Jenn Sterger: 'I just want my life back' after Brett Favre incident
Jenn Sterger will be watched by millions of viewers this week on ABC's "Nightline" and "Good Morning America," something that could be seen as a great opportunity for someone trying to revive her career as a TV host and actress.
"I just want my life back," Sterger says in the hourlong interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos. "That's all I'm asking for. Just to be able to go back to work. To be able to go back to enjoying what I do. Entertaining people. Making people laugh. The hardest part about this whole thing is that I am a ridiculous person. I love to entertain people, and to say crazy things. And I'm pretty unapologetic about it."
Sterger is a former New York Jets game hostess who allegedly received inappropriate photos and phone messages from Favre when they were both employed by the team in 2008. NFL investigators were unable to determine if the photos and messages were from Favre and ended the process in December, fining Favre $50,000 for not cooperating with the investigation.
While Sterger has gained a much higher profile from the incident, she says it didn't do her any favors professionally.
“You know, I was trying to go to work. Do my job,” said Sterger, whose gig as a host on the Versus network ended in November. “But how are you supposed to report on the news when you are the news? It was tough. It was embarrassing. It was humiliating. All I wanted to do was go to work. Do my job. That's all I wanted.”
Other highlights from the interview:
-- Sterger insists she isn't a "gold-digger": "I haven't made a dime off anything in this whole situation. Not from the pictures. Not from Favre. I never wanted to sue anyone. That was never an intention of mine. I'm not a gold-digger. The only way I wanted to make my money this whole time was to just have a job."
-- She says she never gave Favre her phone number: "I was approached one day at the beginning of the preseason games, by a man wearing a Jets badge, employee badge, who asked me, 'How would you feel if Brett Favre asked for your phone number? What would you say?' And I just looked at him, my usual smart-ass self. And I said, 'I'd say I like my job an awful lot. And I've been told I look remarkably like his wife.' "
The interview will air on “Good Morning America” on Tuesday and Wednesday and “Nightline” on Tuesday night.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Photo: Jenn Sterger is interviewed by George Stephanopoulos. Credit: Lou Rocco / ABC / Associated Press