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2013: OPRAH TOPS FORBES LIST; HIGHEST PAID ENTERTAINER EARNED $165 MILLION LAST YEAR

OPRAH WINFREY has done it again…topping Forbes list of highest paid entertainers.  This is the fourth year in a row that she blows away the competition.  Earning $165 million in just one year is nothing to sneeze about.

Many may have thought the queen of talk would slow down after her talk show ended, but she kept it moving.  Oprah has her hands in many cookie jars including interest in; O Magazine, Satellite Radio, OWN Cable Television, Dr. Phil, Rachel Ray and the Dr. Oz show.

It looks like her new nickname may change to “The Queen of everything”….she apparently has the Midas touch.  But as the saying goes…the rich get richer. Go Oprah!

Maybe she can use some of that cash to help her beloved Chicago find ways to reduce crime.  How about opening a school here to teach our youth about the value of life and ways to become a positive influence in the world.  

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2013 in HEADLINE NEWS

 

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OPRAH WINFREY FINALE, TOP RATED SHOW IN 17 YEARS

The OPRAH WINFREY shows final taping received huge ratings, with reports suggesting they were her highest in 17 years.  While the exact figures are not yet released, the amount of viewers tuned in to see Oprah bid farewell, were huge.

Many die-hard fans had Oprah finale viewing parties, others wanted to check out her final words so watched from their office.  Many felt they were a part of a historic moment, viewing her last show after her 25-year run.  In the end we can bet many will look back and ask, “Where was I when Oprah said her final goodbye?”

Well, for Oprah fans having withdrawals, they are running “Best of Oprah” shows at night in some cities.  So you can still tune in and get your fix.  FAREWELL OPRAH WINFREY SHOW FOR THE FINAL TIME…

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Posted by on May 27, 2011 in ENTERTAINMENT

 

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5/25/11 OPRAH FINAL FAREWELL SHOW; NO THRILLS, NO SURPRISES

OPRAH WINFREY aired her final show today, May 25th, 2011, after 25-years.  But for audience members hoping for a last show spectacular offering favorite things, mega stars, surprise guests or incredible farewell gifts, they may have been a bit disappointed.  Not to say they were not excited to be a part of history, but expectations of an “over-the-top” final show was probably on their minds.

Oprah took the day to reflect on her leaving behind a legacy, with advice and spiritual guidance.  It was a “no thrills” very somber show, with very little energy or audience participation.  While some may have passed on attending her mega shows and waited to be in audience during the final taping, they probably would have found more excitement during her United Center, star filled farewell shows.  But on this note, they had to suffice with a box of tissue, to dry their eyes.

Well, Oprah has helped millions over the years, and her daily show will be missed.  As she leaves to achieve even more incredible adventures in life, we are sure to see her in the spotlight for many years to come.  Oprah has inspired many and you can bet she will continue to do so, in whatever she does from here on out.

Farewell Oprah, just wish you would have stayed in Chicago!  Maybe you will miss this great city and come back soon.

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Posted by on May 25, 2011 in HEADLINE NEWS

 

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5/17/11: OPRAH FAREWELL TAPING DRAWS CELEBRITIES & 13,000 FANS TO UNITED CENTER

OPRAH WINFREY ended her 25 years as talk show host with a bang, at Chicago’s United Center along with 13,000 fans in the attendance and an array of Mega Stars.  The celebrities on hand to support Oprah included;  Madonna, Beyoncé, Halle Berry, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes along with many more offering her touching farewell messages, via satellite.

The fans were pumped as Oprah asked, “Having fun?”  They cheered as she added “So am I!  So darn cool!”  The producers stocked up with 13,000 boxes of tissue, for the die-hard fans who are devastated by her departure, just in case they could not hold back their tears.

Tom Hanks was the master of ceremonies and had some incredible things to say about the “Queen of talk”.  Offering encouraging words, by saying “You are surrounded by nothing but love”. He nailed it, because for so many people, Oprah has been an inspiration offering them words of advice and addressing “taboo” topics.

Whether you are a fan of Oprah or not, there is no denying she has been a major influence on millions of viewers over the years.  She also has also allowed many to understand, if you push hard enough you can achieve your goals.  Coming from a simple background with many things stacked against her, she proved to the world success is possible.  Being an African-American, “full-figured” powerful woman making billions, is an accomplishment to be proud of, and a reason to support her efforts.

The final taping of the two shows, was shot at the United Center and will air May 23 and May 24 but her final episode will tape next week and air on May 25.

Oprah told the crowd, “I feel the love, and I thank you for it,” adding that the viewers present and around the world “honor me in the deepest way possible.”  Wishing Oprah the very best, we know she has more to offer during her lifetime, and we will certainly see her around for a long time.

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Posted by on May 18, 2011 in ENTERTAINMENT

 

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OPRAH PICKS ‘OWN’ TALK SHOW WINNER; ZACH ANNER

OPRAH WINFREY began a contest last year called Your OWN Show: Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star to run on her new OWN network. Talk show hopefuls were asked to submit a video on why they should be selected to host their own show. 

The lucky winner, chosen by Oprah, is 26-year-old Zach Anner, who lives in Austin Texas. He is a comedian and writer with Cerebral Palsy. On a recent interview, Anner said although he is in a wheelchair, his family always encouraged him to take advantage of all life has to offer, so he never let it slow him down. He wanted to share with the world his adventures on a travel show and submitted a compeling video with a clip of his idea. He is an inspiration and will show others how to enjoy each day, even if obstacles are in their way.

Anners’ new travel show, “Rollin’ around the World with Zach Anner,” will debut on OWN this summer.  He shared very good advice during his interview; “I would say to anybody who feels bogged down by their obstacles.  Imagine who you are without those and imagine yourself doing what you love to do.  Because that will drive you to do things you never thought you were capable of doing”.

The talk show will be produced by Mark Burnett, who has the “midas touch”. Several of his other hit shows include, ‘Survivor’, ‘The Apprentice’, ‘Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader’, and ‘Shark Tank’.

Let’s hope Zach has a successful run on OWN T.V., and continues to inspire others.

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Posted by on April 24, 2011 in Britta's SCOOP

 

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