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Oprah Winfrey Reveals Her Near Nervous Breakdown!

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Even Oprah Winfrey one of the most recognizable, powerful, and richest women in the world  apparently had some major issues in juggling all that was before in trying to stabilize her then struggling OWN cable network, taking on her upcoming role in the film, The Butler, and the rigors of conducting interview after interview.

Winfrey is  is now revealing for the first time that she suffered a near nervous breakdown last year in an upcoming interview with Shaun Robinson of Access Hollywood that will air over several evening this week.

Winfrey, described the symptoms she experienced, stating that “It was just sort of speeding and a kind of numbness and going from one thing to the next thing to the next thing.  I thought … ‘if I don’t calm down I’m going be in serious trouble.’ I was in the middle of doing voiceovers, you know? And I remember closing my eyes in between each page because looking at the page and the words at the same time was too much stimulation for my brain.”

Winfrey went on to say that she realized what was happening to her during an interview in October of 2012 with director Jason Russell, who recounted  his own nervous breakdown before his film, Kony was released.  As Russell described his very public breakdown, Winfrey says she realized she could relate:  “I was sitting and listening to Jason Russell describe his symptoms …. saying, ‘Um, this sounds pretty familiar to me,'” she said.

In addition, Winfrey told Access Hollywood’s Robinson that it wasn’t until her interview for OWN with singer Fergie, whose father was battling cancer at the time, that she decided to slow down and take better care of herself.  “I had reached a point where I just couldn’t take in anymore stimulation,” she said.

ABC’s Good Morning America on Monday aired this package on Winfrey’s near breakdown reveal! Let us know what you think of Oprah coming forth with her revelation to the media?

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clh
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clh

Welcome to the real world Oprah. This happens everyday to people who can’t figure out where their kids next meal is coming from, what will happen when their job is downsized, and how they will keep their house and pay their bills as costs keep rising and the paycheck disappears or goes down.

I’m guessing they would rather their break downs come from too many money making projects going on at once.

At least Oprah can afford to take a vacation. Not really feeling the sympathy here. sorry. How about spending some of those millions you have to get help.

vik
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vik

YOU GOT IT clh..AAAWWWW poor O..ya right. Sit down and watch a soap!

k/kay
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k/kay

Amen clh! Shame on her this from the woman who had the nerve to accuse a shopkeeper in Switzerland of not showing her a $38,000 purse just to try to pump up racism to promote that stupid movie The Butler. I guess she did not expect the shop to call her on her lies.

JustSaying
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JustSaying

clh and others – I hope you realize what you’re saying. OWN network has 100’s of employees. If her network fails, they’ll end up in the very same situation that you just described. For THEIR SAKES, let’s hope that OWN network is successful so that they don’t end up living paycheck to paycheck.

After all, Oprah will still have money to fall back on. Her employees won’t.

clh
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clh

No one said anything about the company failing. My point was that instead of getting people to feel sorry for her, she has plenty of money to help herself. And all of those outside projects are not going to help OWN stay afloat, those projects are to make her richer.

Jared
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Jared

Not much sympathy here either. She and her privileged entertainment and political friends are out of touch with reality. Personally, listening to her voice gives me a nervous breakdown.

maria
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maria

Poor oprah what a drama queen. never liked her, never will.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Not a fan of Miss O in anyway shape or form, but she’s human like the rest of us. We all have stress in our lives– good and bad– and as we age we lose our ability to bounce back easily when we taken on more than we can chew. My only beef is her making it public– her need to say, look at me, woe is me. I believe she might have been in the process of burning out– we all do at times, but don’t put it on the evening news especially when there are so many people… Read more »

clh
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clh

I agree, and that was my point. She has enough money to get help anytime she needs it. She doesn’t need my pity.

SUSAN M.
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SUSAN M.

She should have kept it to herself.

su0000
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su0000

People have stress in their lives..
At least her stress is not over money, and survival .
She doesn’t even need to cook, she sits down to wonderful meals without lifting a finger to cook or clean up. She has no worries over bills, and she goes wherever she wants to go in the world.
She has no family responsibilities, children etc…
I think she is a very fortunate woman and her stress is from her own choices, the woman has no need to work, ever..

