Oprah Winfrey on GMA “The OWN Network Pivot” and Iyanla Vanzant

The Own Network “Makes a pivot” per Oprah to Good Morning America!

Oprah Winfrey and Iyanla Vanzant joined Good Mornig America to talk about Iyanla Vanzant’s new talk show “Fix My Life” airing on the OWN network.

Vanzant was touted as the “next Oprah” and made 20 appearances on the show before disappearing from viewers for 11 years after a contract negotiation with Winfrey’s Harpo studios came to a sudden halt. The two made a dramatic on-air reconciliation on Winfrey’s show’s final season in 2011 that led to guest appearances by Vanzant on Oprah’s “Life Class” program on OWN and, now, her own weekly program .

“We are a living demonstration of what it takes to mend a relationship breakdown,” Vanzant said today on “GMA.” “We did it publicly and now we’ve been able to move on.”

Vanzant’s “Fix My Life” program, airing this Saturday and Sunday in a two-part premiere, carries on the self-help mission of shows like “Life Class” and “Super Soul Sunday” that OWN has relied on since canceling Rosie O’Donnell’s talk show and laying off 30 employees earlier this year.

“It’s participatory television,” said Vanzant, whom Winfrey now calls her “biggest supporter from the very beginning.” “Not only do the guests participate but there’s an opportunity for the audience to participate. It’s a feeling process.”

“It has everything that viewers love in a reality show,” she said. “[It has] those jaw-dropping moments that cause you to say, ‘I can’t believe I’m watching this on television,’ and it also has everything that I love about the power of television, entertainment plus ‘a-ha’ moments.
“It is Iyanla at her finest,” she said.

Oprah also made a big announcement that the OWN Network has finally made the pivot, meaning the show has turned the corner and doing much better in ratings. You may remember it was just a few months ago that Oprah was sharing with the world the difficulty the network was experiencing.

I pray Oprah thanks Bobbie Christina and the other black celebrities who helped her turn that corner. now don’t you go forgetting about us Oprah when  the OWN network is as big as BET ok, ove ya Chile!

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