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Why Is Oprah Closing Chicago-based Harpo Studios?

March 4th, 2015 3:06pm EST
Oprah Closing Harpo Studios, 200 Employees To Lose Jobs
Oprah Winfrey is moving her business to Hollywood, much to the chargin of 200 of her employees at Chicago-based Harpo Studios.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Winfrey will relocate all of her Chicago-produced shows to her Oprah Winfrey Network headquarters in Los Angeles, effectively shutting down Harpo Studios. Winfrey apparently broke the news in person to her staff in Chicago this past Tuesday. The move comes two months after Winfrey moved her growing cable network into a new space in West Hollywood.

The Hollywood Reporter interviewed Winfrey on the move.

"[Chicago has] bee...

Stars Who Grew Up Living In Poverty

January 7th, 2015 1:15pm EST
12 Celebrities Who Used To Be Poor
Some of Hollywood's biggest and most successful stars come from humble beginnings. The following rags-to-riches stories include stars who lived in their cars, one who wore a dress made out of a potato sack, and another who took a janitorial job at age 15 to support his family.

Leonardo DiCaprio's parents divorced when he was one, and he stayed mostly with his mother in Los Angeles, Calif. He lived in a rough neighborhood and was exposed to drugs, crime, prostitution, and violence near Hollywood Boulevard and Western Avenue. His mother took several jobs in order to support them. The actor t...

Oprah Winfrey Okay With Choosing Career Over Children

December 14th, 2014 4:01pm EST
Oprah Winfrey Has 'No Regrets' With Choosing Career Over Childre
Television mogul Oprah Winfrey revealed in a sit-down with Barbara Walters that she has no regrets about not having children.

Winfrey made the list of Walters "Most Fascinating People" for the fourth time, and sat down with the legendary interviewer to reveal why she is okay with choosing her career over having a family with longtime love Stedman Graham.

"I could not have had the life or the career in the way that I had it if I'd chosen to have children," Winfrey revealed.

She then explained why her relationship with Graham has endured for 28 years.

"As we grow together, as we get older...

Famous Spinsters: 14 Celebrities Who Never Got Married

October 21st, 2014 12:00pm EDT
Famous Spinsters: 14 Celebrities Who Never Got Married
Not too long ago, women who didn't get married were considered spinsters. Once they reached 40, they were officially Old Maids, and they were pitied for their lack of attachment to husbands and children.

Nowadays, plenty of women choose not to tie the knot, and many even raise children by themselves.

Actress Cameron Diaz, 41, has been in several long-term relationships. She dated singer Justin Timberlake and New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez.

She told Elle UK in 2011: "I think a lot of people are married to people that they're not romantic with anymore. I just didn't ever marry anybod...

Oprah 'Disappointed,' But Ultimately 'Glad' She Didn’t Win Clippers Bid

June 1st, 2014 6:00pm EDT
Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey has revealed she’s disappointed she didn’t win the bid on the Los Angeles Clippers, but has realized it’s for the best.

She tells Entertainment Tonight, “… Whatever is supposed to happen, happens. ... We went over that number, and then we went over that number again, and by the time we got to the final number [it was no longer] a good business decision. But for me? I was doing it. You know, my lawyers were like, 'Do you even like basketball?' I said, Yes, I LOVE basketball! And this is gonna be so much fun!' ... I thought it would be entertaining."

Oprah made the bid by fax,...

Renee Lawless Talks From Theatre To Hit TV Show

May 27th, 2014 3:14pm EDT
Renee Lawless
She has gone from the stage to a popular TV show. Renée Lawless currently stars as Katheryn Cryer on Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots on the OWN network. The highly anticipated second season is set to premiere tonight, Tuesday, May 27. Renée is also in pre-production of her own video blog series “Renée’s Way or the Highway.”

We recently spoke about the new season and how she got to where she is today.

How did you get to where you are now?

Umm… By the grace of God!! I did my Master’s studies in Voice and was always acting in various productions thru out my school years. Durin...

