Oprah, the self-appointed CEO, of her network, has plans for those many aha moments from her show.
“We had originally thought of putting the Oprah Winfrey show on the air as encores,” Winfrey says.”I was looking out the kitchen window and realized this is a dream come true for me — having a platform. At the kitchen sink I came up with the idea, ‘Own Your Life (the oprah class), and take the 4,561 shows of the Oprah show and repackage and host by myself and teach people how to live their best lives.”
The classics will air nightly at 8 p.m. and “The Rosie Show” will lead into it.
Rosie O’Donnell recalls how she wanted to return to a talk show and only wanted to work for Oprah, whom she calls “the most powerful woman in the universe.” She recalls Winfrey coming to her house to discuss the potential show and one of O’Donnell’s daughters told her, “I dont know why you are here but you should know our house is never this fancy.”
O’Donnell says despite agents and managers wanting her to return on a larger network, she wanted to work for Winfrey, whom she has admired for half of her life.
“It feels like almost being knighted in a way,” she says.