I have to be honest. I have never been much of an Oprah fan. During her TV heyday, I was working full-time, had two children, a husband and a household to take care of. I have seen very few of her enormously popular morning shows.
I do think she was great in "A Color Purple" and she has given tons of money to very worthy causes. I applaud her successful effort to get America reading again by promoting the hell out of her book club selections, making the chosen books instant best sellers. And, her annual Christmas gift shows were a dream come true for retailers carrying the products she promoted for that year.
To put it frankly, Oprah had the Midas touch.
She even handpicked a presidential candidate and helped propel him into the White House.
What bothers me is that there is always a camera nearby to document every aspect of her largesse and good works.
But, let’s put that aside for a moment.
Since retiring from her long-running morning show, things have not been going quite the way the previously voted “most powerful woman in the entertainment industry” had expected. It appears that at least part of the world’s fascination with Oprah is over.
Oprah’s gaining and losing weight has been a constant topic for not only the media but for the lady herself. Who doesn’t remember the clips from her show when she lost, I think it was, fifty pounds, and she wheeled fifty pounds of fat out on stage in a red wagon? Maybe you don’t remember that, but the point is she and her successes were the news.
So, it seemed a real coup for floundering diet company Weight Watchers to be the subject upon which Oprah has set her sights. She invested a slew of money in the company and received a seat on the board. She then, thinking that her starpower would prevail, made several commercials about the success she has had losing weight on the program.
Oops! Have you seen the “bread” commercial? It is horrible. She so totally overacts that my skin actually crawled the first time I saw it. Worse than making a terrible commercial, her involvement with Weight Watchers, instead of buttressing the company in its time of need, has actual produced a further decline in profits and market share.
I certainly could be wrong, but I gotta think Ms. Winfrey is wondering what in the world is going on? Where’s the love? Where’s the magic a single word from her used to conjure?
Before we all boo-hoo for Oprah, there is a new show premiering on her network that is receiving good press. “Greenleaf” is billed as “a drama about faith, sin, scandal and loss” and Ms. O herself is part of the ensemble cast.
But, even if the show is a raging success, I still gotta believe that the Weight Watchers’ venture has to be making her scratch her head in amazement wondering: What happened? Why aren’t they listening to me anymore?