Oprah May Bid On Los Angeles Clippers

April 30th, 2014 9:00pm EDT
Oprah Wnfrey
If NBA owners force Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling out of the league following his racist comments, Oprah Winfrey may be there to take his place.

Winfrey is part of a group, including music mogul David Geffen and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, mulling over a bid for the professional basketball team.

While talking to ESPN, Geffen said neither he nor Oprah were interested in running the business side of the team – that would fall to Ellison. However, he said, "She thinks it would be a great thing for an important black American to own [another] franchise.

"The team deserves a better...

20 Incredible David Letterman Moments That Kept Us Watching

April 28th, 2014 6:00pm EDT
20 Incredible David Letterman Moments That Kept Us Watching
The landscape of late night TV has changed dramatically over the last year. Jay Leno retired, for good this time, and was replaced by Jimmy Fallon. Seth Meyers was brought in from SNL to take Fallon's old slot. And then just when everyone thought things were settling down... the best late night talk show host since Johnny Carson dropped a bomb.

David Letterman's announcement that he will retire in 2015, followed by the quick naming of Stephen Colbert as his replacement by CBS sent shockwaves through the industry. Jay Leno may have been ahead in the ratings when he left but ask most comedy ...

Pharrell Cries Listening To 'Happy' Tribute

April 15th, 2014 12:03pm EDT
Happy is an uplifting tune, but Pharrell can't help but cry when he watches people enjoy his song.

The singer sat down with Oprah to talk about his album G I R L and the worldwide hit, explaining the song didn't get any traction until he released the music video.

Happy first appeared on Despicable Me 2's soundtrack last June, but it didn't receive much attention until November when a 24 hour music video was created using various celebrities dancing around Los Angeles. The video was immediately re-created by fans around the world, with over 1000 appearing on YouTube.

Oprah shared a coll...

The Biggest Losers: Celebrities Who Have Lost Over 50 Pounds!

March 22nd, 2014 8:00pm EDT
The Biggest Losers: Celebrities Who Have Lost Over 50 Pounds!
Singer Jordin Sparks made a drastic lifestyle change to drop more than 50 pounds over two and a half years. In 2011 she told People magazine what her "secret" was: "It was just a shift in my thinking. Instead of talking about being more active, I just got up and did it. There's no secret. Anybody can do it."

The former "American Idol" star told Life & Style magazine that the extra weight was like carrying a 5-year-old child.

"By March of last year [2012], I lost 50. And then I maintained it for the rest of the year. I was in the gym all day long. When I got up I would hike, then I would g...

Lindsay Lohan Says She Has A 'Really Strong Bond' With Oprah Winfrey

March 8th, 2014 12:00pm EST
Lindsay Lohan Says She Has A 'Really Strong Bond' With Oprah Win
After teaming up with Oprah Winfrey for her upcoming reality show, Lindsay Lohan says the TV mogul became one of her closest confidants and someone she can rely on to give her advice.

The actress explained, "I feel really lucky to be able to work with someone like Oprah and create. I have a really strong bond with her where I can call and she gives me this wonderful advice and she has been this really strong person I can listen to and learn from in life."

The pair got close after Winfrey interviewed Lohan following her release from rehab. That's when they formulated the idea for a reality...

Oprah Winfrey Tells Lindsay Lohan To 'Cut The BS' In First Trailer For Docu-series 'Lindsay'

March 5th, 2014 9:04pm EST
Lindsay Lohan
"There's nothing left in having a drink for me," says Lindsay Lohan in the first trailer for new reality series "Lindsay," which follows the troubled star post-rehab as she relocates back to New York. "What's left in that feeling? nothing. there's no party that i haven't gone to, there's no person that i haven't hung out with, there's no situation that I haven't, you know, been exposed to."

The series, produced by media mogul Oprah Winfrey takes a candid look at the life of Lohan after her stay in a California rehab center as she attempts to stay sober and turn things around.

