June 22nd, 2012 by edsel
The legal team of Kris Humphries apparently has Oprah Winfrey to thank for giving them ammunition against Kim Kardashian.
Perez Hilton earlier reported that Oprah interviewed the whole Kardashian Klan this Sunday in a tell-all episode of ‘Oprah’s Next Chapter.’ And by tell-all, that included details about Kim’s short-lived marriage to NBA baller Humphries.
Unfortunately for Kim, the lawyers of Kris Humphries tuned in to her interview with Oprah Winfrey. And they’re planning on use that same interview to prove to a judge that Humphries’ claim that his marriage with Kim Kardashian was truly a fraud.
According to a source close to Kris Humphries, his lawyers will put Kim Kardashian on the stand to share every juicy little detail she told her mother Kris Jenner on the eve of her wedding. “What was exactly said,” the source opined, “And why did Kris say that to her daughter?”
The Perez Hilton source claimed that “Kim’s explanation of why her mom asked her just doesn’t make sense.” The source went on to allege that, like an ‘X Files’ episode, “There is a lot more going on to this than the public knows.”
And like Tom Cruise’s character Danny Kaffee in ‘A Few Good Men,’ Kris Humphries reportedly wants the truth. “Kris was left in the dark,” said the source, “And it was very hurtful for him to hear that Kim was bored with him.”
Of note to Perez Hilton was Kim Kardashian telling Oprah Winfrey that she will “always have a place” in her heart for Kris Humphries. In an apparent case of absence making the heart grow fonder, the ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’ star claimed “to be depressed for four months.”
The lawyers of Kris Humphries didn’t buy it. “Kim spent more time mourning the end of her marriage,” cited a source, “Than the actual marriage which only last for 72 days. Kim Kardashian had no idea, the source alleged, that her interview with Oprah Winfrey was such a boon for her estranged husband’s legal team
The source also said that Humphries’ lawyers could barely wait for the second half of the ‘Oprah’s Next Chapter’ interview. That’s bad news for Kim Kardashian, but probably good news for the flagging OWN Network.
Divorce depositions for Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries will take place during this week. Some claimed that the Kardashian Klan’s interview with Oprah Winfrey was a ploy to garner support for Kim.
June 20th, 2012 by edsel
During an interview on ‘Oprah’s Next Chapter,’ 50 Cent was hard-pressed to name people he could confidently claim to love him or have his back in a pinch.
According to The Huffington Post, the 36-year-old ‘Do You Think About Me’ rapper -whose real name was Curtis James Jackson III- was being interviewed by Oprah Winfrey. Oprah asked Cent to name the people he knows genuinely love him, and she commiserated with him when he struggled to answer her question.
50 Cent could only name his grandmother Beulah Jackson -who reportedly doesn’t even listen to his songs- and his son Marquise Jackson.
“Short periods of time?” Cent clarified. “Lots of people. But that’s not true love,” he admitted to Oprah Winfrey. “That’s perhaps opportunistic love.
The Huffington Post reported that Oprah Winfrey hit an even bigger block when she asked him whom he could depend on to watch his back. The rather stumped 50 Cent finally pleaded that he didn’t think he could definitely count on anyone that way if it ever came to that.
“I have asked myself this question,” Winfrey told Cent regarding her earlier question about people who really loved them. “It’s not a very long list,” she admitted.
Talk show host Oprah Winfrey and rapper 50 Cent famously feuded years ago, with Cent naming his female dog after Oprah and his cat after Oprah’s editor. They recently patched things up on ‘Oprah’s Next Chapter’ while also agreeing to continue disagreeing with each other’s opinion.
June 18th, 2012 by edsel
In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Kim Kardashian put down claims that momager Kris Jenner supposedly pimps her and her sisters out by saying that ”No one will fight harder for you than your own mother.”
E! News reported that Kris Jenner, the three Kardashian sisters, and their brother Rob Kardashian sat down with Oprah for an OWN special airing Sunday. Oprah asked what the Kardashians siblings thought about rumors their momager was “pimping her children.”
