Oprah Winfrey will debut as a 60 Minutes correspondent this Sunday, September 24, 2017, and the long-running CBS newsmagazine says her stories will focus primarily on bridging the gap between the two coasts and Trumpâs America.
âShe wants to do stories with an impact,â executive producer Jeff Fager tells The Hollywood Reporter. And that’s what’s going to work here.
Winfrey’s first segment will examine the deep political divisions in the country in part through a panel made up of ideologically opposed Americans.
Winfrey did a similar feature in O Magazine in February, for which she brought together 10 women at a diner in Maspeth, New York â half of them Donald Trump supporters, half Hillary Clinton supporters.
Fager said he tried to recruit Winfrey five years ago, when she was in the midst of her rocky launch of OWN. âShe was too distracted to even consider it,â he says. This time, Winfrey was open to the offer, and was encouraged by friends. When she and friend Gayle King were on David Geffenâs yacht this summer, Geffen called CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves to communicate Winfreyâs interest.
As for Winfreyâs own liberal political identity possibly turning off half of the country, Fager says itâs not a concern. âWe are known for fairness,â he says, âand I believe people will see that on the air with her.â
Below, more details via THR:(Italics)
Her 60 Minutes debut echoes Winfreyâs talk show in that it aims to elevate and unite. Thatâs not to say that she wonât later be deployed in her capacity as a deft celebrity interviewer known for eliciting revealing nuggets from her subjects. âGod knows, everybody has come out of the woodwork to say, âCan I do a 60 Minutes story with Oprah?â I couldnât believe how many calls we got [from] people who are typically reluctant to do something and wanted to do Oprah,â says Fager with a laugh, adding, âWeâre not looking for soft from her; weâre looking for substance.â
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