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Oprah Winfrey

Lands Interview

with Whitney Houston's Daughter

3/3/2012 6:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Oprah Winfrey
has finally found a way to get people to watch OWN -- she's scored an interview with family members of Whitney Houston, including daughter Bobbi Kristina

The show "Oprah's Next Chapter" will feature Houston's only daughter ... as well as Patricia Houston, her sister-in-law and manager, and Houston's brother Gary. It is scheduled to air next Sunday. 

Oprah was one of the guests invited to Houston's funeral in Newark, NJ last month.

Houston was 48-years-old when she was found dead in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton on February 11. 

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46.

Asessina    

Houston's family milking her in death.
BK's family milking her in life=should be in rehab w/out drugs somewhere-is oprah supplying?
Oprah you've got nothing left to milk you old cow. Take your network somewhere else. You let your old fans down when you showed them that your just money.

877 days ago
47.

Truth    

CMON.. THIS IS NOTHING MORE THAN A PR STUNT FOR PURPOSE OF DAMAGE CONTROL. WE ALL KNOW THE FAM IS HIDING SH*T OF WHAT REALLY HAPPENED THAT DAY NOT TO MENTION HER INNER CIRCLE WERE ALL ENABLERS AND DID NOTHING TO STOP WHITNEY FROM SMOKING, DRINKING, DRUGS OVER HER LAST 2-3 WEEKS. I MEAN, THE CHIC WAS A DRUG ADDICT. WHO TAKES AND ENABLES HER VIA BAR HOPPING, CLUB HOPPING, AND DOING NITE CLUBS DAY AFTER DAY... THEN SHE TAKES BENZO'S AND ALCOHOL AND CROAKS. WHAT DID YALL THINK WOULD HAPPEN?? BESIDES, OPRAH IS NOT A HARD HITTING JOURNALIST AND NEVER HAS BEEN. SHE DOESNT ASK THE TOUGH QUESTIONS BUT APPEASES HER GUESTS RATHER THAN PROSECUTE WHICH IS WHAT 60 MINUTES JOURNALIST WOULD... WHAT'S THE F*CKING POINT WHEN OPRAH GIVES THE FAM ALL THE QUESTIONS BEFOREHAND?? EXACTLY, A SCRIPTED REALITY SHOW. #TRUTH!!

877 days ago
48.

Anon    

Hope Oprah goes in hard on Patricia and Gary (sister-in-law and brother) for turning the other cheek during Whitney's destructive behavior. Was it because she signed their paycheck? Now Whitney's gone, so they will have to collect cash elsewhere... like say, selling a pic of Whitney in her casket to the National Enquirer. SMDH

877 days ago
49.

Truth    

OPRAH SHOULD INTERVIEW MONTANA FISHBURNE SINCE SHE WAS SEEN WITH BOBBI-KRISS DURING HER REHAB STINT LAST SPRING. THEY BOTH WENT TO THE SAME CELEB 30 DAY VACATION SPOT. NOTE IT DIDN'T WORK... KRISSI WAS STILL BAR HOPPING WITH HER MOM LAST DAYS BEFORE WHITNEY DIED. SMFH. #TRUTH!!

877 days ago
50.

Nik    

Why are you guy's on Oprah's case? You blame Bobby Brown for Whitney's demise and now you blame Oprah for the family doing what they obviously WANT to do. No one is forcing Bobbi-K, the sis-in-law and brother to talk to Oprah. Get a life people.

877 days ago
51.

Nik    

The interview will more than likely follow the D.E.A.D. principle:
-Deflect, Excuse And Deny.

877 days ago
52.

JW    

Oprah could have an entire show of unobtainable interviews (Queen Elizabeth II ) as well as Whitney back from the dead, it doesn't matter - the distribution of OWN is horrific. She should stand on a street corner in Chicago with a bull horn, she'll reach more people. In her defense, can't get the rating when NOBODY can watch you; but then again, she is the head of the company so what are your distribution people doing, Oprah?

877 days ago
53.

elle    

Oprah has lots of people watching OWN. I love the shows!

877 days ago
54.

Q    

Rosie O'Donnell just put her Chicago home up for sale--first sign that she will soon be leaving town and the OWN Network as that OWN show soon goes under. OWN has been an unmitigated disaster. An absolute failure at all levels, including Oprahs "Next Chapter" level. Who cares about Steven Tyler, Paula Dean or the Mega Church guy. Now we're supposed to go goo goo gaa gaa over Oprah interviewing a dead junkies family? This woman still only sees Color first. The Color Purple, the Obama Color, Black Only. She did not expand her world to include Asians, Hispanics, East Indians or Pakistani's---only Blacks. She is not as open and tolerant as she has preached to the rest of us for 25 years.

A bigot with a mission and a vengeance. She will fail until she opens her mind and sees more to life than a single color. Her Generation needs to fade to "black" quickly. They're the ones who wont let Color get out of the way.

And yes, guaranteed she paid the Houston Family for this interview. They need the dough, and she needs the ratings.

Boycott this interview unless you care about dead junkies who happened to have been able to sing once upon a time. Then ask yourself, where was Oprah when the junkie was out being a junky. Oprah was home eating and playing with dogs.

877 days ago
55.

Amy    

I don't usually comment on TMZ, but Oprah is really getting on my nerves. And so are Whitney's family. At first it seemed like they were taking the high road regarding her funeral/coming home. But now it seems like they don't want to grieve in silence at all. Look, the simple truth is, Whitney was an addict. She picked Bobby Brown, she married him, and stayed with him an awful long time. She admitted on her last Oprah interview she was addicted to Bobby as badly as drugs. Bobbi Kristina is an adult my age, but probably not in reality. Who is an adult at 18??? No one. You chose your life. You can do the right thing, or go down the wrong path. In the end, we are all responsible for our choices. Whitney for hers, not Bobby Brown, and Bobbi K for hers. They know when they do drugs they are breaking the law... big flag that drugs are not the right choice for legal or reasons or health reasons. I think everyone in Whitney's family needs to stop enabling and save Bobbi K. That means put a clamp on the money and make her get a job if she doesn't have one, and help her to live like a regular adult with consequences.

877 days ago
56.

Nann    

What's with all the judgmental, hateful comments?
I don't have OWN, but I never found Oprah's interviews to be exploitative. I found them to be learning experiences. They helped me understand what was going on with people & helped me learn about myself.
My guess is the family wishes to speak at this time & they chose Oprah because she's trustworthy. Perhaps they want to speak for themselves because so many who don't know them or their situation are speculating about them.
The process of grief and loss has different stages and perhaps it will be helpful for Bobbi Kristina to speak at this early stage of her grief. I would trust Oprah to be sensitive to Bobbi Kris's needs. (My personal experience with Whitney's interview was that she wasn't truly dealing with her addiction.)
Can't we have more understanding and empathy with each other?
We all make mistakes. We're all human.

877 days ago
57.

The Neko Nation    

Oprah is the biggest self promoting leach on the planet. She is at the level of Whtineys family and the Jackson family. Bobbi Kristina is going to wind up like her crack head mother anyways. She is already being photographed doing drugs.

877 days ago
58.

Karen    

Why are you so angry with Oprah? A woman who starts her own network and works her tail off is a bad thing? Interesting.
I have started to watch OWN and while I don't like everything, I do watch a lot of her shows which are positive
and uplifting. A lot better than most of the crude you find on other channels.

877 days ago
59.

ed&diane    

I wonder how many $$'s

877 days ago
60.

Nann    

I agree with Karen (61).
Oprah went from not even having an indoor bathroom to creating her success. And she did it with integrity and hard work.

877 days ago
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