When Oprah Winfrey’s OWN channel hit the television air waves in 2011 the network was met with embarrassingly low reviews. Mama O left her beloved Oprah Winfrey show after 25 years of ratings gold to attend to her new network. Oprah walked away from a show that was clearly winning and consistently beating out her rivals. A celebrity would sit on Miss Winfrey’s couch and tell her everything she wanted to know.. O has a way about herself, she made it feel safe to reveal yourself to the world. Which resulted in the most candid interviews. Oprah Winfrey is the greatest talk show host to ever live.
On Wednesday May 25th, 2011 Oprah walked away. As the last minutes of what would be the final day of the Oprah Winfrey talk show drew to an end, Winfrey said that its close was “all sweet and no bitter” and addressed her audience for the final time:
“I thank you for tuning in with your mothers and sisters and daughters, your partners–gay and otherwise–your friends, and all the husbands who got coaxed into watching Oprah. And I thank you for being as much of a sweet inspiration to me as I’ve tried to be for you. I won’t say goodbye, I’ll just say, until we meet again. To God be the glory.”
She hugged and kissed her longtime partner Stedman Graham and shook hands with audience members before walking through the halls of Harpo Studios in Chicago, hugging and crying with her staff. She shouted, “We did it!” The audience gave her a standing ovation.
She humbly bowed out to give a new generation of talk show hosts a chance at the number one spot. O, packed her bags and prepared to start the next chapter of her life.
What was Oprah’s next chapter about? Who knows? It was supposed to be about things that were important to you. Topics that were relevant to your everyday life. But even Mama O with all of her influence could not get her very same fans to tune into her new network.. Mainly because Oprah’s presence was not there. Oprah sat down and did not like the fact that her ratings were not high. So she decided to start interviewing pop culture stars.. Oprah sat down with The Kardashians and Curtis Jackson (50 Cent), 2 people you thought you’d never see on her show.
You see Oprah did not feel as though pop stars and reality stars were relevant to her or her audience. But things have changed. Pop culture has permeated itself into everyones life. Oprah’s ratings are now on the rise thanks to these interviews. Her display of refusal to succumb to plummeting ratings and turning her talk show around is truly awe inspiring.
A few things you can learn from Oprah
Oprah is such an amazing woman. I don’t understand how people don’t like her.. Then again I’m the same person who doesn’t understand how people don’t like Beyonce.
Up next on Oprah’s Next Chapter is Jennifer Hudson
Watch The Preview Below - Jennifer Hudson and her sister Julia talk to Oprah about their family tragedy and Jenn and David Otunga talk about their “alleged” wedding plans.
Oprah’s Next Chapter interview with Jennifer Hudson airs September 9 at 9pm
Sidenote: I know Jennifer’s sister is a “big girl” but how the phuck do you interview with Oprah in a freaking T-Shirt and some rolled up jeans? I mean she got her haair did, nails done and errrthing done, but no nice clothes… On top of that J Hud is a Weight Watchers rep.. Can she give her sister a darn referral please.. ..