Oprah: I don't want to be Michael Jackson
October 4th, 2010
07:46 AM ET

Oprah: I don't want to be Michael Jackson

Two decades after its inception, OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network is set to launch in January. But according to Oprah Winfrey herself, it almost didn't happen.

Winfrey, 56, tells Fortune magazine she was reading an article about Michael Jackson last summer and one particular quote from the late singer's friend really struck a chord: After the 1982 hit "Thriller" became the best-selling album of all time, the pal said, Jackson became paralyzed with fear that he could never top it.

"All the bells went off," says Winfrey. "This is why I lived in fear about this network. I kept thinking I have to repeat the 25-year phenomenon of the 'Oprah' show." And, she tells Fortune, "I don't want to be Michael Jackson."

OWN – which will feature a talk show helmed by Rosie O'Donnell and a docu-series about Sarah Ferguson - was actually the brainchild of Winfrey's beau Stedman Graham, who came up with the idea during a 1992 vacation. Graham scribbled "OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network" on a piece of paper and told Winfrey it was her destiny.

After years of wavering, she finally decided to take the plunge – and with confidence. "My fear about 'Will the people really follow me?' - I'm past that," she says. "Technically, I don't think in terms of being in the top 10. But do I think we will be? Yes."

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  1. david oshideko

    I really am amazed that most of the comments on this page were made by people who totally misunderstood the point oprah was trying to pass accross when she made that statement. It was not a statement to relegate Micheal and neither was it a statement to tell the world she had no respect for micheal. She was stating how a man can spend his life chasing to beat a record he original didn't set out to make. Thriller became a phenomenom ,not because Micheal knew it was going to be while rehearsing for it. In life, you need to know when to close a chapter , enjoy the praise and applaud but be bold to open a new chapter and fire on. Thank you

    October 30, 2011 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |
  2. Denise

    If Oprah is not trying to be MJ, which she could never accomplish, then stop using his name, his ideas, admit that he inspires you too, and get your OWN slogans..Did any of you know that while advertising the OWN network, she said and I quote "This is it, this is the moment." sound familiar to anyone??

    January 11, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. sarah

    How shall I meet with Oprah to talk to her or that I particularly from Saudi Arabia, I have thought about the draft Odhu large ad revenue has been very rewarding, speaking for the Saudi press in the Inter Net sites, newspapers and websites and this Robt Zlkm that Ttorgomunha
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    December 27, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |

    You people are insane, I can't quite fathom the emotion and contradictions of some of these comments. Some of you speak as though you know Oprah and Lisa Marie PERSONALLY and therefor are qualified to tell the real purpose of this interview , which from what I can gather is an evil plot to discredit MJ and to gain rating's. I am surprised at the condemnation of this idea since it is your obsession with celebrity that drive the media machine anyway, Yes YOU the same people who buy the magazines and will watch the interview,.... which you know you can't wait to see !!It's not rocket science No ratings No Oprah , I t is the same for anyone who works in this industry, they need the media to serve up the product, which you Americans gobble up ferociously like fast food.
    And as for those that act like MJ was their long lost best friend. GET A LIFE, is he going to get up out of the grave and thank you for your noble words of defense ?? Have any of you EVER been within eyesight of these people without paying for the privilege ? You are all so media obsessed you've lost perspective.
    Lisa Marie is more qualified to talk about MJ than any of you because she KNEW him, not in some little la la fantasy land in your head, but ACTUALLY knew him
    . As for Oprah ,Oprah does as Oprah does, which is a hell of a lot more for her country and community in a day what some of us may achieve in a life time, Love her or hate her,Her achievements are tangible and real and have changed thousands of people lives for the better both directly and indirectly through her philanthropy. Credit where credit is due.
    None of us will ever, ever KNOW what MJ did with those kids but he was never charged .Like it or not MJ fans people are going to talk about it, people are going to have opinions, even people who knew him and ESPECIALLY PEOPLE IN THE MEDIA.
    The world is a better place for having had Michael Jackson and it was sad to lose him,

    October 22, 2010 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jacqueline Neeley

    Bad KARMA, everyone beware that speaks negative about Michael, he is the greatest entertainer this world will ever know and he also is the greatest humanitarian of all time. Michael Jackson was a wonderful man with a loving heart. God Rest his soul. As long as I live I will defend Michael, he was an innocent man living in a corrupt world. Evil ones continue to feed off of him even after he's gone, how sad. They're worthless without him, they need him not the other way around. Unfortunately, the evil so called dr that filled his body with poison will walk free. In the end man will destroy man. We his fans know that Michael's heart was pure. We love him unconditionally, we did not judge. God have mercy on those whose cause pain on the innocent. Peace to those of us that still care about each other. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Michael's fans will protect his memory forever! RIP+MJJ King of Music!

    October 21, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ladydon

    i believe oprah have held on to her show maybe out of fear of whats next , however if so you will never hear her said it

    October 19, 2010 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. 欧默

    奥普拉想成为迈?开什么国际玩笑。早点洗洗睡吧!迈迈,我爱你!China love mj forever~

    October 16, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. John

    I won't be watching ANY show with Rosie O'Donnell in it!!

    October 15, 2010 at 5:46 am | Report abuse |
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    October 13, 2010 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  10. mehrnoush

    I do believe in karma now. Evan Chandler got what he deserved; & every single one of these cowards who betrayed & abandoned a man that they Knew was innocent all along deserves the obvious guilt, depression, & self-loathing that is clearly leading them to do all these desperate attempts at redemption interviews & "tributes" & bla bla bla. Where were these ppl when he was alive? Where were your voices when he, such a caring, loving, & painfully sensitive man, was being viciously ripped apart? At best you were silent. At worst you were participating. But most of you, most of you were laughing.
    So, now you wanna talk? It's too late. He can't hear you now.
    Deal with your well-deserved suffering in private. Stop these pathetic attempts to convince yourselves you were his friends. It's embarrassing.

    October 12, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. tony clise

    I agree that Michael Jackson fans are just mad that a black lady has become so much greater than Michael Jackson ever was. Lost all respect for Michael Jackson after reading the disgusting comments from his fans.

    October 11, 2010 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. David Cruz

    Oprah, it´s been a long time that I don´t have the same admiration for you that I have few year ago... And, quit using Michael Jackson name to get attention on yourself.

    October 11, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. BabyTrice


    October 8, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mehrnoush

    & when you bury me
    underneath all your pain
    i'm steady laughin' -HA!
    while surfacin'


    October 8, 2010 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  15. mehrnoush

    first and foremost let me just say oprah has just lost a viewer. me. furthermore...
    oprah doesn't want to be michael jaackson? oprah has nothing to worry about.
    oprah, how many times have you mentioned michael jackson's name, negatively and unnecessarily, in public?
    now, how many times did he do that to you?
    that is just one of an infinite list of reasons why he's so Uniquely brave, courageous, strong and loving. he never needed to publicly bash other ppl to find a hollow sense of psuedo-strength. michael jackson had Genuine strength within himself.

    oprah honey, you don't want to be michael jackson? i don't think you need to worry about that one, dear. why don't we just stick to bringing up his name as much as we possibly can and devoting shows to disgracing him, shall we? in fact, why don't we All just stick to what we're good at, just to keep things simple. michael can continue spreading peace and love around the entire world; breaking racial, generational, socio-economical, language, religious, political, and cultural barriers. you can laugh at him about his surgery and ask lisa marie presley if their marraige was consummated.


    you can't believe it
    you can't conceive it
    but you can't touch me
    'cause i'm untouchable

    and i know you hate it
    and you can't take it
    but you'll Never break me
    'cause i'm UNBREAKABLE

    –Unbreakable (from album "Invincible") poor guy. sounds paralyzed with fear to me



    October 8, 2010 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
  16. atti, idorenyin

    i will rather advise that your calling is quite unique and perculiar so ave a focuse mj had a different talent entirely from urs.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:22 am | Report abuse |
  17. Annie Harris

    Oprah made her feelings known when she did the so-called "tribute" after he passed and all it turned into was an "I could maybe helped him and been his saviour" show....all about her...so this comment doesn't surprise me. Now she has Lisa Marie on to talk about him..the same one who bad mouthed him over and over and then was "overcome" at the funeral? Funny she just happens to be dropping a new album now...and Oprah knows she has upset Michaels fans..can you say maybe damage control or more "I could have helped" crap...I have not watched nor will I watch her ever again.

