Winfrey Opens Up About Own Network Fears

Talk show titan OPRAH WINFREY almost pulled out of plans to launch her forthcoming U.S. TV network - because she feared she would be paralysed by her previous success like tragic pop icon MICHAEL JACKSON.
The mogul's 25-year run on The Oprah Winfrey Show has made her one of the world's biggest stars and richest women - earning her an estimated $3 billion.
She will move on to run OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network after her syndicated chat show ends next September (11).
But Winfrey admits she was crippled with doubt about quitting the hit show this summer (10) after learning how the King of Pop became a victim of his own success following his critically acclaimed 1983 hit Thriller.
She tells Fortune magazine, "All the bells went off. This is why I lived in fear about this network. I kept thinking I have to repeat the 25-year phenomenon of the Oprah show. I don't want to be Michael Jackson."
Winfrey's indecision has cost backers at Discovery Communications big - executives were forced to invest an extra $89 million (£59.3 million) on top of their initial $100 million (£66.7 million) to launch OWN, because Winfrey was having serious doubts about the new project.
She explains, "This is part of the reason OWN was stagnant. I was the holdup."
But the star insists she's conquered her fears, and she's looking forward to moving on with a planned launch for OWN in January, 2012.
She adds: "My fear about, 'Will the people really follow me?' - I'm past that."


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I for one am sick and tired of Oprah. If her network fails so be it. This woman is too self-rigtheous and the airwaves are full of hotair anyway. The journey we travel in life allows us to experience success and failure, so if her network fails there is a lesson for Oprah to learn. No matter what happens she will take her money and tell us about it for years to come.
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Namaste,Mmmmmm.....stuck in is own succes......mmmmmmOhm shanti.
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Get over yourself, Oprah! What an inappropriate comment about Michael Jackson! Can you never stop with your derogatory attitude about him?! If you fail, it will be your own d*mn fault.
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"Bhodi" the MJ obsessed lunatic is back. Oprah is complimenting Michael every time she goes out of her way to degrade him. If you don't like someone, you don't talk about them. If you have no respect for someone, you avoid discussing anything related to that them. She's always using Michael's name now because HER success and magnetism is FADING. She needs to use his name for relevance because her's is diminishing. MJ FANS THANK YOU OPRAH. EVERY TIME YOU TRY TO INSULT HIM, YOU SHOW US HOW INSECURE, DEVIOUS,AND ENVIOUS YOU REALLY ARE. ALL THE POWER & WEALTH BUT YOU'RE STILL BITTER.
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Notice how Oprah has asked MANY celebrities about MICHAEL. She asked Janet Jackson, Lionel Richie, Whitney Houston, Tito & Jackie Jackson, Kenny Ortega, Liza Minnelli, J.K. Rowling. Now O is planning to interview Lisa Marie Presley (UGH!!) and Jackie Jackson (AGAIN) about Michael's death. She really needs to stop. She's SO OBSESSED, I would mistake her for an MJ *FAN*. That's if she hadn't been so vile towards him when he was alive.
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Namaste,No need for namecalling on this site. Heal the world remember? Try to be like Mike my friends. Have piece with your self and with others. Heal the world, make it a better place, for you and for me and the entire human rice. You can't accomplish that by namecalling. Only a MJ gloryfing obsessed lunatic doesn't understand that. So obsessed that he is forgetting what Mike stood for. Or maybe Mike himself forgot sometimes where he stood for. But I am not going to call him anymore how the tabloids called him. That would mean not healing the world.Where are "Annieareyouok" and "Mjlover4life" have gone. They left this commentssection. Don't think they could handle it anymore that their illusions were being pulled away from them. Who is next? Or am I not healing the world now?
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Come on my dear fellow boy. Michael would have disagree with that name you're using. He didn't want to swear or use nasty words in public. Or was that an image he so carefully created?You should understand that by now? Or not? Have I've been talking to myself all the time?
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Or do you wanna hear Michael was godlike, he was an angel, he was the sweetest. Leave him alone. I can do that. But do I mean it? Mmmmm, maybe a little bit. I can say that. Does that mean I am healing the world? If it is I will try as hard as I can to do so. Then I will sit my behind down. Rembember. no nasty words according to Mike. After all I was a fan of Mike. Untill he died......Wich was only a matter of time. Even a lunatic could forsee that.Death comes to us all. Even on the lunatics in an obsessed Mj-cult. Had enough? I have, so I won't be commenting back for a while. It get's so tiring and in the end nowhere. Just like when you die. You go to nowhereland. Ohm shanti.
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Bhodi is a PSYCHOPATH Bhodi is a PSYCHOPATH Bhodi is a PSYCHOPATH Bhodi is a PSYCHOPATH Bhodi is a PSYCHOPATH Bhodi is a PSYCHOPATH Bhodi is a PSYCHOPATH
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Hey, If I was Oprah & had all that $$$$ I would never start over again, She refers to MJ as a fear that this will happen to her, thats a crock of crap, she is healthy, & Michael we all know was not a healthy person those Doctors gave him so many perscriptions they kept him in their control, for their own sick greedy reasons, nO ONE HELPED MJ with his addiction he should have been in rehab not touring London with 50 concerts in his condition, I always will be a huge MJ fan I miss him & Love him and still believe he should never had died he was Murdered,,As far as Oprah she needs no excuse why she needs to ever come back to T.V life, I say go enjoy your BILLIONS and you'll see MJ one day just like we all will in Heaven. RIP MICHAEL YOU ARE MISSED MORE THAN YOU'LL EVER KNOW!!!!!!!!!
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