We all make mistakes, but when you're as high profile as Oprah Winfrey, the mistakes are magnified. Winfrey recently admitted that she blames herself for many of the mistakes that have been made regarding her television network, OWN, which has been plagued with negative press and fledging ratings. In an interview on "CBS This Morning," she said, "I would say if I was writing a book about it, I could call the book '101 mistakes.'"
Still, she has no plans of giving up. She vowed, "I will die in the midst of doing what I love to do, and that is using my voice and using my life to try to inspire other people to live the best of theirs."
While it may have been a mistake to launch her new network in the midst of wrapping up her final season of "The Oprah Winfrey Show," the former Queen of Talk knows a thing or two about mistakes -- and how to fix them.
Mistake #1: Get Off the Fat Wagon
In 1988 she toted a wagon full of fat to illustrate her massive weight loss, but her liquid protein diet only worked until she started eating real food. The weight crept back on, and she eventually ballooned to an all-time high weight -- and she had to eat a lot of crow.
Oprah's Fix: Her goal these days is to be healthy, not skinny. Oprah hired a personal trainer and a healthy-cooking chef and got to the emotional root behind her weight struggles.
Mistake #2: Realize That Everything Doesn't Turn to Gold
In 1998 she put her heart and soul into the movie "Beloved," but when it flopped at the box office, Oprah went into a depression. She told talk show host Piers Morgan that after her flick was beat out at the box office by "something called 'Chucky'," she became so depressed that she went on a macaroni and cheese eating binge. "I ate about 30 pounds worth," she told Morgan, revealing that it was the first time in her life she had ever been depressed.
Oprah's Fix: Get a role in a can't-miss kiddie flick. While Oprah definitely has some acting chops (she was nominated for an Oscar for her role in 1985's "The Color Purple"), she may have found her niche as a voice actress. She has voiced characters in "The Princess and the Frog," "Charlotte's Web," and "Bee Movie."
Mistake #3: Forgetting the I.R.S.
In 2004, when Oprah gave everyone in her audience brand new Pontiac G-Six cars, she learned a
"taxing" lesson. The nearly-300 audience members learned they had to cover the $7,000 in taxes on the vehicles -- or they had to forfeit the car.
Oprah's Fix: Pay the taxes ahead of time, like she did when she gave her audience a trip to Australia on her Season 25 opener. According to TMZ, this time around winners were informed that all taxes associated with the trip would be "handled by the Oprah show," as well as all sightseeing costs and travel-related expenses.
Mistake #4: Taking Her Book Club Too Seriously
In 2006, Oprah was livid when she found out that one of her non-fiction book club selections, James Frey's "A Million Little Pieces," wasn't the whole truth. While the book was touted as Frey's memoirs about drug addiction, much of the book was later found to be made up. While millions of readers were disappointed, Oprah took it way too personally. She invited Frey on her show and chewed him out.
Producers told Frey the show would be a discussion about "the flexible definition of the truth," but after his public pummeling he said, "I remember coming out and sitting down and almost immediately feeling steamrolled." He ultimately moved his family to France to get away from the public scrutiny.
Oprah's Fix: Five years later, she invited Frey on to her show to rehash the entire scandal -- and to admit that maybe she had been too hard on him.
Mistake #5: Dissing the Soap Fans
In 2011, die-hard soap opera fans petitioned Oprah and begged her to "save" canceled ABC soaps "All My Children" and "One Life to Live." She begged to differ.
Oprah's Fix: In a YouTube video, she thanked fans for thinking that she has the power to save the long-running soaps from cancellation, but said she wouldn't be taking on the "responsibility" of saving them.
Too bad. Can you imagine the ratings those now-defunct soaps could be getting on OWN? Maybe she should reconsider that one.
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