Talk show tycoon Oprah Winfrey has been reportedly fired by her OWN network, according to the National Enquirer. The reports about Winfrey have not been confirmed, but sources familiar with the matter who said the firing took place Thursday. In addition, Oprah’s team is expected to make an announcement on Friday.
Last month, Discovery Communication stated that it would pull the ailing OWN network if it continues down a path of low ratings. One source claims that a new premiere network will follow to replace OWN.
An insider told the Enquirer that they realized that she was too inexperienced to run the network. “So she was stripped of her power,” the insider said. “She’s no longer in a position to make executive decisions or hire staff without consulting top Discovery executives first.”
“For Oprah, this is a bitter personal failure and a devastating blow to her ego. The unexpected demotion has sent her into an emotional tailspin so severe that friends are deeply concerned for her. They fear it could trigger one of her drinking and eating binges,” the source added.
However, at least one other source mentioned that the talk show queen is finished with television, perhaps announcing a retirement as soon as Friday.
Either way, it seems as though Winfrey’s dream of running her own network has come to an end.