'Showbiz Tonight' Flashpoint: Can Oprah help Maria Shriver?
Maria Shriver and Oprah Winfrey share the stage at Shriver's Women's Conference in October, 2010.
May 18th, 2011
03:51 PM ET

'Showbiz Tonight' Flashpoint: Can Oprah help Maria Shriver?

Oprah Winfrey is at the center of attention today for being what seems to be the shoulder to cry on for her friend Maria Shriver.

Maria, who has been at the center of a firestorm due to her husband Arnold Schwarzenegger’s infidelity, flew to Chicago Tuesday night and right into the arms of Oprah.

Maria shared the stage with Oprah for the taping of "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular," and "Showbiz Tonight" was right there.

It is not surprising that Maria would reach out to Oprah at a time like this, seeing that they're close friends. But it is has also been rumored that Oprah may have a show in the works for Maria on Oprah’s new network, OWN.

I think this sounds great and is just what Maria needs at this time. As I said, the two are very close friends and two very powerful women, so I think O will play a big role in providing comfort and advice to Maria.

So what do you think? Can Oprah help Maria? Tell me below.

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soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. dsgngrrl

    Maria was probably going to Oprah's final shows anyway – all her friends & many former guests were there.. I'm sure she talked to Oprah long before she traveled to Chicago – so that makes no sense in the story – they are long time friends.

    If she decides to re-vamp her career with a show on OWN – not a big deal or unexpected either – Maria left her career to suppport Arnold's career – so now that he's out of office – she has opportunity to do anything she wants – She's not a person to sit at home, after all her parents taught her to be "in service"... bit early to retire.

    Maria doesn't NEED Oprah to do anything – she has her own money, connections, education, family support and capabilities -so she can really stand on her. Friends are friends and they support each other through good times and tough times – it's not a Need – it's called Friendship / Sisterhood / Loyalty / Compassion.

    May 28, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sweetest Samantha

    Maria Deserves better and Arnold is a Moron now the Kennedy's have Maria's back and Arnold is not getting spousal support by no mean because he cheated on her probably more than once

    May 27, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  3. Julia

    Oprah needs to keep her nose out of peoples personal affairs.The only reason she has ever done anything for people is it puts her in the spot light.Just like here,there she is in the news and the spot light again.She gets all the money back on taxes that she says she donates,so she's not out a dime on anything.All the junk she gave away on her show was donated to her show,but everyone gets the feeling that she gave it to everyone out of her own pocket.Oprah isn't that free with her money.She didn't her millions by helping the poor like everyone thinks.I'm glad her show and her bull is gone!

    May 27, 2011 at 3:38 am | Report abuse |
  4. janet

    that is oprahs real hair not a weave (shampoo boy)

    May 26, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. itsallgoodnroanoke

    Right Now, She needs her friend. I know Ms. O will be there for her. This happened to me and I wish I could talk to her. It is a bitter pill. I had a surprise given to me, After he took care of his love child for 15 years, the mother wanted more money and the Judge ordered a DNA first! It came back YOU ARE NOT THE FATHER! He took care of this kid for NOTHING, when he was coming in the front door another man was coming in the back door, DAMN FOOL! We went our separate ways and he called and told me! I LAUGHED and still laughing. She got him!!!!!! HA HA!! MONEY that is!!! and I am still laughing , the DAMN FOOL!

    May 26, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  6. Kristy

    Sandra's ex at least went after a vixen. Why would Arnold want dog food when he had a French pastry at home? And, were they messing around in HER bed with the kids in the house?

    May 26, 2011 at 5:46 am | Report abuse |
  7. opinionated

    There is little Hollywood can do to bring peace to either Marie or Arnold. Only God and a personal relationship with him can give them the poise, the calmness to function again. They do have a beautiful family; and even though she must feel betrayed. . . only them know if they can work to sustain the marriage. Ask for privacy, honesty and talk before you divorce in such a vile, critical world. Don't make a cheap publical specticle of yourselves.