Lohan became...

Oscar Nominations 2014: No Sure Thing – Looking At The Snubs And Surprises

January 17th, 2014 12:00pm EST
2014 Oscar Nominations
The 2014 Oscar nominations have arrived in a busy week filled with Golden Globes, Critics' Choice Awards and SAG Awards. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences filled this competitive film year with quite a few snubs. Left off the Oscar list are big names like Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Oprah Winfrey and Robert Redford. Movies that seemed to be sure-things in September are nothing but a distant memory to Oscar voters like Saving Mr. Banks and Lee Daniels' The Butler. Who will come out on top? Well, it no longer seems to be handed to 12 Years a Slave because Gravity and American Hust...

Oprah: 'If I Had Kids, My Kids Would Hate Me'

December 12th, 2013 5:04pm EST
Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey has opened up about why she never had any children. The TV mogul believes if she had kids her success would have made a negative impact on them.

She told The Hollywood Reporter: "If I had kids, my kids would hate me. They would have ended up on the equivalent of the Oprah show talking about me; because something [in my life] would have had to suffer and it would've probably been them."

At age 14, Winfrey gave birth to a baby boy after years of sexual abuse. Her son died tragically a few weeks later.

In 2011, she opened up about her traumatic childhood, confessing: "Getting ...

New Pics: Naya Rivera, Kim Kardashian And More At THR's Women In Entertainment Breakfast

December 12th, 2013 9:40am EST
Naya Rivera
On Wednesday, the most prevalent female names in the entertainment business assembled at the Beverly Hills Hotel for The Hollywood Reporter's 22nd annual Women in Entertainment breakfast to honor Renaissance woman Oprah Winfrey.

Presenting the award to Oprah was her long-time friend Maria Shriver, who wrote a poem called "Becoming."

The special event was attended by well known celebrities Demi Lovato, Glee star Naya Rivera, Mandy Moore and Kim Kardashian and her "momager,"Kris Jenner, as well as sister, Khloe Kardashian.

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SAG Award Nominees Named: '12 Years A Slave' Tops Nods (Full List)

December 11th, 2013 11:14am EST
12 Years a Slave
Some people were surprised by The Butler’s presence here, but I don’t see any surprises from them. Movies like Gravity and Her (which are frontrunners for a Best Picture nomination) aren’t large cast films, and wouldn’t get the Ensemble nomination over The Butler. The big surprise is Dallas Buyers Club, which is a relatively small cast, and did manage an Ensemble nomination. That could go a long way in getting DBC to a Best Picture nomination. Also, Daniel Bruhl is back in the race with a Supporting Actor nomination for Rush.

Kudos to the SAG members for nominating James Gandolfini for E...

28 Celebrities Who Use Stage Names

November 14th, 2013 1:03pm EST
28 Celebrities Who Use Stage Names
Many celebrities have changed their names before they hit it big, and for many reasons. Let's take a look at some of the biggest stars who didn't take their birth name to Hollywood.

Katy Hudson didn't want to be confused with Kate Hudson, so she took her mother's maiden name and became Katy Perry.

Oprah Winfrey's name is iconic, but it's not actually her real name. It's Orpha, after the biblical figure. However, so many people mispronounced her name while she was growing up that the mispronunciation stuck.

Barry Manilow was born Barry Alan Pincus. He took his mother's maiden name...

Fans Spend Ridiculous Amount Of Money For Oprah Winfrey's Things

November 4th, 2013 5:00pm EST
Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfery held a giant yard sale over the weekend and raised $600,000 for charity. She sold hundreds of items both online and at a live auction at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club in California.

Funds were raised for the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation College Fund, which helps graduates of her school in South Africa.

According to the Los Angeles Times, many items were sold for more than they were worth because fans wanted to get their hands on pieces from her homes in Hawaii, Indiana and California.

A set of six 18th-century Louis XVI armchairs with hand-embroidered...

