Stunned By Her Selfishness


[BlindGossip] This past-her-prime star is so narcissistic that she thinks everything she touches should succeed simply because she is part of it. Her current television project – in which she is a principal player – is sliding badly in the ratings. She should be devoting herself to the project full-time to ensure its success. But she is so desperate for an ego boost that she has instead decided to take a part in a completely unrelated film project in which she thinks she has a better chance of succeeding. Those who have invested heavily in her first project are so stunned by her selfishness that they are vowing to never work with her again.

oprah winfrey 2SOLVED!

It’s Oprah Winfrey! Source:

So, in 2011, Oprah completely wigged out. OWN (The Oprah Winfrey Network), which both she and The Discovery Channel had poured mega $$$ into, was tanking.

There was a huge managment shakeup. In March 2011, the channel announced that it would undergo a major overhaul. In May 2011, Discovery executive Peter Liguori replaced Christina Norman as chief executive officer. Two months later, Oprah decided that she wanted to be CEO. In  July 2011, Winfrey announced she would take over as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Creative Officer of the channel. What a mess.

So, Oprah was now in charge and the company was still failing. What does a good CEO do when their company is failing? Well, Oprah decided to take another job.

Oprah, who hasn’t acted in a live-action film since the 1998 flop known as Beloved, decided that now- while her company was crumbling around her and the investors were screaming – would be the perfect time for her to take up acting again! Yes, Oprah’s narcissistic need for applause and validation trumped her need to buckle down and do her freaking job. So she signed on to do Lee Daniels’ film The Butler.

As you can guess, the investors were furious.

You may be thinking that her taking a little time off to do a movie shouldn’t hurt the company, right? Wrong. The channel’s losses were estimated to be $330 million as of May 2012.

kevin huvane jennifer aniston meryl streepBut, of course, the failure of OWN wasn’t Oprah’s fault. It’s never Oprah’s fault! Clearly, someone else was to blame. So what did Oprah do next? Oprah fired CAA and (BG’s dream agent) Kevin Huvane!

Yep. That ought to fix things right up. Except that it didn’t.

OWN is still an albatross around Oprah’s neck. Every night, before she goes to bed, Oprah takes off the albatross and her EGOT necklace (Don’t bother Oprah! She’s EGOTing!), and places them on her bedside table, right next to her copy of The Secret.

At least Gayle King was smart enough to go over to CBS.

Lots of you got this one right, but Sea Turtle was first! Congratulations, Sea Turtle!


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  1. dee123 says

    I really don’t wanna say it but Madeleine Stowe from Revenge?

    The huge ‘Who got got shot’ episode was actually down in the ratings from the week before.

  2. FamousPeopleDoStupidThings says

    Jennifer Lopez?
    American Idol is the current tv project. There’s a 20% decline in the ratings this season.
    She’s past her prime (else she’d be headlining movies and ranking on the charts.)
    She’s a narcissist for sure. Example: when Michael Phelps won his eight gold medals at the olympics she didn’t get that he was a bigger story than her triathlon training regimen.

    “Q’Viva! The Chosen” is her new project. BUT it was filmed last year so this is not a new diversion. And it’s a talent show, not a film project. Hm…
    And those who hired her for idol may not have known of her reputation for over-the-top self involvement. But they probably did.

    I just talked myself out of my own guess!

  3. AnguaDelphine says

    That’s … not really a bad thing, for an actor to want to be involved in more than one project. I fail to see how that’s selfish. This sounds like sour grapes from some of her coworkers who don’t have the same opportunities she has, frankly.

    That said, my guess is Jane Lynch on Glee.

    • jess89 says

      Yeah, I don’t really get it either. Actors are always looking for multiple projects. And if your tv show is tanking, then you should REALLY be looking for your next job. Nothing wrong with that.

      • OohDoTell says

        Hasn’t she been workin’ the altruistic philanthropist angle for the last few years? Hard to label her narcissistic in that light.

    • WorksEveryTime says

      I think they’re calling it selfish because instead of dedicating herself to the current project (and to give a solid financial return to her investors), she’s just moving on. Seems like she COULD make the project a success but is motivated more by adoration than by loyalty. I agree with you that it’s reasonable for actors to pursue new projects, but it’s not the same as someone ditching their financial backers.

      Oprah doesn’t strike me as narcissistic, but with that much money and that many fans looking to you as some sort of messiah, it seems like an easy trap to fall into.

