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Martha Stewart doesn't watch 'Orange Is the New Black'': 'It's not as good as the real thing'

The lifestyle expert and mogul, who spent time in prison in 2004, says "Orange Is the New Black" can't measure up to the real deal.
/ Source: TODAY

Martha Stewart is an expert in a lot of home and lifestyle areas. But in 2004 she became an expert in a whole different kind of lifestyle — namely, what it was like to be a prisoner in a women's correctional facility.

But her few days shy of five-month stint at federal prison does not make her a fan of "Orange Is the New Black," which tells the dramatic and comedic stories of women behind bars.

"Too close to home?" Chelsea Handler asked Stewart on Wednesday's episode of "Chelsea," wondering if that was the reason Stewart hasn't connected with the show.

"Well, no," said Stewart, who did make the most of her stay in prison: She made a lemon souffle and left with a poncho knitted by a friend inside!

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Martha Stewart and the poncho made for her that she wore when she left prison in 2005.AP

"It's not as good as the real thing," she said. "When you live through 'Orange Is the New Black,' the real characters, actually the real characters, are better."

The season 3 cast of "Orange is the New Black." No Martha Stewart, though.Netflix

That hasn't stopped the show from offering a kind of tribute to Stewart, though: A new character in the show's third season, played by Blair Brown, is a TV personality who's now behind bars for her crimes.

Blair Brown plays a new character in the third season of "Orange Is the New Black" loosely based on Martha Stewart.JoJo Whilden / Netflix

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"Chelsea" and "Orange Is the New Black" both stream on Netflix.

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