Martha Stewart says real prison was better than ‘Orange is the New Black’

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When it comes to Netflix’s popular prison series Orange is the New Black, Martha Stewart believes it doesn’t even compare to the real deal and she would know! The 74-year-old Jersey City-born entrepreneur spent five months behind bars in 2004 and five months of house arrest in 2005 for fraud.

Martha, who will appear on the remake of $100,000 Pyramid, spoke with Livingston-born comedian Chelsea Handler about her time in jail for her new talk show Chelsea.

On whether the series hit close to home:
“It’s not as good as the real thing,” Martha said. “When you live through something like Orange Is the New Black, the real characters are better.”

On what she was really watching in prison:
“In prison, it was BET television at all times. I had to get up really early to watch the news,” Martha added. “There’s only one TV available and you have to sit in hard chairs and look up like this [cranes her neck] at the TV. So if I wanted to watch the stock market and stuff like that, I had to get up really early and watch it by myself.”