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UPDATED: Did Oprah Winfrey Beg Twitter Followers to tune in to OWN for Ratings?

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We reported yesterday this item on Oprah Winfrey’s tweet encouraging, or as some feel, begging her followers to tune-in to her OWN cable network Sunday night to help her get a higher Nielsen rating while the Grammys were airing and pulling in big numbers on CBS.

Oprah now has apparently apologized for her tweet and said she deleted the message “at the request of Nielsen.”  She added, “I intended no harm and apologize for the reference.”

A Nielsen representative told Entertainment Weekly that the company was looking into the Sunday night incident. “In accordance with our policies and procedures, Nielsen is reviewing this incident with our clients and we may withhold, breakout and/or make a note in the ratings…We take any violation of our policy seriously and will work with clients to resolve the situation.”

Here is our original post for the entire story: Oprah Winfrey who is not in the best of light with many soap fans after her video message saying that she cannot revive “an institution”  when referring to daytime soaps, got herself in a bit of a PR mess, and in possible trouble with the all-mighty Nielsen Ratings.

Last night, while The Grammys were pulling in its highest numbers in decades, Oprah begged her followers on Twitter to turn on her OWN Network to help the ratings! Oprah tweeted, “Every 1 who can please turn to OWN especially if U have a Nielsen Box”  The questionable public relations tweet was sent out at 8:03PM on Sunday night!

According to Deadline.com, “Look at the time stamp on Oprah Winfrey’s Tweet from last night: just when the Grammys were starting. As if she was going to convince any of her 9+ million Twitter followers to turn the dial away from CBS and one of the most watched awards shows ever to… Hey, does anyone even know where exactly OWN lives on the remote? Nah. Problem is, Winfrey’s ploy backfired. People started attacking her as pathetic and desperate. (“Unethical is a little harsh, don’t you think?” Oprah bleated back…) One big problem: TV types tell me that Nielsen makes its rated shows sign agreements that they won’t openly solicit Nielsen households. Especially during sweeps periods like now. So TV execs expect Nielsen not to issue a rating for last night’s OWN as a way of punishing Oprah going rogue. I think running OWN is punishment enough. It sucks.”

So what do you think of Oprah’s tweet? Desperate? Or, appropriate? What would you have done in this situation if it was your business platform? Let us know!

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Jen
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Jen

Oprah’s cooked her goose with soap fans period. OWN could have been a goldmine for her if she decided to acquire/broadcast AMC and OLTL. Instead, it’s a suck-@ss shell of a network that can’t keep any of their executives longer than 6 months. I’ve never tuned in nor ever will!

Joe
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Joe

I think she should have saved AMC and OLTL when people were willing to tune into these shows on her channel. Not only are fans upset but the programs she has on OWN are not that goneod. The network was already suffering. Saving these soaps would of raised the ratings. Maybe gained interest in other OWN shows, and we would know what channel it is.

Robert C
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Robert C

Joe i would have to agree in that if OWN would have picked upped both One Life To Live and All My Children her network would have 2 shows that have more viewership then any show on OWN has now and also some of those viewers might have watched other shows on the Network.I know Comcast Cable here in Sacramento carries OWN but i dont know or want to know what chanel its on as i have no interest in the shows OWN currently has on now.

Jared
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Jared

Oprah is her own biggest fan. I’m not a fan, never have been. Not much else to say here.

Franny Wright
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Franny Wright

If Oprah had helped out with the soaps, then she probably wouldn’t have to be begging for viewers now. Her ratings would have been much higher. Her move was definitely not appropriate. Bruce opened up the Grammys singing his new single “We Take Care of Our Own” …….Oprah has shown us she’s not one of our own. I would have laughed if I saw her desperate tweet last night…..give up Bruce, Paul M., & all the other great performers to watch the OWN network?? I think not!