    October 6, 2010 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Kathy

      Why does a man who was twice accused of being a pedophile (and settled a case for $20 million) deserves any kind of tribute at all? Do you think it's acceptable for a grown man to have sleepovers with underage boys? Do you think it's acceptable for Michael Jackson to go on TV with Bashir and hold hands with a boy and say that the most loving thing in the world is to share your bed?

      October 6, 2010 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Vira

      You said one thing right , he was ACCUSED. Millions of US citizens are accused of something evry day.
      You said one thing wrong : he was never accused of pedophilia
      There is also no law that says 'Holding someones hand and saying that the most loving thing in the world is to share your bed' is a crime. Wish more people would share more instead of want more.

      You forgot 2 things :
      1 No case , because presented evidence had no substance , dismissed by 2 grand juries
      2. Not guilty 14 times.
      You have a misconception about settlement : its impossible to commit a crime and just settle.

      Not deserve a tribute? I think at least a billion people will disagree with you . They cant all be wrong.
      And wow, did he get some tributes and it goes on and on.

      October 6, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Loa

      Why would an innocent man settle for $25 million? If he was innocent why didn't the photographs the police took of his penis to see if they matched the accuser's description exonerate him?

      October 11, 2010 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  18. SAL

    oprah doesn't want to be michael jackson?
    speaking disrespectfully of someone who is no longer here to defend himself is one of the saddest, most cowardly, and disrespectful things any low life could do. but to do so with someone who was treated so badly, so unfairly, & gave all his love and all his life to the entire world? she has no respect from me anymore, & I'm sure she just lost about 10 million viewers around the world.
    Michael Jackson was more than gorgeously beautiful, unbelievably talented, brilliant, & unbelievably empathetic and loving. He was someone with so much self strength & perserverance that he never spoke badly in public about hardly Anyone... even after all he went through. In fact, the more hatred he was given... the even more Love he gave back. Michael Jackson's extraordinary character & strength outweigh his talent & genius exponentially; overshadowed only by his extraordinary self, spiritual & brotherly love.
    oprah doesn't want to be Michael Jackson?
    oprah has Nothing to worry about.

    ooh I have an idea o! why don't you bring lmp & her mom back on your show so you all three can degrad him, dehumanize him, & laugh at him in front of the world. again. then a few years later you can go back to pretending like you actually have a soul.

    everyone of those loser friends of his crying & sobbing over their guilt & regret after his passing deseves every Ounce of their pain. & it still won't compare to what he went through. But through it all, michael never laughed at them, michael never called them names, michael never aired his grievances in Public. Michael Jackson was a true collosal of a man... the only sane person in an insane world.

    in case you idiots in the medua can't tell.... we have had enough of seeing mj's name dragged in the mud and we will NOT stand for it. How DARE that pathetic. disrespectful hippocrite compare herself to Him? he sacrificed his entire life to bring joy to all of ours. the paralyzing fear she was poorly characterizing was, in fact, a deep longing to continue making us, the world, happier & happier. but greedy & selfish ppl consumed by $ would not be able to recognize or understand that. she should feel lucky that so many ppl are actually saying her name & his in the same sentence.

    October 6, 2010 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
  19. dee

    I want to be someone with enough dignity, respect for others & self-respect, & Class to not speak like that about others... especially someone no longer here to defend himself. How low & pathetic.
    I don't want to be Oprah Winfrey. Disgusting.

    October 6, 2010 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  20. Mary Abbas

    Oprah has her own woes, scandals and battles concerning her 40 million dollar school in Africa, that services only 330 girls and in a recent and in an article detailing the litigation it was written that Ms. Winfrey states that she KNOWS her opinion carries heavy weight!

    "Winfrey herself acknowledged the power of her words when she said in a deposition that she thought only two people – President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle – wield more influence in the media, Mzamane's lawyers said in a brief."

    Since Ms. Winfrey realizes and even under oath declared that HER influence in the media is second ONLY to the President of the United States, you might think that she would use her words wisely and be as succinct as possible. To use defeatist and negative terminology as 'paralyzed" and "stunted" in the same sentence with Michael Jackson is ludicrous. I believe Ms. Winfrey was calculating and purposely dropped his name in this negative fashion so that it would create a hoopla and bring her more attention. She is a self promotor after all and I am sure she remembers that her interview of Michael Jackson in 1993 was her highest rated episode. Secondly, after his death, she AGAIN uses his name to promote her show and was quite gauche in the way she talked about her hair and her feelings as she prepared to meet the KOP. She gave an interview on Access Hollywood where she basically disrespected the jury who sat through the trial and who heard the lack of evidence, the perjuring State's witnesses and deft cross examination of Tom Mesereau. She literally and effectively used her 'influential' voice to tell the world that Michael Jackson was guilty, cause her opinion was higher than our judicial procedures. This woman who uses his name continuously to promote her own glory has very little class, dignity or ethics and as far as I am concerned. One can only hope that the old adage "what goes around comes around" will apply to Ms. Winfrey.

    Please visit http://www.vindicatemj.wordpress.com

    MJJJusticeProject....... It's Time

    October 6, 2010 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
    • vavero

      Mary Abbas Oprah never used the words 'paralyzed" and "stunted". That was the reporter paraphrasing what Oprah said. Oprah's only point was that it was unfair for Michael to be burdened with the expectation of ever topping Thriller because Thriller was such a phenomenon. And you also lied about the Access Hollywood interview Oprah gave. She never said MJ was guilty. She was asked, and she all she said she didn't know what to believe.

      October 6, 2010 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  21. Music

    OPRAH IS FAKE and PHONY. yes, i do have respect for her but i cannot wait for her FINAL season to be over with. she is all about the money. peace and love america because we need it. r.i.p. MJ

    October 5, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • dadmia

      Michael was all about the money. His life style was WAY more expensive than Oprah's. How do you think he got so much debt?

      October 5, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  22. brittany

    Can everyone stop going back and forth and being disrespectful to both MJ and oprah. they are both great human beings. nad to the people who are disrespecting MJ please stop because it just shows what kind of person you are within. Oprah will NEVER reach MJ's level of fame and talent because she is not MJ and MJ will NEVER reach Oprah's level of fame or talent beause he is not Oprah. but MJ is the greatest. lol. r.i.p. MJ and Oprah much love in the future

    October 5, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  23. Frank

    Oprah is already rich beyond all imagining. This is just GREED.

    October 5, 2010 at 4:51 am | Report abuse |
  24. MIJJD

    1) No one is using MJ's name for ratings?!?!?! Either you have your TV permanently stationed on the cartoon network or you have the sound turned off. Check the facts...in the last week she has mentioned his name twice and will be interviewing Lisa Marie this week. CHA CHING$$$$$
    2)There are 50 states in the U.S., Iowa is only one. Not to mention he had fans all over the WORLD not just Iowa.
    3)Phil everythting you mentioned you must have read in a tabloid or watched on the TV and its all incorrect.

