It looks as if the cancellation of Rosie O’Donnell’s OWN talk show was just the beginning of cutbacks at the Oprah Winfrey Network. The cable channel is laying off 30 staffers in what’s being described as a restructuring of the network’s operations in Los Angeles and New York. In a press release Winfrey said as CEO she has a responsibility to “chart the course for long-term success for the network” and that the layoffs are a “necessary next step.”
Winfrey took over as CEO and Chief Creative Officer of OWN eight months ago. Having struggled in the ratings during its first several months on air, OWN has been enjoying an upswing since September with Winfrey’s own series, “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” leading the charge. The show took the number one spot among all cable networks with its broadcast of Oprah’s interview with Whitney Houston’s family on March 11th. OWN announced the cancellation of “The Rosie Show” last Friday citing flagging ratings.
Oprah and Lady GaGa recently sat down for an episode of Oprahâ€™s Next Chapter for an intament understanding os what be going threw the pop starâ€™s mind. In the interview Gaga opened up talking about several topics, including her desire for her own Little Monsters, how she deals (or doesnâ€™t) with the media, and the one thing that scares her. Check out highlights of the interview below, and video Below:
On starting a family:
â€œI want kids. I want a soccer team. I want a husband. I donâ€™t want to have one kid, I want to have a few. I want to experience that.â€
On the dangling meat creation she wore to the 2010 VMAs:
â€œI kind of liked it. You know why? I donâ€™t like talking to celebrities. So I figured if it stinks, they wonâ€™t come close. â€œ
On her creative process:
â€œI donâ€™t read a damn thing. No press, no television. If my mom calls and says, â€˜Did you hear about?â€™ I donâ€™t want to know nothing about anything that is going on in relation to music. I shut it all off. Other than this interview, Oprah, I do not intend to speak to anyone for a very long time.â€
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The only thing that scares her:
â€œI just want my family to be safe. Because I am sometimes polarizing, I fear for their safety.â€
The one thing Mama Gaga doesnâ€™t approve of:
â€œShe doesnâ€™t like when I swear. When Iâ€™m on stage and I say something like that, if sheâ€™s off to the side with my father, I see my father chuckle and my mother goesâ€¦ [shakes head disapprovingly].â€
GaGa mother, Cynthia Germanotta also turned up to describe to Oprah her impressions of her daughterâ€™s early performances: â€œHonestly, [her father] said, â€˜I think she has a screw loose,â€™ â€ she said, referring to when they saw her light hairspray on fire. Clearly they had no idea their daughter would go on to take the red carpet in an egg or sport a lobster headpiece. LOL But what parent would?
Watch Gagaâ€™s full â€˜Next Chapterâ€™ interview below:
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