    • toucan says

      I was about to make the same guess. This isn’t about a salaried actress;”principal player” is a financial term. Oprah does have other investors in her cable channel, in terms of money and career choices. A ccording to The Hollywood Reporter, she’s in talks to join Hugh Jackman and Mila Kunis in the cast of a film about Eugene Allen, the White House butler. It would be Oprah’s first film in 14 years.

    • LolaVee says

      Hmmm… that’s a good guess! The way it’s worded is kind of tricky and doesn’t necessarily point to an actress.

    • amagod121 says

      Oh, Sea Turtle, I think you’re right!!! Investors poured in multi-millions (maybe even over a hundred million, I don’t remember) so if Oprah’s getting ready to bail, emotionally or otherwise, no wonder they’re so upset!

      However, the reality is that the entire network is a stinker. And she keeps adding more and more and more Oprah shows – exactly what I DON’T want to watch. In fact, I haven’t seen anything watchable on the network, outside of old Dr. Phil reruns.

      Good call!

    • QubbuQ says

      Re: Oprah guess…. The “past her prime” descriptor could reference Prime Time television, she used to have ‘The’ spot when she was doing her Oprah show. And the ‘narcissistic’ clue, she’s on the cover of every single ‘O’ magazine cover.
      I’d have to agree with Oprah being the star. Would be great if this one was eventually revealed!

    • Mermaid says

      Yes to all the reasons listed here. And additional reasons that support the Oprah guess are those by AnguaDelphine and jess right above this thread.

      I recall reading Oprah stating that being denied into the Hermes store was Oprah’s BIGGEST HUMILIATION IN HER LIFE. Pathetic.

    • thefantasticspazzomatic says

      Yes, totally thought of her first!! After her embarrassing plea for nielsen box viewership, I can only assume its her network that is going under. With such gems as ‘My Life as Chaz’ (right? thats the name?), and the show that basically takes old Oprah reruns and records “inspirational messages” over the end credits, Oprah shouldn’t have quit her day job AT ALL. Grossly overestimated her power/popularity.

    • LolaVee says

      Haven’t there only been 2 or 3 episodes though? If it’s already failing, then that isn’t really a “slide in the ratings”, it’s more like plummeting off a cliff.

    • sawyer319 says

      Debra Messing is who crossed my mind too. Although I really hope it’s not her, Ive always been a fan. <3

  4. Katmandu says

    Oprah? Her network is doing so badly she’s asking her fans to watch and get the Nielsen numbers up. Though I don’t know what film project she’s getting involved in…

  5. ILoveGlitter says

    I’m probably way off but for some reason Sarah Michelle Gellar popped into my head. She seems quite narcissistic. Don’t think Ringer is doing very well either.

  6. RoxeeGirl says

    ‘Cougar Town’ comeback tanks in the ratings Feb 15 2012

    OCT 21st 2011?
    Courteney Cox, David Arquette Sell ‘Skinny Girl’ Comedy to ABC

    Courteney Cox??????

    • Yabby says

      Cox and her ex are executive producers on COUGAR TOWN, and she’s practically begging people to watch! WATCH IT!

    • pippakardashian says

      Courtney Cox as my first guess and I don’t know why because she’s never come across as particularly narcissistic to me.

  7. marsha says

    oh man, i hate to say it because she is one of my favorite actress but i think it’s Mariska from SVU. She is cutting her hours at Law in order – i thought to focus on her family but then i heard she has another project she is trying to get out and not just acting but i think producing or directing it. This is all heard second/third hand so i hope it’s not true.

  8. SouthJerseyGirl says

    The only show I can think of with a new star is CSI with Elizabeth Shue but she never struck me as a narcissistic diva. Who knows though?

    • ChiChiLaRue says

      This is actually who I was thinking of, too.
      Are you there, Chelsea is still finding it’s feet and I could see how it would need Chelsea around to succeed in that. The show is quite funny, but it needs to mature a bit.
      However, I haven’t heard of Chelsea doing any film recently. I know she’s in that new flick with chris pine, but that was done a while ago.
      Also, she already has Chelsea Lately, After Lately and her stand-up gigs to keep her busy, I’m pretty sure she’s a woman who can multitask, so ultimately I don’t think it’s her.

  9. Bromance1979 says

    Debra Messing? I’ve heard she has a huge ego, and she has a new show that looks terrible (no clue how the ratings are).

