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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

(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.

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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. (Read more Oprah Winfrey stories.)

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