*Oprah Winfrey and her longtime boyfriend Stedman Graham appeared on separate morning shows Monday to promote their various endeavors.
Winfrey visited “CBS This Morning,” where her BFF Gayle King is a co-host, and spoke about the struggles she experiencing on her television network OWN.
“The idea of creating a network was something that I wanted to do. Had I known that it was this difficult, I might have done something else,” Winfrey said, adding, “I didn’t think it was going to be easy, but…if I knew then what I know now, I might have made different choices. If I were writing a book about it, I could call the book ‘101 Mistakes.'”
Among those mistakes, Winfrey said, was going live before the network was ready to be launched.
She said, “It’s like, having the wedding when you know you’re not ready. And you’re walking down the aisle and you’re saying, ‘Oh, I don’t know if we should be walking down the aisle. Maybe we should have postponed this. … I would have probably waited until I actually finished ‘The Oprah Show.’ Because from the day that David Zaslav (the head of Discovery Communications) came in to see me, I said to him, ‘The thing that I’m worried about who’s going to lead this train because I can’t do it.’ I know how hard it is to do a daily show…and I’m in Chicago and that’s in Los Angeles. That’s going to be very hard.
“Last year, actually, I was sitting literally at the feet of (TV executive) Lorne Michaels, and he said, ‘You have no idea what you’ve stepped yourself into.’ He also said, …’You’ll have moments of schadenfreude where people – no one wants to see you come off ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ of all those 25 years of success and step right into the network business. You’ve got to pay your dues.'”
She has faced some criticism over the network’s performance. Winfrey said she was, “Really knocked off-center,” by one particular headline in USA Today this past week. It read: “Oprah Winfrey isn’t quite holding her OWN.”
But would Winfrey ever quit her work in television?
Winfrey said, “The reason why I wouldn’t do that, first of all, I would be happy in my garden under the tree with my dogs, reading a book. I’d be happy with doing that. Stedman says, ‘About two weeks.’ Because I’m a very driven person. Also, I believe that I am here to fulfill a calling. That because I am a female who is African American, who has been so blessed in the world, there’s never going to be a time to quit. I will die in the midst of doing what I love to do. And that is, using my voice and using my life to try to inspire other people to live the best of theirs.”
Watch Oprah’s segment below.
Stedman, meanwhile, was across town at the “Today’ show plugging his new book, “Identity: Your Passport to Success.” Watch his interview with host Matt Lauer below.