“I think that’s so ridiculous,” Kim Kardashian old Oprah Winfrey. “First of all, we have to hire a manager. So regardless,” she said, “Someone is going to get that.”
Kim added that “No one will fight harder for you than your own mother.” According to her, Kris Jenner “knows us. She knows all of our moods…”
And that understanding goes both ways. “We just get each other,” Kim Kardashian said of Kris Jenner, Kim herself, and her siblings. “We vibe [and] it works.”
Oprah Winfrey brought up another touchy topic: That the Kardashians owing their media empire and success to being “good-looking kids?”
Rob Kardashian butted in by gesturing to his big sisters and going “Well, they’re not, like, skinny women.”
“Who are you?” Khloe Kardashian taunted Rob in return. After sarcastically telling her brother that “You’re so sweet,” Khloe told Oprah that there was some truth in the claims that she and her sisters leaned on their beauty.
“I mean in today’s society, yeah, to be honest,” she admitted, “Probably not.” The lovely wife of Lamar Odom told Oprah Winfrey that “You have to have this bombshell over here-” She gestured to Kim Kardashian “-and this petite little bundle of joy-” This time Khloe Kardashian referred to Kourtney. “-and this hunk next to me,” she finished with a bone tossed to Rob Kardashian.
“But we are all different,” Kourtney Kardashian opined. “We have different body types.”
Kim Kardashian told Oprah Winfrey that she didn’t think she and her family would have found success “if we were all like skinny, pretty models,” she reasoned. “I think it has to do with us, the curves, the dark hair!”
In addition, Kim Kardashian was of the opinion that she and her sisters “helped broaden” the representation of Middle-Eastern women in mainstream media during their rise to fame. Their father Robert Kardashian was the son of Armenian-Americans, while their mother Kris Jenner was half-Scottish, half-Dutch.
June 14th, 2012 by edsel
Oprah Winfrey and 50 Cent ended years of feuding on the Sunday episode of ‘Oprah’s Next Chapter.’
According to E! News, the rapper -whose real name is Curtis Jackson- appeared on Oprah’s show. He was grilled about the fact that he named his female dog after the popular talk show host.
“That was not a compliment,” Oprah Winfrey opined. “I heard you had a bitch named Oprah!” she pointed out to the 36-year-old rapper.
50 Cent sheepishly admitted to the intended slur. “At the time, I was just looking at the situation,” he explained, “And I saw I was developing negative feelings for someone who doesn’t even know me…”
After admitting that he named his female dog after Oprah Winfrey to vent his negative feelings, Cent also added that he has a cat named Gayle. (E! News presumed that he named the cat after Gayle King, Oprah’s friend and editor of ‘O, the Oprah Magazine.’)
“I would see moments when you would discuss your feelings on the culture,” 50 Cent told Oprah Winfrey, “And everything that was wrong with the culture,” he noted, “Was what was on my CD.” According to Cent, it led him to think “Oh, [Oprah] doesn’t like me.”
According to E! News, 50 Cent sought to establish a relationship with Oprah, even if it was negative. “I was saying, ‘If I can’t be your friend,” Cent said, “At least let me be your enemy, so I coexist.”
Oprah Winfrey then brought up his earlier statement that she “had white women in [the] audience that were as old as [his] grandmother.” Oprah felt that it was a “pointed criticism.”
50 Cent replied that what he meant to say was that “It’s a conservative audience. Their kids are listening to [my music],” Cent noted, “And they look for something that allows them to be a little rebellious,” which is how he described “rap and roll” to be.
“You need black people and white people to watch you,” Oprah said regarding that same matter.
The The OWN mogul and the rapper also discussed the use the N-word. Oprah Winfrey opposed the use of the racial slur. ”When you’re actually using it with malice in your heart,” 50 Cent -who frequently uses the N-word in his songs- countered, “You can feel the difference.”
