Lisa Ling talks Oprah, Twitter and porn
October 14th, 2011
09:31 AM ET

Lisa Ling talks Oprah, Twitter and porn

All eyes were on OWN this week as CEO Oprah Winfrey re-launched her network with Rosie O’Donnell’s new show, as well as her series, "Lifeclass."

We caught up with Lisa Ling, who hosts "Our America" on the cable channel, to dish about her upcoming second season, Winfrey, Twitter and, well, porn.

Ling’s one-hour weekly documentary style show tackles some of the most talked about issues in our country. This season she delves into polygamy, sex trafficking, extreme parenting styles and the world of amateur online porn, where we see Lisa visiting couples who post their sexy pictures and videos online for all to see.

You'll also see Ling become squeamish at times, in part because of how she was raised.

“Porn is a multi-billion dollar industry and the world of porn is undeniable,” she says. “So for me, while there are tremendous uncomfortable moments, I was also riveted and absolutely fascinated by this world.”

Her upcoming episode about extreme parenting styles will surely get every parent in America talking.

“It’s a very fascinating look into different approaches to parenting. We spent time with four families who have completely different styles,” she says. “They are literally shaping these little people into adults.”

Ling thinks this season will be just as fascinating as the first one on OWN, even though the network is undergoing a reinvention. But Ling says she wouldn’t want to work for anyone else or anywhere else.

“OWN has gone through its challenges. It is a brand new network and looking to find its voice,” she said. “But I actually feel more strongly about it now than ever. I don’t think I would be able to do any other show on any other network.”

The veteran journalist says Winfrey is very involved, and screens episodes of “Our America.” "Oprah watches everything and will sometimes give notes. She is very active in the process.”

When she's not working for one of the most famous people in the world, Ling confesses she spends lots of her free time on social networking sites.

“I’m a self professed Twitter junkie," she says. "And I spend so much time on Facebook. It’s highly addictive."

Ling’s second season of “Our America” airs on OWN Sunday, October 16.


soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. rezaul 622

    The loss of libido 30 years early is caused by continuous over-stimulation of dopamine

    October 28, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Pa-lease

    She's just another Hollywood liberal nutjob!

    October 18, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Fred Mertz

    Figures our new tenant would be a china mans daughter.

    October 17, 2011 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  4. lilwrascl

    It would be nice if she did a little lingerie photo shoot... to kind of understand what it's like to be in the adult actress high heel shoes... sort of speak...
    I bet doing that would greatly boost ratings...

    Your welcome Oprah for the free advise...

    October 17, 2011 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  5. butch

    Ah! but my wife doesn't work in the bathroom of the bus station restroom with knee pads,and a sack of quarters, like your mother does. ,

    October 16, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Butch

    All I can say is that she's attractive, and I watch her shows. Oprah doesn't matter.

    October 16, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jayzy

    I agree have you seen the interview?? I've seen it posted at CELEBUR.COM the video is still up i think.

    October 15, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mejazzbo

    I am sure I saw Ms. Ling in a very hot art film a few months ago. It was called, "Me, My Sister, and Bill" shot somewhere in North Korea.

    October 15, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  9. Gafgarrion

    Your all terrible humans.

    October 14, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Evel Knievel

    Is this show called, "Me So H0rny"?

    October 14, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Anomic Office Drone

    The idea of an Oprah network still makes me roll my eyes. I give it 18 months.

    October 14, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • ldean

      I agree. If Oprah is critiquing every show before it goes on the air – they're doomed. The woman is such a control freak. I thought we were rid of her, but now she has TWO of her own shows. Lifeclass? by Oprah? please. What can a billionaire teach me? That's like watching "Dinner etiquette" by Charles Manson. I noticed Oprah is so full of herself that she is making people (i.e. rosie o'donell) say, "Stay tuned right here on OWN," every time they cut for a commercial... not stay tuned to Rosie, or Today, or etc. I think the network would do better if Oprah didn't shove her name in your face so much.

      October 15, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Elder Benjamins

    @hop sing :) LOL :) Im a mormon and even i think that was funny :) thanks !

    October 14, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  13. Casondrah

    @Glen Q...lol.

    October 14, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  14. jose'

    I like Lucy Lu much better. She was awesome in Kill Bill.

    October 14, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  15. pedro

    They need to send her back to mehico.

    October 14, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  16. Glen Quagmire

    I am highly interested in p0rn myself. Ever since Peter Griffin told me about it, I've been at this thing constantly! Of course, now I look like a fiddler crab because one arm has been getting quite a workout!

    October 14, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  17. Observer

    I'd hit that!

    First!

    October 14, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  18. extra medium

    She's from the land of delicate beauties, catty corner to the pit of trolls where your wife was born.

    October 14, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Butch

    You need to set your clock.

    October 16, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |

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