Well, that was a short-lived comeback. After five months on the air, Oprah Winfrey has canceled “The Rosie Show“. The OWN network talk show debuted to a meager 497,000 viewers and saw it’s numbers dwindle in just three days. The show averaged roughly 204,000 watchers daily. The final episode will be taped on Tuesday, March 20 and will air on Friday March 30th.
“The Rosie Show” was the first high profile project for Rosie O’Donnell since leaving “The View” in 2007. It was supposed to signal her much ballyhooed return to talk television. On Friday, O’Donnell informed her Twitter followers that she was fine and not to worry, “its ok – do not cry – on we grow,”. In an official statement, Rosie had nothing but praise for Oprah and the city of Chicago where her show taped at the former studio of “The Oprah Winfrey Show“.
“I loved working with Oprah in the amazing city of Chicago. I was welcomed with open arms and will never forget the kindness of all I encountered. It was a great year for me – I wish the show was able to attract more viewers – but it did not. So I am headed back to my home in New York – with gratitude. On we go!”
In a similarly cordial statement, Oprah Winfrey thanked Rosie and the production team behind the show. Check out Winfrey’s statement below.
Next Sunday on ‘Oprah’s Next Chapter‘, we see Oprah travel to New York for an exclusive look inside the apartment Lady Gaga grew up in and still calls home. Also, for the first time ever, Gaga’s mother, Cynthia Germanotta, breaks her silence on what it’s like to be the mom of the world’s most famous pop star. So would she be called “Grandmother Monster”?
Does her mom call her Gaga or Stefani? We find out in this exclusive interview, learning more about Gaga’s childhood and her family life. “Other than this interview, Oprah, I don’t intend on speaking to anyone for a very long time,” says Gaga in the interview, in a very serious tone. Oooh, I wonder what they were talking about.
The two-hour event takes place this coming Sunday, March 18, at 9/8c on OWN. Watch the preview below!
Yesterday, Lady Gaga, her mother, and an all-star group of supporters that inlclude Oprah Winfrey, David Burtka, and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius launched the Born This Way Foundation. The launch took place at Harvard University and the objective is to promote a “braver, kinder world.”
Gaga explained: “I want it to be part of the natural fabric of schooling, so that someone knows that it is not OK to be intolerant of your children, it is not OK to be unaccepting, it is not OK to be violent because you don’t understand. If you teach your kids to love everyone, hopefully that will, over time, branch out.” Her mother, Cynthia Germanotta will take the reigns on the foundation.
“My mother really inspires me because she always talked about giving back ever since I was very, very young, and the more that I got to know my fans, the more that I got to realize that not everybody has that support system at home, and I thought about the nuclear family,” she said. “I thought about how we can create a place, the Born This Way Foundation, a place where the nuclear family means more than one thing. Your family can be anywhere. It can be the person that is sitting right next to you.”
A week after Whitney Houston’s death shocked the world, the singer’s close friends and family will gather in Newark, New Jersey to bid farewell to her. The funeral service will be held at the New Hope Baptist Church where she sang as a young child. Gospel singer and pastor Marvin L. Winans is delivering the eulogy. He also officiated the wedding between Bobby Brown and Whitney years ago.
Though the service is an “invite only” event, Whitney’s fans can watch it via satellite on television, the internet and on jumbo screens outside the church. As a side note, the Governor of New Jersey has ordered flags be flown at half-staff at state government buildings on Saturday
As you would expect, the church pews will be filled with the late singer’s famous friends. Despite early reports that Whit’s ex-husband was forbidden to attend the ceremony, Bobby Brown will in fact attend. That said, some family members are reportedly not happy he’s coming. Oh well, word has it he’s not going to linger around afterward. He’s set to leave on a private jet for Connecticut to perform at a concert immediately after the funeral. Continue reading to find out who else will be saying their good-byes to the iconic diva.