Torrey
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Torrey

I stated a long time ago that her making that decision about not taking on the soaps was going to come back and bite her in the ass. The statement she made on Youtube was the worst PR decision in history. If she didn’t want to take on the soaps, she should have just stayed silent….but after making that announcement, it was all downhill from there. I personally think she could have easily taken on at least one of the shows, and built original programming around that soap. Who knows, maybe viewers would have stuck around to watch, after watching… Read more »

Tom
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Tom

I am continually shocked at the lack of programming on OWN. I mean, Oprah is one of the wealthiest women in America and the only thing she can air on her channel is old Discovery/TLC/Discovery Health reruns. Any day now she’s going to start running “My Cat from Hell”/Animal Planet reruns. Launching a channel is no easy endeavor, but Oprah needs to stop expecting everyone who watched her show to tune into a channel just because her name is all over it. Maybe it’s time to call this one a loss and for her to air some kind of quarterly… Read more »

david
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david

I had no idea there was a show called My Cat from Hell on the Animal Planet. Thank you. Poor Oprah–she’s spinning in the drain going dOWN.

Jenna
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Jenna

Yeah, David. I hate to admit it, but I have watched My Cat from Hell.

When I had Directv (cut ties on Sunday finally!!!) there was nothing on and I watched it. Pretty whacked. They have reality shows for everything these days.

barbara t
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barbara t

I never seen my cat from hell ,is it about big cats or little cats?tom I agree with you that maybe oprah should call it quits,and go to abc with another talk show or like you said a quarterly show, I only watch general hospital on abc ,will never watch anything else ,so she can go there where I dont have to see her ,along with katie couric and those idiots from the view, the chew ,the revolution ,and all the rest of the cheep programming they have in there daytime line up.oprah could have been the soap opera hero… Read more »

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

I would have done exactly what Oprah did if I knew I had a strong audience base, as Oprah does. I dont care who you are, you are going to do WHATEVER it takes to SAVE your business. With that said: I wrote Oprah a two/ three in a half paragraph letter, very professional. very business, very direct to the point, of ALL the reasons why she should pick up the soaps. Trust me I didn’t go about it as a soap fan, it was business! I then pointed out in my letter a market X that Oprah or no… Read more »

david
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david

Yes, if she had saved OLTL she wouldn’t have to beg anyone, but she blew it, and millions of soap fans have blown off OWN.

Susan
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Susan

So true. I used to hold Oprah in the highest repsect. Now I will not watch her channel or ABC ever again!

Heather
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Heather

I really don’t understand why everyone is picking on Oprah. There are dozens of cable networks who reportedly declined to pick up the soaps. Yet, everyone is picking on solely on Oprah. I just don’t think that’s fair. Oprah didn’t cancel the soap, ABC did. People shouldn’t turned their back on Oprah just because she choose to not be involved with shows that were cancelled by another network and that she didn’t have anything to do with.

barbara t
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barbara t

Im not picking on oprah I never liked the lady.but she was starting her new network and its true that maybe had she taken one life to live ,Which I already know that abc/disney would have to give her the rights ,she wouldnt have the problems shes having today ,she didnt have to be so cold about it,its all in how she said she wouldnt do it,but any way you look at it, she would have gotten alot of soap fans to help bring her ratings up.oprah walks on water to alot of people ,not to me, and I wont… Read more »

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

Reply Heather: Exacto Heather. Oprah has done allot of good, and now she makes one bad decision (that WE feel is bad) she doesn’t, and now Oprah is mud, and all the good she has done is forgotten. Oprah is a life force that is always envolving, and when U understand the psychology of Oprah, U understand that because of the decline in over-all viewership of ALL soaps, she didn’t see where she could take it forward on her network. Maybe her decision isn’t the BEST one, BUT she has earned the right to make it and as you said,… Read more »

Jen
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Jen

I thought it was sad. If she wants people to tune in then she needs to give us shows we want to watch. She didn’t even say anything about her shows! Just tune in! Tune in to what?!

