Last night Lance Armstrong‘s interview with Oprah aired, and no surprise at this point–he confessed to a boat-load of blood doping and performance-enhancing drugs during his professional cycling career. For millions of (former?) fans around the world, it felt like a punch in the stomach when he started out saying “yes” to a slew of Oprah’s “did you do it” questions. But if we’re being completely honest with ourselves, the real reason we’re all so mad at the former Tour de France winner, cancer survivor and philanthropist has nothing to do with his lying. More
In the first of his two-part interview with Oprah, Lance Armstrong confessed to a lot of nasty things, from the obvious–that he took performance enhancing drugs, including EPOs and testosterone–to the emotional–that he was basically a controlling jerk, and that he bullied the people around him into lying and even doing drugs themselves. Most of the interview was surprisingly boring; he didn’t appear incredibly emotional (especially not by Oprah standards), and Oprah didn’t give away free cars, bikes, or steroids (joking, joking). But there was one part of the interview that kind of stopped me in my tracks: When he talked about Betsy Andreu, who he publicly attacked for accusing him of drug use back in 2007. More
Lance Armstrong and Oprah sat down for the cyclist’s first interview addressing the USADA doping allegations on Monday, and his confession is finally being televised tonight. The emotional interview will continue tomorrow, but for now, we’re updating this post with essential quotes and information from the interview, in which the cyclist confesses to doping and being a bully to other cyclists for the first time since the USADA report came out in 2012. More
Apparently Lance Armstrong confessed to Oprah yesterday that he did indeed engage in doping during his cycling career (despite the many times he has out-righted lied and said “I have never doped.”) We all knew this was coming (even his die-heard fans on Facebook who refused to believe it could be true all this time). So why is everyone really shocked or surprised that Armstrong finally confessed? And what does this really mean at this point? More
Finally. Lance Armstrong is going to be publicly interviewed about his doping scandal. And Oprah is just the person to do it. Her OWN network announced yesterday that she will air an exclusive interview with the former Tour de France cyclist, and it’s looking like it will finally address the questions we all want answered.
Oprah opened up about a breast cancer scare at a conference in Los Angeles last month, and she also told the New York Times about her struggles at the helm of OWN and O Magazine. The Daily Mail‘s summary is dramatized, as can be expected, but it also couches a pretty offensive dig at women who choose to focus on their careers, minus a family–in the form of scientific claims about breast cancer risk. More
This Sunday, Oprah Winfrey will share her highly-anticipated interview with Rihanna on OWN. One of the most interesting–and disturbing–highlights of this show includes Ri-Ri talking about Chris Brown (who is apparently back in her life), the abuse she suffered and how she wants all of us to believe he is not the monster everyone made him out to be. Right. More
Olympic athlete Gabby Douglas is 16 years old and has a gold medal in gymnastics under her belt. Oprah is 58, has millions of dollars and a media empire to her name. But today, I’ve read more about their hair than their accomplishments, because apparently, the public is fascinated with black hair, and why it can’t just look like white hair at all times. More
I’ll admit that I don’t really keep up with the Kardashians, mostly because I a.) don’t care, and, I think beyond being a family full of clearly savvy marketers (seriously, those women can turn money into more money quicker than you can offend a lawmaker with the word “vagina“), there isn’t much to praise about them. But last night, in an interview with Oprah, Kim Kardashian noted that, at age 14, she asked her mother for birth control, and her mother obliged–which means I now several kind words to say to Kim and mother Kris Jenner, which are: that’s awesome, and I wish more mother/daughter pairs could address sex so frankly. More
And this is why Oprah is so damn awesome: She has all 400 employees at her company stop whatever they are doing in order to meditate every day.
In preparation for her next show, Oprah’s Next Chapter where she will visit a transcendental town in Iowa where one-third of its population meditates, the queen of talk–and aha moments–told Dr. Oz why meditation is so important to her: More
James Arthur Ray, the “guru” once promoted by Oprah alongside The Secret, just got two years in prison for hosting a sweat lodge vision quest in 2009 that caused the death of three people and hospitalization of dozens more. He was technically given three two-year sentences for reckless endangerment, but they’ll be served concurrently, which when you recount the details of what happened at his “Sun Warrior Retreat” in Sedona, Arizona, seems like a ridiculously light punishment. More
Has anyone else been watching Oprah‘s Lifeclass? I have to admit, when I first heard about her new show on OWN, I was skeptical. Like, why is she re-hashing her old shows? Why is she holding on to the past and not moving forward? But then, for lack of nothing better on TV lately, I tuned in and learned how wrong I was. She is in the process of teaching me some really valuable life lessons about emotions and spirituality and overall well-being. I especially liked what she said last night. More
I’m starting to cry. I’m remembering those years I struggled with my weight, those times when I saw my reflection in a store window and didn’t know who that fat person was, years when it was a big accomplishment for me to exercise at two dots on the StairMaster. And now I’m finishing a 26-mile race. Damn! This is better than winning an Emmy! More
Today was Oprah‘s last, last goodbye, and while retailers (and retail therapists) are bemoaning the loss, Heidi Klum is swooping in for the kill. The model and TV personality just launched a new lifestyle site for AOL, called Heidi Klum. Following in Gwyneth Paltrow‘s GOOP-y footsteps, Klum’s site will cover everything from parenting and relationships to fitness, lifestyle, fashion, and beauty, but for now, it’s pretty much just fashion and beauty (everything else is “coming soon..”). Heidi’s had her humorous moments on Project Runway, her bubbly personality is charming, and she’s definitely got that whole fashionable bombshell thing going on, but we can’t help but feel a little blah about getting more celebrity advice. More