Could Oprah Winfrey put a fork in the popular O Magazine? The New York Times is reporting Winfrey's thoughts on the state of her magazine and how it has been impacted by the end of her long running talk show.
When it comes to the magazine, Ms. Winfrey said her staff prepared her to expect a 25 percent decline in newsstand sales after the talk show ended. (It has been closer to 22 percent.) And while she acknowledged that she enjoyed “holding the magazine in my hand,” she was pragmatic about print’s future and said she would stop publishing a print magazine if it were not profitable.
“Obviously, the show was helping in ways that you know I hadn’t accounted for,” Ms. Winfrey said. “I’m not interested, you know, in bleeding money.”
Get ready for the return of mass, televised hysteria to your TV sets. OWN is resurrecting Oprah's Favorite Things for a two-hour special!
The special will air ahead of the premiere of Married to the Army: Alaska on November 18. Appropriately, the in studio audience for Oprah’s Favorite Things will comprise of military spouses from each branch of the Armed Forces.
Oprah’s cable network OWN has received more positive ratings news. According to Deadline, Iyanla: Fix My Life was the channel’s best debut since the network premiered. Meanwhile, Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s hit a series high with its second season premiere.
Featuring life coach Iyanla Vanzant, Fix My Life’s 10 PM Saturday show earned a 1.18 rating in the women 25-54 demo and 1.1 million total viewers. That was second in the demo for its time period among all ad-supported cable networks behind ABC Family’s airing of The Blind Side.
Oprah is looking within her TV family of talent to help boost OWN’s ratings. According to The Hollywood Reporter, OWN has purchased the exclusive cable rights to Rachael Ray and The Nate Berkus Show.
“Rachael and Nate are a natural fit for OWN’s expanding daytime programming lineup,” said OWN president Erik Logan of the four-hour block. “It will be great to have Rachael’s energy and Nate’s upbeat presence on our air.”
Former daytime queen Oprah Winfrey topped Forbes’ Highest-Paid Celebrities list, thanks to her earnings from Dr. Phil, Rachael Ray, The Dr. Oz Show, O magazine and her satellite radio station. Reportedly, she earned $165 million from May 2011 to May 2012. Forbes warns that they expect her to fall next year when they will not include syndication money in their count.
Rihanna’s tumultuous relationship with Chris Brown has generated a lot of headlines since he infamously assaulted her several years ago. In a much-anticipated interview with Oprah, Rihanna revealed,
“I think he was the love of my life. He was the first love and I see that he loved me the same way. We were very young and very spontaneous. We ran free. We ran wild. We were falling in love going in at a really rapid pace and we forgot about ourselves as individuals.”