Oprah: I'm 'Freaked Out' By Balloons

September 10th, 2013 7:07pm EDT
Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey may be one of the world's most powerful women, but she has an unusual fear: balloons.

In a video to promote the October issue of her magazine O, Oprah reveals that she's not a fan of balloons, and her fear of them came to a head during her 40th birthday.

She shared, "I really don't like balloons, and for my 40th birthday, my entire staff decided to surprise me. And I come downstairs and the entire audience is filled with balloons. Literally, I'm stepping over balloons, having to walk through balloons and I'm so, like, 'Oh! When is one going to pop?

 "[There was] no way arou...

Oprah Winfrey Talks About Her 'Really Big' Breasts

August 17th, 2013 12:22pm EDT
Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey hated getting hugs from her big-breasted grandmother when she was small child, so she makes sure she doesn't smother her young nieces with her own big bust when they come for a visit.

The TV titan believes her chest is growing as she ages, and she's convinced she's channeling her grandmother's large rack.

While promoting "The Butler" on "Watch What Happens Live," she explained: "They really are big. The other day I went like, 'God, are y'all getting bigger?'
"These are my grandmother's; she is with me... When I was a little kid I'd see my grandmother coming and I'd go, 'Oh...

Oprah Gives Away A Brand New Car On 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

August 15th, 2013 8:00pm EDT
Oprah Winfrey
An audience member on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" received the prize of a lifetime after Oprah Winfrey unexpectedly gave her a new car.

While promoting her ucpcoming film "The Butler," Oprah suddenly got the urge to give out a new car in what was an obvious promotion of a Ford Fusion Energy Hybrid.

As a bemused Kimmel looked on, the TV mogul said to the crowd, "I just got that feeling again, I get that feeling, you know. I really didn't want it to happen here."

She then pointed to a young woman in the studio audience and declared: "You, you in the blue. You right there. You. Come up here a minut...

Oprah Winfrey Plays Down 'Blown Up' Racism Incident In Switzerland

August 13th, 2013 9:00pm EDT
Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey has been having second thoughts about revealing the location of a recent racism incident in Switzerland because she never meant to make the country look bad.

During a recent trip to Zurich where she was attending the wedding of her friend Tina Turner, Winfrey went to a luxury boutique. A store clerk allegedly refused to show her one of the purses on display because it was "too expensive."

The German-speaking employee has since claimed the incident was a misunderstanding due to a language barrier. The Swiss Tourist Board has also issued an apology to the TV mogul.

In respons...

Swiss Tourism Officials Apologize To Oprah Winfrey Over Racist Shopping Incident

August 11th, 2013 8:09am EDT
Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey has received an apology from officials at the Swiss tourism office over a recent race-related shopping incident in Zurich.

Winfrey entered a high-end boutique while in town for Tina Turner's wedding, and when she asked to see a pricy handbag a clerk refused, telling her the bag was "too expensive" and insinuating that since she was black she couldn't afford it.

"I was in Zurich the other day, for Tina Turner's wedding... (and I went by myself to) a store whose name I will not mention," she told Entertainment Tonight about the salesperson who didn't recognize her. "I go into ...

Simon Cowell & Howard Stern Are The Highest Paid TV Personalities

August 9th, 2013 10:09pm EDT
Simon Cowell
Forbes magazine just released its list of the highest paid TV personalities, and Howard Stern and Simon Cowell tied for the top spot.

"The X Factor" judge and radio host each made $95 million between June, 2012, and June, 2013. Ironically (or maybe not really), Stern is a judge on Cowell's popular series "America's Got Talent." They are definitely sharing the wealth.

Cowell has been making headlines recently for having a fling with a married woman, who wound up getting pregnant. Oh, and she happens to be the estranged wife of his friend Andrew Silverman. Oops!

Conservative talk show host...

'The Butler' NYC Premiere Pics: Mariah Carey With A Studded Sling, Oprah With Big Hair & More!

