Martha Stewart, who has been on house arrest since she was released from prison this March, is anxiously awaiting the end of her confinement. After an unexplained three-week extension, Stewart's sentence will be up on Wednesday, August 31.
Stewart's house arrest--complete with an irritating electronic anklet--followed the five-month prison sentence that she served for lying about a stock sale. The domestic diva has been granted a mere 48 work-related hours per week outside of her home, and has been more than vocal about the inconveniences she's suffered. Stewart described the confinement as "hideous," and in an online chat with fans she told them she hopes none of them ever has to wear one of the cumbersome ankle monitors.
Though Stewart is "very much looking forward" to her freedom, she will remain on probation until March 2007, during which time she will be barred from owning a gun, getting drunk, or leaving the New York federal court district. She will be required to visit her probation officer whenever requested, inform authorities of her activities and whereabouts, and stay away from other convicted felons. If Stewart violates the conditions of her parole, she may be put back on house arrest.
During her confinement, Stewart has been writing for her magazine Martha Stewart Living, giving well-planned interviews, and preparing for a triumphant return to the media world. This fall will see the premieres of her two new television shows: Martha, a syndicated "how-to" show with a live audience, and The Apprentice: Martha Stewart, an NBC primetime series in which she will seek the perfect candidate for a job at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.