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Justin Timberlake Partied With Oprah and Katie Couric (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 17th 2010 5:28AM
Justin Timberlake Partied With Oprah and Katie CouricOn 'Lopez Tonight' (weeknights, 12AM ET on TBS), Justin Timberlake dished about seeing an unexpected couple on the dance-floor: Oprah Winfrey and Katie Couric. While talking with host George Lopez, Justin said that the weird thing about going to lots of award shows was seeing people getting a little, well ... weird. "You see people that you just wouldn't expect ... [and you're] like -- oh. ... Oh!"

Once such unexpected thing: seeing Oprah and Katie dancing together during an after-party at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. But were the two female journalists "bringing sexy back" (so to speak) while they were out on the dance floor? Well, sort of.

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Oprah Tells Barbara Walters: 'I'm Not a Lesbian,' Gayle King Just a Friend

by Jean Bentley, posted Dec 8th 2010 4:55PM
Oprah WinfreyThe truth about Oprah Winfrey's friendship with Gayle King, once and for all: "I'm not a lesbian," Winfrey reveals to interviewer extraordinaire Barbara Walters in a new special set to air on ABC tomorrow night at 9PM ET.

"I'm not even kind of a lesbian," she continues. "And the reason why it irritates me is because it means that somebody must think I'm lying. That's number one. Number two, why would you want to hide it? That is not the way I run my life."

In this video from 'Good Morning America' (via The Hollywood Reporter), Walters teases Thursday's hourlong 'A Barbara Walters Special: Oprah, The Next Chapter' with a clip of Winfrey talking about her long friendship with King.

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Oprah's Favorite Things: The Full List of Things She Didn't Give You

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 23rd 2010 10:30AM
OprahRemember back in 2009 when Oprah Winfrey didn't have her usual 'Favorite Things' episode? Because of the bad economy at the time, Oprah decided that it would have been a little over-the-top to give away expensive gifts.

(Though, wouldn't you think that a bad economy is the best time to do a show like this? Maybe invite some people in need and make it the best Christmas ever?)

She did have a 'Favorite Things' episode in 2008, but gave the audience free recipes and downloadable Christmas songs. If you saw that episode you probably cringed a bit.

So either the economy must be better or Oprah has changed her mind. She had a 'Favorite Things' show -- actually two shows -- this year. And since it's her final season, you knew that the gifts were going to be special.

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Five Ways to Improve the OWN Lineup

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 2nd 2010 5:00PM
OWNPretend you're one of the richest, most powerful people on television. And pretend you buy an entire network and you're going to create a new channel from scratch. What would you put on that channel?

You would think that if you were a very rich, very powerful person, adored by millions, that you'd put shows on that you might not be able do find on other channels. You'd want to make that network special, right? So you'd probably want to steer clear of reality shows, makeover shows, typical daytime fare and self-help, right?

Not if you own OWN.

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Portia de Rossi on Her Secret Eating Disorder -- and What Saved Her Life (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 2nd 2010 12:06AM
Portia de Rossi on Her Secret Eating Disorder -- and What Saved Her LifePortia de Rossi once weighed 82 pounds. The actress existed on a 300 calorie-a-day diet: family members were afraid she would die. Eventually, she collapsed while on a film set -- as a result of her diet, her internal organs were failing. She was only 25 years old.

The actress began dieting as a 12-year-old. She was a child model; an agent told Portia her skinny frame was too large. As a result, De Rossi became anorexic and bulimic. It took her more than a decade to recover.

On 'Oprah' (weekdays, syndicated), Portia revealed her eating disorder -- and discussed what saved her life. De Rossi was saved by a strong female presence ... but it wasn't her wife Ellen DeGeneres. No, Portia credits her survival to the day when she "found love ... with a horse."

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Oprah Releases OWN Premiere Schedule

by Jean Bentley, posted Nov 1st 2010 11:40AM
Oprah WinfreyOprah Winfrey's new network is one step closer to reality with the release of its official premiere schedule.

Get ready for a whole lot of uplifting television: Starting at noon on Jan. 1, 2011, the Oprah Winfrey Network will broadcast an Oprah-curated slate of original programming. The launch weekend will feature an hourlong introduction from O herself, followed by sneak peeks at some of the channel's new shows.

