Sarah Ferguson considers a talk show -- The Duchess takes meetings with networks for daytime TV

Oprah may be the queen, but Sarah Ferguson may soon be the first duchess of daytime TV. While promoting her new autobiography in interviews with Diane Sawyer and Larry King, Fergie’s high ratings proved that she’s still regal Stateside. So the chatty one is taking meetings with several network development teams and syndicators — including Fox, King World, MCA, and Buena Vista/Disney — to discuss hosting her own TV show. But mum’s the word on whether the format would be a gabfest (á la Rosie O’Donnell) or some other sort of show. ”It’s an interesting phenomenon. She’s caught on,” says Ferguson’s publicist, Howard Rubenstein, who adds that whatever she does, it will be ”a first-class operation.” Still, it’s not clear if America is really ready for a daily dose of Fergie. Says Steve Sternberg, a TV analyst at the BJK&E Media group: ”This is something that’s probably going to be an instant success or an instant flop. They’ll find out very quickly.”

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