What I know for sure because of Oprah: Gavins Prins

2011-05-28 14:44

When I first visited the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, the Queen of Talk’s assistants (jokingly?) told the media spokesperson to “take Gavin into a classroom, lock up the room and keep the key until Oprah has left the grounds”.

I had recently exposed two scandals at the school.

But I kept my cool, put out my hand when I met her and said: “Oprah, I am Gavin Prins from Rapport newspaper.”

She gave me a stern look and said: “So, YOU’RE Gavin?” I then began the interview.

The Oprah I met there was warm. She was comfortable with local reporters and freely posed for pictures.She looks you straight in the eye, comfortably touching your arm when trying to illustrate a point.

When Winfrey hosts the Oprah Winfrey Show, she is the queen of the ball. But when she slides in behind a dinner table – as she did when she saw me sitting alone in a corner a few years ago – she becomes a woman, a sister, a mother.

» Prins is an entertainment reporter for Rapport

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