    Some people believe what they are told to believe and others chose to seek out the truth.

    October 5, 2010 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
  25. Greg

    I think some Michael Jackson fans don't like Oprah because they are jealous that another black entertainer is richer and more influential than Michael was. There's nothing wrong with what Oprah said. In fact lots of Michael fans have said the same, that's it's unfair that Michael's future hits were always considered flops because they didn't measure up to Thriller. If a white entertainer had said it, they would not be offended, but they don't want to see any black entertainer exclipse Michael Jackson so some feel threatened by Oprah. That's what's really going on & totally obvious & totally pathetic.

    October 5, 2010 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
  26. Phil

    I don't like Oprah or Michael Jackson so I can speak as a neutral third party observer. Yes Oprah can be egotistical & power hungry but she strikes me as far more authentic than Michael Jackson. Everything about Michael was fake from the color of his skin, to his facial features, to his fake child-like voice Peter Pan personality, to his marriage to Elvis' daughter to his white kids to his sappy "Heal the world" songs. Oprah is far more genuine. She admits all her faults (over-eating, fear of failure, fat thighs).

    October 5, 2010 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
    • zenalicious

      Neutralist Paul,

      You might have missed Michael Jackson acknowledging:
      -that he had a skin disorder (which no longer can be disputed... accept the facts and please move on)
      -plastic surgery wasn't created for Michael Jackson! If our society didn't have image driven culture and Michael didn't grow up being bullied for his appearances, perhaps he might never have gone under the knife. Regardless, he isn't the first or last to overdo it (probably the most famous) but at the same time he didn't harm anyone by doing it.
      -if we were all childlike innocent maybe the world wouldn't have been as messed up? just saying.
      -last time I checked the marriage was legit, but right we shall remain ridged on tabloid grounds.
      -go ahead and attack Michael but leave the kids out of it! that's a whole level of being low
      -i do understand why heal the world would irk you.


      October 5, 2010 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
  27. MIJJD

    Since most people spend more time giving opinions than checking facts, accurate facts, then there isnt much point to debate, you'll never make people see what they dont want to see. What it comes down to(whose side you chose) is who inspires you and motivates you and who you chose to be more like. So in that case I chose to look up to and be inspired by someone who is a motivator, humanatarian, producer, singer, songwriter(lyrical genius), dancer, and the list goes on and on....He was kind to everyone, even those who didnt deserve it, he was humble, and he did tremendous things for mankind, but you wouldnt know these things unless you researched it. Most of all he gave God the credit for all his gifts/talents. To me sitting on TV interviewing people for the next juicy little tid bit is not what inspires me. Oprah knows exactly what she is doing when she mentions Michaels name, all media does it, its like a ratings jackpot, they hit the lottery everytime they even mention his name. Now thats a LEGEND, at the mere mention of his name it increases their ratings and cash flow. So you have to understand the frustration of the people whom MJ inspired, that the media (that includes Oprah) uses MJ's name in a negative fashion only to fill their pockets.

    October 4, 2010 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • zenalicious

      BRAVO You nailed it!

      October 4, 2010 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • glez

      No one is using Michael's name for ratings. The media has moved on. No one cares about him anymore. I don't even see him mentioned on TV since he dropped dead.

      October 5, 2010 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
    • jenna

      thank you. Oprah has the green. But if she dies tomorrow so you think the world will mourn like MIchael death. um no. he gave more than her in his life whether it is musical or charity. She shows you in her shows she throws away money and all her charitable work. Michael did it secretly and if the tabloids were not on his ass for that long time, he would have been the richest. But money doesn't count, because his name lives forever. And glez think first. there are more things you are going to hear from him. Just wait a month.

      October 5, 2010 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Martin

      Jenna, why do you say the world mourned MJ's death? Just because there was a lot of media hype does not mean real people actually cared when he died. As others have explained, even polls in his own home country showed that only 7% in Iowa cared about his death:


      Far more people were affected by the death of Kennedy and other celebs. Deep down the Michael's fans know he was a nobody, and that's why you are so sensetive when ever his name is mentioned in the media. You assume people are diminishing him, because deep down you suspect he was not that great and you are very insecure about this so you demand everyone worship him at all times

      October 5, 2010 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Posh-Kenneth

      @Martin- Only 7% of Iowa? is that a state anyone cares about? I mean, I can't differenciate it from Ohio or Montana half the time. Did you ever stop to think that maybe only 7% of Iowa was affected because the other 93% were on farms with no television or electric?

      lmfao. Shut up Martin. Last time I checked there were 50 states and if you estimate 7% per state then add all those people up its alot for just ONE country moron. MJ is known all over the world, unlike Oprah whose vanity is only outshined by her ability to talk about her own success, she's self serving. I hate her face.

      October 5, 2010 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  28. Tom

    In 1993 MJ was king of the known universe; oprah was a fledgling tv host. he did that interview with her to give her a break it was and still is the highest rated show (most viewers) she has ever done. Jackson helped her into celebrity status. To pay him back she totally ignored him when he needed support, even after he was acquitted. I have no use for people like oprah.

    October 4, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      Oh get real. In 1993 Oprah was a way bigger star than MJ in the U.S. She's been the #1 talk show since 1986. MJ was big in 1983 after Thriller but by 1993 he was considered a freak for bleaching his skin and making his nose look more caucasian and he had to go on Oprah to confront the rumours. She doesn't owe him anything. If anything he owes her since that was the most watched interview he ever did and the only interview where he came off looking good. And where was Michael when Oprah was sued and dragged into court in Texas? Did he defend her? Hell No! You expect Oprah to come to Michael's defense when he was probably guilty of child molestation and Oprah was molested herself. You Michael Jackson fans are insane.

      October 5, 2010 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
  29. Vira

    When was the last time you heard MJ talk about O, compare himself to her or any other celebrity for that matter.
    Didnt need to. Its other people who constantly mention him or compare themselves to him . Why? Because he sets the standard. He IS the standard. And his name generates ratings . Those who deny it should do a quick scan and google his name . See what happens.

    How come people have no problem whith the years and years of slander of MJ, of which O is not excused, but have a problem when his fans take a stand against it. I dont agree with the way some fans go about it , but I understand their passion. Enough is enough!

    And to refresh some memories here and put things in the right perspective, the 1993 interview did not get the ratings because of O. Any other talkshow host would have had the same ratings. Why? Because it was MJ speaking.
    I respect O for what she has accomplished as a woman and African american in a white male dominated busines.
    But the one with more class to me is definately Michael jackson.
    Cant help it, but I love him..... most

    October 4, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
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      October 4, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • zenalicious

      Enough is enough! I will not stand by and watch those who facilitated in Michael Jackson's crucifixion to now pretend they are his long time admires merely because he is gone! We no longer have Michael among us because of people like Oprah who abandoned him and joined the witch hunt against him without having a full knowledge of the facts in 2005 trail. They initially killed Michael Jackson when they broke his spirit. She shouldn't even have the audacity to utter his name! Oprah has no shame. What a hypocrite!

      October 4, 2010 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • cawobeth

      for real Vira.
      People here compare the 2 in $ signs.
      What of character ? pheu to her ways.
      Michael didn't just give $, he gave his heart soul & visited more sick & needy children than she'll ever see in her lifetime.
      And that's not even counting all the children he healed and helped that went to visit him !
      What make my stomach turn is that she dares speak about spirituality.
      How the heck can she really believe that she's spiritual when she isn't even honest or grateful.
      That's pretty sad. And what's more sad is that even though she has lost many fans & her ratings have gone way down, many people still kiss up to her. Oh yuck.

