Meet Zach Anner, the Next Oprah?
Viral video star could get his own show
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 15, 2010 9:29 AM CDT
Updated Jun 19, 2010 8:29 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Zach Anner, a self-described “wheelchair-bound lady magnet,” is the latest viral video star—and he could be the next Oprah. Anner submitted a video to the talk show queen’s “Your Own Show” contest, a search for the next TV star, Time reports. Anner, who has cerebral palsy (he calls it “the sexiest of the palsies”), wants to create a travel show “designed to inspire people who never thought they could travel”—and his hilarious submission currently owns the top spot with more than 2.6 million votes.

Watch Zach’s audition tape, as well as his follow-up thanking the Internet (and John Mayer), in the gallery. More videos can be found on his YouTube channel.

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Jun 19, 2010 5:14 PM CDT
"No Atlantis is too underwater or fictional." ^_^
Jun 16, 2010 7:39 PM CDT
Jun 16, 2010 3:41 PM CDT
Evidently, a travel show for the physically challenged has been a dream of his for a while now: Quote from the article: What do you hope people do when they see the documentary? Tate:I hope they tell a lot of people. Anner:And very loudly. We want one of those dialogues that gets into heated debate and ... just really energizes people to do something. Because the people in power will only listen if people are shouting. Tate:They can come and join us with Community Now!, a new nonprofit ( ). Anner (joking):Or, you know, they could disable themselves. That would be the ideal thing, to have lots of people who are falling down stairs and getting hit by buses just to be part of the movement. That's what I see for the future.