Jenna
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Jenna

Someone said it was reruns of The Dr. Phil show. I’m not sure if that was true or not.

barbara t
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barbara t

dr. phil isnt even a real doctor ,hes another ass I cant stand,wasting more airtime in the afternoon where the soaps should be.I just cant understand who watches these shows ,I dont know any body who watches talk ,food dr. phil ,the chew ,the view, the revolution ,katie couric,what a waste of time.

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

Michael, please send Oprah a link to this site, so that she can read the post. Sometimes people REALLY do need to be LEAD to water….!

barbara t
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barbara t

I think she already knows ,when you have to beg people to watch your stupid show ,you have a problem.so we have oprah tweeting and abc giving 30 dollars to see there untitled network talk show,they must be having serious ego problems ,and you disappeared again,where are you?

toscanti
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toscanti

It is what it is, if people are going to watch they will and the ones that won’t won’t. She is Oprah and will do what she wants. That doesn’t mean that the OWN will be successful. I say stop judging and let the chips fall where they may. ABC is learning a harsh lesson currently where daytime ratings are concerned.

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

U said that right on both accords. Oprah doing what she wants, and ABC learning their harsh lesson. No need to judge Oprah, she has earned that right to make her own decisions and has made a HELLAVA LOT of AWESOME ones, to be FORGIVEN for her bad judgement in this one with our soaps.

Debi
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Debi

Since I don’t tweet, I didn’t see anything. However, does Ms Winfrey honestly think anyone cares what is on her show?? Isn’t it mostly bad Rosie, Dr Phil & Oprah reruns? I don’t understand how that could be more profitable than to bring on a soap.
Of course she won’t consider bringing anything on now……she would have EGG on her face.

td655
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td655

Oprah has been on my “list” since she said she couldn’t help the soaps. I was a fan of Oprah’s for a long time, but in the last year or so, I’ve concluded that Mizz Winfrey has been highly over-rated. She reaps what she sows, as far as I am concerned.

Joe DiMaria
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Joe DiMaria

Just thinking here but I think Oprah would now give her left nut (if she had one) to have the millions of viewers that AMC & OLTL would have brought to own.

Lori
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Lori

Desperate!! She wouldn’t have had to resort to something so low if she would’ve offered her channel for our soaps, she would have had millions of instant fans!!

Judy
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Judy

Didn’t think she would do something so desperate. Maybe now she’s kicking herself for not trying to save the soaps. Had she provided a home for AMC and OLTL, she wouldn’t have to make such a pathetic attempt to gain viewership for her network. I think she got a little too big for her britches and thought she could do anything and be successful at it. I guess she’s finding out to the contrary.

CINDY BISCORNER
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CINDY BISCORNER

Just my opinion, but I think what she did was just to puff herself up and try and take the attention off of the Grammy’s knowing that millions of ppl would be tuning into it and tuning her out!!! She is a piece of work…..I have NO respect for her and haven’t for a long time!!

gloria
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gloria

If she would save our soaps she would be a hero to millions & never have to worry about OWN’s ratings again. She’d have the “big 3” networks crying, especially ABC..

Stephen Parker
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Stephen Parker

Corporate creations do not necessarily wise television business-people make. Rising to the heights of mega-star status, creating a virtual media empire, providing what seemed like a sincere bid for promoting awareness of topical issues designed to enlighten and help the masses, then….constructing paltry, shallow reality TV mockups for your hallowed, chosen friends instead of opting for a more eclectic, humanitarian format? Demonstrating a blatant lack of empathy and callous disrespect toward legions of the viewing public who helped promote your rise to power via dissing daytime serials with a Red Queen “Off with their heads” attitude and the erroneous rationale… Read more »

Jerri Clorley
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Jerri Clorley

I wanted to watch the Grammys for the Whitney Houston tribute. Seems disrespectful to ask people to tune into her network during that tribute. Soap fans begged for her help to save our soaps and now the tables are turned. I would have fully supported her network if she would have helped out. It is her loss.

