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Patti Blagojevich Speaks Out On The Rosie Show

By Samantha Abernethy in News on Mar 1, 2012 7:20PM

Rosie O'Donnell interviewed Patti Blagojevich for last night's episode of The Rosie Show on Oprah's OWN network, and Patti explained why she's standing by her man. The interview was recorded on a closed set about two weeks ago, Patti's first interview since her husband's sentencing.

In two weeks former Gov. Rod Blagojevich will report to a prison in Colorado — "with dignity" — to start serving a 14-year sentence. Patti talks about how the family is preparing for his departure and she tells O'Donnell that she is "positive" that Rod is innocent, and she says their relationship is as strong as ever.

"I was there, and I've heard all the conversations," Patti said. "So much of this case is about intent, what was his intent. They can say whatever they want. I know what his intentions were."

The full episode isn't available on the OWN website, but we've posted a series of video clips below.

One interesting thing we'd like to point out is in the first video when Patti discusses the day the FBI came to arrest Rod. When O'Donnell asks, "At that point your husband was governor and he was held in high regard by the people of Illinois, correct? Patti responded, "Well, he'd been elected twice by decent margins." Yeah, that's kinda how we feel about it, too.

Patti Blagojevich Recalls Her Husband's Arrest

Patti Blagojevich says she thought it was a horrible joke, recalling the morning the FBI arrived to arrest her husband, the former governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich. Watch as she looks back at the day that changed her family's life forever.

Patti and Rod Blagojevich's Relationship After Conviction

After her husband, Rod Blagojevich, the former governor of Illinois, was sentenced to 14 years in a federal prison, Patti Blagojevich says divorce never crossed her mind. Watch as she discusses their marriage and why she believes he is innocent.

Patti and Rod Blagojevich's Children

How do you prepare children to visit their father in a federal penitentiary? It's the reality that former Illinois first lady Patti Blagojevich is facing after her husband, former Governor Rod Blagojevich, was sentenced to 14 years in prison. Watch as Patti reveals her biggest fear for her children and the hope the family still clings to.

Patti Blagojevich Breaks Down

Convicted on corruption charges and sentenced to 14 years in a federal penitentiary, Rod Blagojevich, the former governor of Illinois, will report to prison in March 2012. Watch as his wife, Patti, breaks down in tears while discussing his final days at home with the family.