The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986–2011)
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Celebrities have a tendency to become wrapped up in their own world. Entertainment shows (Extra! for example), fashion magazines, and other mediums are the catalyst. Oprah is no exception. Oprah caters to the high brow soccer mom society whilst catering to the glamorous image that Hollywood tries to convey. The result is a putrid one hour mess of self glorification (who really cares about what books she likes?).
Oprah does not appeal to the common person.
If you want to watch a REAL talk show hosted by a REAL person with REAL feelings, tune into the Montel Williams show.
Oprah... just take your billions and marry Stedman. Go away.
The Celebrity piece. Oprah should take a look at real interviewers (eg. Michael Parkinson) to learn how to do these properly. Firstly, the viewer wants to hear from the guest - not the interviewer. I don't care if Oprah loved so-and-so's last movie or that Oprah thinks so-and-so is just gorgeous - just ask some questions! Oprah goes fishing for praise by going, "I think you're wonderful!" Inevitable reply: "Gee thanks Oprah, I think you're wonderful too...."
The Self-help show. I'm sorry, when did Oprah get a PhD in anything related to therapy?
The you-should-be-interested-in-this-because-I'm-Oprah show. Oprah was in A Color Purple. Who cares? Oprah was in a magazine. Who cares. Orah had a tough childhood. Who cares? Oprah went to a Celine Dion concert. Who cares? Oprah has a friend who has raised 6 boys. Who cares? Oprah's floor manager has suffered depression. Who cares? Oprah has dropped a dress size. Who cares? Oprah has gained a dress size. Who cares? Oprah is getting married to some guy. Who cares? Oprah isn't getting married after all. Who cares? Oprah had an egg salad for lunch and has made her gassy.......you get my drift.
However, just reviewing my own classification of this show, something has dawned on me.. If it ran just as a celebrity interview show, The Oprah Winfrey Show would be dreadful. If it was just a self-help show it would be dreadful. But in actual fact, these 2 heading are actually just SUB-heading to the third. The "You-should-be-interested-in-this-because-I'm-Oprah show" is REALLY what it's all about. And ya know what??
She is not funny, she is dull and dry and she has no personality. I did watch her show when she managed to have good guests on (Paul McCartney, Elton John, Jane Seymour). The only problem was that she couldn't keep her big mouth shut long enough to let the guests talk.
My mother went to high school with her. She was rude even then. She refuses to have anything to do with the alumni of her class and she even let her father go bankrupt and he lost everything he had.
I thought she was about to give up her show. When is this going to happen? I'll be the first to say good-bye.
I live in Australia and i have been watching Oprah with my mum since i was only a little girl. Oprah has been my choice to watch for ages. Christmas specials are the best! Seeing all the cool prizes that she gives away just blows me away! She is such a nice lady to do all the tings to help people. Like when the Tsunami Came she helped people in that, and when hurricane Katrina came she helped them also.
Also she has really cool guests on like, Gwen Stefani, Chris Rock etc. I will be watching Oprah for years to come!
I explain in the video.
I was supposed to catch my connection flight in Chicago, but my flight got there one hour after my flight home from Chicago left for my home town.
I thought why not take public transportation to HARPO on 110 N. Carpenter Street and leave my story idea.
I walked inside,trembling with excitement. The receptionist did not even say hi. I told her I was in Chicago for only 12 day, and could I leave my story idea for Oprah.
"No! You have to email it to us like everybody else."
I begged and pleaded, until the janitor came out and asked if he could help me. I pled my case, telling him this was my only chance.
"Why did you not call up here ahead of time? We could have scheduled you an appointment to speak to Oprah."
"To Oprah HERSELF!" I asked, flabbergasted.
"Yeeeeeah," he answered.
"It ain't too late to still do it,is it?"
So I asked if I could schedule it for 11:30, and was told to call back AT 11:30. I asked for his first and LAST NAME, SO I COULD TELL THEM WHO TOLD ME THIS.
I took public transportation back to the O'Hare Airport's hotel and called back at 11:30 sharp.
The woman on the phone spat on, "Look! Who do you think you are! You can't just call up here and ask to speak to Oprah!"
"But an employee there named ... said scheduled me an appointment to..."
"We don't have anybody who works here by that name!"
https://youtu.be/lq8KghVXxms Again, watch the video: https://youtu.be/lq8KghVXxms
You hate Oprah because she always makes the show all about her? How do people view you? Do you really listen to people around you or do you always make the conversation about you? Do you feel you are surrounded by people who don't really hear what YOU have to say?
Nine times out of ten the more fame or fortune a person has the more they contribute to society. You may hate her show because it's not your cup-of-tea, but if you hate Oprah as a person you may want to ask yourself what you do to contribute. Do you actually seek out areas in which you can make contributions? Or does belittling someone who is a better person than you just make you feel better about yourself?
What would you do if you had her net worth or fame? Your net worth is measured by your life's contributions. If you always feel broke or even live pay-check to pay-check you may want to re-evaluate your ego.
Doesn't it get tiring thinking about all the bad things in life? What a waste of time! I could think of a million things I'd rather be doing with my time than gossiping about others.
I love how she uses her platform to address issues close to her heart. Her angel network inspired the world to become better people. Her interview with Nelson Mandela was amazing for all South Africans.
Besides she is a beautiful person inside and out. I love what she does for the kids here in South Africa and her involvement in humanitarian work in Africa. Oprah, you are a true inspiration to everyone and please keep on doing what you doing. You are truly a legend!
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"The Oprah Winfrey Show" is just one of those well-known television shows that has impacted America in a very serious way. It's a daytime talk show with actress/personality Oprah Winfrey. She interviews people. Dr. Phil offers strange Southern counseling to bickering couples.
I've seen it referenced in many films, including Danny Devito's dark comedy "Throw Momma from the Train." There's not much to say about it that hasn't already been said. It's the show everybody loves to hate. Ever seen it spoofed on SNL? Yeah, they do it pretty well...
The quality of the show took a huge dive in the 2000s. Oprah became full of herself when they started putting her on the cover of magazines as the most powerful woman. The show became highly politicized. Frequently dealing with highly polarized topics Oprah had a fixed opinion on presenting it as fact. It felt a lot more commercial and more of a significance was placed on certain recurring topics that felt insignificant to ordinary people. It was also in this era that her show occasionally became the subject of controversies/backlash. For me my opinion of Oprah shifted to the negative when she would sneak in jabs at Michael Jackson during his 2005 child molestation trial. It was mean-spirited and showed that she's not as nice as she presents herself. I still continued to watch the show (but less frequently) because the quality of guests and topics still remained good at times.
I give it an even 5. Liked it in the 90s where it felt genuine and approached ordinary, real life situations with honest intellectual curiosity and respect but hated how it had devolved into an artificial, political spectacle after the millennium.
Keep up, Oprah!
Oprah took over the show after Rob Weller left the show to become co-host of the "new" show Entertainment Tonight. I still have memories of Oprah at the Rosemont Horizon to do a piece on the popularity of pro wrestling. The highlight of the piece was Hulk Hogan picking her up over his shoulder during the interview. It took a while for the show to become more of a talk show, but when it did, everyone took notice. The rest is history.