Sharon
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Sharon

It’s hilarious that Oprah is now begging for us to watch her channel!!! She dissed the soaps and is probably regretting her statement!!! She lost a LOT of viewers!!!!

chevjuls
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chevjuls

Desperate!

david
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david

Yes, Michael, you are right–desperate, pathetic, and unethical, if you are right about the agreement. Part of The Grammy’s was to memorialize Whitney Houston–and Oprah wanted people to change the channel?! Oprah was too conservative and unimaginative to save OLTL that I don’t care about OWN. She screwed herself and is paying the price.

Torrey
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Torrey

imagine this…..she could have put The Nate Burkess show( which I heard was cancelled by the network), AMC, OLTL & then the Rosie show, or whatever other shows she could come up with…..maybe even a Rachel Ray show, since she’s under the same production umbrella. It would have been a strong daytime lineup, that would have garnered her a built-in following. Now, all she has is a bunch of reruns of her show, Dr. Phil & Dr. Oz…and whatever else is on. I don’t know because I don’t watch, and it’s not because I don’t know what channel it is… Read more »

Marisa
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Marisa

The soaps made Oprah in the early eighties. She became famous on the coattails of the eighties powerhouse General Hospital. In the New York tri state market, the Oprah show followed GH in the four pm time slot. With out the soaps as a lead in, the Oprah show would have been gone many many years ago. She should have been the first person to support the soaps. They gave her an instant loyal audience. She should have remembered who made Oprah “O” in the first place. The OWN network is such a disappointment. The network has no focus and… Read more »

Louise
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Louise

Oprah had a built in viewership of soap fans, but she blew it when she turned her back on AMC and OLTL..

KaShi
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KaShi

I decided NEVER to watch OWN when Ms. Winfrey decided the Soaps were good enough to exploit, by having the stars on her former Oprah Winfrey Show, but on the other hand she couldn’t save them because they were a passé’ institution. YOu can’t have it both ways. If they were passé’ why did she have those shows with the stars on her show? I think her plea for viewers is just an indication that she is desperate. Maybe now she knows a little bit of how the people connected with the soaps feel. Oprah- if you’re reading these comments,… Read more »

ethel
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ethel

i haven’t been a fan of oprah for about 15 years – after that condescending response to helping the soap genre she has been dead to me – karma is a you know what! now who is begging for help……………

lew
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lew

Payback is a bitch! What you put out into the universe, you get back.

Devoted Fan
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Devoted Fan

I always thought it odd that Oprah said she didn’t watch her own show. It seems she relied on her staff to put the shows together and on Gayle to watch them for her. All she had to do was write the checks and show up to host them…? I think that put her very out of touch with what viewers want. And I agree with the comments about her having soap stars on her show, but not having soaps on her network. Doesn’t make sense. Own is on channel 65 in our area but there is very little that… Read more »

angela
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angela

Wow! I think Oprah wishes she had an additional 3-4 million viewers a day. Too bad she can’t “revive” the fans she had when she followed abc’s soap line up every day. Karma’s a bitch.

lipstickcat
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lipstickcat

So true! The soaps were the only reason her show lasted so long. Viewers just left the channel on & she got the benefits! She’s so desperate for viewers that she’s going to do a Whitney Houston special! Trying to get some better ratings using the dead!

Iakovos
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Iakovos

OWN is too much a vanity project to work. And it was launched with such a lack of orginal programming. Wasn’t Oprah behind Oxygen, a new cable enterprise that was to advance women’s issues and address such in serines and movies? We have SNAPPED and THE BAD GIRLS CLUB! It would not have hurt to try to revive the soaps on OWN. I would have tried to locate the channel. But really, OWN is just poorly conceived. What is its mission, its purpose? To be fair, the other cable webs have become mired in a sameness, shared reruns, carbon copy… Read more »

ios907
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ios907

Good observation. I know Oprah wants to be true to her beliefs but she really should seek out new modern media, and try something innovative.

Sharon
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Sharon

It may be too late for her to ‘seek out new modern media’ we soap fans will boycott her as well as ABC till we get our soaps back.

