Sure the great Oprah Winfrey has taken some lumps lately, thanks to a struggles of OWN.
But what would Andy Cohen (who guided Bravo to the top of the cable ratings charts as a programming executive in addition to his role as host of “Watch What Happens Live”) do to turn the network around?
Cohen made a recent appearance on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM radio show, where he told listeners that Winfrey would be better off not with new shows featuring big names, and instead running reruns of her former talk show.
“Here’s the first thing that I would do, and it’s the first thing I would have done two years ago, put on re-reruns of the freaking ‘Oprah Winfrey Show.’” he said to Stern. “They are sitting on a 25-year archive of ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show.’ You have all this time to fill? Guess what I want to watch? The greatest talk show in the history of talk shows. ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show.’”
He went on to dissect the channel’s recent programming moves, having already overseen such successful franchises as “Project Runway,” “Top Chef” and the various editions of “Real Housewives.”
“First of all, I don’t want to watch a show that has class in the title, I don’t want to go to school,” he said before adding, “I just want to see the old ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show.’”
OWN reportedly lost $330 million since its 2008 launch, according to a recent report from Bloomberg. Would Cohen jump over to OWN to help turn it around? The answer would be a no, mainly because he’s happy “like a pig in s–t right now.”
Here’s a clip of Cohen of Cohen discussion other, more personal elements of his time with Stern…