What It's Really Like to Work for Oprah

Ex-Harpo staffer dishes on life with the queen
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2010 9:20 AM CDT
In this April 6, 2009 file photo, Oprah Winfrey arrives at the Chicago 2016 gala dinner for the International Olympic Committee's Evaluation Committee at the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, file)
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(Newser) – Seems that Kitty Kelley’s Oprah tell-all isn’t the only place to get juicy behind-the-scenes gossip on the talk show queen. An ex-Harpo staffer was more than happy to share a few bizarre stories of working for Winfrey with Gawker. The weirdest: Producers would ask for a Diet Coke, but they really wanted a Diet Pepsi. Why not just say so? Because Oprah hates Pepsi. (Speaking of soda, two executive producers once drank 15 46-ounce Diet Pepsis in one day.)

The ex-staffer helpfully points out that those soda (and coffee and nicotine) addicted Oprah staffers weren’t exactly practicing her famous directive to “Live your best life.” Other “shockers”: Oprah is not a fan of Anderson Cooper, and assistant Carla Bird is pregnant…“with Oprah and Gayle’s baby.” Take that last one with a grain of salt. Or, for an inside look at Winfrey’s upcoming reality show, click here.

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