Oprah Suffers Major Snub

For first time, doesn't make 'Time 100' list
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 19, 2012 9:20 AM CDT
Oprah Suffers Major Snub
Oprah Winfrey attends at the 3rd annual Diane Von Furstenberg awards at the United Nations on March 9, 2012 in New York City.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Apparently the struggles of her network really have hurt Oprah Winfrey's cachet: For the first time since Time started its 100 Most Influential People list in 1999, the talk show queen was not included. Until this year's list, Winfrey had been the only person to appear each and every year—Time made the list annual starting in 2004—an honor not achieved by even Steve Jobs, Vanity Fair notes.

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Meanwhile, Rihanna did make the list for the first time, and over at Gawker, Caity Weaver has a problem with that. "It's unclear why Time chose Rihanna, whose occupation the magazine gives as 'superstar,' over, say, Beyoncé, who, like Rihanna, is very cool, hot, talented, well-liked, listened to, followed, and impressive," she writes. "Was Rihanna chosen because she challenges us to give second chances to those who don't deserve them? Because she entertains us by dancing topless in a field?" (Read more Oprah Winfrey stories.)

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