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

12/12/2013 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

12/12/2013 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)

12/11/2013 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

11/14/2013 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

11/4/2013 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

9/10/2013 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

8/17/2013 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'

8/15/2013 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

8/13/2013 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

8/11/2013 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

8/9/2013 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!

8/6/2013 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

8/6/2013 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

8/5/2013 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'

8/1/2013 12:05pm EDT
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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

7/19/2013 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

6/28/2013 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...

Oprah Winfrey Tops Forbes Magazine's 2013 'Most Powerful Celebrity' List

6/27/2013 2:01pm EDT
Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey is the most powerful celebrity in Hollywood according to the new power list released by Forbes magazine.

The media mogul has topped the magazine's 2013 List Of The Most Powerful Celebrities for the fifth time despite earning $88 million less than she did last year. Winfrey returned to the top spot after falling short and coming in second for each of the last two years. Three other women have landed in the top five: Lady Gaga (2), Beyonce (4) and Madonna (5). Director Steven Spielberg landed in the number three spot.

"There is nobody else with that kind of consistency and pow...

Oprah Donates $12 Million To New Smithsonian Museum

6/12/2013 1:55pm EDT
Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey has donated a whopping $12 million to the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., which is set to open in 2015.

The 59-year-old media mogul's donation will help cover the costs of the new building, which is currently under construction; and the museum will feature a 350-seat theater named in her honor once it's opened.

"I am so proud of African American history and its contributions to our nation as a whole," she said in a statement. "I am deeply appreciative of those who paved the path for me and all who follow in their f...

The Most Influential Celebrity In America, Oprah, Talks About Terrence Howard Touching Her 'Breastses'

3/15/2013 6:00pm EDT
Oprah Winfrey
Forbes magazine just named Oprah Winfrey the the "Most Influential Celebrity in America" for the second year in a row. Editors said Oprah's headline-grabbing interview with Lance Armstrong helped her land the number-one spot on the list. The cyclist confessed to years of illegal doping during the candid chat.

Meanwhile, the media mogul opened up to talk show host Steve Harvey about her sex scene with Terrence Howard in the upcoming film "The Butler."

"It was supposed to be like a little scene, and because Terrence Howard misbehaved it turned into a bigger scene, and then a bigger scene," ...

Drew Barrymore Gets Emotional During Oprah Interview

1/20/2013 3:02pm EST
Drew Barrymore
Drew Barrymore fought back tears in an emotional TV interview as she vowed to give her newborn daughter the stable childhood she never had during her own troubled upbringing.

The Hollywood star opened the doors to her home in Montecito, California for talk show host Oprah Winfrey and showed off her four-month-old daughter Olive for the cameras.

The Charlie's Angels star also discussed motherhood and teared up as she promised to always be there for her little girl.

Barrymore told Winfrey, "I will be there at 3pm in the school line waiting to pick her up. That is first and foremost. I thin...

Alicia Keys Pays Tribute To Oprah Winfrey At Annual Black Ball

12/7/2012 8:53am EST
Alicia Keys
R&B superstar Alicia Keys raised over $1.3 million for charity at her annual Black Ball in New York on Thursday night.

The benefit was postponed last month due to Hurricane Sandy, which lashed the East Coast and devastated parts of the Big Apple and New Jersey in late October.

Keys pushed ahead with the event on Thursday at the city's Apollo Theater and held an auction to raise funds for her Keep a Child Alive campaign, which helps youngsters affected by HIV and AIDS.

Speaking about her decision to reschedule the event after the storm, Keys told reporters, "There are places in the wor...

Toni Braxton: 'Oprah Winfrey Was Mean To Me'

10/29/2012 6:18pm EDT
Toni Braxton
Toni Braxton has taken aim at Oprah Winfrey in a new TV expose, alleging the TV titan was mean to her during a 1998 interview about the singer's financial problems.

The R&B star insists the TV chat severely damaged her reputation after the host made some choice remarks about her over-spending which led Braxton to declare bankruptcy.

In a taped interview with VH1 for a Behind The Music special, which will air in America on Monday, the singer says, "She was so frickin' mean to me, I was in shock.

"She said, 'I hear you have Gucci flatware; I'm Oprah Winfrey and I don't have Gucci flatware....

