The upcoming episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter is sure to boost OWN’s rating, as the ‘Queen of Talk’ sits down with Paris Jackson and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson.
Nearly three years since the death of Paris’ father, Michael Jackson, Oprah visits with her. During her interview, Paris revealed that the pain from the loss of her father still lingers. “It never gets any easier,” the 14-year-old told Oprah.
This is not Oprah’s first time interviewing Paris. In November 2010 Oprah went to the home of Michael Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson, and talked to her, his father, Joe and also Michael’s children, Prince, “Blanket” and Paris for an interview that aired on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Later, in an upcoming episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter: after years of feud rumors between 50 Cent and Oprah, she sits down with him for the first time from his grandmother’s home. 50 Cent’s rumored feud with Oprah started in 2009 when he began complaining publicly about Oprah not inviting rappers on her syndicated daytime talk show. “I don’t like The Oprah Winfrey Show” he once said to the Associated Press.
Earlier this year during an interview on ABC’s The View, the “In Da Club” rapper admitted to having a dog named ‘Oprah Winfree.’ “I thought Oprah didn’t like hip-hop culture. Then I got the dog, and now I love Oprah,” he explained.
Oprah has been on an uphill battle to build ratings for OWN since launching the network in January 2011. In an attempt to gain more viewers, Oprah introduced her new prime-time series in January, Oprah’s Next Chapter. On the show, which airs once per week, she steps outside of the studio for enlightening conversations with news makers, celebrities, and real-life families.
Thus far, Oprah has interviewed Sean Penn, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Steven Tyler, Lady Gaga, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard and George Lucas, but her Houston-family interview generated the highest ratings for OWN.
Oprah’s Next Chapter with Paris Jackson and 50 Cent airs Sunday at 9/8C on OWN.
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