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The Oprah Brouhaha

So, there's this Eggo waffle shortage. And it comes the same time Oprah Winfrey has decided to end her talk show. Coincidence?!

Okay, that was a cheap joke. And not even a funny one.

I wanted to start the blog with lyrics from Stew, one of my favorite singer/songwriters. I couldn't find the lyrics he had for a song that started "I watched the Oprah Winfrey Show today...."

But just typing that lame joke, got me to thinking about all this Oprah brouhaha.

First, I had heard days ago that the network was going to ask Oprah to take a pay cut for her show. All of the sudden, I hear she's been on the air 25 years and is going to call it quits.

She is getting her own network (I'm guessing it'll be called "O", but who knows). I'm also guessing that at some point, it won't do well in the ratings, and she'll bring her talk show there. Heck, she might bring Leno. By that time, I'm sure he'll be looking for a new job.

Remember Kathy Lee Gifford finally giving us a break and retiring? That lasted a few years before she returned to early morning TV. But on a good note, at least it's fodder for shows like The Soup.

I'm guessing that members of her audience, on that last day of taping, are probably going to get a car. I mean, that really would be a great way to end things. And how disappointing if they don't get prizes.

Switching gears a bit, I heard a news report that actress Kirstie Alley (Cheers) is mad that Conan O'Brien continues to make fun of her weight.

I did hear Letterman make a joke about her last night, but she does have a point. Conan seems to be on the war path with her. And when Conan was mentioning Kirstie being mad and Tweeting about him, he then showed a "best of" segment, with all the Alley jokes from the past. It was a horrible thing to do. But it was also funny. And I wonder why we laugh at this, when we know it's painful to another person.

Yet, when Letterman used to always attack Oprah, it did bother me. I'm not sure why this is.

I tried to interview Kirstie Alley once and she seemed to be....out of it. Her then husband Parker Stevenson apologized to me.

I liked her well enough on Cheers. I loved her in this sci-fi movie Tom Selleck and Gene Simmons did called "Runaway".

But for some reason, when celebrities go thru turmoil, we always laugh at the late night jokes. With Oprah, the reason I didn't laugh, is I had heard early on that she was abused as a child. And to me, when something happens to children, it's not a laughing matter. Even though Letterman could argue that her weight is happening while she's an adult...who knows what things could've stemmed from childhood abuse.

Although I never watched Oprahs show, the few times I caught it, I enjoyed her interview style. She might occasionally ghetto it up depending on who the guest was. Maybe she felt it gave her street cred, I dunno. Although, when she had the cast of Crash on her show (what a disappointing movie), she apparently gave rapper Ludacris a hard time about some of his rap lyrics. So, there went the street cred.

She also had that little blow up at a boutique in Paris, that wouldn't open up shop after they had closed. I'm guessing she's used to getting what she wants. And when she didn't, she not only acted extremely rude at the place, but she devoted an entire show to attacking the place.

Now, back in the late 80s, I talked to a DJ I worked with who said there was a DJ he worked with in San Antonio that bought a car from a dealership, and they weren't honoring the warranty. He went on the air and told everyone to avoid the place.

The FCC promptly pulled his broadcasting license. Apparently, it's a no no to use the airwaves for personal attacks against a business.

I'm guessing those rules don't apply to Oprah.

Whatever she does in the future, I wish her the best. There isn't a person alive that devotes more time and money to various charities.

Whether you like her show or not, you've got to respect that.

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So, there's this Eggo waffle shortage. And it comes the same time Oprah Winfrey has decided to end her talk show. Coincidence?!

Okay, that was a cheap joke. And not even a funny one.

I wanted to start the blog with lyrics from Stew, one of my favorite singer/songwriters. I couldn't find the lyrics he had for a song that started "I watched the Oprah Winfrey Show today...."

But just typing that lame joke, got me to thinking about all this Oprah brouhaha.

First, I had heard days ago that the network was going to ask Oprah to take a pay cut for her show. All of the sudden, I hear she's been on the air 25 years and is going to call it quits.

She is getting her own network (I'm guessing it'll be called "O", but who knows). I'm also guessing that at some point, it won't do well in the ratings, and she'll bring her talk show there. Heck, she might bring Leno. By that time, I'm sure he'll be looking for a new job.

Remember Kathy Lee Gifford finally giving us a break and retiring? That lasted a few years before she returned to early morning TV. But on a good note, at least it's fodder for shows like The Soup.

I'm guessing that members of her audience, on that last day of taping, are probably going to get a car. I mean, that really would be a great way to end things. And how disappointing if they don't get prizes.

Switching gears a bit, I heard a news report that actress Kirstie Alley (Cheers) is mad that Conan O'Brien continues to make fun of her weight.

I did hear Letterman make a joke about her last night, but she does have a point. Conan seems to be on the war path with her. And when Conan was mentioning Kirstie being mad and Tweeting about him, he then showed a "best of" segment, with all the Alley jokes from the past. It was a horrible thing to do. But it was also funny. And I wonder why we laugh at this, when we know it's painful to another person.

Yet, when Letterman used to always attack Oprah, it did bother me. I'm not sure why this is.

I tried to interview Kirstie Alley once and she seemed to be....out of it. Her then husband Parker Stevenson apologized to me.

I liked her well enough on Cheers. I loved her in this sci-fi movie Tom Selleck and Gene Simmons did called "Runaway".

But for some reason, when celebrities go thru turmoil, we always laugh at the late night jokes. With Oprah, the reason I didn't laugh, is I had heard early on that she was abused as a child. And to me, when something happens to children, it's not a laughing matter. Even though Letterman could argue that her weight is happening while she's an adult...who knows what things could've stemmed from childhood abuse.

Although I never watched Oprahs show, the few times I caught it, I enjoyed her interview style. She might occasionally ghetto it up depending on who the guest was. Maybe she felt it gave her street cred, I dunno. Although, when she had the cast of Crash on her show (what a disappointing movie), she apparently gave rapper Ludacris a hard time about some of his rap lyrics. So, there went the street cred.

She also had that little blow up at a boutique in Paris, that wouldn't open up shop after they had closed. I'm guessing she's used to getting what she wants. And when she didn't, she not only acted extremely rude at the place, but she devoted an entire show to attacking the place.

Now, back in the late 80s, I talked to a DJ I worked with who said there was a DJ he worked with in San Antonio that bought a car from a dealership, and they weren't honoring the warranty. He went on the air and told everyone to avoid the place.

The FCC promptly pulled his broadcasting license. Apparently, it's a no no to use the airwaves for personal attacks against a business.

I'm guessing those rules don't apply to Oprah.

Whatever she does in the future, I wish her the best. There isn't a person alive that devotes more time and money to various charities.

Whether you like her show or not, you've got to respect that.

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