I love Oprah. I’ve been watching her since I was a pimply teenager looking for diet tips and ways to attract a boyfriend. My dream was to become a journalist and interview newsmakers and celebrities just like she does. I wound up a TV news producer and writer and — although I never got my own show or theme song — I thank Oprah for motivating me.
O and I have been through a lot together. Big hair, shoulder pads, and several body types. We’ve also taken a spiritual journey as we grew up and began to recognize the world outside ourselves. The cynical will snicker, but I believe she encouraged me to be a better person. Her shows prompted me to read great books, be more generous with time and money, and better understand my fellow man.
When I heard it was her last season, I wanted to make the pilgrimage to my hometown of Chicago to see her in person. I lobbied everyone I knew who might have a connection until I scored tickets. I booked my flight and shared my excitement with friends. 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 »
It’s like a story from … well …”Oprah.” Yesterday Oprah Winfrey introduced
to the world a long lost sister, Patricia, a single mother of two. In 1963, Patricia — whose last name was not revealed — was put up for adoption in Milwaukee by their mom, Vernita Lee. At the time, Oprah was nine-years-old, living with her father in Nashville and had no idea her mom was even pregnant.
So, how did Patricia come to find out she’s related to the most famous woman in the world? Keep reading »
Ever wonder what a porn starring Oprah and her best buddy Gayle King would look like? Me neither. That’s why Hustler hired two young ladies who wouldn’t even look like these totally-not-lesbians (“TISSUE PLEASE!”) after four beers for a klassy XXX spoof called “Untrue Hollywood Stories: Oprah.” Adult film actress Misty Stone stars as Oprah and Bella Moretti stars as Gayle in the porno, which will be released in January. What we really want to know is who is going to play Steadman? [TMZ.com] Keep reading »
So apparently Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg didn’t speak for several years after starring in “The Color Purple” together. According to the pair — who spoke about their distanced friendship on today’s “Oprah” — their standoff ended after Whoopi spoke with Oprah on the set of “For Colored Girls…,” which Whoopi’s currently starring in. Whoopi asked her, “Did I do something to you?” And Oprah admitted that she thought she had done something wrong. Both thought the other one was mad, but neither knew what to do about it — for years. It seems ridiculous that two such powerful and famous women would both be so paralyzed to fix a fractured friendship. And yet! Women (and it does seem to be a distinctly female thing) seem to do this all the time — a small bout of silence turns into a cavernous, deep rift. Have you ever had a friendship break down over a similar kind of miscommunication? Keep reading »
It looks like Michael Jackson‘s kids — Prince, 13, Paris, 12, and Blanket, 8 — will be appearing on an upcoming episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” Apparently, Oprah went to visit Michael’s mother, Katherine, to do a story on the late singer’s childhood, legacy, and children, and she sat down with the kids for a backyard chat. Amelia and I share a longstanding fascination with Blanket, so I, for one, am intrigued to see this. I mean: BLANKET! That right there is enough to capture my attention. It makes me want to name my children after random household items. In any case, the Michael Jackson tribute show airs November 8. [People] Keep reading »
In a major departure from her previous programming — some of the filthiest programs on television — Oprah has said no one on her new channel will be using the word “bitches.” I just hope the Oprah Winfrey Network cleans up their act and bans “hoes” and “sluts,” too, because you know those Oprah gals get mouths on them when they’re fired up! Maybe OWN could start a company-wide “swear jar” and be fined a quarter whenever someone says a naughty word. Then Oprah could collect all the money and buy herself something nice for once! [New York Post] Keep reading »
David Letterman finally revealed the origins of his notorious feud with Oprah Winfrey to guest Jon Stewart. Many have speculated the Big O was pissed about Letterman’s 1995 Oscar speech, comparing Uma [Thurman] and Oprah. It was that whole “Uma, Oprah, Oprah, Uma” bit. But that wasn’t really where the beef started. Keep reading »