The three participants’ ties to Netflix and Apple, along with Winfrey’s desire to reach a big live-viewing audience, paved the way to an old-school deal with CBS.
Margaret Sullivan: “With her relentless follow-up questions, compassionate demeanor and focused skill in eliciting bombshell after bombshell, Oprah proved herself the best celebrity interviewer ever. Oprah best displayed her interviewing chops by relentlessly circling back to emotional or news-making comments like a heat-seeking missile. Yet, unlike many an aggressive interviewer, she didn’t make the classic error of interrupting at the wrong time. She was able to let silence gather. She didn’t jump in to ruin a dramatic moment. It paid off time after time.”
The network was seeking about $325,000 for 30 seconds of commercial time in the highly anticipated interview, ad buyers said. The two-hour interview is scheduled for Sunday on CBS at 8 p.m. ET, after the network’s popular news magazine 60 Minutes.
The special, titled Oprah With Meghan and Harry, will feature Winfrey talking with the couple about everything from their marriage to their decision to step away from Britain’s royal family. It’s set to air March 7.
The conglomerate, led by David Zaslav, now holds 95% of OWN, with Winfrey opting to receive a $35 million-plus stake.
Oprah Winfrey and Lionsgate are partnering with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones to adapt the The New York Times’ recent project examining the legacy of slavery for film and television. Lionsgate said Wednesday that it will work alongside “The 1619 Project” architect Hannah-Jones to develop a multi-media history of slavery and its effects in America […]
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oprah Winfrey, Julia Roberts and former President George W. Bush will be among 200 star-studded participants in a 24-hour global livestream event. The Call to Unite event will kick off Friday evening to offer performances and conversations about overcoming the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. Event organizers hope participants can help […]
The 66-year-old entertainment icon is quarantining and self-isolating at home with longtime partner Steadman Graham staying in the guest house, but she is still working. Winfrey interviewed actor Idris Elba, who tested positive for coronavirus, via FaceTime for an episode of Oprah Talks: COVID-19 on Apple TV.
ATLANTA (AP) — Oprah Winfrey says she’s giving $13 million to increase a scholarship endowment at a historically black college. Winfrey announced her plan Monday at Morehouse College in Atlanta, adding to the $12 million she gave to the all-male college 30 years ago. She was meeting with 47 students already benefiting from the existing […]
What’s left for the media empress and icon of inspiration? In a wide ranging interview, Winfrey explains her streaming strategy (including a possible interview series), who she’s eyeing for 2020 (“I’d like to see what’s up with Butta” — aka Pete Buttigieg) and the creative fire that fuels her now.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Beto O’Rourke’s weeks of near-silence end on a massive stage when he sits down for an interview with Oprah Winfrey. The appearance Tuesday on “Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations from Times Square” comes ahead of a possible presidential campaign and puts O’Rourke’s charisma put to the test. O’Rourke dazzled Democrats last year by […]
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Oprah Winfrey’s mother, Vernita Lee, has died at the age of 83. A Winfrey spokeswoman on Monday issued a statement saying Lee died at her Milwaukee home on Nov. 22. The spokeswoman says private funeral services were held. No other details were provided. Lee was a teenager when she gave birth to […]
Donald Trump has insulted Oprah Winfrey and challenged the TV star to challenge him in the 2020 presidential election. The president tweeted about Winfrey late Sunday night after watching her host a 60 Minutes panel discussion in which she addressed the problems with the national discourse.
If a Winfrey candidacy moves beyond idle chatter, one of the leading figures on a CBS News show that prides itself on hard-nosed journalism, 60 Minutes, would have a conflict of interest on a major story.
Oprah Winfrey is “actively thinking” about running for president, two of her close friends told CNN Monday. The two friends, who requested anonymity in order to speak freely, talked in the wake of Winfrey’s extraordinary speech at the Golden Globes Sunday night, which spurred chatter about a 2020 run.
Oprah Winfrey is staying on board as CEO of OWN for the foreseeable future — solidifying a new deal that will retain her as CEO of the Discovery Communications-backed network through at least 2025. Simultaneously, Discovery has paid $70 million to acquire an additional 24.5% stake in OWN from the Winfrey-owned Harpo Inc. That will give Discovery 70% of OWN.
In her 60 Minutes debut as a special correspondent, she talked to 14 Americans about how they feel about the president — the results were decidedly mixed.
It’s a testament to the power of the Sunday-night newsmagazine that it seeks to absorb one of television’s biggest stars into its fabric instead of the other way around. One of the medium’s best-known celebrity interviewers will do some, but will largely work against type in reporting stories, said Jeff Fager, the show’s executive producer.
Hearst is rolling out a new audio content offering for Amazon’s voice-enabled assistant Alexa featuring inspirational quotes from Oprah Winfrey.
Oprah Winfrey will join CBS’s 60 Minutes as a special contributor starting this fall. In recent years, Winfrey has made regular appearances on CBS This Morning, which is co-hosted by her close friend Gayle King.
Michael Ausiello: “Each day brings with it an even scarier headline that brings into sharper focus Trump’s plans for this country, and Oprah’s not around to help calm the feelings of uncertainty and fear that are curdling my insides by reminding me of how much good remains in the world. So, Oprah, if you’re reading this, here’s what I’m proposing: Revive The Oprah Winfrey Show on OWN … on a five- or four-day-a-week basis.”
CBS and OWN are teaming up to give America the final one-on-one interview with Michelle Obama in the White House.
NEW YORK (AP) — Weight Watchers is getting another boost from Oprah Winfrey. The weight loss company’s shares are soaring as a TV commercial starring Winfrey begins to air. The commercial shows past videos of Winfrey working out and referencing her struggle with weight, a frequent topic of Winfrey’s former talk show. The ad ends […]
NEW YORK (AP) — Oprah Winfrey is paying about $43.2 million for a 10 percent stake in Weight Watchers and is joining the weight management company’s board. The company’s shares are up almost 48 percent in premarket trading on word of the deal. Weight Watchers International Inc. said in a filing with the Securities and […]
NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Howard Stern and Julia Roberts will be among the guests during the final full week of David Letterman’s reign as a late-night host. On Tuesday, Clinton will make his 10th appearance on the “Late Show.” CBS said Friday that Stern and comic Don Rickles will […]
CHICAGO (AP) — Oprah Winfrey will close Harpo Studios in Chicago, where she filmed “The Oprah Winfrey Show” for more than 20 years, this December, and will transition production for her cable network to a studio in California. Harpo Studios and the Oprah Winfrey Network made the announcement Tuesday. OWN recently moved into a new […]
“Oprah Winfrey is in discussions with David Geffen and Larry Ellison to make a bid for the Los Angeles Clippers should the team become available,” said Nicole Nichols, a spokeswoman for the lifestyle guru.
Oprah Winfrey is selling Harpo Studios in Chicago to a developer, but the operation will remain on the property for another two years. Winfrey taped The Oprah Winfrey Show at the studio from 1990 to 2011, when she ended the talk show to start the Oprah Winfrey Network on cable.