LOS ANGELES – American talk show host Ellen Degeneres, has posted on her Facebook that she will host the 13 Mu Pa team (Wild Boars) football team on her show Monday afternoon Pacific Standard time in the USA.
DeGeneres said in her post: “There was no story more captivating this summer than the Thai soccer team trapped in a cave.”
She also posted a picture of herself with all the 13 Mu Pa team members, wearing what appeared to be Ellen-brand football jerseys at the show’s California studio.
Also seated on the sofa with them was Swedish football star Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the former Manchester United player and now LA Galaxy forward.
In Thailand, the show will be broadcast on True Visions 339 [Lifetime channel] at 8pm.
This is the Thai boys’ most high-profile international television appearance since their gripping three-day rescue operation in early July from the Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai, after being trapped inside for two weeks.
They were evacuated through an international rescue effort, though a former Navy SEAL died in the mission.
Officials had earlier asked that the boys’ right to privacy be respected after their gruelling ordeal. The Thai government even set up a committee to monitor projects and control media access to them.
But the team seems to be slowly warming up to the media glare.
An interactive exhibition by Thailand’s Culture Ministry on the rescue mission opened in Bangkok in August.
In the last few months, several documentary film-makers, Hollywood producers and journalists have jostled to make films and get book deals.
Just last Sunday, the boys played a friendly match with the youth team of the Argentinian giants, River Plate, after attending the opening ceremony of the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires the day before.
Source: The Nation