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Oprah Interviews Sarah Shroud, the Hiker Who Spent 410 Days Jailed in Iran (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 24th 2010 4:05AM
Oprah Interviews Sarah Shroud, the Hiker Who Spent 410 Days Trapped in an Iranian PrisonOn July 31, 2009, three American hikers left their hotel in northern Iraq. The hikers were: 31-year-old Sarah Shroud, her boyfriend Shane Bauer and their friend Josh Fattal. During their hike, the trio took a wrong turn, and may have strayed over the border into the nation of Iran. They were captured by Iranian soliders and were arrested on the spot. Then, they were thrown in jail and accused of being American spies.

All told, Ms. Shroud spent 410 days in prison -- a nearly 14-month-long sentence. She was kept in solitary confinement, in a cell measuring 10 ft x 5 ft. Her only contact with her friends came for two thirty-minute periods each day, when she was briefly allowed outside. Otherwise, Sarah was completely cut off from the world she had once known.

After more than a year, Sarah was released. Today on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' (weekdays, syndicated), Sarah gave her first interview since escaping Iran. She discussed what it was like to be falsely accused of being a spy -- and what kept her going during her dark days in jail.

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The Discovery Channel Hostages Discuss Their Amazing Escape (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 17th 2010 1:04AM
The Discovery Channel Hostages Discuss Their Amazing EscapeOn September 1st, a man named James Lee entered the Discovery Channel Headquarters in Silver Spring, Md. He was holding a gun and wearing a backpack filled with explosives. For the next four hours, Lee held three men hostage while he ranted and raved about his anger at the channel, and about his political views.

Today on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' (weekdays, syndicated), Oprah talked with two of the hostages -- co-workers Jim McNulty and Chris Wood -- as they related their escape from the life-or-death situation. (The third hostage, the security guard who was on duty that day, elected not to appear on the show.) Chris discussed his decision to flee the building after lying on the floor for hours. "I mouthed to the guard, and I said 'Run,' and he shook his head yes."

Unfortunately, that's when things got a bit more complicated.

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Wynonna Judd Has Some Sibling Rivalry With Her Sister Ashley (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 15th 2010 12:01AM
Wynonna Judd Has Some Sibling Rivalry With Her Sister AshleyCountry music singers Wynonna and Naomi Judd were the guests on the latest 'Oprah Winfrey Show' (weekdays, syndicated). Mother Naomi and sisters Wynonna and Ashley Judd have been on 'Oprah' a startling eighteen times, dating back to their first appearance in 1990. But on their latest appearance, there was a little tension between Wynonna and Ashley -- even though Ashley wasn't actually in the studio.

Why wasn't Ashley there? Because she's currently in the Congo, on a humanitarian mission to work against violence towards women. Mom Naomi gushed about this. "I'm so proud of my daughter," she said. But Wynonna seemed less excited: "She's got time [to go to the Congo]; she don't have kids." Okay then.

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Ellen Does 'Letterman' Top 10 -- Things That Have Been on Ellen DeGeneres's Mind Lately (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 8th 2010 1:55AM
Ellen DeGeneres' Thoughts on 'American Idol,' Her Gay Marriage - and MoreMs. Ellen DeGeneres was on 'Late Show' tonight (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS), and during her appearance, she got the coveted position of delivering the nightly "Top Ten" list. The topic of the list was "Things That Have Been on Ellen's Mind Lately." And so, DeGeneres got to share the inner workings of her brain with David Letterman, and with the rest of us.

Without further ado, here is a random sampling of the some of the stuff that Ms. DeGeneres has been thinking about lately. The full list covered such important topics as Oprah Winfrey, 'The View,' and the new iPod, but after the jump, we have some of the other highlights ...

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Coming Out on Oprah on 'The Real L Word' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jul 26th 2010 2:00AM
Coming Out on Oprah on 'The Real L Word'Not getting support from your family can be tough. This is the problem that Nikki is dealing with on 'The Real L Word' (Sun., 10PM ET on SHO).

In her twenties, Nikki was married to a man -- but then she decided the whole "straight" thing wasn't for her, and came out as a lesbian in front of a national audience on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show.' These days, Nikki is planning on getting married to her fianceé Jill. But her father isn't happy about the situation.

Nikki hasn't heard from her father in four years. The last time she talked him was after she came out on 'Oprah' in 2006. At that point, her dad called her and said this: "I was in my house ... and turned on 'Oprah,' and saw a beautiful woman, and I thought to myself, 'What a waste of a woman,' when I heard the subject matter. And then I realized it was [my daughter]."

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Oprah Discusses Her Battle With Weight Loss (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jul 12th 2010 9:20PM
Oprah Discusses Her Battle With Weight LossOn 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' (weekdays, syndicated), host Oprah had on special guest Geneen Roth. Ms. Roth appeared on the program to discuss her book 'Women, Food, and God.' Oprah credits this book with changing her attitude toward dieting and life.

While talking to Roth, Oprah shared a story about her obsession with food. Oprah discussed how for years, she felt "lost" because of her eating habits. Winfrey said that her reaction to stress was to overeat, and that she didn't even realize what she was doing. "I didn't have any stress ... I ate the stress. Any stressful moment I would've had, I ate it."

Winfrey then declared that she has come to understand this problem. She said that winning this battle can help women return to the "sacredness" of themselves.

