Oprah Reaffirms Commitment to OWN’s Success, Rolls Out a New Motto

Aug 2, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Saying it’s “10 times harder” to run a cable net than it is to pull off a daily talk show, Oprah Winfrey has restated her commitment to making her ratings-challenged cable network a success, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Winfrey, who has just been sued over her use of the motto “Own your power,” also unveiled a new motto: “The next right decision.”

Using her Facebook page to talk directly to the public, Winfrey wrote, "I spent my first full week at OWN merging new staff with Harpo folks. Alignment is the first step in getting anything to work. We all had a great week."

She said she’s focused on Rosie O’Donnell’s upcoming OWN talk show, writing about O’Donnell: "I watched in awe this past Friday as she sat in a room full of critics [at the Television Critics Association press tour] and made them actually LOL."

Asked by a Twitter follower whether Winfrey is “frazzled” by OWN’s subpar performance, Winfrey wrote: "Nope, not frazzled. And I have faith that if I do what I’m supposed to — allow it to serve my purpose, and you, the viewer — it will succeed. Everyone in the cable business told me it would take 3 years. Some said 5. I’ve been here a week."

Comparing running a network with doing her syndicated television show, she wrote: "I will say this; it’s 10 times harder than doing my daily show. Doing that show felt like breathing everyday. Now I’m in so many meetings I sometimes have to step out and catch a breath. But I see every challenge as an opportunity. So no shortage of opportunities here."

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