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National TV show extends 3-year-old Target star’s time in the spotlight

Preschooler works hard for Target

Honorary Target employee, 3-year-old Francesca “Frankie” Kantukule, regularly visits the NewMarket Square Super Target with her mother.
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Honorary Target employee, 3-year-old Francesca “Frankie” Kantukule, regularly visits the NewMarket Square Super Target with her mother.

Adrienne Kantukule ignored her phone when it rang Tuesday morning and she saw it was a California number.

“Telemarketer!” she says she assumed.

Then someone with “Access” (formerly “Access Hollywood”) left a message saying the show wanted to do a story on Kantukule’s daughter, Frankie, after seeing a Have You Heard? story on the honorary 3-year-old Super Target employee.

Kantukule says she thought “Access” was “an interesting one to contact us.”

“I’m pretty sure that ‘Ellen’s’ next,” she jokes.

“Access” did a 25-minute Skype interview with Frankie, who “was a wreck,” her mother says.

“She was kind of all over the place.”

Kantukule teases that all the attention from the story has turned her daughter into a “little diva,” but the reality is “she was just being a 3-year-old.”

“I can’t stay in one spot for 25 minutes,” Kantukule says, imitating her daughter. “What are you thinking?”

She says Frankie did share plans with the show about how “she wants to be a unicorn when she grows up.”

Kantukule says all the attention is great but that Frankie “won’t remember it at all. That’s what’s so funny.”

Her brothers will, Kantukule says. Beckham, 12, Zane, 10 and Liam, 5, “think it’s pretty cool,” though “they would not admit it.”

The segment on Frankie airs at 9:35 p.m. Tuesday on Fox.

When Kantukule first put something on her blog about the lessons Frankie has learned “working” at Target, she thought about how it’s the kind of thing The Ellen DeGeneres Show might pick up.

She’s not-so-secretly hoping it may still happen.

“Duh.”

In the meantime, Kantukule says, “ ‘Access Hollywood’ will have to do.”

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