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Oprah Works Minions to the Bone - and Bucks

8/17/2007 9:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

OprahWe knew Oprah could be one tough mama-CEO, but this is ridiculous.

Page Six reports that the talk queen and her production company are being accused of showing special treatment to one a$$istant who racked up an astounding 800 hours of overtime – and reaped $65,000 for it – in just the first four months of this year. An inside snitch tells the Post that anyone else but Carla Bird, the assistant to O's co-executive producer, would have been "walked right out the door" if they'd filed for so much OT.

What's just as astounding is that even if Bird had worked seven days a week during that time period, she'd still be clocking in just under thirteen hours a day, which an Oprah rep says isn't unusual. Oprah, clearly, is not laying off the whip, and her reps at Harpo Productions say nothing's amiss.

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Calling the song a "joke," Spencer (he said it, not us), tells People that the song's not the Heidi single "at all," and "over my dead body would I rap" on the tune. The song – called "Body Language" – was played on KIIS-FM yesterday but wasn't supposed to be released.

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Lenn K.    

This is America, if you don't like the job quit. Oprah isnt forcing her to stay. You pretty much know what you get when you work for these kind of people.

2562 days ago
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anonymous    

How long is Jennifer Aniston going to keep playing Rachel in her movies? I am so sick of her with this.

2562 days ago
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Nazelie    

It seems like a perfect role to play for Aniston since lately no one is that much into her.

2562 days ago
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anonymous    

She sounds like a hater....

2562 days ago
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Rhea    

Perhaps Oprah's overpaid assistant is actually a 'special friend', if you know what I mean...

2562 days ago
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Ace    

Jennifer Aniston is signing on to that new television show from Danny Leiter, of "Dude, Where's My Car?" fame, for a major network.

2562 days ago
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Radical Free Agent    

I love the overweight gals from flyover land hating on Jennifer. I can understand the jealousy, ladies! After all, Jen is smart, rich and beautiful. She seems pretty normal, too: No rehabs, eating disorders, adultery or boob jobs.

2562 days ago
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Ace    

WHat's wrong with her?!?! So boring for us to watch.

2562 days ago
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Joe Tyler    

Oprah is a Racist Libral Lover!!! Tell the truth about Gayle, we know!!!

2562 days ago
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amanda    

I think its good that Jennifer Anniston keeps up with making films. I really liked her in De-railed. the break up was alright.

as for Oprah, maybe she should hire some new staff, if she doesnt wanna give any of her current employees extra overtime and the one that is doing that much overtime should really get a life, (800 exra hours in four months is unreal!!)

2562 days ago
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Charlotte    

I don't believe the Oprah story. That woman doesn't give anything to anyone unless she can use the opportunity to brag about it on her show.

2562 days ago
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sheila    

Are these the only roles Aniston is being offered. The producers of this movie are smart just like Vaughn was. They are using her personal life to promote the movie. The sad thing is it makes her look pathetic. Aniston truly need to move on and stop with the pity parties. Why would she even sell out like that. It reeks of desperation .

2562 days ago
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anon    

These non-talent girls from The Hills actually think they are stars. Someone please pop their bubble.

2562 days ago
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angel46    

I think Oprah thinks she's a "God" == Really got the big head. Don't you have enough money, Oprah??? Why drive your employees as if they were SLAVES!!! Money or not-- not worth it!

2562 days ago
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Michelle    

Heidi and Spencer must have read the reviews on TMZ...Oops it was an accident!

2562 days ago
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