The head of OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network is putting the kibosh on the notion that Winfrey plans to take her show to cable.
Winfrey has dropped plenty of hints that she wants to hang up her mic (at least on a daily basis.) And despite what some in the blogosphere and mainstream media have reported, it’s never made sense that Winfrey would just do the same show on a smaller platform.
Now, OWN chief Christina Norman is trying to halt two years of speculation.
"Her show as you know it is not coming to OWN," Norman told USA Today’s Gary Levin in an interview published Wednesday. "She’s going to have a significant presence on this network. Pieces of that show we’re going to want to find ways to retain, but I don’t think the format exists in anyone’s mind right now."
Norman revealed a few more tidbits of planned programming for the network, which will launch in January 2011. One is a show called "Master Class," about successful performers and leaders. It will be narrated by Winfrey.
And while much of OWN will be geared toward women, Norman told USA Today she wants to appeal to guys, too.
"We don’t want guys to run screaming from the room," she said.