August 6th, 2013 4:00pm EDT
Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon
Several stars stepped out for "Lee Daniels' The Butler" New York City premiere on Monday at the Ziegfeld Theatre.

Mariah Carey, who is still recovering from shoulder injury, showed up in a black dress with a fancy leather studded sling. She was accompanied by her husband and "America's Got Talent" host Nick Cannon.

Oprah Winfrey wore a pink beaded dress and let her hair go au naturale. She appears on the September cover of her O magazine wearing a huge Afro wig that weighed an astonishing 3 to 5 pounds, according to the Huffington Post.

She attended the premiere with her longtime boyfrie...

Oprah Convinces Lindsay Lohan To Skip Europe Vacation

August 6th, 2013 3:07pm EDT
Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan had planned a three-week vacation in Europe to celebrate the end of her stint in rehab, but was convinced to stay stateside by none other than Oprah.

Oprah had her much-anticipated interview with Lohan yesterday with the intent of airing it on August 18. The media mogul's actions didn't end there, however, as she reportedly called Lindsay again and again to make sure she didn't go overseas.

TMZ reports Lindsay was set to take off tonight, but Oprah convinced her that the temptation to relapse would be too great and she needed to focus on her sobriety instead of celebration.

First Look: Oprah Asks Lindsay Lohan The Tough Questions In Post-Rehab Interview

August 5th, 2013 2:00pm EDT
Lindsay Lohan on Oprah
"Are you an addict?" Oprah Winfrey asks Lindsay Lohan in an exclusive sitdown interview with the troubled actress.

In a teaser clip for her upcoming show, the talk show mogul asks: "What does it feel to be both an adjective and a verb for child star gone wrong?"

Viewers don't get to hear Lohan's responses to the questions.

Lohan recently completed a 90-day rehab stay and was released last Tuesday. By going to rehab she avoided an eight-month jail sentence stemming from a car accident last summer. The actress must now attend three 50-minute rehab sessions each week for 18 months.


Oprah Winfrey: 'You Cannot Be My Friend And Use The N-Word'

August 1st, 2013 12:05pm EDT
Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey has warned pal Lee Daniels to stop using the N-word, telling him that if he keeps it up they can't be friends.

Daniels, Winfrey and Forest Whitaker sat down with Parade magazine to discuss their upcoming film The Butler, which chronicles the Civil Rights movement through the eyes of White House butler Cecil Gaines (Whitaker), who served under seven presidents.

During the chat, Daniels said that he's used the word often in the past, but Oprah set him straight.

“It’s a word I used quite a bit," Daniels tells Parade, "until Oprah sat me down and talked to me about its power."

Rae Dawn Chong Goes On Verbal Tirade Against Oprah Winfrey

July 19th, 2013 11:39pm EDT
Rae Dawn Chong
Actress Rae Dawn Chong lashed out at Oprah Winfrey during a chat with internet radio show Matty P's Radio Happy Hour last month.

The star went on an expletive-filled rant about the TV mogul, who she starred with in 1985's The Color Purple, likening her to a slave and bashing her weight and her looks.

To start, when asked about rumors of Oprah's diva-like behavior on the set of Steven Spielberg's Oscar nominated film, Chong says that back in 1985 Oprah was "lovely," but as soon as she went on to start filming "Commando" with "Maria Shriver's husband [Arnold Schwarzenegger]", Oprah became "...

The Morning Roundup: Tatum & Fox Deliver In 'White House Down,' Zach Braff Heading To Broadway, Oprah's Power

June 28th, 2013 9:41am EDT
White House Down
If "White House Down" looks familiar it's because it's very similar to "Olympus Has Fallen," which was released back in March. Only this time it's better. The film stars Channing Tatum and Jamie Fox, who have great onscreen chemistry; and it totally delivers in the action department. This is what big budget summer movies are supposed to be. Check out the (review.)

Actor James Gandolfini was laid to rest Thursday and numerous stars were among the 1500-strong who attended his funeral service at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in Manhattan. Several of the star's former "Sopranos" castm...