Jun 2012 14

Oprah Winfrey decided to interview the entire Kardashian-Jenner family for her OWN network. Not everyone was happy with her choice in doing so and in fact voiced their opinions.

The Root disagrees with Oprah’s choice in interviewing the Kardashian family. Specifically saying that she had “hit a new low.”

Jennifer E. Mabry, the writer of the posting on the Root website, continued with the following:

“We’re talking about a group of people who have created nothing and have contributed nothing to the betterment of society or mankind. According to Winfrey, the purpose of OWN was to “create messages that fill you up and bring you to new levels of awareness about yourself, ourselves, and our world; our potential … ” So, um, how exactly does a two-hour interview with the Kardashian clan fit into that paradigm?”

Oprah took to her social media sites to explain her reasoning in wanting to interview the highly publicized family. She said:

“Ok my friends I had the longest interviewing session I can ever recall, talking to ALLLLLLLL the Kardashians. I had never met them, nor seen the show. I did a full on Kardashian Kram in preparation, watching major shows from every season. I genuinely wanted to know why they have become a cultural phenomenon? Why do so many people love to watch their every move and why do so many others love to hate them. Are they completely ego centered? Are they really “famous for being famous” or is there something more?

I “GOT IT” … those answers +more. Those of you who watch the show know they hold nothing back. This interview I’d say was another level of forthrightness and honesty. Who surprised me the most? Scott. Lamar and Khloe. Kim.

Everyone who’s asked was the marriage a publicity stunt? Why did she leave after 72 days? Her answer leveled me.”

The Winfrey-Kardashian interview will air Sunday at 8/7 central, not its usual time. Followed by Part 2 of Oprah’s conversation with 50 Cent at 9/8c.


May 2012 08

Reports say that the losses at Oprah Winfrey‘s OWN Network is approaching $330 million. According to The New York Post, industry insiders are predicting that the network will not be able to survive another year if it does not find a hit show and dramatic turnaround. According to Businessweek Magazine, Discovery, which partnered 50-50 with Winfrey to launch the network and has been underwriting its costs, has invested nearly $600 million in it since 2008. The magazine quotes one Wall Street media analyst calling the channel the most “successful failure in television today.”

One business associate said that they can’t see David Zaslav— the chief executive officer of Discovery Communications who talked Oprah into the idea of OWN, ” . . . losing this kind of money for much longer.”

  • Oprah reportedly appeared before advertisers two weeks ago asking for more time. She said, “I am in the climb of my life. I am climbing Kilimanjaro.”

May 2011 09

The Chief Executive of Oprah‘s OWN Network has been dismissed — reportedly due to Oprah’s dissatisfaction with the ratings of the Channel. According to The New York Times, the channel announced on Friday (May 6th) that Christina Norman was fired.

Effective immediately, Peter Liguori — chief operating officer for Discovery Communications will take over the channel on an interim basis through the rest of the year — if not longer.

A person with direct knowldge of the situation said that the decision to dismiss Norman was reportedly made by the board that oversees OWN in the last few weeks.

The shake up comes four months after the network launched and amid disappointment at the low ratings for most of its programming.


Oprah Winfrey has opened up about a recent episode of her OWN series Oprah Behind The Scenes, where Jennifer Hudson booked a gig in Dallas the night before an early morning interview with Oprah — which caused her to be several hours late to the show. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, O hinted that tactful editing went into what could have been a bleep-filled episode.

She said, “That was a lot of high drama because we’ve never been stood up before. Everybody was mad. I wanted to make sure that there was not one single thing in that episode that had anything to do with us being mad or upset in that moment. It was dramatic. Nobody has ever not shown up, ever. Especially if they were here the night before.”

  • Oprah also laughed at her willingness to be herself on camera on the show. She said, “I’ve taken that to an all-time low, Oh my god. Jesus, I need a little vanity….The camping trip was an all-time low for makeup and pajamas. I do think I could have had nicer pajamas. The reason why it doesn’t completely make me feel like, God I should improve myself, is that people have seen me. They know I can pull it together.”
  • She added, “And in real life, people don’t have coordinated outfits. I don’t have coordinated outfits!”