JustSaying
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JustSaying

I actually support Oprah. She is a job creator. How many people can be called that? I don’t know what all the backlash is about. Sure, she’s not perfect and she occasionally puts her foot in her mouth. But she continues on. She continues to work, and it is her dedication and perseverance that I respect.

You people can bash her all you want. Just don’t be surprise if her network fails and all of her employees are out of a job.

clh
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clh

Again, all of these outside projects are for HER! If she wants to make OWN work, then she needs to spend time there and not making movies and doing interviews to keep her face on the screen.

If she is truly concerned about those employees she can do something about it.

Charday
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Charday

Booo, hoo.

Patrick
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Patrick

you know… I have a right to vent on occasion….

and.. I have to stand with (posts)… Oprah Winfrey…. you are “taken” “Care” of

prior to your revelation….

it was known… OWN is in the black…. outa the red light/ink… if you will… thanks to Tyler Perry.

I think it was your partners who shoulder’ed the networks ways and means….

this is press for your “oscar” consideration, for “The Butler”… and bringing OWN to the forefront…

so be it…

we’ve bore witness to publicity(s)

SUSAN M.
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SUSAN M.

I really don’t care for Oprah at all. I wish her no harm or ill health but I am NOT a fan of hers! Is she looking for sympathy ? I think something that personal you should keep it to yourself. And not broadcast it to the whole world. Everyone has no need to know this…That’s my opinion.

SUSAN M.
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SUSAN M.

I have no interest in seeing the movie: The Butler……

Scott
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Scott

Boo hoo…like all the reality shows and Lindsay Lohen…….no one cares!!!!!!!!! Oprah is starting to get like Kate Gosslin….she’ll do anything to stay in the limelight!!!!!!

ruby nichols
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ruby nichols

I have always liked and respected Oprah. I wish her well and I wish she would take long vacation from all the stress and just enjoy life. She is a great woman.

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All My Children and Guiding Light Vet, Gil Rogers Passes Away

Gil Rogers, who played one of the all-time most dastardly villains in soaps on All My Children and was the on-screen father to the one and only Reva Shayne (Kim Zimmer) on Guiding Light, has died at age 87.

News came via his daughter, Amanda Rogers on her Facebook page, relating that Gil passed away on March 2nd.

The actor had played Tad (Michael E. Knight) and Jenny’s (Kim Delaney) father, Ray Gardner on All My Children from 1977-1978 making multiple appearance though 2001, then later as Hawk Shayne on Guiding Light from 1985-1992 making multiple appearance through 2009.

Gil also appeared on Another World, Search for Tomorrow and The Doctors.

In her post, Amanda wrote: “Gil Rogers died this morning. As you all know, my dad was awesome. He was my best friend, confidant, mentor and just an awesome dad. He came to pick me and  Charlotte Whitaker Zdanowski up at clubs at 2AM in our teens to keep us safe, and drank bourbon with me every day since moving out here 2 years ago. He was welcoming and kind, funny and gregarious, a shameless flirt and a fierce protector. He loved his dinners with grandkids and endured animated movies and discussions about pokemon. And I miss him so terribly already. He died in his sleep, without pain or fear. I am so grateful to have had such a great father and to have spent these past 2 years with him every day.”

Check out this vintage scene below from All My Children where Ray played by Rogers blows up the Martin house.

Now share your remembrances of Gil’s performances and along with condolences for his family in the comment section.

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Chris Harrison In First Interview Since ‘Bachelor’ Controversy Says He Wants To Be Back as Host; But GMA’s Michael Strahan Says Apology was a “Surface Response”

Thursday’s Good Morning America featured the highly-publicized first interview with ‘Bachelor’ franchise host and executive producer, Chris Harrison, since he stepped away from the show following his controversial remarks on current Bachelor contestant Rachel Kirkconnell, amid the airing of a season that has seen the first-ever Black male lead of the reality series, Matt James.

Speaking with GMA co-host, Michael Strahan, Harrison spoke of remarks he made during his interview with ex-Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay on Extra that sparked the firestorm.

Harrison admitted the words he spoke to Lindsey were “in a manner that perpetuates racism,” adding “I am an imperfect man I made a mistake and I own that. I believe that mistake doesn’t reflect who I am or what I stand for.”