    May 26, 2011 at 5:29 am | Report abuse |
  8. Beautiful Sister

    Sky you don't have a dictionary please the next time get one before you attempt to write. Oprah continue to be a friend for Maria thats what friends are for. Move on let it go move to the next chapter Maria.Change is good especially when there is no loyalty. Anything permitted increases he will do it again.

    May 26, 2011 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  9. omg

    KIM JONGIL's CRAZY LOVE LIFE!!!!

    http://losangeles.ibtimes.com/articles/151589/20110524/kim-jong-il-love-life-romance-wives.htm

    May 25, 2011 at 1:51 am | Report abuse |
  10. Diane From Mass

    Yes, Oprah will help her just by being with her. Maria is a strong woman herself. I wish her well.

    May 24, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ddnyc

    So glad that we are at the end of one O. I am so tired of this woman telling me what to eat, what to ware and for whom to vote. Let's hope that the second O is soon gone too.

    May 23, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Beach bum

    Maria is a big girl and doesn't need to nested by the likes of Oprah Winfrey. She's a Kennedy, for gods sake! If Maria wants her OWN show, she can have one on any network she chooses.

    May 22, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  13. Chaz Bono

    "GASP"...Wonder if Gayle is Jealous!?!?!

    May 20, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. linda

    another fine example of Republications "family values."

    May 20, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. anna

    What a joke! Oprah can even help herself.

    May 20, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  16. joyce

    oprah has enough problems keeping steadman in all the good things she can afford. Need to keep his mouth closed. never know whats down that road????

    May 20, 2011 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  17. bosley

    has anyone asked this boy how he feels about what has happened? Is he being protected? lets hope that this doesn't follow him all of his life, as a negative.

    May 20, 2011 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
  18. Lucy

    Arnold did a terrible thing to both his family's, but what about these women who get involve with men, knowing that they are married?!!! Both parties are to blame for this hurt and disgrace(to the innocent) that has been made public!

    May 19, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • anna

      I couldnt agree more.
      These women just dont care who gets hurt just as long they get what they want.

      They have absolutely no morals.

      May 20, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  19. grandma curik

    forgiveness is good in some cases but not this one. he will just do it again and again. divorce is not a negative thing if you are being treated this way. some people think no matter what you should stay married. there are people who have tmarried for 50 years and have been treated badly but will stay in the marriage but are terribly unhappy.

    May 19, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  20. MadCityBabe

    it's so easy to feel empowered when you got money

    May 19, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  21. LMOffner

    Would he be so forgiving if she mothered a child with the gardner?

    May 19, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      An ugly, over weight, old gardner. He totally disrespected Maria and in her own home, that's unforgivable! He deserves to be a lonely man. Better yet he should have to wake up every morning to that ugly broad he cheated with.

      May 19, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Tiffany

    man i feel sorry for maria. i mean the idiot cheated on her with an ugly chick. i mean come on when i got cheated on by my sons bio father and she was ugly it took me 5 months to get over that. Time will heal her but she needs to be near her kids they are really the only ones that can help. she'll learn that you just dont go to friends for advice like this. they tend to back stab!

    May 19, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Kukla Fran and Ollie

    Any day a kennedy gets screwed its a GREAT DAY!! Thanks Arnold!

    May 19, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Stuart Smalley

    Oprah should leave it alone. While she is a member of several 12 step programs she is not a licensed therapist. And thats...OKay

    May 19, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  25. PRMOO

    All Maria and the Children should do is to forgive her husband and their Father, for Christ Jesus sake, and for the love they have shared as a happy family, beacuse to forgive is divine. thanks and God bless you.

    May 19, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Tiffany

      This child isnt the only reason why she left him. Hes a womanizer and its worse when hes working on a movie. she told cnn that she didnt want to go through that again and i dont blame her. She needs to move on and find a guy that know how to love and knows that when your with someone you dont look or touch. rock on maria hold your head high men need to learn that they cant walk all over us and manipulate us!