June 11th, 2012 by edsel
Michael Jackson was a “really normal father” who wanted his kids to “have a normal childhood,” said his daughter Paris Jackson.
E! News reported that the only daughter of the King of Pop opened up to Oprah Winfrey in a recent interview about her famous father. Paris Jackson talked about the infamous face-covering paraphernalia she and siblings had to wear, how Michael Jackson preferred to call grounding “on punishment,” and how the most successful entertainer of all time was a typical, “normal” father with his kids.
“I was really confused,” the 13-year-old daughter of Michael Jackson and Debbie Rowe shared, “Like I didn’t get why I was wearing a mask. But I understand it now,” Paris Jackson shared, “Why our dad would want our face to be covered.”
According to Paris, the attention-grabbing masks ensured that “We wouldn’t be recognized” when she and siblings Prince Michael and Blanket went out without their famous dad. “We could have a normal childhood,” she told Oprah Winfrey.
E! News reported that the Jackson household placed a premium on maintaining some semblance of normalcy. When Oprah Winfrey asked if Michael Jackson wanted his kids to have a normal life, Paris Jackson answered that “He did.”
Paris said that Michael “had his doubts” about his kids enjoying their childhood, much less a normal one. “He told us,” she said, “That when he was younger he didn’t really have a childhood.”
Michael Jackson told his children stories about how he would always be singing in the studio while other kids his age were playing outside. ”And he wanted us to have that,” Paris Jackson determined. “Chuck E. Cheese and Toys ‘R’ Us were our favorite places to go,” she told Oprah Winfrey.
Years after Michael’s death, his children remained acutely aware of their loss. ”Now I see other kids and their parents,” Paris said, “And I compare them to my dad. Our dad was a really normal father when he was with us,” she said.
And like any normal father, Michael Jackson would ground his kids if they did something bad. “He wouldn’t call it grounding,” Paris Jackson told Oprah Winfrey. “He’d just say, ‘You’re on punishment.’”
Adding that “Sometimes we’d be on punishment a lot,” Paris admitted that she and her stepbrother Blanket were the usual suspects. “Mostly me and Blanket,” she told Oprah Winfrey, “Because me and Blanket would always fight.”
Things have changed over the years for the kids of Michael Jackson. ”But me and Blanket have found a lot of things in common,” Paris said about her stepbrother. “More things than I thought we did,” she expanded, “So me and him have gotten a lot closer.”
As for her other, older sibling, Paris Jackson said that “Prince has started to drift off. He’s a teenager,” she told Oprah Winfrey, “He’s a teenage boy, he’s gonna do that.”
Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009. His three kids -Prince Michael I, Paris, and Prince Michael II (“Blanket”)- are in the custody of their grandmother Katherine Jackson.
April 16th, 2012 by faye
Reality show star Ryan O’Neal has reportedly slammed TV personality Oprah Winfrey for launching her OWN TV network prematurely, insisting that Oprah is the one to blame for his unsuccessful reality show.
Back in 2011, 70-year-old Ryan O’Neal teamed up with his once-estranged daughter for “Ryan and Tatum: The O’Neals,” which they filmed for the Oprah Winfrey Network. However, despite the family drama, the reality show failed to take off and has yet to be renewed for a second season. When Ryan O’Neal was asked whether he was worried that his low-rated reality show would tarnish his reputation, he simply replied, “No because nobody saw it … I don’t know if Oprah Winfrey saw it.”
Earlier this month, TV mogul Oprah Winfrey said, “Launching when we really were not ready to launch, it’s like having the wedding when you know you are not ready… Had I’d known that it was this difficult, I might have done something else.”
O’Neal was spotted by some media at Los Angeles recently and asked him how he felt about the admission of Oprah Winfrey that she wasn’t ready to launch her network. The actor responded, “I wish we had known that … she should have told us.”
