Oprah opens up about OWN on ‘CBS This Morning’

Media mogul Oprah Winfrey admitted to failings with her television network OWN Monday on ‘CBS This Morning.’


Oprah Winfrey (Heather Wines/CBS)

After months of struggling to find the right audience, cutting jobs and canceling underwhelming shows, Oprah said if she had the chance to do it all over again, she might not have created OWN.

One of the mistakes Oprah mentioned was launching the network before it was ready, likening it to walking down the aisle for a wedding prematurely.

“I would have probably waited until I actually finished 'The Oprah Show,' she told CBS. “Because from the day that David Zaslav (the head of Discovery Communications) came in to see me, I said to him, 'The thing that I'm worried about who's going to lead this train because I can't do it.' I know how hard it is to do a daily show...and I'm in Chicago and that's in Los Angeles. That's going to be very hard.”

But Winfrey is not going to quit the network or television. She said as an African American woman there was never a time to quit and she was too driven. In fact she said she felt better about the network than ever before.

OWN also just announced a network distribution deal with Comcast Cable Tuesday morning. Details of the agreement were not disclosed.

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