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Monday
Jan072013

David Letterman and Oprah Winfrey Discuss Feud, His Sex Scandal

Harpo Studios, Inc.(NEW YORK) -- Once more, old rivals David Letterman and Oprah Winfrey made amends on Sunday's episode of her OWN series, Oprah's Next Chapter.

They famously were not on good terms for years until they buried the hatchet in 2005.

Letterman admitted that he had played up the perceived tension between the two on his Late Show to get laughs out of the audience.  However, he claimed that their "feud" began when Winfrey snapped at him on the phone when he invited her to appear on his program when it visited Chicago.

Winfrey recalled that she did the appearance and felt uneasy due to a rowdy audience. 

She continued, "It felt so uncomfortable to me that I didn't want to have that experience again.  That's really all it was for me.  I just didn't want to be in that uncomfortable experience."

Letterman apologized for the incident, though Winfrey said it was unnecessary.

The two resolved their differences in 2005, when she made an appearance on the Late Show.

During their hour-long conversation, Letterman opened up to Winfrey about his personal life, including the moment on his show in 2009 when he admitted to having affairs with multiple Late Show staff members.  He said his wife, Regina Lasko, stood by him throughout the ordeal, though he told Winfrey he's still trying to regain her trust.

He said, "It will never go away. She's been tremendous. She's got great courage. She is greatly intelligent."

Letterman revealed that by being so upfront with his viewers about his infidelities, he'd hoped to gain a little sympathy from them.

He also said he is working toward becoming a better person in the aftermath of the scandal, in part by seeing a psychiatrist.

The initial segments of the interview -- which was conducted at Letterman's college alma matter, Ball State University in Indiana -- focused on Letterman's early days as a comedian, his relationship with who he described as an "insecure" Jay Leno, and his being passed over for The Tonight Show hosting job in favor of Leno after Johnny Carson retired in the early 1990s.

When Letterman was asked if he felt he deserved to be Carson's successor, he replied in the negative.

He added, "I was disappointed that I didn't get it.  But I never thought, I never felt like something had been ripped from my hands."

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Friday
Jan042013

David Letterman: 'I Have No One to Blame But Myself' for Sex Scandal

Harpo Studios. Inc(NEW YORK) -- In a conversation with Oprah Winfrey set to air on Sunday, David Letterman says he has no one to blame but himself for the 2009 sex scandal in which he admitted to having affairs with multiple Late Show staff members.

Letterman, appearing on Oprah's Next Chapter, says, "I feel better about myself, my relationship with my wife is never better, and it's just because I want to be the person I thought I was and probably was pretending I was."

The late-night host adds, "I hurt a lot of people, I have no one to blame but myself."

Letterman revealed the affairs after a former CBS News producer attempted to extort $2 million from him.

As previously reported, Letterman also discusses his rivalry with Jay Leno during the interview, which airs on OWN this Sunday at 9 p.m. Eastern time.

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Monday
Nov262012

Justin Bieber Opens Up to Oprah About Selena Gomez, Fame

George Burns/Harpo Studios, Inc.(NEW YORK) -- Justin Bieber opened up in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired on Oprah’s Next Chapter Sunday night, talking about his rise to fame, struggles growing up in the spotlight, and Selena Gomez.

The interview, conducted in October, covered Bieber’s ascent from Canadian YouTube hit-driver to international pop sensation.  Winfrey compared the 18-year-old to the Beatles and Michael Jackson, and cooed that he was her biggest interview since 1993.

Despite all the hype, Bieber seemed down to earth, saying of his fame, “it’s definitely not normal and there’s so many sacrifices that I’ve had to do, but at the end of the day, I’ve been able to do so much.”

He admitted the downfalls: “I really don’t have a lot of friends.  I have three close friends.”

And he confessed that he often feels lonely, saying, “You just feel sometimes that you need someone to be there with you.  I get days where I’m just down and gloomy.”

Winfrey didn’t hesitate to bring up Gomez, Bieber’s girlfriend of more than a year.  They reportedly broke up earlier this month but were spotted together at an American Music Awards after party last week.

“I am all about genuine people, and I feel like she’s just one of the most genuine people,” Bieber said.  “She just has a good heart.  And I can talk to her about anything.”

Even though paparazzi swarm their dates together, Bieber said he’s never wanted to leave her side.

“I never make her separate from me because I don’t ever want her to feel like I’m ashamed with her,” he said.  “If we getaway, we’re getting away together, at least.”

But whether or not she’s in his life, his fans will have to get used to a woman being on his arm.

“People are mean and people say mean things,” Bieber said of online fans who posted death threats after his relationship with Gomez went public.  “But at the end of the day, I still have to be happy.  I can’t be single my whole life.”

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Monday
Aug202012

Rihanna Has 'Forgiven' Chris Brown, She Tells Oprah

George Burns/Harpo, Inc.(NEW YORK) -- Rihanna has forgiven Chris Brown, the ex-boyfriend who beat her up in a fight three years ago, the singer said in a rare interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired Sunday night.

Appearing on the OWN series Oprah's Next Chapter, Rihanna said, "I have forgiven him," though she admitted, "I was angry for a long time."

The singer admitted she is "very, very close friends" with Brown, saying, "We built a trust again and that's it.  We love each other and we probably always will.  And that's not anything that we're going to try to change, it's not something that you can shut off if you've ever been in love."

She flatly denied to Winfrey that she is romantically involved with Brown again, but conceded that he "was the love of my life."

"I think he was the love of my life," Rihanna said.  "He was my first love."

When talking about the domestic abuse inflicted by Brown, Rihanna grew emotional, began to cry and said she felt "protective" of the R&B singer.