      October 5, 2010 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
    • cawobeth

      amen zenalicious !
      Ms. O is the Queen MJ hypocrites !
      I am sooo glad that more people are finally speaking up about how guilty Oprah is for defaming Michael. There has been so much focus on that sorry excuse for a man Bashir & Diane Deamon (Dimon) & O'Wreckley-Reilly and all the others. Put all the MJ hypocirtes together, including the celebrity "friends" of Michael that turned their back on him a few years ago, who dare glorify him now, and she wins wins the hypocrite award. Do MJ fans realize how much Oprah is to blame for provoking the falsehoods about MJ that media made millions upon millions on ? I think not. They're learning now. What's filthier her mouth or her money ?
      And what of the gullible public at large ? The ones who believed all the lies upon lies and haven't yet learned the truth. These are the people that we need to reach. So much for the hypocrites.

      October 5, 2010 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Oprah never went on any witch hunt against MJ. She was the only media to criticise Bashir for his interview and she was the only media to refuse to let Diane Dimond promote her book on her show.

      October 5, 2010 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
    • NellieO231

      zenalicious, I could not agree with you more.

      October 5, 2010 at 6:04 am | Report abuse |
  30. savra

    Who is Michael Jackson? I didn't know Jesse Jackson had a brother, or is he Reggie Jackson's brother?

    October 4, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  31. huh

    Actually Michael Jackson's estate used Oprah constantly to promote their movie THIS IS IT, even giving Oprah exclusive footage and the director dropped everything just to to fly to Chicago to be on Oprah for a couple minutes. If not for Oprah constantly hyping THIS IS IT on her show and saying it was oscar worthy, it would not have been #1 at the U.S. box office. It only narrowly beat PARANORMAL ACTIVITY.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vira

      Before making a statement check the facts first.
      About 70% of the proceedings of This is it were from outside the USA, where the majority doesn't know Ophra and those who know her and watch the show see it months after it airs in the USA. Of the people in the USA who saw This is it, its safe to say that maybe only half watch Ophra.
      Sum it up yourself.

      October 4, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Tan

    Michael Jackson is a global icon who achieved a mythical staus that will live on forever.
    What he was able to do in 50 years will never be forgotten.
    Oprah is a television personality. After her show goes off the air she will be forgotten -she is already being forgotten. Yes she has amassed a fortune and does a lot for charity, but so have a myriad of people. Only one human being was a living phenomenon, and that is Michael Jackson.

    October 4, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Angela

    Oh, another point about the 1993 Oprah interview with MJ. She was the one begging him to do the interview. She asked him several times before that and he turned her down until finally he agreed to do the interview. Oprah has said this herself more than once.

    October 4, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • cawobeth

      That famous interview is inevitably to bite her in her OWN butt if she dare keep speaking of Michael without remorse & humility for her shameful false judgment of him.

      October 5, 2010 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Vavera

      cawobeth what false judgement of Michael. Oprah never stated whether Michael was guilty or innocent, although it's obvious to any thinking person that he was probably guilty.

      October 5, 2010 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
    • zenalicious


      If those "thinking persons" read the court transcripts and reviewed the lack of evidence against Mr. Jackson to suggest of any criminal intentions much less acts... then they would know he was innocent and was deliberately set up by various individuals. You clearly are not one of those people who've done their research. What does that say about you?

      October 5, 2010 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Don

      zenalicious, even some of the jurors who acquitted Michael said they believed he was a pedophile, but there just wasn't enough proof that he molested Gavin. Someone in court testified that Michael slept with a boy for HUNDREDS of nights and by all accounts the mother of his 1993 accuser was an EXTREMELY credible witness. Also, MJ settled the 1993 case for $20 million after a police strip search to see if his genitals matched the drawing by his 1993 accuser. Why would he settle unless the results of the strip search were not favorable to him?

      October 5, 2010 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
    • cawobeth3

      Vavera look up Oprah/LisaMarie interview from 2005 on youtube.
      You won't be able to see it all though because the worst part was cut out.
      "Someone" keeps trying to take the interview off youtube, But others keep putting it back up.
      You'll see for yourself. Not to mention statements her friend Gail has said about Michael and how one of her radio show host Laura Berman sided with one of MJ's accusers in the wake of MJ's death.

      October 7, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Angela

    Joe, the reason why that 1993 interview had such high ratings had very little to do with Oprah and more to do with the fact that he had not done an interview since 1979. Remember, 14 years had passed since his last TV interview and he was the biggest entertainer. It was such big hype because of that fact and would have been big hype and must see TV with another interviewer. Only 2 yrs had gone by when Diane Sawyer did her interview... Plus, Michael was everywhere making appearances in early 1993. Remember the Superbowl ratings when Michael performed? More people watched the halftime show than the actual game that year and that was before the Oprah interview.

    Nellie, you bring up good points. Did Oprah run out of topic ideas this season or something?

    October 4, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  35. NellieO231

    It was an unecessary comment by ego-maniacal Oprah Winfrey. She used Michael Jackson for ratings time and time again while he was alive and she is now using him in death. Take a look at her recent use of Jackson:

    1)She had a special show rehashing her famous live interview with Jackson.
    2)She gets J.K. Rowling to mention Jackson in an interview last week. It makes headlines.
    3)She makes this comment about not wanting to be like Jackson (as if she could). In her dreams. It makes headlines.
    4)She's doing an interview, scheduled to air this week with Lisa Marie Presley. It is described as a chance for LMP to "discuss MJ's death and how it impacted her/changed her life" This will surely make headlines after it airs.

    How many ways can Oprah work Michael Jackson into an interview? Why would she do such a thing? Hmmmm, let me think? Because Michael Jackson is loved around the world and will go down in history for being one of the best entertainers ever and is a guaranteed rating maker. He will also be remembered for having endured baseless allegations and a trial all in the name of $$$. He suffered what amounted to a public lynching by for-profit media bullies. Maybe Oprah should try and work THAT into an interview? No, she couldn't because that would expose her own ability.

    October 4, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  36. christina fontes

    hello a little off subject but i need help i am in a homeless shelter and need help for my two lovely children they are both a students and i want to give them a good christmas god bless

    October 4, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Angela

    We will know how much bigger Michael Jackson really is than Oprah when she passes away and is no longer with us one day. Will people from every country be crying? No. Will the news still talk about her death a year later or remember the one year anniversary of her death like Michael's? No. This article didn't make me mad, but her constantly bringing up MJ's name to most guests on her show this season is ridiculous. She had no respect for him even though her interview with him put her on the map. Tired of her using him for ratings. And now I hear she interviewed Lisa Marie Presley? Seriously, Oprah stop acting like you cared about him when you devoted an entire show during his trial thinking he was guilty. Not very intelligent on her part.

    October 4, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Angela, Michael Jackson's death got a lot of hype only because his fan club and his estate did a good job marketing it & because he died so young & people felt guilty for mocking him. His fan club is very organized and good at creating hype, but If you look at a poll done in Iowa, only 7% of the public were affected by his death, which way lower than other iconic figures:


      And Oprah was on the map long before Michael Jackson jumped on the Oprah bandwagon to give her an interview in 1993. Her show has been the #1 talk show in America since 1986, and unlike Michael, she routinely ranked as one of the most admired Americans on the annual Gallup poll as early as 1988, and Michael has not been able to reach such a large audience with any other interview. Even his interview with Dianne Sawyer right after he married Lisa Marie did not deliver anywhere near as many viewers as he got by talking to Oprah.

      October 4, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • zenalicious

      Oprah was a known American household name BEFORE Michael Jackson introduced her.... [you heard me!] Introduced her to the rest of the world. Go to any small corner of the world and find out who they're likely to easily recognize Oprah or Michael Jackson?! It was an interview of her lifetime because of Michael Jackson, and she knows it... whether she will admit to it is a whole different topic.

