Contrary to the belief that Oprah doesn’t make mistakes, the TV Queen is admitting she might have been in over her head when starting OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network.
“Had I known that it was this difficult, I might have done something else," Winfrey told ‘The Early Show’ on CBS Monday.
You know what makes it easy to deal with those mistakes, though? Being a billionaire.
Recently, Oprah had to lay off thirty members of her staff, including executives. Hell, including Rosie O’Donnell, who had her talk show cancelled.
"I didn't think it was going to be easy, but if I knew then what I know now, I might have made different choices,” Oprah continued.
And she’s really admitting defeat:
“If I were writing a book about it, I could call the book '101 Mistakes.'"
And the tagline would be: 'But it's cool, 'cuz I'm still a billionaire.'
Winfrey said that launching the network was like planning “the wedding when you know you’re not ready.”
Except it's even worse because there’s not even an open bar to look forward to.
Winfrey added that, if she could do it over, “I would have probably waited until I actually finished 'The Oprah Show.' Because from the day that (Discovery Communications boss) David Zaslav came in to see me, I said to him, 'The thing that I'm worried about who's going to lead this train because I can't do it.’”
Also, Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels warned her about the endeavor, saying: “No one wants to see you come off The Oprah Winfrey Show of all those 25 years of success and step right into the network business: You've got to pay your dues.'"
In the end, Oprah says she’s strategizing to rebuild the network.
Turns out the only person immune to the Oprah Effect is: Oprah.