Oprah has been gone for three weeks now, and there is a serious void in the daytime television universe. Who will step forward to give us life advice and book recommendations, and just generally take on the mission of keeping us sane? Perhaps … Bethenny Frankel? According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bethenny is filming a talk show pilot as we speak. And she’s working on it with heavy hitters—Telepictures, the company behind “The Tyra Banks Show” and “Ellen.” Ms. DeGeneres herself even has a hand in creating the series.
It’s hard to believe that, just a few minutes ago, Oprah concluded her final “Oprah Winfrey Show” after 25 years. The episode was quiet and thoughtful, as Oprah said in the first moments of it, “This last hour is my love letter to you. I want to leave you with lessons from my life.” And lessons she gave, along with some fun nuggets of personal history. Like that she started the show at age 30—hey, it’s never to late to start an empire—and that she hasn’t missed a day in her quarter century on the air. She even showed a picture of herself on her first day, wearing a Cruella de Vil-esque fur coat.
But you probably want the lessons, no? After the jump, some of my favorite quotes from the episode. Keep reading »
Is Oprah a Scientologist? Just Googling that question returns 127,000 results, so we know we’re not alone in asking.
On the heels of the announcement that Will and Jada Pinkett Smith would be guests on one of Oprah’s final shows, three things popped into my head: 1) random! 2) are they getting a reality series on OWN? and 3) man, she’s shared a lot of big, memorable moments with famous (alleged) Scientologists.
I mean, I’ve been convinced for months now that Oprah’s last show would be a tribute to her loyal viewers. (That’s thanks in large part to mainlining marathons of OWN’s ‘Oprah Behind the Scenes,’ on which Oprah is always saying it’s “for the fans.”) A walk down memory lane, a parting gift, in the spiritual sense, reminding them to pay it forward … not another chat with some fancy Hollywood A-listers! Read more…Keep reading »
People will do anything to get their hands on tickets to the taping of Oprah‘s final episode. But one Canadian dude, Robert Spearing, went above and beyond. He and his wife traveled from Ontario to Chicago to see the show. Robert told her he had tickets—only he didn’t. He had to think quick in how to justify this situation—so he beat himself up, using a rock to bust his forehead and scraping his hands across the pavement so it looked like he was in a scuffle. He then called the police and said he’d been robbed of two Oprah tickets. Spearing has now been charged with disorderly conduct and filing a false police report. And while what he did wasn’t cool, I’m secretly hoping the Big O decided to cut him a break and invite him to the finale. He gets an “A” for effort. [Newser] Keep reading »
I cannot believe that “The Oprah Show” is coming to an end next week. Seriously, I’ve been watching since I was, like, eight and I always thought I’d make it onto her couch. I guess it’s time to let that dream go. Sigh. After 25 seasons, the Big O is filming her final three episodes. Insiders say the final shows will be over-the-top, star-studded extravaganzas. Like we would expect anything less. Celebs like Madonna, Maria Shriver, Beyonce, Barack Obama, Tom Cruise, and Katie Holmes are set to appear. God only knows kind of tomfoolery will go down. [Powerwall]
After the jump, 10 moments I’m hoping for on Oprah’s final episodes. Keep reading »
What will Oprah do with her days once her talk show ends? She divulged to The Chicago Tribune that, in addition to running her own network, she is planning to head to Broadway. As in, for real deal you’ll be able to see her on the stage soon. “I have a stack of plays in my bag right now that I am reading,” she said. “And just this past weekend, I was in New York meeting with producers. We were just talking about what would be the best route to take. But yes, this is really going to happen. ” Did you hear that? That was the sound of every high-powered theater producer in Manhattan scrambling to bow down at Oprah’s feet.
“I cannot hold my husband responsible for the breakdown of our marriage. I’m responsible for that also. The fact that the marriage broke down is nobody’s fault—that’s just a mutual breakdown of communication between two people. But with Marie-Anne, she was my best friend and it was like, ‘Oh, isn’t life great.’ She kept reestablishing that right until the very last minute. Even when I did finally know and confronted her, it was like she didn’t know what I was talking about. Maybe that’s a natural reaction for someone who just got caught with their pants down … Who has the right to decide how my marriage ends from outside the marriage?”
—Shania Twain talked to Oprah yesterday about finding out that her husband Robert Lange was having an affair with her best friend and assistant, Marie-Anne Thiebaud, and said that in many ways, she holds Marie-Anne more accountable than Robert. It’s the first time that Shania has given an interview about what exactly went down, including how she turned to Marie-Anne’s estranged husband, Frédéric Thiebaud, in the aftermath of her divorce and ended up falling in love with him. Those two crazy kids got married in January.
Oprah sure loves pairing ’80s rock stars with the pop tarts of today. On yesterday’s “Woman Who Rock” episode, in addition to teaming up Avril Lavigne and Pat Benatar, she also had Miley Cyrus join Joan Jett for a medley of “Bad Reputation,” “Cherry Bomb,” and my favorite karaoke song ever, “I Hate Myself For Loving You.” Joan still looks and sounds amazing and, well, at least it kept Miley off the pole for a little while.
This week, “The Oprah Show” featured Pat Benatar and Avril Lavigne doing a duet of “Love Is A Battlefield,” a song that remains relevant after all these years. Pat seems to be winning the “war” seeing as she’s still with her husband of 30 years. Unfortunately, we can’t say the same about Avril. [Oprah] Keep reading »
Oprah Winfrey invited the lovely Tina Fey, Jane Curtain, Tracy Morgan, Dana Carvey and Chevy Chase as guests for a show about “Saturday Night Live.” It turns out that John Belushi was a sexist jerk, his former co-star Jane Curtain revealed. “[Belushi] said, ‘Women are just fundamentally not funny,’” Curtain recalled. “He felt as though it was his duty to sabotage pieces that were written by women.” Wow, I never thought an episode of “Oprah” would make me feel stabby. [NYmag.com Vulture]
I can’t even begin to describe the stupidity you will witness if you click this link, but I will tell you it involves Glenn Beck, Planned Parenthood, and the word “hookers.” You’ve been warned. [Huffington Post]
The American Library Association’s list of the top 10 most challenged books of 2010 is out and nearly all were written by women! Let’s hear it for Lush by Natashas Friend, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, Crank, by Ellen Hopkins, Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich, What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones, and Revolutionary Voices: A Multicultural Queer Youth Anthology, edited by Amy Sonnie. [Guardian UK]