In case you didn’t know, one of the many job titles Oprah Winfrey has held is special contributor at 60 Minutes. The gig started in January 2017 and the possibilities seemed limitless. Oprah is a coup for any show, plus she is all about bringing light to issues not getting their due and 60 Minutes seems like it would have been the perfect place for her to keep that going. But, turns out, her run with the iconic news show came to an end rather quickly. Nutshell? It wasn’t the good fit we all thought it was going to be — Opes included.
“How should I say this?,” she mused to The Hollywood Reporter. “Never a good thing when I have to practice saying my name and have to be told that I have too much emotion in my name.”
But because it’s Oprah — awesome, hard-working, tenacious Oprah — she wasn’t ready to give up and, instead, gave it the ol’ college try.
“I think I did seven takes on just my name because it was ‘too emotional,'” she recalled. “I go, ‘Is the too much emotion in the ‘Oprah’ part or the ‘Winfrey’ part?'”
She continued: “I had a deja vu moment because I’ve actually lived through this once before when I covered a story as a young reporter [where] the family had lost their home and my boss told me that I reported it with too much emotion. I had too much emotion in the story. I thought, ‘OK, so you’re not supposed to be involved in the story, I get that. You’re a journalist.’ But the same thing is true even with a read [at 60 Minutes]. They would say, ‘All right, you need to flatten out your voice, there’s too much emotion in your voice.’ So I was working on pulling myself down and flattening out my personality — which, for me, is actually not such a good thing.”
Winfrey added to ET Online that she was basically told to “take my personality and put it in my pocket.” And while she tried, ultimately it “didn’t really work for me.” No duh. It’s freakin’ Oprah!
An emotionless Oprah? That is a world we wouldn’t want to live in, much less imagine existing. Anyone who knows anything about Oprah knows she’s all about the feelings, from her exuberance to her passion to her making us — and herself — weep like babies.
And while the experience wasn’t exactly what she had hoped, Oprah, ever the professional, still had nice things to say about the show. “I still love watching, have it on my app, I think it’s great. It’s just not the best venue for me. I really need to be in a space where I can be myself.” Sounds like she made the right move for her. For those of us who can’t get enough of Oprah, on the other hand? Not so much.