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What Is 'TV's Greatest Surprise'? (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jun 16th 2010 11:55PM
What Is 'TV's Greatest Surprise'?We've had a lot of shocking moments in the history of television. There was the time that man first walked on the moon. That was pretty amazing for all concerned. ... Or there was the time that the sitcom 'Joey' was canceled. No one saw that coming; who would have thought a Matt LeBlanc-based sitcom could fail? Okay, it wasn't really shocking at all; we just wanted to make fun of 'Joey.' We admit it.

But what is the most surprising moment ever? That's the question on 'TV's Greatest Surprises: A Paley Center for Media Special' (Wed., 8PM ET on CBS). And your winner is ...

[Spoiler alert.]

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Laura Ling's North Korean Rescue on 'Oprah' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted May 18th 2010 10:00PM
Laura Ling's North Korean Rescue on 'Oprah'Journalist Laura Ling appeared on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' (weekdays, syndicated), where she discussed her imprisonment in a North Korean jail. While doing an uncover report in Korea, Laura was captured -- along with her colleague Euna Lee -- and was held captive for 140 days.

In the end, Laura was freed due to some help at the highest level. Specifically, she was released with aid from former President Bill Clinton. Laura told Oprah Winfrey about the experience of being saved by an ex-President: "It was unreal; it was surreal," she said. "[I was] ushered into a room, and standing before [me] was President Clinton. And I seriously felt like it was this angelic figure that had come to save [me]."

It was a lucky release for Ling. She had been sentenced to 12 years of hard labor, and was held captive without running water, in prison cells that were often pitch black.

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Tom Cruise on 'Oprah' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted May 16th 2010 9:05PM
Tom Cruise on 'Oprah'Tom Cruise is back on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' (weekdays, syndicated). But this time, there's no couch-jumping involved.

Tom appeared on the show and talked about his children. Oprah asked him what his "dream" for his family was. Tom said this: "That they find out what gives them pleasure in their work, so that it's not work." He also wished happiness upon his family members, saying that he has been fortunate in his own life to get to do something that he loves.

"I wish that for them -- the happiness," Tom said of his family. All in all, it was a pleasantly normal appearance for him on the show.

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Bret Michaels Plans 'Oprah,' 'Celebrity Apprentice' Finale Appearances

by Andrew Scott, posted May 15th 2010 8:18AM
Bret MichaelsTalk about a speedy recovery: Only weeks after he was hospitalized for suffering a brain hemorrhage, rocker/television personality Bret Michaels is already plotting his return to the small screen.

According to PEOPLE, Michaels is planning to attend the live 'Celebrity Apprentice' finale next Sunday, May 23 on NBC.

"We really hope that Bret is well and able to join us at the finale," host Donald Trump told PEOPLE. "I have much respect as he is a fighter and strong competitor."

Michaels is one of five remaining celebrities in the competition.

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Samuel L. Jackson and Frogs on 'Ellen' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted May 6th 2010 8:55PM
Samuel L. Jackosn and Frogs on 'Ellen'Sometimes, a simple change of voice can alter everything. Ellen DeGeneres is a big fan of the Discovery Channel series 'Life,' which is narrated by Oprah Winfrey. 'Life' is a nature documentary series that discusses all the major animal groups on Earth. But what would the show sound like if it was narrated by someone else?

On 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' (weekdays, syndicated), DeGeneres presents an alternate version of the documentary with a voice-over by Samuel L. Jackson. You haven't truly lived until you've heard Jackson cursing and talking about bullfrogs. "That's a big [censored] frog," he says. "Look at that [censored] frog." It's fantastic.

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Rielle Hunter Discusses Her Affair With John Edwards (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Apr 29th 2010 9:15PM
Rielle Hunter Discusses Her Affair With John EdwardsRielle Hunter appeared on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' (weekdays, syndicated), where she talked about her scandalous affair with John Edwards. Hunter had a relationship with the former presidential candidate and gave birth to his daughter. Edwards' political career was destroyed by the affair, which occurred while his wife Elizabeth was suffering from cancer.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Todd Bridges Talks About Being Molested as a Child (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Apr 28th 2010 9:30PM
Todd Bridges Talks About Being Molested as a ChildOn 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' (weekdays, syndicated), actor Todd Bridges discusses some difficult times in his past. Bridges enjoyed early success as a child star on 'Diff'rent Strokes,' but then suffered a fall from grace. He became addicted to drugs and was charged with attempted murder. Now, for the first time, Bridges reveals details about being molested when he an 11-year-old child.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Wes Moore Talks About His Childhood on 'Oprah' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Apr 27th 2010 9:45PM
Wes Moore Talks About His Childhood on 'Oprah'Wes Moore has an amazing life story. He's been a star football player, Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, an army captain who served in Afghanistan and a Special Assistant to the White House. But on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' (weekdays, syndicated) Moore talks about all the hard times that he had growing up.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Brooke Burke's First Job on 'Oprah' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Apr 26th 2010 10:40PM
Brooke Burke's First Job on 'Oprah'Brooke Burke has come a long way since her first job. As a 15-year-old, she worked part-time at a pretzel shop, making $3.75 an hour. Now, the model and TV star is co-host of 'Dancing With the Stars' and makes -- well, a lot more than she used to. On 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' (weekdays, syndicated), Burke gets a chance to reenact her first job, and finds that her pretzel-making skills have really fallen apart.

Watch the video after the jump.

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