Oprah Winfrey Says '60 Minutes' Gig Grew Out of Post-Election Roundtable
"It’s me being out in the center of the country doing that thing where you’re putting two sides together, and I am really looking forward to it," the media mogul said of her return to broadcast television next month.
Oprah is returning to broadcast television next month as a 60 Minutes special contributor. In a recent interview with Vogue, Winfrey explained that the idea for her return was tied to Donald Trump's election win.
O Magazine hosted a roundtable of female Trump and Clinton supporters two weeks after the election. Winfrey said she was inspired by the results of the conversation, which initially started out with some women not wanting to sit at the same table as the women who voted for the opposing candidate.
“By pressing the conversation in such a way that people could hear each other’s stories without them being politicized, I was able to get those women from different backgrounds to begin to actually hear and feel for each other," said Winfrey. "By the end of that two and a half hours, I could have gotten them to sing ‘Kumbaya’ for real if I wanted to.”
She said CBS CEO Leslie Moonves brought up a collaboration with her, years after she had turned down 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager's offer of a partnership when she was focused on OWN.
"It’s me being out in the center of the country doing that thing where you’re putting two sides together, and I am really looking forward to it," said Winfrey.
"What we’re setting out to do is conquer the divide in America, try to understand it better, try to shed some light on where these differences lie," Fager told Vogue. "I think a lot of people now realize that this was one of the great missed stories of our generation — that there is so much bitterness in America today — and we really see it as something that Oprah can help us better understand, and by doing that hopefully narrow that divide and start us talking again."
"Oprah has so much to offer, and I think that probably she’s been a little frustrated that she hasn’t had that grand place to offer it, and I think we bring that to her," he added.