Oprah Winfrey Sent Anonymous Gifts To Military Families

10/29/2012 2:20pm EDT
Oprah Winfrey
TV titan Oprah Winfrey has been showing her appreciation for the U.S. military by sending anonymous gifts to the spouses of men and women in the armed forces all year round.

The generous former talk show host reveals she has been using her riches to bring a smile to the faces of those with husbands and wives away on duty and has surprised 20 random families with presents ranging from TVs, video game consoles and gift cards.

All of the items were simply labeled as from a "grateful American" and they had no idea who the generous donor was until she made her identity known to them as part of...

Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Films Developing Drama For HBO

10/25/2012 8:22am EDT
Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Films is working with HBO to develop a series centerting on the first black president of a liberal arts club.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the main character is "thrust into national headlines," along with his family, "forcing them to present an idyllic public facade, all while engaging in agonizing personal battles and struggling with dark obsessions."

Playwright Thomas Bradshaw will write and executive produce the series. He's helmed shows such as "The Bereaved," "Southern Promises" and "Dawn." Bradshaw is a professor at Northwestern University and has rece...

Oprah Winfrey Turned Down Masturbating Maid Role In 'The Paperboy'

10/9/2012 8:59am EDT
Filmmaker Lee Daniels originally wanted Oprah Winfrey to portray a masturbating maid in his upcoming film "The Paperboy," but he wound up casting Macy Gray instead.

The film centers on a man (John Cusack) convicted of killing a seedy sheriff who is given a new life when a pen pal (Nicole Kidman) enlists the aid of two journalists to try and get him off death row.

Daniels asked Oprah if she'd like to play the maid Anita in the film, but she declined. He explained, "Everybody has (their) own interpretation. She would have played it very stoic, you know, something very different. I think M...

10 Celebrities Looking Great After Their Dramatic Weight Loss

9/20/2012 4:15pm EDT
Carnie Wilson
Just like regular folk, some celebrities have problems with their weight. They try everything to lose it - diet, exercise, and sometimes even surgery.

Singer Carnie Wilson had a gastric band fitted in January after gaining back the majority of the weight shed after a gastric bypass in 1999. She has since lost more than 30 pounds but admits going under the knife wasn't an easy solution.

She told the Today Show, "I was at the point where I did need intervention...I needed to take action. I needed to help myself again. What I feel now - I feel the sensation of being full quickly, which I was...

Oprah Winfrey Is The Highest-Paid Celebrity In The World

8/28/2012 8:51am EDT
Oprah Winfrey
Move over Steven Spielberg and Michael Bay, because Oprah Winfrey is the highest paid celebrity in the world. Despite having some struggles with her OWN network, the media mogul earned a staggering $165 million from May, 2011 to May, 2012, according to Forbes.

The news comes just days after Winfrey was named the 11th most powerful woman in the world in a separate survey released by Forbes.

Director Bay is the second highest-paid celebrity with $160 million, partially due to "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," which earned $1.1 billion worldwide.

Spielberg came in a distant third with $130 ...

Oprah Winfrey's Favorite Word Added To Merriam-Webster's 2012 New Words List (Video)

8/15/2012 6:24pm EDT
Merriam-Webster announced the new words for the 2012 edition of the Collegiate Dictionary this week and they received a message from one person who was incredibly excited about one of the words being added this year. Oh, and by the way, it was just Oprah! She was so excited that queen of media decided to share a video with the word, its definition and how to use it in a sentence.

Definition: aha moment n (1939) : a moment of sudden realization, inspiration, insight, recognition, or comprehension

Rihanna On Chris Brown Assault: 'I Lost My Best Friend'

8/11/2012 6:07pm EDT
Rihanna has opened up to Oprah Winfrey about the assault that ended her romance with Chris Brown, confessing she felt humiliated and embarrassed after the singer beat her up on the eve of the 2009 Grammy Awards.

Both stars pulled out of their planned performances at the music gala at the last minute after the bust-up and Brown was later charged with assault.

He publicly apologized for his actions, which left the Umbrella singer sporting a black eye and swollen lip, and was ordered to serve hard labour and probation. Brown was also told he had to keep his distance from his ex, but that r...