Oprah Speaks On Sarah Palin, Michael Jackson, And Being A “Brand”

- By Bossip Staff

Harpo gives some insight on various topics in a new interview with Parade magazine:

On how thinking about Michael Jackson made her relax about taking a risk with the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN):
“I was moving forward–we were planning shows, doing deals, creating programming, signing up people. But still I would wake up clutching my chest, like, Omigod. When I looked at it in terms of the vastness of what needed to be accomplished I would start feeling overwhelmed by it.
And then I read this article about Michael Jackson in the July edition of Vanity Fair, and the author of that article spoke to his friends and said, ‘The mistake that Michael Jackson made is that he didn’t recognize that Thriller was a phenomenon and he spent the rest of his life trying to chase the phenomenon.’

“I went, That’s what I’ve been doing. I’ve been thinking that if I don’t match what I’ve already done then I’m a failure. And I thought, I don’t want to be Michael Jackson. This article specifically said that after Thriller, which sold over 100 million albums and is still the highest-selling album of all time, when he then did Bad, which sold 20 million albums, he felt like a failure. Anybody today would bow down in prayer for 20 million.

“I didn’t want to be that person who’s been given this great opportunity of a network and thinking, but how am I going to make it what the Oprah Show has been for 25 years? What I recognize is that it took me at least 10 solid years to build [that show].”

On being a “brand”:
“I hate the word brand, but now I have succumbed to the fact that I guess I am one.”

On being the subject of a reality show (on Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes, premiering on OWN January 1 at 8 p.m. ET/PT):
“What did I say yes to that for? You know what that’s taught me? All these people doing these reality shows–I don’t know why anybody wants to be followed by a television camera all the time. There was great discussion amongst my team as to how we would document this last year [of The Oprah Winfrey Show]. I said, ‘I think it should be a documentary.’

“But I saw a first cut last week that they’ve been working on since August. Didn’t like it. And I’m bringing the team in here today to say, ‘Ya’ll have got to get real and the whole thing has to be restructured.’ I don’t like trying to create tension where there isn’t any. I think that there is enough natural tension and anxiety and exasperation going on here all the time without having to create it. If I’m going to have a piece that is representing my life behind the scenes, it has to be truthful.”

On Sarah Palin:
“I don’t know her so I can’t speak to [whether or not she’ll be a candidate]. But I would say that America’s going to fall in love with her from [her reality series, Sarah Palin’s Alaska]. When I saw that first episode, I went, ‘Whoa! She is charming and very likable.'”

Asked whether the thought of Palin’s running for office scares her, Oprah said:
“It does not scare me because I believe in the intelligence of the American public.”

We wonder how many people can say that they believe in the intelligence of Sarah Palin????

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  • Its6amHoGetOut

    Oprah is billionaire slick. I beleive in the intelligence of the american public is codeword for; That b*tch is stupid and aint no way in the world the majority of the U.S. is gonna vote for her a$$!

    But I’m warning ya’ll right now, If Obama doesnt do something major really quick to get us out of the recession and get all these white people working again, he aint gonna be there either…

    love 6am, realist.

  • Kesha

    First ! Oprah rocks!

  • Lala

    Oprah rocks, this is who women young and old should strive to be. Be a big boss like her makin billions and havin people work for you and you have to do is sit back and collect your millions. Must be lovely. Oprah adopt me pleaseeeeee. lol

  • nana

    I don’t even knw why people entertain that Sarah Palin dude! Smfh

  • http://Black Blackman

    Sister Oprah is cool. And she knows the best revenge is living good. Hopefully sisters world wide learn from that.

  • Tara

    Oprah, don’t worry. You’ll NEVER be HALF of what Michael Jackson was. Keep his name out your mouth.

  • http://twha? I gets down like that

    Oprah come on now, Sarah Palin’s Alaska? Please, I still have a hard time stomaching the fact that I sat through an entire episode of that boring crap. Roughly 60 minutes of my life that I’ll never get back…..

  • Uhh yeah ok

    Cool Congrats! Wonder what programming she chose?

  • joey

    why is it more black people hate oprah more than anyone else?

  • http://www.dangerouslee.biz Dangerous Lee

    Mike didn’t feel like a failure.

  • Jinx

    Why is it that Oprah never gets criticized for disrespecting people?

    I mean its like her fans are zombies or something and act like she’s never wrong. And to the girl who said young women need to strive to be like oprah thats funny. They need to strive to get money like her but not be her. No man wants a woman like OPRAH. Trust me becuz I am a man.

    • lala

      I didn’t mean be her. I simply meant using their brains to make money and lots of it and depending on their azz and tits to get them money, because that won’t last very long. And I guess weak simple minded men would be intimidated by her.

    • lala

      And not depending on their azz and tits*

  • daisy jay

    I. Hate. Oprah. *growls*

    She gives a lot, but she’s the last person I would call humble. I agree with whoever thinks her audience and fans are zombies. She’s always talking sh!t about somebody. That’s just what she does. I…have a small amount of respect for her as far as her getting to where she is because it’s a one in a million chance, but she just makes my skin crawl.

  • prissa

    LOL @ Tara. Word!

  • joey

    well…..that proves my point. Sadly.

  • Jennifer B

    I agree with you daisy jay. I cannot stand Oprah.

  • The Truth

    I have mixed feeings about Oprah. On one hand I applaud her success, but on the other hand she is too phony–a flipflopper when its to her convience. Especially, with Michael Jackson. Before he died she wouldn’t even utter his name unless it was in a clowning or derogatory way. Now she’s all over him. I suppose for ratings. This season alone she’s had ashow on him like once a month. Now she wants to act so fascinated with him.

  • juliemango

    Im happy for oprah for recognizing that she already hit\reached the pinnacle of her career with her sho so if her network fails she wouldnt be so hard on herself!!!

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    OpraH is The H.B.I.C

  • That Bitch

    I love Oprah..and who doesn’t have a phony side to them??? Oprah is made up of many facets and she happens to be public..of course she gonna have her opinions.

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