Oprah Demoted at her own OWN Network?

In Celebs by Wendy Michaels , on Friday, June 01, 2012, 8:40 AM (PDT)
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Oprah Reportedly No Longer In Charge of OWN Network

Oh, how the mighty queen has fallen -- Oprah Winfrey has reportedly been demoted at her OWN Network.

OWN, which never quite achieved the success Oprah - and the rest of us - envisioned, seems to be scrambling to turn things around and in so doing, may have replaced the talk show queen with some suit.

OWN's ratings have been dragging since the start, as most find the network's offerings pretty dulls-ville - and even more have difficulty FINDING the network on their TV dials.

Read: Oprah Wants A-List Pals to Do Reality Shows on OWN Network

The Enquirer [via] reports that Winfrey has been "stripped of executive powers at her struggling OWN network. The media mogul was reduced to tears when her chief financial backer decided to curtail her control over the network she had worked her fingers to the bone to launch, say sources."

Winfrey reportedly retains the CEO title, but, according to The Enquirer, "it's in name only, revealed an insider."

Discovery Communications, which co-owns the Oprah Winfrey Network, pulled the plug on Winfrey's executive power, with the insider squealing, "They now realize that she was too inexperienced to run the network. So she was stripped of her power. She's no longer in a position to make executive decisions or hire staff without consulting top Discovery executive first."

See: Oprah's Selling Her Chicago Apartment for Half Price (Photos)

Ouch. Hard times for Oprah?

I'm betting she'll bounce back, but we wondered what you think.

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Comments (4)
Posted By Yers (2 years ago)
I don't think it's possible for oprah to be demoted. She owns 50% of the network and has complete control. She could demote herself but I don't think anyone can force her out of the CEO spot. Don't believe everything you read in the enquirer.
Posted By Eric (2 years ago)
Discovery owned the controlling majority of the network. The network has lost over 300 Million since launch. Look around the web their are more than one source
Posted By Maria Robertson (2 years ago)
she may be good at siting on her ass and interviewing but she dosn't know what people really need.You will have to get up off your ass to do tha cant pay everyone one to do everything and take all the credit. At some point the pussy will be let ont the bag. plus she is not funny.
Posted By Maria Robertson (2 years ago)
oprah maybe be good at sitting on her ass and interviewing but she dosn't know what people really need. You would have to get up your ASS to do that you cant pay everyone to do everything and take the credit. At some point the PUSSY will be let out of the bag
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