      October 5, 2010 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Roger

      zenalicious Oprah was a household name in North America long before that interview and she remained a household name in North America long after that interview. She has NEVER been a household name outside North America; not before the interview or after the interview. The interview gave her (and him) record ratings for one night but had no lasting impact on either of them. In fact Oprah's show was more popular before 1993 than it was after.

      October 5, 2010 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  38. Weffie

    It's silly to argue about this, but Oprah's statement was also silly and egotistical in my opinion. If MJ was paralyzed by fear, then why did he go on to major success with Bad and Dangerous? The comparison doesn't make sense to me anyway. If you want to start something new, go ahead.

    October 4, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tes

      Why is it bad to say Michael had fear? Oprah got that from an article about him so Michael probably said so himself. Oprah was confessing her own fears, & mentioning Michael's fears makes him look more human and more humble. Maybe Oprah was wrong, but there was nothing bad about it.

      October 4, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Lisa

    Oprah did not mean to offend anyone with the statement she made about M.J. She just brought what he said to the light, so everyone including herself, can learn from it. No need to criticize just grow.

    October 4, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • cawobeth3

      Learn what ?
      Learn what a hypocrite she is and be reminded how she dramatically influenced the public by promoting a distorted & grotesque image of him ?
      One would need to now what Oprah has said in the past about Michael to understand.
      This is much more than just about fanhood and taking sides between Ms. O and MJ.
      It's about truth and the lack of integrity (to say the least) of media.

      October 7, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  40. joe

    "I don't want to be Michael Jackson"

    Me either, he's dead.

    October 4, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Corey

    Everyone here is comparing MJ to Oprah and back and forth ...but forgeting one or two major things:

    1) Oprah does not sing. She is in a totally different entertainment spectrum.
    2) She was reflecting on a specific emotion.

    She could never be Michael Jackson ... nor more than Michael could have been Oprah and host a TV show.

    Once we get our emotions out of the way, we can properly understand what Oprah was talking about.

    Rest in Peace Michael. You were the best in your field ... as Oprah is the best in hers.

    October 4, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Ann

    She was talking to FORTUNE magazine does that give you a clue. Oprah doesn't need to make this a success she has more than enough already. She turned me off completely when she would not try to rebuild the Chicago schools "because the kids would not appreciate it" hence her sojourn to Africa and we know how well that was handled. I won't be watching OWN.

    October 4, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Yekka

    Michael Jackson fans are just mad that a dark skinned overweight black woman would dare compare herself to their idol. They do not take the time or have the intelligence to comprehend Oprah's point, which was to praise Thriller as a phenomenon that can't be repeated. I used to think Michael Jackson was a force for good, but the best way to judge a leader is to look at his followers and Michael's followers are the most disgusting ignorant mean spirited intolerant attack dogs on the planet. I now hate Michael Jackson.

    October 4, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Agnes

      I am not really a Michael Jackson fan only started to appreciate him after his death, thanks to the media. I think Yekka you are going to offend whole lot of people, from different races and countries. As far as I known, I have never seen the death of a celebrity cause such intense sadnes across almost the whole planet, from different races and countries (even from countries who do not speak English). I am surprised as I have bad impression of him before, thanks to the media. Only lately I knew he had done so much for the charity, I read from an article on newspaper he was in the Guiniess Record for the most donated individual, $500million if I could remember. I appreciate and respect him for his charity work, whether he is getting attention or not, at least he was doing something. . I am actually quite amused the media has changed their comments on him, suddenly only mentioning the good, and the people accused him before suddenly feel sad and sorry. I think his fans did an incrediible and excellent job standing up for him during his worst time and I think this is definitely Wisdom, the ability to differentiate what is fact and tabloid. For that, I salute his fans. (My apology if I have spelled some words wrongly)

      October 4, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lazara

      Michael Jackson fans keep spreading the lie that MJ gave $500 million to charity but no reputable source backs it up. MJ was not the most charitable person on the planet. Unlike Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and Oprah, Michael never qualified for Business Week's list of America's 50 greatest philanthropists. Bill Gates has given a HUNDRED TIMES more money to charity than Michael Jackson.

      October 4, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • cawobeth3

      Yakka, I feel sorry for you.
      Agnes thank you for being a power of example as far as humility.
      I have seen some beautiful stories over the internet, since his passing, from many people who finally sought the truth.
      Fact is though, media has only glorified MJ's msic, not his humanitarianism and not a breath of humility about what they did to him.He went into exile because of what they did.
      Media influence approximately 1/2 of Americans. The statistics have changed & used to show closer to 60 – 65% that doubted his innocence, before he passed, thank you to people like you.
      This gives you a clear picture of what ACTUALLY happened.
      Michael Jackson's spirit matters as does a legacy of truth.
      If you have time, please work with us to stand up for his.

      October 7, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  44. MIJJD

    I think that people who put down MJ fans are not understanding why they feel the way they do. The fans are some of the most intelligent people out there, if you where ever persecuted in the way MJ has been, one could only pray that they had such brave and intelligent people on their side to seek the truth and justice. Its not so much about the article that have set the fans off, but she has continuously used Michaels name purely for ratings and most of the time she has been negative towards him. Michael was a genius, research the man, you will be amazed. Oprah's fame comes in the way of interviewing celebrities, so there is no comparrison. The media for years has displayed Michael in a twisted way, and most people believed what they where told , wake up people its all about the ratings not about the truth, and guess what, good ole Oprah is part of that media deception, you want the truth out of these people and all they want from you is your ratings which equals cash....if you believe what you are being sold then who is ignorant?!?!? Michaels talents where endless, do your homework and you will see.

    October 4, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Cliff

      Oprah's fame did not come from interviewing celebrities. It was only after she remained the #1 talk show in America for years that the big celebs would even come on her show. Michael could sing and dance, but Oprah totally dominated the most competetive and improvisational field I can think for a quarter centur, becoming the billionaire Queen of all media in the process. You try talking for an hour a day, and making it so fresh, so spontanieous, so amusing, so funny, that MILLIONS and MILLIONS and MILLIONS of people hang on your every word, day after day, week after week, year after year, decade after decade, during the most fragmented and competetive media era EVER. Oprah's the best there ever was.

      October 4, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • cawobeth3

      Oh God, the best there ever was ? If you glorify someone who prejudges people and doesn't admit when they're wrong , I'm sorry for you.
      People seem to have forgotten how valuable truth is. It's profoundly powerful. Oprah is in for a rude awakening. Not because I say so, because there is such a thing as Karma and the truth will prevail.
      The majority of MJ fans are genuine. There are just some hypocrites due to a few people who capitalized on lies over MJ, like Ms.O. Michael Jackson has proven to be a fine man and great power of example, as a hard-working artist who has dedicated himself to our truth, which is love. Love for this Earth, love for humanity & brotherhood and love for life itself despite what The US media and public media blood suckers put him through.
      For O to say MJ's name implies something much bigger than some BS comparisons between she & MJ.
      Oprah talking out of both sides unfortunately speaks of what America has turned into, much due to the corrupt media that butters her bread.
      Facts speak for themselves. More & more people are learning the truth behind the allegations against MJ everyday.
      The "great" Oprah just causes us more work to re-expose the facts because she lacks true respect for Mr. Jackson,
      lacks integrity as a talk show host and lacks humility, as have her media friends.

      October 7, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  45. cynthia

    people on here don't read – she was not comparing herself to micheal jackson – also – she did a show on micheal jackson as soon as he died – i have it recorded – but she is not required to worship micheal as others do – she has a right to her own opinion about the guy....people attack oprah for stupid crap just like they attacked michael b/c he was different....they were both unique and sucessful in their OWN (get it) way....lol...stop the hating around here!

