, and Jenna Lyons.

Stewart went on to talk about how she's attracted to different groups of people and would like to chat with "the hottest, sexiest, young male movie stars -- who are they really, how do they live, how do they cope? ... There's also my favorite comedians and how they come up with their material, how are they so talented and verbose and so fantastic?"

I shouldn't be surprised by this. In a world where Donny & Marie, Rachel Ray, and more can make thematic shifts and get into the art of small screen interviews, this is no different. And I imagine she will fill in a niche as King and Walters wave g'bye and Oprah's show ends. While she won't delight knowledgeable movie fans, she might be a solid bridge for the more casual moviegoer.

But is it possible that she could become the next Walters? Come next Oscars night, will we see Martha Stewart strolling around for a discussion with Christopher Nolan and other Academy hopefuls?
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