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Elizabeth Smart Signs TV Deal With ABC News

7/7/2011 8:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Elizabeth Smart -- who was famously kidnapped and held captive for 9 months when she was 14 -- has signed a deal with ABC News to become a commentator on missing persons and child abduction cases.

Elizabeth Smart

A rep for ABC says 23-year-old Smart could be on the air within the next few weeks.

A spokesperson for Smart says Elizabeth wants to take the job so she can create awareness about cases involving missing children.


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Jim Deen    

It seemed like she always wanted to be in the public eye. Considering what she went through, I think she can do whatever she wants but it's clear this girl wants to be famous.

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kitty    

Good for her, she will be a strong voice.

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jacquie    

i don't get that it is necessary to have a victim reporting about the neverending stream of victims... seems a little circular... im sure a book deal is next! you have more value than the fact you were kidnapped, you can rise above that versus reliving forever for a buck

1205 days ago
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myliverhurts    

Smart move Elizabeth.

1205 days ago
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jen    

good for her, to bad her and ABC are 3 years late to help caylee.

1205 days ago
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GreekGirlsDoItBest    

@jim dean

you have to be the lowest person on earth to say something like that.

1205 days ago
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amazon_woman    

GOOD FOR HER.

1205 days ago
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GreekGirlsDoItBest    

@ jackie
go to hell. creating awareness to what happens to kids when they are kidnapped is necessary. whenever there is an amber alert, people find out about that missing person too late. obviously something needs to be changed and she is a voice. how dare you bash someone who got rapped and kidnapped. sick.

1205 days ago
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EccentricJeff    

ex mormons for jesus dot org

1205 days ago
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KoreanMC    

@Jimdeen

She wants to be famous? Are you frikkin' kidding me? Considering what she went through, she has tremendous poise and IMO will be an excellent advocate to raise awareness. Best of luck!

1205 days ago
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Cristina    

It makes perfect sense to have a victim represent the group. She knows what abducted children have gone through/are going through. She was one and she was one of the lucky ones.

She is using her experiences to help others. It's no different than a rape victim becoming a rape crisis counselor, a victim of domestic violence working with battered spouses, or a cancer survivor working with cancer patients. What happened to her was something that played out in the media.

To say she is trying to make a quick buck or trying to be famous is disgusting. Perhaps she should hide under a rock and wait to die for being a survivor.

1205 days ago
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CoolPhosphorescentShimmer    

Good for her. I am sure she will be a wonderful advocate for the lost and the missing. She is a smart woman--she got a s h i t ty deal, but she has found her way back to a productive, happy life. She is an inspiration for lots of people and a beacon of hope for many families.

1205 days ago
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bob    

Wow. She used to be smokin' hot.

Wha' Happened????

1205 days ago
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jacquie    

oh whatever to all the haters who are hating... why do we have to victimize victims??? why do we have to put them on display and have them relive their trauma? ive been through some terrible things and im happy i wasnt made into a media spectacle about it and given a job that recognizes me as a victim!! just a personal opinion

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Sonya in Tx    

I guess being raped wasn't that bad.

By that I mean that it sends a terrible message to would be pedophiles that what they do is not going to do long term damage to their victims.

If Elizabeth must do this, I hope she hammers home tips to help children get away from their tomenters.

1205 days ago
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