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Winfrey Works Minions to the Bone - and Bucks

8/17/2007 1:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

We 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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Angel is famous for doing crazy s**t like walking on water and burying himself alive, but his greatest trick is getting real close to a bunch of out-of-his-league Hollywood starlets like Paris Hilton and Cameron Diaz. It's gotta be his wand, right?

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Chippendale's Man Meat of the Month


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Chippendale's Fernando Macia
One upping July's hottie James Wilcox, who also used to be a prof at Johns Hopkins Medical School and Georgetown School of Medicine, and a former Naval Officer, must have been a seemingly impossible task. Mission accomplished, at least in the flesh!

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1.

G    

So what if Oprah is paying overtime, it's her money and none of your damn business. Harvey needs to get a life of his own. He is damn sickening!

2537 days ago
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Bob Wainner    

OPRAH's situation.....well, I remember at 2 design firms, one was my own and
I was putting in an incredible amount of over-time....600 per year. You couldn't
PAY me enough $$$$$ to put in 800 hours of over-time....don't see how anyone can
really squeeze 800 hours into 4 months. But why doesn't Oprah just give her assistant
a HUGE BONUS....if she feels she's doing a fantastic job and is very valueable to her production company, she should be compensated....and it should be a PRIVATE
deal.....salaries and bonuses shouldn't be shared information in a company...when
that kind of information gets out, it just causes major problems for any business.

2537 days ago
3.

Liz    


Have often wondered about the steely COLD look in Oprah's eyes from time to time.

2537 days ago
4.

knowall    

Oprah has an excuse.She always has an excuse. Gee,i see her dog trainer is a hot blonde,what a surprise.

2537 days ago
5.

wadlowc    

who is harvey and how is he known to this g?

2537 days ago
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SHARON ANN PICKETT AKA DAVIS    

LAWD, HAVE MERCY, DID MS. OPRAH, THE PERFECT ONE, DO SOMETHING WRONG? GOOD SOMEBODY IS GETTING THE MONEY. I THOUGHT THAT SHE TOOK CARE OF HER FINANCES. THAT IS WHAT SHE SAID ON T.V. LOOK AFTER YOUR OWN MONEY. DARN, HOW DID SHE MISS THAT ONE. GO, BABY, GO.

MY NAME IS SHARON.....O I NEED SOME HELP.

2537 days ago
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P    

at 40 hours per week thats 160 hours per month. 160 X 4 months is 640 hours. to work 640 hours + 800 hours of overtime that would be 1440 hours total, divide that by 120 days (30 days x 4months) is 12 hours per day 7 days a week. It is not as bad as it sounds. $65000 divided by 800 hours is $81.00 if the women is willing to put in the hours and needs the money. what business is it of ours. Oprah has the money and the work has to be done--someone has to do it. go girl..

2537 days ago
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Suzie    

I never have liked Oprah. She may have built a school in Africa, and helped others out (through her angel network that everyone contributes to), but she makes sure the whole world knows about it by announcing it repeatedly on her shows. Most people who have money do as much as she does, if not even more , but you rarely hear about it as they do it from the heart, want it to be confidental and it's done anonymously, whereas OPRAH DOES IT FOR PUBLICITY (wake up folks). I think most things Opera does is nothing but a facade and people constantly applaud her, not realizing what she's really doing. Just like the new automobiles she got for everyone one her show a couple of years ago, it didn't cost her one penny as the cars were donated, it gave her plenty of exposure, and some people apparently weren't able to pay the taxes on them since they were gifts (approximately $7,000.00 each person paid).

If you plan on answering this, think about it and you'll realize it's true.

2537 days ago
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Phantomwriter    

Oprah might be tough to work for but I don't see many people rushing to get out the door. She runs a tough business and you need to be a tough boss as long as you are fair with it. I had 62 people working for me at one time, and I was stern but always fair. I had no complaints.......No body is locked in if its too hard to do,leave.

2537 days ago
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Just Me    

OK this is only a damn TV show who cares.....And she is just another damn rich person who thinks she is better then everyone else.....If it were my boss they would just pay me and expect me to be there on my next schedule day......Oprah just wants more advertising for her show so she just likes to make weird outbursts to make her show well known.....Just ignore her like alot of other people do....

2537 days ago
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Craig    

You guys are so shallow.....Criss Angel dating Britney is no accomplishment. We are so tired of hearing about her and Paris. Isn't there anyone in your operation that has enough brains to find someone of worth to report about. Shallow, shallow....you should be ashamed!

2537 days ago
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Thamtx    

Do the math, at 800 OT in four months, this woman had to be working over 17 hours per day. Something smells to me! Perhaps its not really straight OT, perhaps she was paid double time for weekends and holidays as well. That would certainly help the math here.....
Either way, it seems to be a situation between Oprah and the person involved.. AND none of our business!

2537 days ago
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doggy dog    

I still like that criss angel mind freak guy! But doesn't he know we have all seen Brittneys tail so why bother lookin at it? I guess the saying when you can get the milk for free is true! But isn't Brittneys milk a bit sour?

2537 days ago
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KAREN    

IF IT NOT GOOD FOR HER AND IF SHE IS NOT THE CENTER OF ATTENTION SHE ALWAYS HAS TO BE CENTER OF ATTENTION SHE IS A FAKE AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED

2537 days ago
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SA    

What a pathetic woman!!. she is in a point in her live where so does not know where she is coming from, nor she knows where is she going to. Her head got foolish of bologny. She start out as a good talented young lady, now she is going depraveted, every where she point out is negative.
I don't know if is too late for her to pick up the pieces of her carrer, and make sense with her personal stuff, including but not limited to the kind of DUD she get.

2537 days ago
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