"It was a weird, confusing space to be in," Rihanna told Winfrey.  "Because as angry as I was, as angry and hurt and betrayed, I just felt like he made that mistake because he needed help and who's going to help him?  Nobody's going to say he needs help.  Everybody's going to say he's a monster without looking at the source, and I was more concerned about him."

The night before the 2009 Grammy Awards, Brown assaulted the singer, leaving the now 24-year-old battered and bruised.  Brown was sentenced to five years' probation, community labor and one year of domestic-violence counseling.

"I lost my best friend.  Everything I knew switched ... switched in a night and I couldn't control that," the Barbados native told Winfrey.  "So I had to deal with that, and that's not easy for me to understand or interpret.  It's not easy to interpret on camera.  Not with the world watching."

Though Brown remains a part of her life, Rihanna said it is difficult for her to see him in person.

"My stomach drops and I have to maintain this poker face and not let it get to the outer part of me.  I have to maintain that and suppress it and interpret it and understand it and understand that that's not going to go away," she said.

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Thursday
Aug162012

Rihanna Opens About Chris Brown in Oprah Interview

George Burns/Harpo, Inc.(NEW YORK) -- Rihanna reveals much in a rare interview with Oprah Winfrey for the media mogul's OWN show Oprah's Next Chapter. When talking about the domestic abuse inflicted by ex-boyfriend Chris Brown, Rihanna grew emotional, began to cry and said she felt "protective" of the R&B singer.

"It was a weird, confusing space to be in," Rihanna told Winfrey. "Because as angry as I was, as angry and hurt and betrayed, I just felt like he made that mistake because he needed help and who's going to help him? Nobody's going to say he needs help. Everybody's going to say he's a monster without looking at the source, and I was more concerned about him."

The night before the 2009 Grammy Awards, Brown assaulted the singer, leaving the now 24-year-old battered and bruised. Brown was sentenced to five years' probation, community labor and one year of domestic-violence counseling.

"I lost my best friend. Everything I knew switched ... switched in a night and I couldn't control that," the Barbados native told Winfrey. "So I had to deal with that, and that's not easy for me to understand or interpret. It's not easy to interpret on camera. Not with the world watching."

Also in the interview, which airs Sunday, the singer talks freely about her career, her family, the recent death of her grandmother and the price of fame. Winfrey also went to the singer's old neighborhood in Barbados to gain a better understanding of Rihanna's past.

"I went there with my own ideas about who she was, watching the videos and listening to her music," Winfrey said in the episode's trailer bout the interview. "I thought she was going to be kind of a badass, kind of a hard edged rocker, pop woman. Nothing could have been further from the truth."

For the full interview, tune in to Oprah's Next Chapter, Sunday at 9 p.m. on OWN.

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Wednesday
Jul252012

Oprah Winfrey's India Special Draws Criticism

Ramesh Sharma/India Today Group/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Oprah Winfrey took OWN viewers to a land far away in an Oprah's Next Chapter special on India this past weekend, and ended up receiving criticism from other viewers who watched the two-hour special as it was simulcast on Discovery Channel India. Some DCI viewers said Oprah seemed "arrogant" and "ignorant."

Winfrey, with cameras in tow, trekked to a slum in Mumbai and also attended an upscale Bollywood party hosted in her honor. Some viewers criticized Oprah for asking dinner guests, “I heard some Indian people eat with their hands still?”

In an open letter on CNN-IBN, a news website jointly run by CNN and Network18, Rituparna Chatterjee complained, “We are used to gross Western ignorance regarding our ancient country. But as a responsible public figure about to air a show that will be beamed across the world, you should have done your homework."

It was the slum visit that rubbed Firstpost.com writer Rajyasree Sen the wrong way. "[Oprah] marveled at how all their clothes fit onto a small shelf. She pointedly avoided any mention of the massive LCD TV, which adorned their wall. That would have killed the sob story.”  Sen called the special "unaware" and "ignorant."

Winfrey and OWN have not responded to the viewer complaints.

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Friday
Jun222012

Kim Kardashian to Oprah: Being with Kanye is 'Comforting'

Eric Ryan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Leave it to Oprah Winfrey to investigate Kim Kardashian's whirlwind romance with Kanye West.  Kardashian discusses the origins of her relationship with the rapper on Sunday night's installment of Oprah's Next Chapter, airing on OWN at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time.

The reality TV star tells Winfrey she has a long history with West because she first met him about a decade ago and has been friends with him for six or seven years.

Kardashian says she feels comfortable with West in part because they have so much in common, including the fact that they've both experienced the loss of a parent.

She says, "I can really relate to his mother passing, he can really relate to my father passing.  I mean, there's so many similarities in our life that I feel like I'm in a really happy, good space."

Kardashian's father, Robert Kardashian, died in 2003, and West's mother, Donda West, passed away in 2007.

Sunday's episode of Oprah's Next Chapter is a continuation of last week's conversation between Winfrey and the Kardashian family.

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Friday
Jun152012

Oprah Keeps Up with the Kardashians in "Next Chapter" Interview

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Oprah Winfrey likely needed a larger hot seat for Kim Kardashian when she grilled the former homemade sex tape actress-turned reality show star and the rest of her family in an interview that will air on OWN's Oprah's Next Chapter.

Winfrey apparently doesn't pull any punches, according to sneak peeks of First Look: The Kardashians.

She asks Kim, "Would you be where you are had there not been a sex tape?", and asks her if her famously hyped and infamously short wedding was a "stunt."

Winfrey also asks the family what millions all over the world want to know, namely, "You're famous for...what?"

The chat with Kim and her siblings Kourtney, Khloé, Kendall, Rob, their "momager" Kris and her husband, Olympic legend Bruce Jenner, as well as Khloé's husband Lamar Odom and Kourtney's longtime boyfriend, Scott Disick, will air on Sunday at 8 p.m. Eastern time on OWN.

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