Samantha
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Samantha

I quit liking Oprah as soon as she said what she did about soaps. If people don’t want entertainment why are there still movies and books? Clearly she doesn’t know what she’s talking about and I feel bad for her that she has to beg for viewers.

cathy trinque
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cathy trinque

Obvious Oprah is desperate. She may not be if she had helped us soapers. If you had helped us Oprah we might have helped you.

barbara t
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barbara t

this is rich,coming from her,she needs people to watch her stupid show,I never watched it before she moved to own ,I dam sure wont watch it now ,she screwed the soap fans ,if she would have fought to have the soaps or soap ( one life to live)on her network,I would have turned it on,not watch because shows like hers are unbearable for me to watch,I would have been one of her fans if she would have at least tried to help us in our quest to save the soaps.she said how she felt and never said a word after… Read more »

kathy
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kathy

wow can not believe that she had to be so desperate to twitter people to watch her tv station she would have been doing great if she would have put amc and oltl on her station but she decided to turn her back on all of the soap fans and when she was on abc everyone watched her because of the soap line up i even watched her but will never watch her again she is only out for herself and oh the best part was that she had all the amc cast on her show saying that she is… Read more »

Perla
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Perla

Drama drama drama, too bad

Shelly
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Shelly

I used to think Ms. O was a smart business woman. I have a question for all you TV experts: In this current broadcast TV climate, when hundreds of cable and major networks are competing for daytime viewers to promote their primetime line-up; WHO THROWS AWAY 3 MILLION SOAP VIEWERS A DAY??? ABC and Oprah, that’s who!

Jenna
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Jenna

It’s just MY opinion, but I think Oprah needs to hand over her Twittering to someone else like Ashton Kutcher did. She has a tendency to put her foot in her mouth.

That being said, I could care less about her network, OWN, and her abysmal ratings. That woman has it all. If she can’t get viewers, that’s not my problem.

Vickie
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Vickie

The viewers might decide to watch if Ms. Winfrey would upgrade her programming to something the viewers want to watch. Its all reruns and I, for one, don’t need more of that.

I never watched her show and I certainly was offended by her comments on soap operas.

Jenna
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Jenna

I’m reading so many comments about how Oprah was approached to save the soaps. I vaguely remember hearing this, but since I have not been a fan or viewer of hers in many many YEARS, I paid little attention. Honestly I don’t understand how legions of people follow her like she is the Messiah. I bet, like many others, that if she had taken on one of those soaps she would be enjoying a great fan base. Anyway, just this weekend our family cut off our Directv after 10+ years. The reasons are endless. Now we have local channels through… Read more »

Robert in Jersey City
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Robert in Jersey City

She threw daytime viewers in the trash with that nasty condescending video about how she can’t air soaps. She basically spit on the people who made her who she is. Own is not in my favorites on FIOS and I will never ever ever watch her network.

GET OVER YOURSELF OPRAH. IF IT WASN’T GH’S AMAZING LEAD-IN IN THE 80s YOU WOULD NOT BE WHERE YOU ARE TODAY.

soaps soaps soaps would have saved OWN…no she float alone on her raft.

Robert in Jersey City
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Robert in Jersey City
Jenna
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Jenna

Thanks for sharing that Robert in Jersey City. I guess if she can’t hire someone to hold the camera steady, she really doesn’t have the money to save the soaps. Ha! Ha!

I would like someone to take that video and add thought bubbles or something to it kind of like Talk Soup so we could see on screen what we know she is really thinking. She sounded so condescending. She must think we are all losers.

barbara t
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barbara t

robert in new jersey and jenna you both are so right,I always thought I was the only one who disliked oprah,and seen her for who she really is ,a fake ,how many times for a very long time did general hospital lead in to her show?to many,the soaps helped her ,and when it came down to her saving the soaps ,well,she stuck her noise up in the air and walked away,us soap fans could have saved her network by bringing all the fans of all my children and One life to live and then watch her other shows,well, maybe not… Read more »

Brian Greene
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Brian Greene

Shame On You, Oprah–Nyah, Nyah, Nyah, Nyah, Nyah!