Next to “Favorite Things“, Oprah’s annual Oscar Special on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” was an episode I looked forward to the most. When her daytime syndicated talk show ended, I resigned to the fact that Oprah and Oscar would no longer be synonymous. With OWN fledgling, Winfrey has taken a more active part in front of the camera to save her network. At the beginning of the year, she launched a new show, “Oprah’s Next Chapter” where she travels around the world and interviews interesting personalities. Now, the talk show titan is back with another offering.
Considering Winfrey’s idol, Barbara Walters, stopped doing her annual Oscar special in 2010 after 29 years, Oprah deciding to launch her own Oscar special is absolutely perfect. Just like Walters, her special will air after the Academy Awards but on OWN instead of ABC. As a side note, Oprah also did a couple of primetime specials on ABC back in 2010. Instead of interviewing the actors, she had movie stars interview other movie stars. This time around, Winfrey conducts all the interviews. Curious to know who’ll she’ll be talking to? Keep reading to find out.
After the birth of Blue Ivy Carter, she literally became a household name within a week. Not only was she the child of famed parents Beyoncé and Jay-Z, but she was also featured on a hit single alongside her proud papa on his track Glory. But the real question became, who would be Blue’s godmother?
Yesterday, the rumor started pumping out the fact that Oprah had been named the godmother by the new parents. Thankfully, best friend Gayle King was on-hand at CBS This Morning to set the record straight. “If she is the godmother, it’s news to her.” Oprah was actually travelling to South Africa when Blue was born, Gayle confirmed. “She hasn’t even got them a baby gift yet.” Obviously, Oprah know the couple well, but do you think she should be Blue’s godmother? She’d definitely be full of wisdom! Check out Gayle’s full denial of the story below.
Last year on New Year’s Day, Oprah Winfrey launched her much-hyped television network OWN. A year has passed now and the fledgling network has struggled to find breakout shows. A handful have done well including “Our America with Lisa Ling“, “Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes” and “Why Not? With Shania Twain“. The latter’s debut earned the distinction of being the network’s highest rated premiere to date. But for every success, there have been multiple disappoints including the much-anticipated return of Rosie O’Donnell to the talk show format. As the old adage says, if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. And that’s what Ms. Winfrey is doing this upcoming New Year’s Day.
Since Oprah shut down “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, she has focused all her energy on making her network a success. What better way to make it a success than to put herself back in front of the camera. Winfrey has already dabbled with “Oprah’s Lifeclass” where she regurgitates old episodes from her talk show and provides new insight and life lessons. Sounds fun, right? NOT. Now, she’s launching a new show titled “Oprah’s Next Chapter” where she travels around the world and interviews a wide array of today’s most interesting people. Here’s what she says about her new primetime show.
“After 25 years I got myself out of the studio chairs. I moved into the next chapter, and I am having more fun than ever – moving around the country and the world talking to people I’m really interested in getting to know and I think viewers will be, too,” Winfrey says of the format of her new show. “It is so energizing to be out and about in the world exploring new people, new places and new ideas.”
WTF? Oprah Winfrey tweeted a picture of herself walking across hot coals a few days ago, with the caption reading: “Me! Fire-walking! Last night!” In the picture, you see her literally walking across the hot coals, under the supervision of famed life coach, Tony Robbins. You can also see Sheri Salata, Oprah’s executive producer in the background. People speculate that this will be part of ‘Oprah’s Lifeclass’ series.
I don’t know how I feel about this. I recently watched a documentary slash late night special about self-help author James Arthur Ray who got people attending his retreat to push themselves to the limit and stay in his “sweat lodge” as long as they could. Several people died under his care at one of his retreats, while others were left traumatized. He was found guilty on three counts of negligent homicide in the deaths of three people. I know I’m being extreme in comparison to what Oprah is doing, but why do you have to put your body in obvious harm’s way in order to grow or challenge yourself? It could prove your brave, or plain stupid (depending on the outcome). We wouldn’t recommend to teenagers to intentionally walk across hot coals or go into a sweat lodge, so why does it makes sense to do it when you’re an adult?
I digress. Enjoy the picture below of “Mamma O” walking across hot coals. Would you do it? Have you done it?