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Friday
Oct262012

In Preview of Oprah Interview, Justin Bieber Talks About Dating Selena Gomez

Kevin Mazur/WireImage via ABC(NEW YORK) -- In his upcoming appearance on Oprah's Next Chapter, Justin Bieber tells Oprah Winfrey about his high-profile romance with girlfriend Selena Gomez, his music and his life in the spotlight.  In a preview of the interview shown Thursday on ABC's Good Morning America,  Justin says he does what's needed to have a relationship with Selena, even when the logistics of dating get tricky.

"Sometimes we gotta take the back exits and do different things," explains Justin in the preview.  Regardless of the efforts required, says Justin, "I never make [Selena] separate from me 'cause... I don't want her to ever feel like I'm ashamed of her."

Justin explains that comment by saying, "I feel like a lot of guys do that, you know, especially in the business.  [They] don't want to be seen with their girl so they'll make them ride in separate cars and do all that 'getaway' stuff.   If we get away, we're, you know, getting away together."

While Oprah's done a slew of interviews, she says chatting with The Bieb was beyond major.  "It's the biggest thing I've done since Michael Jackson in 1993," Oprah told the hosts of Good Morning America on Thursday.

As previously reported, the interview for Oprah's Next Chapter will air in more than 100 countries worldwide on Nov. 25 on OWN.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Aug022012

Oprah Goes All Natural on Twitter, "O" Cover

Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It’s rare celebrities leave their hair and makeup products behind, but this month Oprah Winfrey is doing it twice.

Former talk show host Oprah Winfrey posted a photo to her Instagram of herself wearing glasses, without makeup and showing off her many wigs. The OWN network CEO is currently filming The Butler directed by Lee Daniels in New Orleans and the wigs are for her character Gloria Gaines.

“Me and my 'girls' in the makeup trailer,” the media mogul tweeted alongside the photo.

It’s rare Winfrey, 58, is seen au natural but the talk show host will appear on the September cover of her magazine, O, au natural.

“For the first time ever, Oprah’s appearing on the cover of O without blow-drying or straightening her hair,” a statement on Winfrey’s website said. “She says that wearing her hair naturally -- as she often does on weekends and on vacation -- makes her feel unencumbered. But there was a time when she wanted to just cut it all off.

“I wanted to wear it close-cropped a la Camille Cosby but her husband Bill convinced me otherwise. ‘Don’t do it,’ he said. ‘You’ve got the wrong head shape and you’ll disappoint yourself.’ I took his advice,” she says. Although, never one to shy away from a style update, Winfrey is a firm believer that changing your hairstyle can change what we see and feel is possible. “I even notice a change in my dogs when they get their summer cuts: they’re friskier and livelier, feeling more themselves once the weight of the hair is released.”

Winfrey has sported many hairstyles over the years from straight bobs to Snooki-esque bumps. But she’s faced criticism for not embracing curly hair. Four years ago, website Naturally Curly, wrote a letter to the star sharing their disappointment in her Great American Haircut Makeover show which straightened girls’ naturally curly locks.

“Oprah, you are well loved the world over, due in no small part to your uplifting gospel of self-acceptance. Yet, in the eyes of curlies, these makeovers send an unmistakable -- and most disheartening -- message that one’s natural hair isn’t acceptable. These makeovers suggest that in order to be beautiful, one must completely alter one’s appearance into something not at all natural,” the letter stated.

The September issue of O hits newsstands Aug. 7.

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Friday
Mar162012

Lady Gaga: I Want Kids and a Husband

ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Lady Gaga wants to have kids one day. In a new preview of Oprah’s Next Chapter, the singer tells host Oprah Winfrey that she’s eager to start a family eventually: “I want kids, I want a soccer team and I want a husband.”

Gaga clarified that she doesn’t actually want enough children to form her own soccer team. She’d be thrilled with “a few.”

Gaga also said she wants to “experience” a pregnancy, but isn’t ready to have a kid yet.

The episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter — which also features an interview with Gaga’s mom and footage from last month’s launch of their Born This Way Foundation at Harvard University — airs Sunday on OWN at 9 p.m. ET.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Mar082012

Judge Rules in Favor of Oprah in Lawsuit

George Burns/Harpo, Inc.(NEW YORK) -- Oprah Winfrey recently won a legal case involving her use of the phrase “Own Your Power” on the cover of an O, The Oprah Magazine.

Simone Kelly-Brown, the head of Own Your Power Communications, Inc., which provides motivational services, argued in a lawsuit filed last year that her company owned the trademark to “Own Your Power.” She claimed Winfrey infringed upon the trademark with a 2010 issue of O whose cover carried the phrases “Own Your Power,” “How to Tap Into Your Strength,” “Focus Your Energy” and “Let Your Best Self Shine.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, a New York federal judge this week ruled against Kelly-Brown, stating that consumers could not have been confused by the magazine’s use of the phrase “Own Your Power.” The judge also determined that Winfrey had the right to use the phrase to describe the contents of the issue.

