Intro for March 14, 2012
Are we talking about the fact that Oprah’s interview with Whitney Houston’s daughter, brother, and sister-in-law was the most watched programme since the launch of OWN? The Mighty’s 90 minute exclusive aired on exactly the one month mark of Houston’s death. Does it come from a good place when the place is about business? Like...they sold ad spots during the piece, didn’t they?
Around the time of Whitney’s passing, O was publicly embarrassed when she was rebuked for soliciting viewers on Twitter with this message:
"Every 1 who can please turn to OWN especially if u have a Neilsen box.”
Oprah insisted that this did not amount to begging because she used the word “please”. According to O, “please” denotes a “courtesy and not a beg”. She also claimed, still on Twitter, that she should never be described as “desperate”. Apparently, like millions of Twi-Hards and tweens out there shouting at each other via social media, Oprah finds it hard to turn the other cheek on Twitter too. Click here to read more of her responses to her Twitter critics.
No doubt, Oprah will deny that the Houston Family interview had anything to do with her fledgling network’s sh-tty numbers. I’m sure the official explanation is that they wanted to tell their side of the story, and they chose her, because Oprah is always, always, ALWAYS The Chosen, to be their conduit. Like “desperate”, I guess The Mighty should never be described as “exploitative” either.
Totally unrelated for real - they’re making a new Ninja Turtle movie. Carey Mulligan will be really happy. She loves the Ninja Turtles.
Yours in gossip,