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Oprah Departs 60 Minutes Reveals: "I Have Too Much Emotion"



Who in their right mind would tell media titan Oprah Winfrey such a thing?? Apparently, 60 Minutes. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Winfrey reveals she's no longer a special contributor to the long-running CBS news magazine program.

According to the mighty O, she was going to notify former 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager before he was ousted as the news chairman of CBS News and of his duties on the show.

Fager was fired after allegations by employees in the news division he didn't do anything to stop harassment and six former employees came forward to reveal he touched employees in inappropriate ways that made them uncomfortable at company parties while he was drunk.

Winfrey revealed,

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I'd actually gone to [former 60 Minutes executive producer] Jeff Fager prior to the whole CBS (pantomimes an explosion) and said I was going to be working with Apple and that it didn't mean I would never do something [with 60 Minutes] but I would probably be taking all of my energies and putting them into whatever I wanted to do at Apple. It was an interesting experience for me. I enjoyed working with the teams, and I'm probably going to work with some of the freelance people on my Apple stuff, but it was not the best format for me.

What was the exact tipping point? According to Winfrey,

How should I say this? Never a good thing when I have to practice saying my name and have to be told that I have too much emotion in my name.

Say what? Winfrey admits she was not thrilled by what she was told. Winfrey stated,

No, it's not that it didn't sit very well. I did it. I think I did seven takes on just my name because it was "too emotional." I go, "Is the too much emotion in the 'Oprah' part or the 'Winfrey' part?" I had a deja vu moment because I've actually lived through this once before when I covered a story as a young reporter [where] the family had lost their home and my boss told me that I reported it with too much emotion. I had too much emotion in the story. I thought, "OK, so you're not supposed to be involved in the story, I get that. You're a journalist." But the same thing is true even with a read [at 60 Minutes]. They would say, "All right, you need to flatten out your voice, there's too much emotion in your voice." So I was working on pulling myself down and flattening out my personality — which, for me, is actually not such a good thing.

Child they still got a job?