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Thursday
Jan052012

Oprah’s New Cable Talk Show Draws 1.1 Million Viewers

ABC, Inc.(NEW YORK) -- Oprah Winfrey has her work cut out for her if she wants her new cable talk show to reach the same number of viewers who tuned into her former broadcast edition. Newser.com reports Oprah Next Chapter with guest Steven Tyler debuted Sunday night on the Oprah Winfrey Network, and attracted just 1.1 million viewers. Oprah averaged 6.5 million viewers in the final season of her old daytime chat fest.

For further comparison, Piers Morgan attracted an audience of 2.1 million in his debut on CNN, when he replaced Larry King, and The History Channel’s Pawn Stars averaged more than five million viewers last month.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Oct102011

Rosie O'Donnell Talks about New Show

HARPO, INC./ GEORGE BURNS(CHICAGO) -- It's been 10 years since Rosie O'Donnell left her first enormously successful talk show -- The Rosie O'Donnell Show -- only now to be welcomed with open arms by the talk show queen herself, Oprah Winfrey.

"It's pretty exciting, I have to say it really is," O'Donnell told Nightline anchor Cynthia McFadden.

At 49, the Emmy-award winning comedian and actress is debuting her new talk show, The Rosie Show, on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) on Monday at 7 p.m. ET. Her show is taped at the iconic Harpo Studios in Chicago, which was the home of The Oprah Winfrey Show for 25 years.

"I feel like was knighted by the queen...I will serve," O'Donnell said.

Her first guest will be actor Russell Brand, whom, O'Donnell jokes, has now replaced the man she used to idolize, Tom Cruise.

"Tom knows, I sent him a little text," she said. "I said, 'Tommy, I will always love ya. Move over, Russell Brand is in."

While filling Oprah's shoes may be daunting enough, Oprah herself said she isn't looking for a clone in O'Donnell.

"She is the only person in my 25-year reign as the number one talk show, the only person who came close to beating me was Rosie," Oprah said. "But it's not something I ever worried about. I am myself. Rosie is herself. I knew she had the goods. She had the goods."

Even much of Oprah's former staff has stayed on and begun adjusting to O'Donnell's way of running the show.

"I am not going to follow notes," O'Donnell said. "I read the books and I have a conversation. It's different than other talk shows. So it takes getting used to."

Bringing O'Donnell, having been known for her sometimes controversial humor, back to television on OWN was something Oprah handled personally. She flew out to meet with O'Donnell when she heard the comedian was considering a show with OWN.

"When I heard that Rosie actually might be interested in signing on with me and with OWN, I really couldn't believe it," Oprah said. "I was like, 'really? She would do that?' And you know, got on a plane to see her face to face to hear from her from her own lips that this is true because I didn't want agents speaking to lawyers and all of that stuff."

O'Donnell had a slightly different take on why Oprah wanted to come talk to her about launching her show.

"When I hugged her after I said I was all in, I said, 'so did you come here to see if I was insane?'" O'Donnell said. "She said, 'a little bit.' I said, 'I don't blame you.' I passed the crazy check. I'm not sure how, but I did."

For many fans, the last public sighting of O'Donnell was in 2007, when she and The View co-host Elizabeth Hasselbeck had a painful falling out on camera.

"I learned that for me, if I can't be the boss of a show, I shouldn't be on the show," O'Donnell said.

Even though O'Donnell stands by her actions, she admitted to feeling uncomfortable with her behavior that day. She said she recently watched the video of that exchange on YouTube, and was "not OK with the level of anger." She continued, "When I watched it back, I felt the betrayal and the sadness. I had worked very hard to sort of befriend Elizabeth."

O'Donnell says she does feel less angry these days, a tribute to discovering she needed to take hormones.

"I had zero levels of estrogen," she said, a discovery that was prompted by her friend Suzanne Somers, who urged her to get her levels checked.

"I started on bio-identical estrogen cream and I think it made a huge difference in my life," O'Donnell said.

While a visit to her new show reveals O'Donnell is upbeat, even zany in her opening monologue, she is also reflective and personal in an interview with Carrie Fisher about her weight loss and depression to this day. Two topics close to O'Donnell's heart.

"That was a challenge my whole life," she said. "I was so grateful that I had gotten on medication after Columbine. I don't know how I would have gotten through 9/11. They say it's PTSD, I don't know, but it's a very big issue. In fact, when I took this job, I did say to Oprah, 'I'm pretty stable.' I'm doing really well, but I have to tell you, a world catastrophe, [I’m] probably gonna need a week off."

