Get ready for Celie and Sofia to reunite, Oprah-style! The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg will make an apperance on The Mighty O's couch to celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Color Purple being released in theaters. Both Goldberg and Winfrey nabbed their first Academy-Award nominations for the film (neither won). Goldberg will make her way to Winfrey's show on Nov. 15.
Today, in what is bound to be a can’t miss episode, Portia De Rossi sits down with Oprah to talk about weighing just 82 pounds while starring on Ally McBeal. Watch the promo after the jump. READ MORE
The Mighty O let it be known at Maria Shriver's Women's Conference that the word "bitch" will not be allowed on her network, OWN. Entertainment Weekly reports:
The Oprah Winfrey Network will be “fun and entertaining without tearing people down and calling them bitches,” Oprah said at Maria Shriver’s Women’s Conference yesterday. “Imagine that. Imagine."
Now on one hand, this is a symbolic way to bring attention to a worthy issue, i.e. that rampant sexism still exists in our society and by issuing a silence policy on this word for an entire network, Oprah Winfrey is actually placing that issue front and center. On the other hand, it's a savvy PR move since it will undoubtedly get people talking—as they already are—and therefore draw more attention to her new network. One also wonders if this had anything to do with Joy Behar . I'm sure The View ladies will be discussing it.
The following questions came to mind though when I heard this news: READ MORE
Not all protégés are created equal it would seem. The New York Post is reporting Oprah’s Midas Touch isn’t quite working on The Nate Berkus Show. The chatfest appears to be fading fast, with ratings falling well behind Nancy Grace’s new show Swift Justice.
"Berkus is likeable, but he pings from decorating to mommy bloggers to saving money to auction tips with the occasional celebrity appearance, making it difficult to discern the show's true identity,"
I can’t say this news surprises me. While Berkus has been one of my favorite Oprah “regulars" over the years, when I tried watching his solo show I found myself wanting to change the channel faster than a teen boy who was caught watching Skinemax by his parents, not that I would know anything about that, of course.
How much yammering can morning audiences handle? We’re going to find out. Already facing increased competition from CBS’s upcoming The Talk, now The View’s Barbara Walters and Bill Geddie have another threat to worry about. According to the New York Post, Oprah has brought in Mark Burnett to produce a daily panel talk show. The new chat fest will premiere in January when OWN launches.