Oprah to wed on TV to boost viewership

2012-04-30 13:43
Los Angeles - Oprah Winfrey (58) is planning to televise her wedding to long-time boyfriend Stedman Graham (61) to boost the viewership of her TV channel, the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).

The National Enquirer tabloid quoted unnamed insiders saying Winfrey is "pulling a Kardashian" – a reference to the made-for-television wedding spectacle in which reality star Kim Kardashian tied the knot with Kris Humphries last year for a marriage which lasted only 72 days.

The events leading up to the $100m wedding, including Graham's bachelor party, would allegedly be chronicled on OWN to try and lure more viewers to the channel. According to a friend of Graham, Winfrey offered her boyfriend of 26 years a prenuptual agreement of millions of dollars as well.

Viewers want to see her

While the shows that Winfrey appears in herself are doing well with regards to viewership, like her talk show Oprah's Next Chapter, the rest of OWN's channel line-up is not making a dent in the ratings.

According to a television industry insider familiar with the situation, Winfrey has finally realised that the shows she worked hard to create are not attracting viewers as intended.

"Oprah's realised that the shows she's created are just not attracting interest – the fans want to see her. So she's devised a secret plan to save OWN by getting married to Stedman on live TV."

The proposal

According to a friend, Winfrey asked Graham and told him of the TV wedding plan at her California estate.

Graham will be giving Winfrey his late mother Mary's engagement ring. "While the diamond is apparently small, it has sentimental value that will make her feel proud to wear it," said the source.

Comments

  • Helmut - 2012-04-30 14:08

    I wish she would disapear for ever from ouer screen's

      Rob - 2012-04-30 14:26

      2nd that. Insincere & self centered.

      Rob - 2012-04-30 14:26

      2nd that. Insincere & self centered.

      somikazi.pita - 2012-04-30 15:25

      The beauty of TV is that, you have a choice to change the channel.

      somikazi.pita - 2012-04-30 15:25

      The beauty of TV is that, you have a choice to change the channel.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-04-30 18:40

      I thought she was lesbian

      goyougoodthing - 2012-04-30 18:40

      I thought she was lesbian

      bashin.monyela - 2012-04-30 19:17

      Grow a pair Rob, online bitching about an old women who has done more with her life than everyone on news24 will ever do.

      bashin.monyela - 2012-04-30 19:17

      Grow a pair Rob, online bitching about an old women who has done more with her life than everyone on news24 will ever do.

      Preshen - 2012-05-02 08:28

      She will need a sex tape to boost the rating

      Preshen - 2012-05-02 08:28

      She will need a sex tape to boost the rating

  • Shirley - 2012-04-30 14:17

    Dont know how trustworthy national enquirer is-but if its true,she sold out cheap!

  • Blertsie - 2012-04-30 14:39

    Has anyone seen zuma's latest wife? Is he gonna be on Oprah? :)

  • Rob - 2012-04-30 15:05

    Obviously...why else would she get married?

  • Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-04-30 15:17

    Who cares lots of people get married everyday

  • Theo Ferreira - 2012-04-30 15:38

    Erm, really News24?? The National Enquirer? That publication makes Heat magazine look the Mail & Guardian, I think they mainly cover aliens, bikini photos of actresses with eating disorders and end of the world stories. Nicely done.

  • Jo - 2012-04-30 16:04

    Poor Stedman. Like a lamb to the slaughter.

      Lynette - 2012-05-01 14:37

      A person would ask why she's doing it now after having said all along she'll never get married. Makes u wonder...

      Lynette - 2012-05-01 14:37

      A person would ask why she's doing it now after having said all along she'll never get married. Makes u wonder...

  • Refiloe - 2012-05-01 21:13

    what the?

  • Ernestina - 2012-05-02 15:00

    I think its 25 years too late 'O'..should have have bagged that long ago and now you want to do this to boost ratings? How shallow..

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