Oprah’s Whitney Houston Family Interview a Highlight Amid Struggles: Chat

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Oprah’s Whitney Houston Family Interview a Highlight Amid Struggles: Chat

Updated: Monday, 12 Mar 2012, 11:15 AM CDT
Published : Monday, 12 Mar 2012, 11:15 AM CDT

With Susanna Negovan, Rochelle Trotter and Anna Davlantes

Chicago – In this week’s chat room, Michigan Avenue Magazine Editor-in-Chief Susanna Negovan and consultant Rochelle Trotter chat with Anna Davlantes all things O: Oprah’s interview with the Houston family, Oprah’s network struggles and Oprah’s Harpo replacement, Rosie O’Donnell.

Oprah scored a major coup, according to Negovan, in getting an interview with family members of Whitney Houston exactly one month after Houston’s death. While the interview was very emotional, Negovan thought it a bit strange that Bobbi Kristina really talked more about her career plans instead of showing emotion around her mother’s death. Trotter agreed and added that perhaps Bobbi is just not yet able to show emotion; Trotter’s said her own mother died when she was very young and it took months before she could show emotion about the death. Trotter also said that it was quite interesting that the interview seemed to be a redemptive piece for Bobby Brown, as the family was able to squash the rumors about his negative impact on Houston’s life and his responsibility for her drug use.

The group also talked about Houston’s mother’s premonition that she would not be “with us long.” Was there something to it? Negovan thought perhaps Houston knew she wasn’t going to be around very long, which could explain the extensive amount of time she spent with Bobbi Kristina the night before; Trotter agreed, saying she believes there is a bond between mother and child that is unique and could provide some sort of unspoken communication between the two.

Also covered was Oprah’s network and the poor ratings for Rosie O’Donnell’s show, which is said to be imploding, drawing just 150,000 viewers last week. O’Donnell announced she is leaving Chicago and her house is on the market. What does that mean for Chicago and Harpo overall? Negovan thinks it is once again a lesson that in some markets, the talent must be home grown. She pointed to Nate Berkus and what he is facing having moved his show out of Chicago. Negovan believes the only real option for a hit in Harpo’s West Side studio would be a show featuring home grown talent. Trotter thought that O’Donnell was never really allowed to establish herself here, instead always being looked upon as someone to fill Oprah’s shoes in Chicago. Trotter was concerned about the hundreds of employees at Harpo and what lies ahead for them in this rough economy.

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