On Tuesday, January 31st, it was announced that famous talk show host Oprah Winfrey will be joining the broadcast 60 Minutes as a ‘special contributor’ in the fall of 2017.
This is not the beginning of Winfrey’s relationship with the CBS network, as she is currently an executive producer of the network’s show Dr. Phil. She has also somewhat regularly joined her close friend Gayle King on his show CBS This Morning.
Although the details are not yet clear on what her contributions to the show will be, it is likely that the broadcast will utilize her famously intimate interview style with its guests. In a prepared statement, executive producer Jeff Fager said: There is only one Oprah Winfrey… Her body of work is extraordinary, including thousands of interviews with people from all walks of life. She is a remarkable and talented woman with a level of integrity that sets her apart and makes her a perfect fit for 60 Minutes. I am thrilled that she will be bringing her unique and powerful voice to our broadcast.”
Winfrey echoed his statement, saying, ““I’ve been a big admirer of 60 Minutes since my days as a young reporter. I’m so excited and proud to join forces with this historic news program, which for me represents the bastion of journalistic storytelling. At a time when people are so divided, my intention is to bring relevant insight and perspective, to look at what separates us, and help facilitate real conversations between people from different backgrounds.”
However, this will not be Winfrey’s only responsibility come fall. She is also still the CEO and chairman of the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) in addition to being a member of the Weight Watchers board of directors. Furthermore, she is continuing to act and will appear in upcoming movies The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and A Wrinkle in Time.