After completing the taping of his reality show last year, Ryan O’Neal revealed that “Ryan & Tatum: The O’Neals” didn’t go well for him and his daughter. They had not spoken for two months now. The reality star told Access Hollywood it could have been a lot different if Oprah Winfrey had been a part of the series:
“We never saw her, never spoke to her, not a note, not a line, not a word… I don’t think she was even in Los Angeles (where the show was filmed). I guess she thought we’d take care of it ourselves,” adding “One of the reasons we did it (the show) is that Oprah has a kind of a magical touch and that, with the combination of Oprah and hope, she (Tatum) and I could manage to get past what was bothering us. But we needed her and she didn’t show.”
April 4th, 2012 by faye
World-famous TV host Oprah Winfrey had a recent interview with “CBS This Morning,” where she admitted mistakes in launching her cable channel, OWN. However, Oprah promised that the neophyte OWN television would still succeed using a new strategy.
As previous reports have stated, the 58-year-old media proprietor laid off 30 staffers at the 15-month-old OWN due to poor ratings, saying that she had been ill-prepared for the sudden turn of events.
“The idea of creating a network was something that I’d wanted to do. Had I’d known that it was this difficult, I might have done something else,” Oprah Winfrey told Gayle King, host of “CBS This Morning,” who also happens to be one of her closest friends.
Oprah had a 25-year reign on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” which had made the most in her career as a TV personality, but when asked about whether she seriously would have never taken on the project, she replied, “Oh absolutely,” adding, “I did not think it was going to be easy … but if I knew then what I know now I might have made some different choices. I would say if I was writing a book about it, I could call the book ‘101 mistakes.’”
So what would Oprah Winfrey consider some of the mistakes of launching OWN?
“Launching when we really were not ready to launch,” Oprah said. “It’s like having the wedding when you know you are not ready and you are walking down the aisle, and you are saying, ‘I don’t know … maybe we should have postponed it.’”
OWN, a joint venture between Oprah Winfrey and Discovery Communications, has struggled to find massive audience since its launch in January 2011. However, But Winfrey defended herself saying she had initially warned partner Discovery about OWN that “the thing that I am most worried about is who is going to lead this train, because I can’t do it.”
Now, Oprah Winfrey says that her full commitment to OWN made her unavailable to campaign for President Barack Obama in his re-election bid, in a step back from her influential campaigning for Obama in late 2007.
“I am not going to be out there. I am 100 percent behind our president. I actually love our president and have the utmost respect for him and that office and what it takes to be there. I will not be out because I am trying to fix OWN,” Oprah said.
OWN had a 21 percent rise in total daily viewers in the first quarter of 2012 after Oprah Winfrey appeared more on the channel. But it is still attracting a mere 180,000 viewers a day.
February 16th, 2012 by faye
There is only one thing that TV host Oprah Winfrey wants to clear above all the fuss that has been going on due to her controversial plugging and ‘begging’ in Twitter for Nielsen viewers to watch her struggling cable channel OWN instead of the Grammy Awards on Sunday – Oprah Winfrey says she did not ‘beg.”
The plugging happened Sunday night when Oprah Winfrey, whose OWN network has been in a bit of a downfall in ratings since its relaunch last year, tweeted out what seems to be a harmless plea to her followers, promoting to watch OWN instead of the Grammy Awards.
“Every 1 who can please turn to OWN especially if u have a Neilsen box,” Oprah Winfrey wrote in a tweet that has since been deleted from the TV host’s feed (but not before getting retweeted first).
While Oprah’s tweet gathered some thanks for the reminder, the overwhelming stream of backlash and criticism from fellow tweeters was more than the positive ones. Some followers even said that the request of Oprah Winfrey was “desperate” and that she was obviously “begging for viewers” to watch her cable network OWN instead of people watching the Grammy Awards. The said request also caught the attention of the ratings company itself.
According to the policy, networks are not allowed to specifically target Nielsen subscribers with any attempts to change their viewing habits, and that includes network heads with their names in the network title.