David Larsson
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David Larsson

Just want to mention that you left out a “t” in “tweet” in the second paragraph.

gloeevalens
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gloeevalens

U know I had been an Oprah fan for many years until the condescending statement she made to soap fans after so many of us “begged” her to save our soaps..look who’s begging now!!…She really underestimated the power & intelligence of the soap community & I really thought she was a lot more in touch with the viewing public than that..I guess I was wrong…& so was she…it would be an intelligent move on Oprah & ABC’s part to admit they made a mistake..but I guess those with big ego’s find it very hard to do that..I know I have… Read more »

abby
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abby

who really cares whether she begged people to turn to OWN or not..one group of tv watchers she’ll never get anymore are soap fans, myself included..i was truly surprised since i thought Oprah was a savvy businesswoman..what a shock to learn, nope she had just been lucky..if she had been in need of viewers, she wouldnt have had to beg for them if she had picked up our soaps and not let them die when she had the opportunity..she would be millions of fans richer than what she is now and OWN wouldnt be floundering in the ratings…her failing show… Read more »

Sharon
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Sharon

I’m not surprised at her feeling the need to beg for viewers, seems she said something on video that has us soap fans boycotting her as well….She needs to get a clue at the importance of us loyal soap fans, and what we want- our soaps back.

Private private
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Private private

Why does everyone hang the words of the famous. She apologized for it. As lots of us blurt out things, oh that’s right we’re not famous so no ones interested. Lol. I get rich and famous are always in the media but there truly should be a limit. Some things that get published about these people is horrible. They deserve privacy in their lives. Because they’re famous doesn’t give the public the right to pick them apart and even ruin some lives because we think we have the right. It must be awesome to be famous and it must suck… Read more »

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Hallmark Channel’s ‘Home & Family’ Returns to Production For Ninth Season; Premiere Date Revealed

Another daytime show is heading back to production amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Now comes word that Hallmark Channel’s flagship morning lifestyle series, Home & Family has returned to production at its Universal Studios set for its ninth season.

All My Children favorite Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan Lavery) and Debbie Matenopoulos will return as co-hosts .

Look for the new season to kick-off on Monday, September 14th at 10am EST.

In a statement, Home & Family executive producer, Tracy Verna Soiseth shared: “We are thrilled to be returning to our home for the new season. Home & Family is a daily destination of comfort television, and we are very happy to be returning with two hours of daily interviews, cooking segments, DIY crafts and our hugely popular animal adoptions.”

For the past several months. a daily series featuring the cast called At Home with Our Family has run across the show’s social media platforms during the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Deadline,premiere-week guests are to include: Jenna Bush Hager, Danica McKellar, celebrity chefs Jet Tila, Carla Hall, Buddy Valastro, Curtis Stone, Rashad Jennings and Dennis Quaid.

So, glad to know Home & Family is also back in production? Comment below.

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Michael B. Jordan Pays Tribute To Chadwick Boseman: “Since Nearly The Beginning Of My Career, Starting with All My Children When I was 16 Years Old You Paved The Way For Me”

Following the news of the tragic death of now motion picture icon, Chadwick Boseman late Friday, tributes and sentiments have poured in from celebrities, politicians and fans from all across the world.

Chadwick Boseman passed away late last week at the age of 43 from colon cancer – a battle he kept silent about for the last four years of life.

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No one could be more intertwined with Boseman’s career than that of his fellow Black Panther star, Michael B. Jordan.  For Jordan took over the role of Reggie Porter on All My Children from Boseman after the late actor lasted one week, following standing up to, and addressing concerns, of racial stereotypes in the way that the part was written.  Reggie was introduced to Pine Valley as a gang member in 2003.  As previously reported it was Boseman who helped the soap opera improve the role that Jordan took over with some recommendations.

Now Michael B. Jordan has written a heartfelt remembrance of Chadwick that he shared on his Instagram, and what he has meant to his life, including how he showed him how to be better, to honor purpose and create legacy.

