Who is Iyanla Vanzant? Oprah Winfrey's rejected protege emerges

iyanla-vanzant.jpg.jpgDuring her 25th and final season of "The Oprah Winfrey Show," Oprah has been revisiting key figures from the show's long and storied history. On Wednesday's episode, we'll see Oprah reunite with her one-time sidekick Iyanla Vanzant for an in-depth look at the dissolution of their professional relationship.

In case you don't remember, Vanzant was a frequent guest on "Oprah" in the '90s. An inspirational speaker and author of a plethora of self-help books like "Faith in the Valley: Lessons for Women on the Journey to Peace," Vanzant was one of Oprah's underlings before Dr. Phil, Nate Berkus, and Suze Ormand found themselves graced by her Midas touch.

In 2000, she was listed as one of the 100 most influential black Americans by Ebony Magazine, and Vanzant had her own show in 2001. It was canceled after 6 months, and she was seldom heard from again as a result of her estrangement from Oprah.

Apparently, the estrangement was the result of Vanzant making a demand of Oprah that seemed like an ultimatum, and Oprah does not negotiate with terrorists gold diggers anyone, because she's Oprah.

We can't wait to get the full scoop on Wednesday's showdown. It looks like things are going to get heated as Vanzant begs Oprah to hear her side of the story.


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