Oprah DEMOTED At OWN Network? / by

Oprah isn't all smiles like she once was in the picture above. Word on the street is that the former queen of talk has been DEMOTED at her OWN Network. She not longer has executive power over the network which means she has to go through top executive for the real decision making.

The story is from the National Enquirer and we know that at times, they are a hit and others, it's a miss. Last time they tired to pull Raven Symone out of the lesbian closet but failed. This time, they're coming for Oprah. Get the scoop after the break.

In a humiliating power coup, Oprah Winfrey has been stripped of executive powers at her struggling OWN network and now pals fear the worst is yet to come! The media mogul was reduced to tears when her chief financial backer decided to curtail her control over the network she had worked her fingers to the bone to launch, say sources.

“Oprah’s situation is equivalent to Donald Trump telling one of his ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ contestants:

You’re fired!’” declared a TV in­sider. As ratings sputtered and hundreds of millions of dol­lars spiraled down the drain, execs at Discovery Commu­nications, which co-owns the Oprah Winfrey Net­work, made the strategic move in a desperate, elev­enth-hour bid to save it.

While Oprah retains her title of CEO, it’s in name only, revealed the insider. Oprah had exercised complete control over OWN since its launch in January 2011, and Discovery big­wigs supported her even as it turned into a financial disaster. “They now realize that she was too inexperienced to run the net­work,” said the insider. “So she was stripped of her power. She’s no longer in a position to make executive decisions or hire staff without consulting top Discovery executives first.”

“For Oprah, this is a bitter personal failure and a devastating blow to her ego. The unexpected demotion has sent her into an emotional tailspin so severe that friends are deeply concerned for her. They fear it could trigger one of her drinking and eating binges. Late last year, The ENQUIRER reported that Oprah hit the 280-pound mark as a result of binge eating and boozing over stress from her failing network, among other things. Friends fear she could hit 300 pounds over her current problems.

Meanwhile, Oprah has been working night and day to save the sinking network. She met with advertisers, launched a new talk show, “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” developed programs and hired sea­soned executives. Ratings picked up a little, but not enough. Business experts now estimate that OWN has lost more than $330 million and still counting!

In March, Oprah had to lay off 30 staffers and cancel the heav­ily hyped Rosie O’Donnell talk show. Now Oprah herself is being reined in, and she’s apparently not taking it well. “She was completely humili­ated by the decision to have her step down,” disclosed the in­sider. “She’s been in tears ever since.

“Her closest friends, including BFF Gayle King, are rallying to give her support during what she’s calling ‘one of the lowest points’ of her life. But Oprah’s emotional condition continues to deteriorate."
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Wow. It looks like she should've stuck with daytime t.v. I knew that they started up "Oprah's Next Chapter" to try to save the network. They thought that her doing what she did best would jump ratings, but it didn't. It's sad to hear that the network is failing.

I thought it was going to be a monstrous hit. It sounded so powerful. I don't know if I believe the mess about her eating an drinking binges, that just sounds crazy. But I can believe that she was demoted. It happens to the best. If you're not doing the job right and money is being loss, then it's a wrap. Close the curtains and take a bow...you're no longer needed.

I wonder if she will try to get back to daytime T.V.? She shouldn't have listened to that boy who told her to end the show at season number 25.