Oprah Winfrey: Sorry for Begging for OWN Viewers
Tweet got talk show queen in trouble with Nielsen
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 14, 2012 11:13 AM CST
Oprah Winfrey reacts during an interview in a session at the Jaipur Literature Festival in Jaipur, in the western Indian state of Rajasthan, India, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012.   (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

(Newser) – We all know the Oprah Winfrey Network is struggling with ratings—but apparently the situation is so bad that Winfrey herself felt the need to tweet a request for viewers on Sunday night, as the Grammys were airing. "Every 1 who can please turn to OWN especially if u have a Nielsen box," she tweeted just before Oprah's Next Chapter aired. An uproar quickly ensued, with some slamming Oprah for "begging for viewers," Fox News reports.

Winfrey was first defiant, tweeting, "The word 'please' is used as courtesy not a beg … 'desperate' not ever a part of my vocab … 'unethical' a little harsh don't u think? Seemed like it made sense to me. Sorry if u're offended." But yesterday, the talk show queen issued an actual apology, saying in a statement, "I removed the tweet at the request of Nielsen. I intended no harm and apologize for the reference." Networks are not allowed to directly appeal to Nielsen viewers, Fox News notes.

More From Newser
My Take on This Story
To report an error on this story,
notify our editors.
Your Take
63% of people agree
that it's Hilarious
Check Out Another Hilarious Story
You Might Like
Showing 3 of 12 comments
Feb 15, 2012 12:55 PM CST
Winfrey should have kept her talk show, maybe in a once-a-week format, so she could use it to promote her network and herself. She appears to be falling off our cultural radar--I don't see her magazine in supermarkets anymore, and the tabloids and gossip sites seem to have lost interest in her personal life. .
Feb 15, 2012 10:31 AM CST
People pay attention to oprah's tweets?
Feb 14, 2012 8:49 PM CST
Oprah has a low IQ.