Read below Michael’s post:

“I’ve been trying to find the words, but nothing comes close to how I feel. I’ve been reflecting on every moment, every conversation, every laugh, every disagreement, every hug…everything.

I wish we had more time.

One of the last times we spoke, you said we were forever linked , and now the truth of that means more to me than ever. Since nearly the beginning of my career, starting with All My Children when I was 16 years old you paved the way for me. You showed me how to be better, honor purpose, and create legacy. And whether you’ve known it or not…I’ve been watching, learning and constantly motivated by your greatness.

I wish we had more time.

Everything you’ve given the world … the legends and heroes that you’ve shown us we are … will live on forever. But the thing that hurts the most is that I now understand how much of a legend and hero YOU are. Through it all, you never lost sight of what you loved most. You cared about your family , your friends, your craft, your spirit. You cared about the kids, the community, our culture and humanity. You cared about me. You are my big brother, but I never fully got a chance to tell you, or to truly give you your flowers while you were here.

I wish we had more time.

I’m more aware now than ever that time is short with people we love and admire. I’m gonna miss your honesty, your generosity, your sense of humor, and incredible gifts. I’ll miss the gift of sharing space with you in scenes. I’m dedicating the rest of my days to live the way you did. With grace, courage, and no regrets. “Is this your king!?” Yes . he . is!  Rest In Power Brother.”

What do you think of Michael’s tribute to Chadwick and how they have been interconnected dating back to 2003 and All My Children? Comment below.

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Chadwick Boseman, ‘Black Panther’ Star and the Original Reggie On AMC, Dies At 43

In just heartbreaking news in an already dismal 2020, one of the brightest motion picture stars, Chadwick Boseman has died at the age of 43.

Boseman was battling colon cancer for the last four years of his life.  According to his rep, Boseman was diagnosed in 2016 with stage 3 colon cancer and his battle continued as it progressed to stage 4

Chadwick passed away with his wife and family by his side in his home.   In a shocking revelation, all of the movie performances in the last four years he has filmed were done in between chemotherapy and countless surgery.

Boseman is best known for his groundbreaking role as King T’Challa  in Black Panther.   His performance was the first ever Marvel Studio movie headlined by a black actor.  The film was nominated for an Academy Award.   He first appeared as the character in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War.

Most recently, Chadwick appeared in the Spike Lee’s Vietnam War drama Da 5 Bloods, and this year he’s due to appear opposite Viola Davis Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” the film adaptation of the August Wilson play.  The actor starred in other films, including playing James Brown in Get On Up and Jackie Robinson in 42,  and the lead role in Marshall.

However, Boseman actually got his start on All My Children when he was the original actor cast in the role of Reggie Porter.  He appeared on the soap for only one week before the role was recast with none other than Michael B. Jordan, and their paths could eventually cross years later on multiple film projects.

In an interview in 2019, Boseman revealed what led him to be fired from All My Children stating:  “When I got it (the part), I was like, ‘This is not part of my manifesto. This is not part of what I want to do. How can I make it work?’ Because with a soap opera, you don’t know the full scope of what’s gonna happen — you don’t know where they’re gonna take the character, because they don’t always know where the character is going. And because of that, there’s possibly room for me to adjust this and change it and make it so it’s stereotypical on the page but not on the screen.”

For Boseman had issues with how Reggie was portrayed and how it was written with racial stereotypes.  In story, Reggie was a young gang member who was adopted by Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) and her husband, Jackson Montgomery (Walt Willey). “I remember going home and thinking, ‘Do I say something to them about this? Do I just do it?’ And I couldn’t just do it. “I had to voice my opinions and put my stamp on it. And the good thing about it was, it changed it a little bit for Michael B. Jordan.”  Apparently the producers told Boseman he was too much trouble but took some of his suggestions on the role moving forward.

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Watch below, when Chadwick speaks at the Howard University commencement in which he shared to the graduating students about losing his gig on All My Children(Thanks to Renee for this)

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