President Obama honored actress and former talk show queen Oprah Winfrey with the Presidential Medal of Freedom on November 20. Oprah was one of 16 individuals, including former President Bill Clinton, who received the prestigious recognition.
Does media titan Oprah Winfrey have beef with The View's Jenny McCarthy? The outspoken blonde seems to think so. Last night, McCarthy paid a trip to the Bravo clubhouse to hang with Watch What Happen Live's Andy Cohen, along with her boyfriend, Blue Bloods star Donnie Wahlberg. McCarthy dished with Cohen about having a deal with Winfrey for her planned syndicated talk show. Once OWN was created, Winfrey decided to place the show on her network instead, but McCarthy put the kibosh on the entire thing. McCarthy stated:
It didn't [work out], I left. I am terrified . . . I would be like OH NO [if we ran into each other].
Cohen went on to ask if she thinks she's on Winfrey's list and McCarthy remarked:
I'm sure there's probably a lot of people on her sh*t list, but I'm probably number 4.
Seriously doubt the Mighty O is checking for you right about now, Jenny. Watch the interview after the jump! READ MORE
Perhaps The Mighty O isn't so mighty after all? In an all-too-human moment, Oprah Winfrey revealed she experienced symptoms of emotional overload, while trying to save OWN and filming The Butler. Here's what she said to Access Hollywood's Shaun Robinson:
“In the beginning, it was just sort of speeding and a kind of numbness and going from one thing to the next thing to the next thing. I will tell you when I realized that I thought, ‘All right, if I don’t calm down I’m gonna be in serious trouble.’ I was in the middle of doing voiceovers, you know? And I remember closing my eyes in between each page because looking at the page and the words at the same time was too much stimulation for my brain.” READ MORE
Rosie O’Donnell has landed a recurring role on The Fosters. The former daytime talk show host will play Rita Hendricks, a no-nonsense, but kind-hearted foster care worker. Rita will become a mentor to a member of the Foster clan on the hit ABC Family drama.
O’Donnell is no stranger to the world of foster care world. The actress is a foster and adoptive mother herself and staunch advocate for the foster care system. On her upcoming role, O’Donnell stated:
I am thrilled to be a part of this wonderful, heartwarming show. My kids and I never miss it. READ MORE
The first year of Oprah Winfrey's cable network was a challenge for the talk show queen. OWN struggled in the ratings and several series flopped. In an interview with Vulture, Winfrey credits execs Sheri Salta, Erik Logan, the channel's partnership with Tyler Perry and other programming changes with OWN's turnaround. She also copped to the cabler being too serious early on. Here's an excerpt:
You also had to make a big shift in the kinds of programs you put on OWN.
I have a tendency to look at everything from the point of view of: What is going to be meaningful, and uplift people? That can become too stoic and too serious—which is the same issue I suffered with at the magazine in the beginning. It needed more humor. So we [began] looking for lighter fare. Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s works. Iyanla: Fix My Life was also a turning point. Having programming that was in alignment with the vision but also left the space to widen the lane for the vision. If it were up to me, I’d be doing [Winfrey’s Sunday talk show] Super Soul Sunday conversations all the time.