 

The incident began when photos surfaced on social media of Kirkconnell at an Old South-themed party that she attended back in 2018, along with allegations she “liked” many Instagram posts that were racist in nature, and what many viewed as Harrison coming to her defense in this time of what he then called “cancel culture”.

On GMA, Chris expressed: “Antebellum parties are not OK,  Past, present, future, knowing what that represents is unacceptable.”

He also apologized to Lindsay, who had to shut down her Instagram account because of viral vitriol being sent her way over the incident with Harrison, adding this message to the public, “Anyone who is throwing hate towards Rachel Lindsay, please stop. It’s unacceptable.”

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As to how he is trying to make amends, Harrison shared: “I made a mistake and I own that, Racism, oppression, these are big dynamic problems and they take serious work. I am committed to that work.”  The longtime Bachelor host then announced he is working with race educator Dr. Eric Dyson who has taught him about the idea of “counsel, not cancel”.

Chris says he plans to be back hosting the reality-dating series, expressing:  “I plan to be back. I want to be back.  This interview is not the finish line. There is much more work to be done.”

Following the exclusive, Michael Strahan described his conversation with Chris Harrison stating: “His apology is his apology, but it felt like it got nothing more than a surface response on any of this. Obviously, he is the man who wants to clearly stay on the show, but only time will tell if there is any meaning behind his words.”

So, what do you think of Chris Harrison’s responses during his first interview since the controversy? Should he return to hosting The Bachelor franchise? Comment below. But first check out his GMA exclusive.

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GH’s Wes Ramsey Makes Statement on Criticism, Social Media, and Professionalism

General Hospital’s Wes Ramsey, who portrays polarizing character, Peter August on the ABC daytime drama series, responded to a recent take on his role from cast mate, Tristan Rogers (Scorpio) when a video made its way through social media.

The video was from a Cameo appearance, where Rogers offered an assessment of the Peter August storyline and expressed that while he knows Ramsey is a strong actor, he felt he was “wrong for the character” being that Peter was the son of the evil Faison played by Anders Hove.

Rogers also came to the defense of Ramsey and shared: “Don’t be too hard on Wes Ramsey. He’s got himself into a horrible storyline, and the storyline is the fault of the show. What they’ve literally done is they’ve painted themselves into a corner, and they don’t know how to get out of it.”

Currently, Peter’s story is front and center on GH with his wedding to Maxie (Kirsten Storms), and the fallout from all of the character’s dirty deeds.

Now Ramsey took to his Instagram account to address what transpired and his thoughts on the perils of social media, professionalism and acting, expressing: “Actors are storytellers, shapeshifters, chameleons. We’re also in the business of cultivating trust bc that’s how the best work is brought to life. We have to trust our imaginations, our instincts. We have to trust our fellow actors, because without them, there’s no scene to play. In the collaborative efforts of bringing any show to life, we also have to trust our directors each day to steer the arch of our story (like a conductor with a symphony) & trust our writers who are tasked with composing the symphonies we play out. I came up in a world of classical theater, where trusting the play, text, story is essential to the tightrope balancing act of making magic.  You will never hear me critique (on any public platform) the people responsible for the creative opportunities I enjoy each day. Without the trust of my writers, directors, producers & fellow actors, it would be impossible to live out my dreams. My job (& my only job) is to bring fearlessness, playfulness & passionate conviction to what has been created for me. My aim is to stretch myself (beyond the limits of where I think my boundaries may lye) each time I’m entrusted with material that allows those boundaries to be tested.

 

Every actor must believe they are the right person for their part or they will never achieve their potential, let alone surpass it. I was raised a gentleman & have two wonderful parents to thank for that, however, my polite personality (while rendering me easy to get along with on set) should have little bearing on my caliber of performance nor my castability as a professional.  I am leery of the pitfalls of social media & believe there are advantages to maintaining some mystery (even as a public figure) but I will always defend & protect what I hold dear (my job & my career) when they are publicly challenged, especially by those closest to me, whom I love & respect. Please know I bear no ill will. As a society, we are all still learning the full ramifications of living in an internet dominated culture. To all my many fans out there who offer encouragement & support, I hear you & am grateful for you. I’m having a blast… 🙂. Onward we go.”

Share your thoughts on Wes’ statement on playing the role of Peter August and more via the comment section below.

 

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