Fox Said To Offer Monica $3M

Monica Lewinsky is in discussions with media magnate Rupert Murdoch's company over a reported $3 million offer that would include a Fox TV network interview and a book.

"We are confirming that discussions are going on with Lewinsky's people, but I can't confirm anything beyond that," Fox spokesman Thomas Tyrer said Thursday.

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A call seeking comment from Lewinsky was not immediately returned by her spokeswoman, Judy Smith.

The trade paper Daily Variety, citing unidentified sources, reported Thursday that News Corp. had offered Lewinsky $3 million for a "multimedia tell-all package." Previous published reports have suggested Lewinsky was seeking anywhere from $2 million to $10 million to tell her story.

Included would be an interview on Fox TV, conducted by its entertainment rather than news division, and a book deal with News Corp.'s HarperCollins publishing unit, Variety said.

David Hill, the chairman and chief executive officer of Fox Broadcasting Co., has been the "point person" for the negotiations at News Corp., Variety said.

Last week, talk show host Roseanne offered the former White House intern more than $1 million for an appearance. Oprah Winfrey also had sought an interview but said talks broke down after it became apparent that Lewinsky wanted compensation for the story of her relationship with President Clinton.