  10. jujubee says

    I don’t’ know why, but I’m thinking this might be about Smash. The ratings have been dropping since the premiere, though I didn’t think they were that bad. The use of the word succeed/success/succeeding makes me think of it, too. Also, the use of the phrase “principal player” makes me think of the lead in a play. I’m thinking this might be Debra Messing or Angelica Huston.

    I guess it could be about Glee, too, but the only older female on the show with any real success is Jane Lynch, and I don’t think this is about her. In this case, principal could refer to a school principal. I just don’t think it’s her, though.

    The only other one I can think of is Courtney Cox, but since she’s an exec producer on Cougar Town (IIRC) I doubt she’d be so quick to throw it away.

    Still think this is about Smash.

  11. egarcia76 says

    Dana Delany? I read somewhere that “Body of Proof” wasn’t faring so well in the ratings. Plus she was on “Desperate Housewives”, hence desperate clue.

  12. brijazz says

    Angelica Houston for Smash. I would have thought debra messing but the blind mentions “past her prime”.

  13. Christian says

    I would not have expected it to be her, but the “O” mouth in the photo should probably be a clue that it is Harpo.

    • lu164ever says

      The man pictured also looks a ton like Carson Kressley, a frequent guest on her show. Maybe I’m the only one seeing it, though!

      • Mermaid says

        This is a BG blind and they post clues in the picture and I could not FOR THE LIFE OF ME figure out what this pic had to do with the blind. I ran into Carson Kressly (sp?) at a Whole Foods in Toronto and didn’t notice anything narcissistic about him (and his Queer Eye shows was one of my FAVES so I was totally stumped) but the “O” mouth is EXACTLY what you say. Well done!

  14. JoshuaTree says

    This screams Debra Messing/Smash (massive ego) but the “everything she touches turns to gold” definitely points to Oprah.

  15. easter says

    chelsea handler. that tv show is a dog & she’s been promoting her new movie. she’s not old, but she looks it and her career certainly does seem past its prime.

  16. UncleEntity says

    Christina Applegate? Up All Night is actually a great show…but it has horrible ratings and Christina is not known to be nice. I could see her making a grab for another chance at a film career.

  17. MrsGosling says

    Totally the big O. She had a “prime” television show that brought in a key demographic of viewers in a sweet timeslot and she’s not pulling in viewers anymore (e.g. Asking viewers w/ Nielsen boxes to turn it to OWN)

  18. minxy08 says

    Oh Oprah, “there’s not a penny to be made” from your network. Karma to you for saying that about the ABC soaps that just went off the air and fans were asking you to bring them over to your OWN network. You dissed the genre and the shows (that you grew up watching) saying that quote about them when a simple no would have done. You made a lot of fans mad that might otherwise be tuning into your failing network. Go eat some humble pie now!

  19. nuffsterenator says

    I was thinking Oprah too…I guess it works if you think along the lines of ratings for the network (vs. for a specific show).

  20. mcwmomma says

    I was thinking Madeline Stowe also, but thought “Revenge” was super-hot with ratings? I myself am addicted to it!

  21. DutchOven says

    I know it can’t be but if this is Betty White I am going to weep.

    But seriously, wouldn’t that be stunning if Betty White were selfish and a narcissist?

  22. CookiesnMilf says

    I believe it’s god herself-Oprah. Aside from the reasons given above,the pic looks like Carson Kressly, one of the guys she gave a show to. His facial expression looks like he was just gifted with a car. See? I done proved it.

  23. Annhog1 says

    I’m going to agree with cherrymama above and say Rosie O’Donnell. I like Rosie for the most part but she seems to have an inflated ego (have you ever heard her tell a story about interacting with regular people? she seems to expect to be treated like royalty).

    The failing project would of course be The Rosie Show, which is not doing well at all. Rosie is an executive producer, thus the “principal player”. Her last show was such a success I’m sure she expected this one to be as well.

    I don’t know what the new unrelated film project is but I’m guessing it’s Oprah that is vowing never to work with her again (and the picture being a clue for Oprah).

  24. CheshireKitty says

    Definitely Oprah.

    The photo is a clue – the O mouth.
    Principal player – not only a financial term, but a way to avoid saying star or actress; Oprah currently has her documentary series Master Class, which features a lot of celebs who probably contributed to her network because of her persuading them to (Jay-Z etc). She’s also so narcissistic that in addition to her freaking OWN channel, she did a TWO-PART Master Class on HERSELF. Yeesh.
    New film part is The Butler movie.
    Everything she touches turns to gold – a lot of projects she’s worked on have won awards, including The Colour Purple and Precious.