Oprah winfrey joins CBS 60 minutes
Oprah Winfrey is joining the CBS news magazine “60 Minutes” as a special contributor. The talk show host, actress, cable network owner and producer will appear in several segments a year on the program starting this fall, CBS News announced Tuesday.
“I’ve been a big admirer of ‘60 Minutes’ since my days as a young reporter,” Winfrey said in a statement. “I’m so excited and proud to join forces with this historic news program, which for me represents the bastion of journalistic storytelling.”
Oprah Winfrey joins CBS’ ’60 Minutes’ as a special contributor
It’s the first time in the program’s history that “60 Minutes” has had a special contributor. Winfrey is not a working journalist, which also will be a first for the show. Winfrey will add some marquee value to “60 Minutes,” which has seen two of its signature correspondents — Bob Simon and Morley Safer — die in the past two years. In its 49th season, “60 Minutes” remains the top-rated news program on television, averaging 14 million viewers a week.
“60 Minutes” executive producer Jeff Fager said his program will not run spots from Weight Watchers that feature Winfrey as a spokesperson, in the weeks that she appears. The commercials have run on other CBS News programs. Winfrey is also on the board of directors of Weight Watchers. It’s standard practice at serious TV news organizations that anchors and correspondents do not appear in commercials as product endorsers.
Oprah Winfrey joins CBS ‘60 Minutes’ as ‘special contributor’
Winfrey will bring occasional reports to the news magazine starting this fall, when it begins its 50th season on the air. Executive producer Jeff Fager called Winfrey “a remarkable and talented woman with a level of integrity that sets her apart and makes her a perfect fit for 60 Minutes.” Winfrey said her aim with her 60 Minutes stories is “to look at what separates us, and help facilitate real conversations between people from different backgrounds.”
Oprah Winfrey becoming a contributor to CBS’ ’60 Minutes’
“She has said all the time that she doesn’t miss the day-to-day of the show, but what she does miss is storytelling and connecting with people, women in particular,” her longtime friend Gayle King said on CBS This Morning. “And being able to meet and talk to them and interact with them. That’s what she misses. So to me, this is a perfect marriage.”
Winfrey has had plenty to keep her busy since her show went off the air, between her production company, Harpo Productions, and the cable network she founded, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. She is also on the Weight Watchers board of directors and has numerous philanthropy projects.