OWN highlights include 'Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes,' 'Searching For...,' 'Ask Oprah's All-Stars,' syndicated episodes of 'Dr. Phil,' repeats of TLC's 'Trading Spaces' with new intros from host Paige Davis, and the U.S. premiere of 'Anna & Kristina's Grocery Bag,' where the hosts "review recipes and put cookbooks to the test to see if the average cook can recreate the meals at home," according to Deadline.

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Scott Foley and Laura Prepon Land Major New Roles, Oprah Sued and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Oct 29th 2010 11:50AM
Scott Foley, Laura PreponA pair of former TV stars are returning to the small screen: Former 'Felicity' and 'The Unit' leading man Scott Foley has landed a major recurring role on 'Grey's Anatomy,' while 'That 70s Show' actress Laura Prepon will appear on 'Castle.'

Foley will play Teddy's new love interest, who also happens to be a patient at Seattle Grace. Deadline reports that it's a "major recurring role," which is usually 'Grey's' guru Shonda Rimes' way of introducing characters -- so Foley might stick around the hospital longer than your typical guest star.

Prepon, on the other hand, has been cast as Nikki Heat, the main character in 'Castle''s movie/novel-within-a-show. TV Guide reports that her first appearance will be in the Jan. 3 post-'Bachelor' premiere episode.

In other TV news ...

Oprah is being sued by the author of a political guide. Charles Harris is accusing Winfrey of plagiarizing elements of his book during the 2008 presidential campaign by reading segments aloud on air. [THR, Esq.]

Taye Diggs sold a drama about the "ethically complex world of adoption" to ABC. No word on whether the 'Private Practice' star will appear in his show, which will follow Los Angeles-based lawyers, doctors and caseworkers. [The Live Feed]

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'Oprah' Reunites Jane Fonda With Ex-Hubby Ted Turner (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 28th 2010 12:30AM
'Oprah' Reunites Jane Fonda With Ex-Hubby Ted TurnerActress Jane Fonda and tycoon Ted Turner were married for a decade, but Fonda divorced the billionaire in 2001. Turner has previously stated that their relationship was in trouble before then.

He felt their marriage was damaged after Fonda came home one day -- and suddenly announced she had become a born-again Christian. This came as a shock to Ted; the pair never totally recovered.

But that's all water under the bridge. Though it's been ten years since the divorce, the former couple still care for one another. 'Oprah' (weekdays, syndicated) reunited the pair, and Jane and Ted discussed their relationship for the first time since the 2001 split.

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Jessica Seinfeld Helps Some of the Worst Cooks in America (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 27th 2010 12:20AM
Jessica Seinfeld Helps Some of the Worst Cooks in AmericaJessica Seinfeld is the wife of comedian Jerry Seinfeld. But she has a career that is separate from her multimillionaire husband. She's the author of 'Double Delicious!' -- a new cookbook inspired by her life as the busy mother of three.

Jessica feels that modern families need quick, simple recipes. She's developed the trick of sneaking healthy ingredients into her meals -- as a way of getting her kids to eat their veggies!

On 'Oprah' (weekdays, syndicated), Oprah Winfrey put Jessica's expertise to the test. Winfrey had Ms. Seinfeld teach some of the "worst cooks in America" to make a meal for themselves. One of the worst cooks: A woman named Darlene, who barely uses her kitchen at all. Instead of making meals, Darlene uses her oven to store jewelery and her crock pot to hold her hair products.

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Oprah Snags Second George W. Bush Interview

by Jean Bentley, posted Oct 22nd 2010 4:00PM
George W. BushTalk show queen Oprah Winfrey has snagged the first daytime interview with George W. Bush.

Though Matt Lauer will sit down with the ex-president in a primetime special airing Mon., Nov. 8, the following day's 'Oprah Winfrey Show' will be dedicated to all things Dubya.

According to the New York Times, not only will Oprah interview Bush, she will also talk to his parents and air footage from an exclusive visit to the Bush compound it Kennebunkport, Maine.

