Discovery Hostages Talk To Oprah

Hostages describe attempts to flee gunman

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    Police block the street in front of the headquarters of the Discovery Channel networks building in Silver Spring, Md., Wednesday Sept. 1, 2010. Police say a gunman has taken at least one person hostage in the building. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

    A man held hostage at the Discovery Channel headquarters in Silver Spring two weeks ago tells Oprah there was a “mixture of signals” before it was time to escape from the building.

    In quotes provided by Harpo Productions, Chris Wood told Oprah Winfrey he mouthed to a guard, saying, “run.”  Wood said the guard then “shook his head yes.”  Wood and hostage Jim McNulty are to appear on an episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”

    Police have said James Lee, 43, was shot dead by officers as his three captives were preparing to make a break for it.  Lee had explosives strapped to his body.  The hostages included two Discovery employees and a security guard.

    This is Winfrey's final season for her show before she launches the Oprah Winfrey Network as a joint venture with Discovery.