To much fanfare in January 2017, Oprah Winfrey joined 60 Minutes as a special contributor in hopes of helping a ‘divided’ nation. Two years later, the 65-year-old media mogul has “removed’ herself from the long-running program due to creative differences. She revealed why during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
“I’ve removed myself from that. It was not the best format for me … How should I say this? Never a good thing when I have to practice saying my name and have to be told that I have too much emotion in my name…. I think I did seven takes on just my name because it was ‘too emotional.’ I go, ‘Is the too much emotion in the Oprah part or the Winfrey part?’ I was working on pulling myself down and flattening out my personality — which, for me, is actually not such a good thing.”
Winfrey also chatted with the publication on who she’s intrigued by in the upcoming 2020 election, along with her possible return to acting and much more. Read a couple quotes below.
On The 2020 Election
“Right now, I’d probably want to sit down and talk to Butta [Pete Buttigieg] … “Mayor Pete” feels easier. I like saying “Butta.” (Laughs.) So I’m reading about him. I have Kamala’s book. I just got the Vanity Fair piece on Beto [O’Rourke]. I’d done some research background stuff on him before. I already know Cory [Booker]. So I’m quietly figuring out where I’m going to use my voice in support.”
On Returning To Acting
“No, it doesn’t feed me anymore … I think to be really, really good at it, you’ve got to do it a lot. You’ve got to work at it. And it’s got to be something that you have true passion about. I don’t think it’s something you can dabble in. It was fun to be Mrs. Which, and I did that because I wanted to go to New Zealand and wear the costumes. But no, it doesn’t feed my soul anymore.”
For more, head over to the Hollywood Reporter.