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Jackie Evancho Would Like to Sing With Lady Gaga (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 20th 2010 1:05AM
Jackie Evancho Would Like to Sing With Lady GagaSince appearing on 'America's Got Talent,' 10-year-old opera prodigy Jackie Evancho has become famous. She'll be singing at Carnegie Hall -- making her the youngest solo female singer to perform there. Jackie also has her first major-label CD coming out, and it's already number one on Amazon.com.

On 'Oprah' (weekdays, syndicated), Oprah Winfrey asked Jackie how she's dealing with all this fame. Evancho is only in 5th grade, but she seems grounded. But she also has big dreams -- including a collaboration with an artist who wears a "meat dress."

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Disgraced Ex-Cop Mark Fuhrman: "Everyone Else" Let O.J. Simpson Get Away With Murder (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 12th 2010 10:35AM
Disgraced Ex-Cop Mark Fuhrman: 'Everyone Else' Let O.J. Simpson Get Away With MurderFifteen years ago, Americans watched the "Trial of the Century" -- the O.J. Simpson murder case. The bloody glove, the car chase, the murdered couple, and the football star who went free. ... Memories of the crime are still vivid. Men and women can still recall where they were, when the infamous "not-guilty" verdict was announced.

On 'Oprah' (weekdays, syndicated), former detective Mark Fuhrman shared his regrets about the case -- and explained why the killer escaped. Fuhrman blamed O.J.'s acquittal on almost "everyone else." The ex-cop said that he and his LAPD partner did a great job. But according to him, the prosecution and the rest of the police department messed up, allowing Simpson to get away.

However, as Oprah Winfrey pointed out, Fuhrman may be to blame. He may have helped the killer evade justice.

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On 'Oprah,' an Interview With an Ape Who Can "Talk" to Humans (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 5th 2010 12:01AM
On 'Oprah,' an Interview With an Ape Who Can 'Talk' to HumansOn today's 'Oprah' (weekdays, syndicated), correspondent Lisa Ling met Kanzi, a 29-year-old ape who has lived with humans for his entire life. Kanzi is a Bonobo -- an endangered ape that can only be found in the Congo. Amazingly, Kanzi can talk with people. He can understand human speech and form sentences of his own. Incredible.

Ms. Ling meets Kanzi and his human trainer, Dr. Sue Savage-Rumbaugh. Dr. Sue taught Kanzi to speak using "lexigrams," which are symbols on a computer. Kanzi presses the buttons to form full thoughts. For example, if he was hungry for pizza, he would combine the symbols for "cheese," "tomato," and "bread."

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Sultry Sofía Vergara Talks About Her Accent, Her Role on 'Modern Family' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 30th 2010 5:27AM
Sultry Sofia Vergara Talks About Her Accent, Her Role on 'Modern Family''Modern Family' starlet Sofía Vergara appeared on the latest 'Oprah Winfrey Show' (weekdays, syndicated). She discussed her increasingly impenetrable South American accent, and how it was her dream to one day marry the dumpy guy from 'Married ... With Children.' And okay -- the rest of the cast of 'Modern Family' was there as well. But we'll be honest: sometimes we only have eyes for Ms. Vergara.

Host Oprah Winfrey asked Sophía why her accent seems to be getting heavier, even though she's been living in America for some time now. The actress replied that she actually does it for comedic effect, and gave an example: "I realized that sometimes it was funnier to say 'YOOOUHH' [rather] than 'you.'" Good point!

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Tony Danza Has a New Teaching Job, Cries "a Lot" in Front of His Students (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 28th 2010 12:05AM
Tony Danza Has a New Teaching Job, Cries 'a Lot' in Front of His StudentsActor Tony Danza is the former star of such sitcoms as 'Taxi' and 'Who's the Boss?', but it's been a long time since he had a major hit. (Although he does have his film career as the star of movies like 'Going Ape!' to fall back on.)

However, Tony does have a new reality series coming up: 'Teach' -- which will premiere in October on the A&E Network. It follows a year in the life of Mr. Danza, as he struggles to educate a class of 10th-grade English students. Tony spent a year in Northeast High School in Philadelphia, and this wasn't just a random choice for him.

Before he became an actor, Tony got a bachelor's degree in education. On 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' (weekdays, syndicated), the actor discussed his new temporary career. He talked about what he learned, what his students learned -- and he also mentioned how he got a little weepy.

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