Oprah to wed on TV to boost viewership

2012-04-30 12:45

Los Angeles – Oprah Winfrey is planning to televise her wedding to long-time boyfriend Stedman Graham to boost the viewership of her TV channel, the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).

The National Enquirer tabloid quoted unnamed insiders saying Winfrey is “pulling a Kardashian” – a reference to the made-for-television wedding spectacle in which reality star Kim Kardashian tied the knot with Kris Humphries last year for a marriage which lasted only 72 days.

The events leading up to the $100m wedding, including Graham’s bachelor party, would allegedly be chronicled on OWN to try and lure more viewers to the channel.

According to a friend of Graham, Winfrey offered her boyfriend of 26 years a pre-nuptial agreement of millions of dollars as well.

Viewers want to see her

While the shows that Winfrey appears in herself are doing well with regards to viewership, like her talk show Oprah’s Next Chapter, the rest of OWN’s channel line-up is not making a dent in the ratings.

According to a television industry insider familiar with the situation, Winfrey has finally realised that the shows she worked hard to create are not attracting viewers as intended.

“Oprah’s realised that the shows she’s created are just not attracting interest – the fans want to see her. So she’s devised a secret plan to save OWN by getting married to Stedman on live TV.”

The proposal
According to a friend, Winfrey asked Graham and told him of the TV wedding plan at her California estate.

Graham will be giving Winfrey his late mother Mary’s engagement ring. “While the diamond is apparently small, it has sentimental value that will make her feel proud to wear it,” said the source.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.