    October 4, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • cawobeth3

      Worship ?
      This isn't about worship, it's about truth.
      Right to her opinion ?
      Her opinion of MJ is based on lies and by now she darn well knows it.
      Who the _ _ _ _ is she to be preaching to people about her favorite subject soul ? Who is she to use Michael's name in the same bereath that she pretends to be opening up about her supposed fears about ?
      Fact; Fact is she used her time & money to capitalize on someone's name; the same person that she prompted a distorted, false and mean image of. This is extremely hypocritical. Noone is asking her to worship MJ. Obviously, she worships (I won't say it) over integrity & truth.

      October 7, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  46. Wow

    Did anyone read the actual post or just the headline? She is just saying she doesnt want to live in FEAR of her sucess like Michael admited he had. She did not in anyway compare herself to Micheal Jackson, or intimate she wants to be better than Micheal Jackson just that she wanted to learn from his mistake and is going to be brave enought to give OWN a chance.

    October 4, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • jules

      Exactly. Oprah wasn't saying anything bad. Just the opposite. She was saying Thriller was such a phenomenon it can't be repeated. I've lost all respect for Michael Jackson because his fans are just so stupid. They go on the attack without taking the time to understand.

      October 4, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • cawobeth3

      Hey Wow, you'd have to be aware of how Ms. O has distorted MJ's image.
      It's the principle of the thing that she even dare utter his name.
      "Brave ?" Oprah Winfrey ? Give me a break. She has so much money it's absolutely sickening.
      This OWN biz has been in the works for quite a few years. She's just has had a good strategic plan and I'm quite sure that she hasn't worked the strategy all by herself. Look it up..
      Brave...you know what would be brave ? Some ego-deflation & humility. Admitting she was wrong about Michael and airing it publicly, just like she used her famous voice to defame him. Brave would be her not being afraid of what people would think of her, and her rating #'s, by voicing the facts behind the allegations about MJ. Now this would be brave. Having a show about Michael's humanitarianism instead of always tooting her OWN horn. This would show character. As far as her identification with MJ as a philanthropist & humanitarian ? Hmmm...I don't wonder how much identification there really is.

      October 7, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  47. Head Diva In Charge

    I understand what Oprah is saying when she says she doesn't want to be Michael Jackson, however, I don't think that was the right statement. I do wish her luck though, it might be nice to have an intelligent women's network instead of bad (yet kind of awesome) Lifetime movies.

    October 4, 2010 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • exza

      She's saying it metaphorically. By saying "I don't want to be Michael Jackson" she's saying "I don't want to compare myself to a phenomenon that can't be repeated." Michael Jackson fans are way too dumb to understand metaphors.

      October 4, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Head Diva In Charge

      exza: I did not say that I did not understand it. I simply said it wasn't the right way to say it. I get that people really believe she is comparing herself to him, that is why it's not the right statement. And when you insult others you don't know, you look dumb yourself. Be careful of that.

      October 4, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  48. cawobeth

    This woman has a lot of nerve to even speak of MJ considering that the fact that she has unjustly disrespected him.
    Interesting that she continues to mention MJ in relation to herself. She knows better than to just speak flippantly. So, is deliberately mentioning Michael for attention & reaction or was it a remark that surfaced from her sub-conscience ?

    October 4, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • terma

      You missed the point of her comment. It's nothing disrespectful. She's saying that Thriller was such a phenomenon that it was unfair for him to be held to that standard.

      October 4, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • cawobeth

      I missed no point. This woman showed her true colors in relation to Michal Jackson a long time ago.
      She dare use his name in relation to herself. She's a totally different breed of cat. She acts like she knew Michael. ha ! Her fears do not at all relate to how Michael challenged herself. She probably has fears because she's lost much of her fanbase. She should OWN her own _ _ _ _. That was hardly the case following Thriller.

      October 4, 2010 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • trimasta

      cawobeth Oprah could lose 90% of her original fan base and she'd STILL be the #1 talk show in America. That's how huge her audience is.

      October 5, 2010 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
    • cawobeth3

      "Her fears do not at all relate to how Michael challenged herself"; I meant himself of course.
      Sorry for typos, the mere thought of the issue upsets. me.
      I don't care how many people kiss her _ _ _ _ !
      Her fame is not to be commended because she talks out of both sides of her mouth. She's a fake. Seriously, how & why can she attempt to glorify someone who she defamed ?
      This sort of character (or lack of) is hardly a power of example in leadership.
      I'm just sorry people are so gullible and think she's so great.

      October 7, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  49. kerma

    Oprah has way more range than Michael Jackson. She can make me laugh, cry, get excited, get inspired. All Michael could do was sing songs Quincy Jones produced for him and repeat the same tired dances moves over & over.

    October 4, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • cawobeth

      You obviously don't know much about MJ or care to so why do you bother commenting.
      Quincy Jones is responsible for MJ's career ? Did you ever hear of The Jackson Five ?
      And who the heck do you think is credited for Ms. O's career ?
      You got it, her interview with Michael that HE gave her. Not the other way around.

      October 5, 2010 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Dalia

      cawobeth, if you think Michael Jackson gave Oprah her career, how do you explain the fact that she was already the #1 talk show for SEVEN YEARS before she interviewed him in 1993, and that her show was actually MORE popular BEFORE she interviewed the freak then after.

      October 5, 2010 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
    • brittany

      r u serious Kerma. lol you need to do some research

      October 5, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  50. Miilly

    Michael was such a fake phoney freak with his fake childlike voice and fake Peter Pan persona. Oprah don't compare yourself to him.

    October 4, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Miilly do yourself a favor & close your mouth.

      October 5, 2010 at 3:40 am | Report abuse |
    • brittany

      I agree with you Jason and as MJ once said look in the mirror and make a change and milly you do. show respect

      October 5, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • 欧默

      Do more lessons before judge OK?
      Hope you got integrity as Michael did,so does your phoney idol OPRAH.Sick of her especially when comes to MJ issues.backstabber shame on her!!! ——MJ fan from China.

      October 16, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Harry

    Oprah you are a million times better than Michael Jackson ever was. Why would you even compare yourself to him?

    October 4, 2010 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • NellieO231

      Puleeezzz....what exactly are you smoking? Oprah is merely better at publicizing her acts of humanitarianism. She will never be as good a person as Michael Jackson really was. She does it to cement her reputation. He did it because he felt the pain of children suffering all over the world. Watch this interview with someone who actually knew Jackson. He himself is a doctor & humanitarian and he lists 5 people that he was aware of in his lifetime who had achieved a level of enlightenment known in Buddhism as Bodhisattva, because they put off their own nirvana for the sake of others:

      John Lennon
      Mother Teresa
      Nelson Mandela

      (not OPRAH, sorry)


      October 4, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • gex

      Don't insult Oprah by saying she's only a humanitarian to enhance her reputation. You could say the same thing about Michael. Oprah's every bit as caring and compassionate as Michael & probably more so. In fact Oprah got in trouble as a young news reporter because she couldn't cover sad stories without crying on the air.

      October 4, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  52. MJFan4Ever

    How DARE you EVEN TRY to compare yourself to Michael Jackson. He was the biggest humanitarian ever! And all you could do was pass out keys to cars and didn't even pay taxes on them for anyone but you took credit AS IF you bought them the cars. And, as for your school in Africa....why do kids in school need a fireplace??!! Try doing some research on MJ and maybe you could learn some humanitarian ways from him. But please, you will NEVER be him...EVER.

