October 21, 2016
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Oprah opens up about new network, childhood

By Greg Hernandez

HollywoodNews.com: There is only one Oprah Winfrey and she just finished holding court here at the TV Critics Association Winter Press Tour in Pasadena.

Everyone is buzzing about how when Oprah was asked what she dreamed about being when she was a little girl, she launched into an 18 minute answer.

Yes, it was a long-winded answer that at times seemed to be turning into a sermon, it was at the same time fascinating.

Oprah talked about how when she was a little girl in Mississippi, she had to watch TV at the Sears & Robuck store because she didn’t have one at home. When she asked her grandma if they could buy one,she was told no because “it’s the devil’s work.”

Now, after 25 years of the most successful daytime talk show in history, that granddaughter has launched her OWN cable network. She shared that her grandma’s greatest wish for Oprah was that when she grew up, she would find a “nice white family” to work for.

“I feel the spirit of her,” Oprah said of her grandmother. It was the only time during the session that she got a bit choked up.

Here are some of my Tweets from Oprah’s TCA session wit reporters:

A TCA reporter asked Oprah if she had brought us all cars. She didn’t but said: “I wish I’d brought something.”

Oprah says there is nothing on OWN “that causes you not to sleep at night.”

Oprah says even if some of the OWN shows tank in ratings, she will keep them on the air “because I can.”

Oprah wanted long ago agent to get her on GMA as a guest host & he said: “They’re aren’t going to be any more black people on TV. … They already have Bryant Gumbel [on morning television]“

Oprah the preacher at TCA: “I see myself as a messenger for a message that is greater then myself & the message is ‘Yes you can!”

We‘ve enjoyed Oprah’s one-woman show here at TCA. She’s doing OWN because “it’s time to grow into the next phase and here we are w/OWN”

Oprah Winfrey: “Fame is not my impression of myself, it’s other people’s.”

Another Oprah gem: “Every mistake that I’ve made, I was listening.”

Oprah on if Anderson Cooper was going to be the next her: “The next Oprah? No. The next Anderson? Yes. … I will be rooting for him”

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About Greg Hernandez

Greg Hernandez has written about the entertainment world for more than a decade. He is a veteran of covering many Academy Awards shows (plus Emmys, Grammys and Golden Globes) as well as film festivals, movie premieres and philanthropic events. Hernandez founded the popular Out In Hollywood blog while a writer and columnist for the "Los Angeles Daily News." He’s also a former staff writer at the "Los Angeles Times" and "The Hollywood Reporter" and has been a contributing writer to "The Advocate." Greg is the founder and editor of Greginhollywood.com

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