With therapy and medication, the comedian says she is now feeling the best she has felt in a long time. And for O'Donnell, there is more to life than worrying about being a celebrity. Raising her four kids, Parker, 16, Chelsea, 14, Blake, 12, who were adopted, and Vivienne Rose, 9, who was conceived through artificial insemination, has been the most important thing to her.

"It is the best thing I ever did," O'Donnell said. "People sometimes say to me, 'oh, it was great of you to adopt,' and I say, 'No it was greedy.' I want to look into the eyes of that woman and that man who created those children and say, 'Thank you, because you made my life worth living.'"

O'Donnell first married Kelli Carpenter, a former Nickelodeon marketing executive, in 2004. The couple divorced three years ago, and O'Donnell said she tried to date, but it wasn't easy.

By happenstance, she met her current girlfriend Michelle Rounds while standing in line at a Starbucks.

"I thought she was a 28-year-old heterosexual girl because that's what she looked like to me, and she's a 40-year-old gay woman," O'Donnell said. "My gaydar was way off."

One thing is for sure about the talk show host, she is not afraid of making a strong comeback. For O'Donnell, success means finding "a beautiful mix" of balance and happiness.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Monday
Sep122011

Ryan O’Neal Blames Family Drama on Oprah

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network(LOS ANGELES) -- Ryan O’Neal says he and daughter Tatum are more estranged than ever, and Oprah Winfrey is to blame.

“We only reconciled on the show, not in life,” the actor told TV Guide, referring to the eight part docu-series he and Tatum starred in on Winfrey’s newly-launced ”Oprah Winfrey Network” (OWN) earlier this summer.

“In fact we’re further apart now than when we started the show,” he said.  “So thanks, Oprah, for all your help.”

Father and daughter, who appeared together in the 1973 film Paper Moon, for which the then-10-year-old Tatum won an Oscar, endured a 25-year estrangement, much of it displayed in the public eye.

“In one word, pride,” Ryan told Good Morning America in June of what drove him and his daughter apart.  “I thought I had all the pride.  It turned out, no, there’s someone with more than me.”

The duo began talking again after the death of Ryan’s longtime girlfriend, actress Farrah Fawcett, in 2009, and agreed to star in the reality series for OWN that documented their attempts to work through the estrangement and improve their relationship.

Ryan & Tatum: The O’Neals, which premiered June 19, showed the pair in therapy sessions, celebrating Tatum’s birthday and traveling together to the Palm Springs Film Festival for a screening of Paper Moon.

“It was a way back when there weren’t many paths,” Ryan told GMA in June, of why he and Tatum turned to a reality show to repair their strained father-daughter bond.

It turns out the reality of those hopeful moments on the reality show were not so real, after all.

In clips from the show’s final episode in August, the two remain conflicted towards each other, even while agreeing to continue therapy.

Both Ryan and Tatum agreed on GMA, after filming for the show had wrapped, that their relationship remained “tenuous.”

“It’s a work in progress,” Tatum said on GMA. “Relationships are tricky.”

This is not the first time O’Neal has hit back against Oprah for her involvement, or lack thereof, in the show.

“I thought that was the thing -- that Oprah would be there and use her magic on us,” he told xfinityTV in June. “I thought she’d bless us and that would help. We spent New Year’s Eve with her, and she was very encouraging. Then we never saw her again. And haven’t heard from her. When she finished her show, I supposed she’d come by and talk to us, but they said no, she’s going on holiday.  So Tatum and I were left to deal with each other on our own.”

A spokesman for OWN had no comment.

Ryan O’Neal’s camp is now furiously backpedaling on the TV Guide quote.

“That is a very old statement that the magazine just published,” O’Neal’s spokesman, Arnold Robinson, told GMA.  “They are of course still working on strengthening their relationship, which is an on-going process.”

Robinson also noted that Tatum O’Neal joined her father in court a few weeks ago to offer support as her half-brother, Redmond, Ryan’s son with Fawcett, faced another drug charge.

Whatever the truth, life is more complicated than reality TV.  Perhaps there’s room for a sequel.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
May242011

Filming Finished on Oprah Winfrey's Final Talk Show

Oprah Winfrey/ABC News(CHICAGO) -- That's all, folks: the final edition of The Oprah Winfrey Show is in the can.

Sheri Salata, executive producer of OPRAY WINFREY's talk show, took to Twitter Tuesday morning, writing "we're ready. she's ready. :-)" in response to a fan's well-wishes for the show's finale. But she offered no clues about the content of the final show.

