July 25, 2013 |
Tommy Chong thinks the controversy over his daughter Rae Dawn using a racial slur to describe Oprah Winfrey should just go up in smoke. Earlier this month, former "The Color Purple" costar Rae Dawn Chong kicked up a fuss when she called the queen of talk TV a "field [n-word]" and a "fat" "ugly" "bee-yotch. " But now her 75-year-old dad -- half of the popular 1970s reefer-smoking comedy team of Cheech & Chong -- is downplaying the whole thing. "Knowing Oprah, she would probably read it and just chuckle and probably agree with Rae Dawn ... she probably would be working in the field," Chong told TMZ in a video interview.
July 25, 2013 |
Eight is enough? It is for Oprah Winfrey. The media mogul will visit "Late Show with David Letterman" for the first time in eight years. Her return, which will take place Aug. 1, marks her second visit to the show -- the first was that aggrandized appearance in 2005 when she promoted the Broadway musical "The Color Purple," which she produced. It was a historic TV moment (for some). It seemed to signal a burying of the hatchet after a 16-year feud -- apparently the product of a 1989 dine and ditch tab , which was later compounded with Letterman's infamous Uma-Oprah joke as host of the Academy Awards in 1995.
January 8, 2013 |
Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong is hoping for an Oprah bump. In his first interview since being stripped of seven Tour de France titles for alleged illegal doping last year, Armstrong will give an exclusive interview to Oprah Winfrey for a special 90-minute episode of "Oprah's Next Chapter" on OWN Jan. 17, the network announced Tuesday. "Armstrong will address the alleged doping scandal, years of accusations of cheating and charges of lying about the use of performance-enhancing drugs throughout his storied cycling career," the OWN news release states, promising a "no-holds-barred" discussion with Armstrong at his Texas home.
January 18, 2013 |
OK, so disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has spilled his guts to Oprah Winfrey about doping and cheating. Now what? Don't be surprised if Armstrong pursues getting a reality show. And an Armstrong reality show would most likely air on Winfrey's struggling OWN network. It could be a win-win for both Armstrong and Winfrey. Think about it. Armstrong could be the latest in a line of former sports stars such as Michael Vick, Mike Tyson, Pete Rose and other troubled athletes who have used the arena of reality TV as a way to rehabilitate their images and show they are just like ordinary people with kids and pets.
October 25, 2012 |
After the coffee. Before kicking Justin Verlander off my fantasy baseball team. The Skinny: Time to break out the sweaters! Fall is finally here. Thursday's headlines include a standoff between Time Warner Cable, Cox and DirecTV over a new sports channel. Oprah Winfrey is developing a series for HBO and Seth Rogen is going on Home Shopping Network to sell a movie. Daily Dose: Production company FremantleMedia Enterprises is teaming up with Martha Stewart's company Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia to develop television and online properties.
July 9, 2013 |
With her talk show now a thing of the past, Oprah Winfrey no longer has the opportunity to share her favorite things with the public. But that doesn't mean she can't give of herself in other ways. Literal ways. That's right, Opes lovers. For the right price, you can rub elbows with the Queen of All Media herself at an upcoming premiere of her new movie "The Butler. " (You know, the one currently embroiled in a title battle .) Weinstein Co., the independent studio behind the historical drama, has teamed with Charitybuzz to offer up a package valued at $25,000.
April 28, 2012
Why do some people reach greater heights than others? Often, they simply have the persuasive stuff. Oprah Winfrey: She may not be an expert in healthful eating or relationships or novels, but millions of people follow her advice anyway. "She's positioned herself as a friend and an advisor," says British persuasion expert Steve Martin. "But she can also say: 'I'm one of you.' That's important. " Steve Jobs: The late co-founder of Apple was a master at building buzz.
May 24, 2011 |
What can you say about the last days of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" when it's all been said already? And mostly by Oprah herself. According to audience members interviewed by the Chicago Tribune after its taping, Wednesday's finale will be a farewell address by the most famous talk show host in history, a summing up of a 25-year career in her own words. Because in case you hadn't gotten the message, nobody does it like Oprah, even if the "it" refers to defining her own legacy.
February 28, 2003 |
While many of the world's richest people saw their fortunes shrink again in the last year, Oprah Winfrey's grew enough to put her on Forbes magazine's list of billionaires -- the first black woman to join the ranks. Bill Gates leads the list for the ninth straight year, but the Microsoft Corp. co-founder's net worth fell 23% from a year ago to $40.7 billion. Investment guru Warren Buffett remained in second place with $30.5 billion, a 13% drop from last year.
September 10, 2012 |
Daytime talk definitely isn't cheap this fall. A year after Oprah Winfrey left as daytime's queen to launch her own cable network, the afternoon kingdom is still in search of a successor. Winfrey closed out the last season of her 25-year term averaging about 6 million viewers, hardly her best but still a level over and above the current crop of talk shows. The "after Oprah" world is still in its infancy, and several new (and familiar) faces will vie for rule this fall: "Survivor" host Jeff Probst, talk show veteran Ricki Lake and TV journalist Katie Couric all roll out syndicated talk shows Monday.