      May 19, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • dsgngrrl

      She can forgive him without staying with him.. I find it interesting that you didn't provide any guidance for Arnold but had plenty for what Maria & the children should do. The "husband and their father" set this process in motion.. So he probably needs to be the one you are directing "To Dos" and "Should dos" to.

      May 28, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  26. PRMOO

    All Maria should di is to forgive her husband for Christ Jesus sake, and for the love they have shared as a happy, beaucse to forgive is divine. thank and God you.

    May 19, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  27. MariaFarina

    They are good friends - both professional etc. Of course Oprah will be there for her. However, Maria will get through this by her own strengh. This too shall pass, Maria has a lot of support.

    May 19, 2011 at 6:21 am | Report abuse |
  28. SKY

    I PREACH IN ALL CAPS! BIBLE THUMPERS RULE!! GOD IS THE WORD! BOW DOWN TO JESUS AND THE LORD!! BEND OVER!! See ya!!

    May 19, 2011 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
  29. Mr. Ed

    Beautiful!!! Ha! That b!tch is ugly!

    May 18, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  30. SKY

    FACT: WE ARE DEALING WITH A NON RELIGIOUS SPIRTUAL MAN....THIS IS WHAT THEY DO.
    SOMETIMES THEY ARE SORROW AND THIS CAN MAKE THEM TURN AROUND FROM THEIR WAYS.
    AGAIN THIS IS SOMETHING ONLY MARIA CAN DECIDE ON. AND WHATEVER CHOICE SHE MAKES
    SHE SHOULD BE GIVEN FULL SUPPORT FROM HER TRUE FRIENDS.
    IF SHE LOVES THE MAN THEY HAVE ENOUGHT TO JUST PACK UP AND LEAVE...AND LIVE THE
    REMAINING OF THEIR LIFES TOGETHER BUT THIS TIME PUTTING GOD IN THEIR MARRIAGE.

    May 18, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  31. ivette

    ANOTHER EDUCATED, POWERFUL, AND BEAUTIFUL WOMEN IS ABUSED BY AN OPPORTUNIST WITH LOW MORALS ETHICS. i have seen this happened many times. It is disgusting and he does not deserve any compassion by Maria or anybody else. I hope Hollywood turns their back on him.

    May 18, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  32. SKY

    FACT: NO OPRAH CAN NOT HELP MARIA, THIS IS A PROBLEM THAT ONLY MARIA
    AND HER HUSBAND CAN SOLVE. THE MEDIA AND SO CALL FRIENDS CAN DO MORE
    DAMAGE.. PRIDE CAN KILL EVEN A SMALL FLAME....IF THE MARRIAGE IS WORTH TRYING
    TO SAVE THAN BY ALL MEANS SAVE IT REGARDLESS OF WHAT OTHERS MAY THINK...
    IF NOT THEN MOVE ON.....GOD IS THE AUTHOR OF THE MARRIAGE, CHECK OUT
    WHAT HE HAS TO SAY IN HIS WORD THE HOLY BIBLE...AND PLEASE DO NOT GET ANY
    ADVISE FROM THOSE WHO REFUSE TO GIVE GOD GLORY AND LIVE THEIR LIFES AS
    THEY PLEASE.....NO FORNICATOR CAN TELL ANYONE HOW TO MAKE A MARRAGE WORK.

    May 18, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  33. dr phil

    Nope no way misstress makes puke look good maria is going to need long term counseling

    May 18, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Colleen Marie Gabriel

      She needs her self estem back, Oprah and Own can give her that job. A move to Chicago might help also. It is the anger that will have to be placed on all our shoulders. Celebrity friend have her introduce the child publically and show all as a group getting to know each other. The years of concelling just ended in 20 minutes. Grace be hers.

      May 23, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  34. AJ

    If Maria was so concerned about her children, why did she fly off to Chicago? Couldn't they Skype or talk on the phone?

    May 18, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  35. lol

    I'm guessing Dr. Phil will take care of Arnold.

    May 18, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  36. TED

    She can sit on her and squish her.

    May 18, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tay

      Maria is just turning to a friend. When your heart is hurting you need good friends to help you handle the pain.

      May 18, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |

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