Can Anderson Cooper Replace Oprah? Oprah’s Answer Is Short and to the Point

Jan 7, 2011  •  Post A Comment

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.


  1. You are misrepresenting what Oprah said by leaving out a crucial part of her comments. She said these kind of questions are silly because everyone is an individual. Anderson will be the next Anderson, as she was the next Oprah back when people were asking if she would be the next Phil Donahue.

  2. GOOD clarification point, kph!!
    It’s not like I need yet another reason not to be an Oprah fan, but that hacked quote would have been plenty enough for anyone on its own. That’s just shameful misrepresentation!

  3. I really like the colors here on your blog. did you design this yourself or did you outsource it to a professional?

  4. Anderson Cooper = Jane Pauley = .04 Rating.

  5. Anderson Cooper = Jane Pauley = .04 Rating.

  6. That’s not even a question. No Way

  7. do you really think that he will take him place?

  8. I like Anderson Cooper. He may have the best show on CNN…but he is a pale white ghost compared to Oprah. Perhaps that’s just what we need to get over her 🙂

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