“In accordance with our policies and procedures, Nielsen is reviewing this incident with our clients and we may withhold, breakout and/or make a note in the ratings. We take any violation of our policy seriously and will work with clients to resolve the situation,” the Nielsen company said in an issued statement.
Come Monday morning, Oprah Winfrey released a statement saying, “I removed the tweet at the request of Nielsen. I intended no harm and apologize for the reference.”
Additionally, Oprah Winfrey responded to the backlash along with Nielsen company’s statement by removing her offending post about OWN and the Grammy Awards, but nevertheless, Oprah Winfrey defended her reasons why she wrote it in the first place.
“‘Desperate’s not ever a part of my vocab. Just making a request, since I can’t watch myself. Choice is yours,” tweeted Oprah Winfrey.
“The word ‘please’ is used as courtesy not a beg,” Oprah Winfrey replied to one online critic about the OWN-Grammy Awards tweet. To another, harsher reply, she wrote, “Huh? Corrupt? Me? You really believe that?
“Unethical a little harsh don’t u think? Seemed like it made sense to me. Sorry if u’re offended.”
Oprah Winfrey backtracked her previous comments about the OWN-Grammy Awards plugging when she came around, so instead of pursuing the defense against her Twitter followers, she harnessed her inner Oprah and tried another tact:
“You really are more than a number,” Oprah wrote.
February 15th, 2012 by faye
Oprah Winfrey may have gone a bit too far in promoting her cable network called OWN when she undoubtedly asked the Nielsen viewers to watch OWN instead of the Grammy Awards which was airing also the night Oprah Winfrey said that statement.
Such action from Oprah Winfrey apparently disappointed and drew criticisms from the viewers of OWN as well as a market research company.
The tweet of Oprah Winfrey on Sunday stated, “Every 1 who can please turn to OWN especially if u have a Nielsen box,” asking the Nielsen viewers to tune in to the ‘Oprah’s Next Chapter’ instead of watching the much-anticipated and mega-rated Grammy Awards. Oprah Winfrey also added, “Commercial Grammy people… u can turn to OWN.”
These tweets promoting OWN instead of the Grammy Awards backfired at Oprah Winfrey on the social networking site, with some readers even accusing Oprah Winfrey of “begging for viewers” and being “desperate.”
In retaliation to the flood of tweets she received about the issue of OWN and the Grammy Awards, Oprah Winfrey followed up her remarks with a string of defensive replies to reader criticism: “The word ‘please’ is used as courtesy not a beg,” tweeted the TV host.
Additionally, Oprah Winfrey tweeted, “‘Desperate’ not ever a part of my vocabulary” … “‘Unethical’ is a little harsh don’t u think? Seemed like it made sense to me. Sorry if you’re offended.”
The said original tweet from Oprah Winfrey has since been removed.
According to a Nielsen representaive, networks are not allowed to specifically target Nielsen subscribers. Policy prohibits “attempts to single out panel members … to change their viewing habits.”
“In accordance with our policies, Nielsen is reviewing this with our clients and may withhold, breakout and/or make a note in the ratings. We take any violation of our policy seriously.” added the Nielsen rep regarding Oprah Winfrey’s promotion of OWN over the Grammy Awards.
Oprah Winfrey has since released this statement: “I removed the tweet at the request of Nielsen. I intended no harm and apologize for the reference.”
The last year has been quite a struggle for TV host Oprah Winfrey, who decided to create her cable channel in a joint venture with Discovery Communications, which converted the Discovery Health Channel into OWN in January 2011. At business meetings, meals and parties, Oprah Winfrey told associates that people raved at her about shows they have watched on OWN, and yet that support apparently did not reflect in the Nielsen ratings.
Such low ratings have disappointed Oprah as well as other associates involved in the venture, though there is a light of hope that the signature show on OWN, “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” is slowly gaining attention and becoming the centerpiece. Since OWN began in January, it has drawn almost 900,000 viewers on average.