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Oprah Winfrey attends the Hollywood Reporter's Empowerment in Entertainment event 2019 at Milk Studios on April 30, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)
Oprah Winfrey attends the Hollywood Reporter's Empowerment in Entertainment event 2019 at Milk Studios on April 30, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)

Never change

Oprah says she left ‘60 Minutes’ after being told her delivery was ‘too emotional’

By WITW Staff on May 2, 2019

In a wide-ranging interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Oprah Winfrey opened up about everything from her friend Gayle King, to her partnership with Apple, to her nickname for Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg. (It’s “Buttabeep, Buttaboop,” and he’s fine with it.)

Among the interview’s highlights was Winfrey’s discussion of her split with 60 Minutes, which she joined in 2017 as a special contributor. The iconic news show was “not the best format for me,” Winfrey said, adding that she was told she had “too much emotion” when saying her name.

“I think I did seven takes on just my name because it was ‘too emotional,’” Winfrey recalled. “I go, ‘Is the too much emotion in the Oprah part or the Winfrey part?’”

“They would say, ‘All right, you need to flatten out your voice, there’s too much emotion in your voice,’” Winfrey added. “So I was working on pulling myself down and flattening out my personality — which, for me, is actually not such a good thing.” (We’d have to agree — see Winfrey’s arresting appearance at the 2019 Women in the World Summit below.)

Fortunately, Winfrey is working on a plethora of other projects better suited to her personality, including her multi-year programming collaboration with Apple. She also had encouraging words about the future of women’s empowerment, which she believes is bolstered by movements like Time’s Up.

“I am grounded in a spiritual sense of: Everything is happening just as it’s supposed to be happening,” Winfrey said. “So the fact that it even exists, that there is an organization called Time’s Up that’s created for the empowerment and the emboldening of women is exactly where we’re supposed to be right now. And the new day on the horizon is actually here.”

Read the full interview at the Hollywood Reporter.

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