The final Oprah will air Wednesday, as early as 10 a.m. in some markets. After 25 years of helming the production, Winfrey gave her staff control of her third-and second-to-last shows. They surprised her with performances and appearances by the likes of Will Smith, Beyonce Knowles, Madonna, and Maria Shriver, among a slew of other stars.

Those two shows were taped at Chicago's United Center May 17, which played host to 13,000 of Winfrey's friends and fans. Part one aired Monday; part two was to air Tuesday.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
May172011

Oprah Winfrey's Star-Studded Farewell Surprise

ABC, Inc.(CHICAGO) -- An estimated 13,000 Oprah Winfrey fans are getting a first-hand sneak peek at what the talk show queen has in store for the two shows leading up to her grand finale.

Just before 7:30 p.m. in Chicago, Winfrey took to the stage at the taping of her final shows to the tune of the Black Eyed Peas' hit song "I Gotta Feeling." What followed was a star-studded extravaganza.

Winfrey was met on stage by actor Tom Hanks, who told her, "You are surrounded by nothing but love. Thank you for what The Oprah Winfrey Show has meant for our lives."

Hanks continued, "Some might say that pulling off this party is darn near a mission impossible."

At that point Mission: Impossible star Tom Cruise walked out onto the stage.

Following that blockbuster opening, a video of testimonials brought some in the audience to tears. The testimonials included comments from fans who said they were inspired by Winfrey, including a woman whose daughter died in her arms and who said Winfrey's show helped her deal with her incredible loss. Another woman who lost her mother and best friend in a car crash said the show "helped me through the darkest days of my life."

Hanks introduced another superstar -- Madonna -- as a "hard-working mother of four." Madonna called Oprah "a self-made woman who has been on top of her game for 25 years...."

The recording star also said Winfrey's construction of a school in Africa has encouraged her to stay the course in her own effort to build a school in Malawi.

"Thank you for inspiring me," Madonna told Winfrey.

The two shows, dubbed "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular," are being taped a few blocks from Winfrey's Harpo Studios in Chicago at the 20,000-seat United Center, the city's largest sports and concert venue and the home of the Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks. The NBA Eastern Conference finals between the Bulls and the Miami Heat had to be shifted to make room for Oprah.

Eager fans lined up outside the United Center to see arriving celebrities and be there for the end of an era.

In the days before the taping, Winfrey's producers were promising "the biggest names in movies, music and television." The guest lineup was apparently a surprise to Winfrey.

A veritable who's who of the entertainment industry were spotted in Chicago headed for the taping of the show. Among them were Halle Berry, Rosie O'Donnell, Candice Bergen, Beyonce, Dr. Phil McGraw, Usher, Tom Cruise and Kelsey Grammer.

Harpo Productions got more than 154,000 ticket requests for seats to Tuesday's event. Tickets were free; winners were determined by lottery. The shows will air May 23 and 24. The content of the final episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show, which will air May 25, remains a closely guarded secret.

Winfrey announced in November 2009 that she would end her popular daytime talk show after 25 years. Legions of loyal fans are also in a state of disbelief that the woman who has been a daytime constant through four presidents, the Sept. 11 terror attacks, two wars and several recessions will no longer be there.

Of course, Winfrey will continue her magazine and her new television network OWN, which launched in January. But it's unlikely that there will ever be anything like The Oprah Winfrey Show again.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Monday
May092011

Chaz Bono Talks 'Becoming Chaz,' Cher on 'Oprah'

ABC News(CHICAGO) -- After years of struggling with his sexuality, Chaz Bono opened up about transitioning to a man on Monday's Oprah.

"Life was always so much more difficult," he told Oprah Winfrey about his former life as Chastity Bono. "It also felt like my body was literally betraying me."

Bono, the 42-year-old son of Cher and the late Sonny Bono, made a documentary about his transition, Becoming Chaz, which airs on Oprah Winfrey's OWN Tuesday. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, which Bono attended with his partner, Jennifer Elia. Cher was absent.

On Oprah, Bono revealed that Cher has seen the film and that, "She really liked it a lot. But I think it was probably hard to see," he said. "She has finally gotten that this is the thing that's making me happy."

The Bono in Becoming Chaz is desperate to erase all signs of his femininity. He injects himself with testosterone; he binds his chest so tight he has trouble breathing. "I'll be really happy to get rid of these," he declares before finally going under the knife to remove his breasts.

No one seems more uncomfortable with Bono's change than Cher. The two appear together in one scene at the end of Becoming Chaz, after the credits start rolling. But the majority of Cher's input in the movie comes via a single-camera interview in which she often refers to her son as a woman.

Watch Chaz Bono's interview on ABC's Nightline Monday at 11:35 p.m. ET/PT and tune in for more on Good Morning America Tuesday at 7 a.m. ET/PT.

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