    October 4, 2010 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Boyoboy

      MJ was a pedophile that slipped through the cracks of justice due to juries starstruck by a performing monkey. . So what. He abused his star power to molest some kids...what a jerk.

      October 4, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • maryrm

      boyo – what facts are you using to form your opinion? The trial transcripts? The FBI files? or do you just like to slander people based on tabloid gossip, which everyone knows is pure fiction. Like Oprah said – the only thing a tabloid ever printed about her that is true is that she can't dance.

      The facts as contained in the legal proceedings, Michael's music, and his good works throughout his life speak for themselves.

      Again, Oprah, I wish you luck.

      October 4, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  53. Kelly

    Oprah, don't EVEN compare yourself to MJ, you can't come anywhere close. And, quit using his name to get attention on yourself.

    October 4, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  54. Kelly

    Rest assured, you will NEVER be like Michael! Your not even worthy to mention his name.

    October 4, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  55. Bishop Kool

    Oprah don't try to top what you've already done just keep making a different in the world keep being a light for others

    October 4, 2010 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  56. Brian234

    Dont worry Oprah You could never be Michael Jackson.

    Michael Jackson is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most successful entertainer of all Time. Not You.

    Rest In Paradise


    October 4, 2010 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • velma

      Uh, that was 20 years ago. Oprah's long since surpassed him.

      October 4, 2010 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Rrpm

      To Velma:

      Oprah has not, does not and could never surpass Michael. Michael. on the other hand, has, will and will always surpass Oprah and money has nothing to do with it. Sorry hun but the truth is the truth. I find it pathetic that she would even use his name in an article just to say that. Out of all the people in the world, why use him? If she dies today, she wouldn't be as celebrated as he still is now. She can feel the way she wants to feel but when she makes public comments like that its no wonder she's losing fans and fame.

      October 4, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Get real. Oprah's ten times more successful than Michael Jackson. Oprah's on Forbes list of the richest people on the planet. Michael never accomplished that. Oprah was named one of the 50 top philanthropists in America. Michael never accomplished that. Oprah was named one of the 100 most influential people of ALL TIME by Life magazine. Michael was not. Oprah is constantly on Gallups list of the most admired people in America. Michael never made that list. Oprah's way more successful than Michael, and she didn't have to sing or dance to get where she is either. She did it by being herself. It's an honor to Michael Jackson that she would compare herself to him.

      October 4, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • maryrm

      Dave – Michael Jackson is in the Guinnes Books many times. "The Millenium issue listed the Michael under Most Charities Supported By A Pop Star, with 39 international organizations including the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the American Cancer Society. Those are only the known ones however, as Jackson was also prone to giving away impulsively and anonymously."

      "Jackson had been known to hand over the proceeds from concerts to local charities and hospitals as he did with the History tour in Bombay, or donate personal items for auction to organizations like UNESCO. It’s been estimated he may have given up to $500 million to charity in his lifetime."

      Having said that, I think some of Michael's fans are too hard on Oprah. I saw her remix of the 93 interview and she was only trying to put into context the times because many of her viewers who know nothing about Michael would have wondered.

      I find it interesting the the most successful black man and the most successful black woman were both dragged through the courts on trumped up charges. I'm just sayin'

      I wish her luck.

      October 4, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • dex

      Michael did not give $500 million to charity. He never even made that much. I notice hoe his fans keep increasing the numbers to the point where no one believes them about anything. Oprah was the only African American to qualify for Business Week's list of the 50 top philanthropist in America. If MJ had given even $300 million to charity, he would have qualified too.

      October 4, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • cawobeth

      Do any of really think Michael could care less about competing with Ms. O anyway ? pheu...
      And how many hospitals did O ever visit ? Compassion is about walking your talk, not just about giving out $.
      Ms. O can't give her $ away as fast as it comes in. And look how she makes her $...she may as well have taken the day off for her sorry excuse for a MJ anniversary "tribute". Just like last year it was all about her, not Michael. All it was, was edited clips of the interview with MJ that put her on the map and clips from her sorry _ _ _ "tribute" from last years.

      October 4, 2010 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • cawobeth

      $ $ $ If that's how you rate Oprah, you're right.
      And what of her character; a character that's quite obviously self-serving, judgmental, people-pleasing, controlling and down-right ungrateful and horribly disrespectful of others when she wants to be.
      And she relates to Michael ? Actually, she could learn from Michael rather than claim to know so much about him.

      October 4, 2010 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doris

      The 1993 interview put Michael Jackson on the map. Oprah's been the #1 talk show since the mid 1980s, but Michael never get so many viewers as he got from talking to Oprah. Not even the Bashir interview was as big.

      October 5, 2010 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian234

      NO Velma that wasnt 20 years ago. He received the award in 2006 in london England. heres a link of the video


      October 5, 2010 at 6:22 am | Report abuse |
    • cawobeth3

      I don't know where some ppl get their info. but Ms. O was hardly so famous before MJ's interview with her.
      What difference does it make anyway ? She's disrespectful (to say the least) to who she wants, when she wants.
      She very blatantly & obviously insinuated that she believed the lies about MJ instead of being a descent person and checking the facts. It is her responsibility, considering her position, to speak of people from a factual perspective rather than prejudge people based upon perverse sensationalism

      Hey Oprah, the court transcripts are here on the internet anytime you care to be respectful of a great man who gave so much. And I just know that you received numerous requests to consider "Michael Jackson Conspiracy" by Aphrodite Jones. Sooo many MJ innocence advocates have written to you.

      October 7, 2010 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  57. Barbara Moraillon

    After the phenomenal hit Thriller, Michael Jackson was only 24, quite an early age for global success, he still had a very long way to go or he should have had, if the tabloids had not put so much pressure on him... His life can't be compared with anyone's.

    October 4, 2010 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  58. Carefreedo

    Probably more like you can't be like Michael Jackson. Main reason being, he was talented beyond belief and you are, well, not. Anyone else find it ironic that this woman forgets that were it not for Michael Jacksons existence she would not be on television.

    October 4, 2010 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • klamo

      Really? I didn't know Oprah was in the music business? And Oprah's actually more talented than he is. She can entertain people day after day, week after week, year after year, decade after decade, and stay #1 in a far more competetive, important & improvisational field. All Michael could do was repeat the same tired songs & dance moves over & over.

      October 4, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • cawobeth3

      O's got the gift for gap, and her questions are often invasive and rude. What's so commendable about that ?

      October 7, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  59. Raving Lunatic

    Good call there Oprah.....one Michael Jackson was plenty.

    October 4, 2010 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  60. Amoymous

    HOW DARE YE!!!!!!!! Michael Jackson was a-lazing. And how can you differ? Michael Jackson was a beast. And forever will be the king of pop!!!!!! Shame shame

    October 4, 2010 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  61. Natalie

    Nobody dont watch big o no more anyway, forget her lesbian self.

    October 4, 2010 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  62. pitt03

    Oprah was just stating that she was human too and that WE ALL the same fears of failure. Give her a break!
    I love Michael Jackson and will always love him....Michael was too good for this earth...

    October 4, 2010 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Exactly. Oprah was saying that she didn't want to be unfairly compared to her past success the way Michael was unfairly compared to his. What so offensive? Michael Jackson fans are morons with no reading comprehension

      October 4, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • cawobeth

      Give her a break ? Oh really. She needs to give us a break trying to talk to the public like we're stupid. Her OWN deal has been in the making for a few years. I remember when she 1rst announced it a cpl of years ago, which means it had to have been in the development stages before that. Meanwhile, she's ending her show just in time as her ratings have dropped tremendously.
      She defames Michael then dares try to relate him to herself ?
      What is shecraving attention ? Does she really think she can talk spirituality from a real place as a person who lacks humility ? And I guess you are unaware of Ms.O's false judgments of Michael. Maybe you aught to look up her interview with LMP from 2005. She is greatly responsible for provoking the perverse sensationalism of media over Michael.

