Can Anderson Cooper Replace Oprah? Oprah's Answer Is Short and to the Point LA Times, NY Times
Oprah Winfrey was asked at the TCA Press Tour whether Anderson Cooper, who is working on a daytime show to debut this fall, could replace her, and Winfrey responded with an emphatic "no," reports the Los Angeles Times' Show Tracker blog.
"I’m a fan of his,” she said. “It will be interesting to see. I will be watching it closely. I will be rooting for him. What I know for sure: He will not be the next Oprah," she said, according to the report.
Winfrey talked about her reaction to seeing the Oprah Winfrey Network upon its debut last weekend, noting that she has a new appreciation for TV commercials.
"Gayle [King] called from Vegas--she was at Jay-Z’s party for New Year’s--she called after we were on the air … and said, ‘You have commercials just like a real network!’ I’m thinking the same thing. I didn’t know I loved Febreze so much. I look at commercials so much differently," she said.
Separately, The New York Times' Media Decoder blog reports that Piers Morgan has booked Oprah Winfrey as his first guest on his new CNN show. "Piers Morgan Tonight" will debut Jan. 17.