As Oprah winds down her season, we are counting down WAY too fast as far as I’m concerned. Oprah can’t wait to get to zero…but the rest of the world is dragging their feet. We will miss The Oprah Winfrey Show…the world will miss The Oprah Winfrey Show. For this emotion, we are with Sheri Salata and the Harpo staff…but we are starting to understand. “My identity is not with the show. My identity is with myself,” Oprah tells us. “It’s not like I’m going to lose who I am or lost my association with Oprah Winfrey because it’s who I am. It is all well with my soul. There is no sadness.”
As Jenna takes us through the bloopers and the funniest moments in the history of the Oprah Winfrey Show, we are reminded of the song Oprah sang, “Run On” and to be honest…blooper or not, I was humming along. Oh…the memories. But as the LOL Award idea fell flat at the Monday meeting, Jenna gets a little nervous…but her day husband, Brian, calms her down and gives her the support she needs to make all right with the world. Anxiously awaiting Cee-Lo’s remake of the Run On song…I’m AMAZED at the price. $20,00o-$30,000. Not bad for a few hours of work. But, it’s all about the bucks…I guess.
As a little hint to the big surprise on May 17th, producers dribble a basketball into Oprah’s office to give a peak at the reveal. “I know more than you think I do,” Oprah says confidently. “The United Center.” Hmmm…I wonder what else she knows…and who’s been talking.
Rock and roll goddesses is the second show that we are following this week. Not bad ass. “I only use “ass” with crazy,” Oprah tells us. So…do women have men throwing their underwear at these goddesses? Oh…I sure hope not! And as the discussion progresses in drawers vs. underwear, I’m with Sheri. “Nobody calls it “pocket book” anymore.” On the day of the goddesses arrival, Julie Simpson, Senior Producer tell us, “This is the day of one of the biggest shows I’ve ever done…” It’s exciting. There are divas in the house. But just one glitch…the script has Oprah saying “the greatest rock n roll goddesses” but OOPS…what about Tina Turner, the Queen of Rock? Or other Oprah friends that aren’t on the show? Ouch. Edit it out…keep it real…and keep it honest. Not the greatest…just some of the greatest. Oprah shares, “You know what I thought? They’re gonna surprise me with Tina Turner…but my surprise was there isn’t a surprise.”
As Oprah signs her countdown souvenirs – a signed note from her countdown calendar – she’s passing on little treasures and starts talking about bloopers. “Do you know what LOL means?” Jill Barancik, Sr. Supervising Producer asks Oprah, as everyone laughs and it breaks the ice. Oprah loves the idea of the LOL award. SOLD. That’s all that counts. If Oprah loves it, so will everyone else. As they go over the notes for the show, she’s decided to leave the weight question alone with Kirstie. “I’ve learned just to keep my big mouth shut,” Oprah says. But, unbeknown to Oprah, Kirstie wants to talk. “I think she was a little surprised with how short it was going to be,” Brian says. Lesia Minor, Sr. Associate Producer, who works with Brian is ALSO Kirstie’s BFF…so, there’s some BlackBerry discussions going on behind the scenes. We don’t anyone disappointed… “I hate when there’s trouble,” Sheri says, “Especially when it’s a guest…You want people to have a good experience…and especially Kirstie who has been lovely to the show.” So, Jenna goes and talks to Kirstie to try to make it right…and in the end, it’s all LOL wonderful. “When Oprah asked Kirstie about her weight, I was so happy,” Brian P. tells us. “because it’s like a weight off my shoulders. She got to say what I think she wanted to so…Kirstie’s happy and I’m happy and Maksim is always happy but wouldn’t you be if you looked like Maksim?”
So Funny…I needed that LOL.