      October 4, 2010 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shawn

      cawobeth I saw Oprah interview with Lisa Marie and all she did was ask the obvious questions. You sound insane, no offense.

      October 5, 2010 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |
    • cawobeth3

      I don't care if you think I'm insane. I saw the entire show the day it aired. The worst part was cut out of the youtube copy. You think she asked the obvious questions; ore like insinuating and rude. I would have no idea why you bother defending either one of them. Ms. O is greatly responsible for distorting MJ's Image. Fact.

      October 7, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  63. khocolatemoose

    Well, I must say that I do not carry the same disdain for Ms. Winfrey that I see here, but I do believe she's lost a lot of her clout in this country. No offense, but when Judge Judy is beating you in the ratings, it might be time to retire and count your cash while wallowing in your gold-plated jacuzzi. Just an idea.

    Feel free to add to the conversation about films at http://khocolatemoose.wordpress.com/

    We'd love to hear what you have to say, and often.


    October 4, 2010 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
    • sovar

      Yeah, but Judge Judy is a court show. Oprah remains the #1 talk show in all of America, and even beat Judge Judy during the premier week.

      October 4, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  64. T

    Get your fat ass off my T.V. I won't be watching your channel.

    October 4, 2010 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
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    October 4, 2010 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  66. jan

    Oprah you won't even come close to him. You kicked him when he was down but keep using his name with people like JK rowling, Liza and lisa marie presley. You have let yourself down.

    October 4, 2010 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Mim

      Jan I'm so glad that I'm not the only one who felt this way. I can't believe these people

      October 4, 2010 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • zabra

      Oprah never kicked him when he was done. Her 1993 interview was the most watched interview Michael ever did and the only one where he came off looking good instead of the freak he came off like in every other interview.

      October 4, 2010 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • cawobeth

      Ms. Lisa is the same breed of cat as Ms. O. They deserve each others friendship.
      You know what Oprah & Michael have in common ?
      They've both been so misunderstood by the public at large.
      Too many people think Oprah is so real & spiritual (ugh, how could she be).
      Too many people think Michael is someone so different than who he really is also, thanks to people who listen to Oprah.

      October 5, 2010 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  67. Patricia

    I have lost respect for Oprah. Michael was one of the greatest humanitarians and all he wanted was peace in the world and to help people. That was his goal in life. Sure Oprah helps charities but always with a lot of pubicity. Michael did things out of the kindess of his heart, she could never ever be Michael Jackson.

    October 4, 2010 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Mim

      Patricia you are so right on. I lost respect for her since 2009 after he passed she said nothing for a long time & when she finally did it was the re broadcast of that show she did of /with him as a tribute. Whatever oprah keep his name out of your mouth

      October 4, 2010 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Crating

      Actually Oprah does lots of charity with very little publicity, like the 250 black men she's sent through college. And Michael Jackson would constantly publicize his charity.

      October 4, 2010 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • mjlover4life

      Patricia~I totally agree with the lost of respect for Oprah

      October 5, 2010 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
    • DonnaL

      Thank you for your honest comment. Michael Jackson was a great humanitarian. Yes Oprah also gives to many causes but you always know about it. She likes all the attention she receives. Michael however just gave to so many charitable causes never wanting the attention. In the 80's Oprah was on the way to success especially after her famous interview at Neverland with MJ. I was so disappointed with Oprah after Michaels "death". Her show that she finally did was not sincere. Read somewhere that she had a show "ready to go" after his trial about being found guilty. She was convinced herself he was guilty. Watching her shows with Lisa Marie and her phony shallow mother Priscilla was the turning off of Oprah for me. Now I hear tomorrow Lisa Marie is on her show again...I can still hear Oprah and Diane Sawyer asking Lisa Marie over and over "Michael Jackson"? "Micheal Jackson? you married Michael Jackson? "what where you thinking"? My stomach turns. American media destroyed him.

      October 5, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Trey

      Oprah never did a show about Michael being guilty. And Oprah's been the #1 talk show since 1986. She was a far bigger star than Michael in the U.S. by the time she interviewed him in 1993. As for the Lisa Marie interview, Oprah just asked the obvious questions.

      October 6, 2010 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  68. Max

    Don't worry, Oprah, you could NEVER be Michael Jackson, no matter how hard you tried.

    October 4, 2010 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Mim

      Good One Max & I agree with you 100%

      October 4, 2010 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Kat

      She's already achieved far more than Michael Jackson.

      October 4, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Janice Serrano

      Max and everyone else here who feels that Oprah slighted Michael Jackson is 100% right. She associated Michael Jackson with fear instead of courageousness, which he had in spades. If he wasn't courageous, Thriller would never have become the masterpiece that it was and let's not forget, it was not a foregone conclusion when the album first came out that it would be the best selling album of all time and break records. Even Quincy Jones, who produced it, didn't think it would be as big as Michael knew it would be. So don't associate his name with fear, because he was one of the most courageous individuals who ever lived and Oprah should have know better than to use his name and legacy as an example of 'paralyzing fear.' I'm sure that she did not intend this, but it is still no excuse and she should clarify her remark and apologize.

      October 4, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • zenalicious

      In deed it wasn't fear or success of Thriller that stood in the way for Michael Jackson rather it was the relentless move of the media to commit character assassination against him. Every time this man got up, he was kicked down... Heaven only knows what a toll that must have been on him. None of us would ever have lasted in his shoes. May God Bless his soul.

      October 5, 2010 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
    • mjlover4life

      max, I could not have said it better~Oprah owes MJ and for people like Kat~stop hating if YOU were have the person MJ managed to be while dealing with the hateful and lying media you would not say things like that~Oprah's ok but she is no MJ~Long live the King of Pop~L.O.V.E MJ 4 EVER

      October 5, 2010 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
    • shadowmia

      You've stated the truth perfectly, Max. Oprah has a surplus of gall to even compare herself with Jackson, who had more talent, humanitarianism, & energy in his little fingernail than Oprah ever will have. Oprah owes her present status, not to talent, but to the fact that she was long ago taken up as by an extremely wealthy & powerful group who always remain in the background while she parrots whatever they wish to a trusting public. That they've long tried to demonize and destroy Jackson is well established; accordingly, Oprah frequently mentions Jackson, always in a derogatory way except for the necessary acknowledgement of his undeniably phenomenal musical talent.

      October 6, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |

      I totally agree.She should be asking peole to honor him,remember him..But is she just another person ,with a lot of money?Who just want more and more..When did she ever made any efort, to help the Animals in China?The Cats and Dogs that are being skinned alive for their fur?Does she have any passion for Animals,does she have a heart like MJ did?What a joke!!Oprah,with all the money that you have,you could go to China with PETA, and END this Cruelty for good!Forever!Do you ever go to bed at night and think of the horror and the abuse,that these Animals are enduring?The pain?Think about that please?And you'll have Our vote and support about anything else that you may do..I hope that you do remember Michael.. And remember that MJ did help the world..People and Animals ..On behalf of all Animal lovers and MJ..Thank you.Please help PETA to end the cruelty in China..You do have the power to do this..

      October 11, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wendy

      Actually Michael was the one who became famous after being taken up by wealthy powerful people. First by Motown, then later Ronald Reagan launched Michael into the stratosphere in 1984 by inviting him to the white house so Michael could help him reach young and minority voters. Oprah on the other hand started rock bottom in media hosting a low budget talk show and only through grass roots support from viewers did she become a superstar.

      October 11, 2010 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |

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