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Oprah Winfrey Says 60 Minutes Made Her Practice Saying Her Name, Thrilled to Be Off the Show

Oprah Winfrey Says 60 Minutes Made Her Practice Saying Her Name, Thrilled to Be Off the Show

Oprah Winfrey US-ENTERTAINMENT-HOLLYWOOD REPORTER-GALA

Oprah Winfrey said she is no longer working as a contributor to 60 Minutes, saying the legendary news magazine wasn’t a good fit for her.

“It was not the best format for me,” Winfrey told The Hollywood Reporter in a profile for the latest issue of their magazine.

“How should I say this? Never a good thing when I have to practice saying my name and have to be told that I have too much emotion in my name,” she continued.

Oprah Winfrey US-ENTERTAINMENT-HOLLYWOOD REPORTER-GALA
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“I had a deja vu moment because I’ve actually lived through this once before when I covered a story as a young reporter [where] the family had lost their home and my boss told me that I reported it with too much emotion.”

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“I had too much emotion in the story. I thought, “OK, so you’re not supposed to be involved in the story, I get that. You’re a journalist. But the same thing is true even with a read [at 60 Minutes].”

“I think I did seven takes on just my name because it was ‘too emotional.’ I go, ‘Is there too much emotion in the Oprah part or the Winfrey part?’ I was working on pulling myself down and flattening out my personality, which, for me, is actually not such a good thing.”

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Oprah formally stepped away from the program in October 2018 to help stump for Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, who went on to ultimately lose a close race to her Republican challenger Brian Kemp.

Winfrey’s relationship with the network had been in limbo until now.

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