At one point, Oprah had crowned best-selling author Iyanla Vanzant the next-best thing, but things went sour when Vanzant got an offer to host her own show and presented Oprah with an ultimatum — give me my own show or I go. At least that’s how Oprah interpreted it. Vanzant denies that was her intention. The two recently reunited — and made up — on Oprah’s show.
Not technically a feud just yet, but we’re sure Oprah isn’t all too pleased that Michael Vick canceled an appearance on her show due to “personal reasons.” Oprah had bet CNN host Piers Morgan that she could get Vick on her show before he could. Guess who won’t be rooting for Michael Vick now?
In 2005, Oprah practically turned Frey’s memoir, “A Million Little Pieces” into a best-seller when she chose it as a book club selection in 2005. But oh boy, did that relationship turn sour once it was revealed that Frey fabricated the whole story. Oprah then invited him on the show where she grilled him about the book. It was not a pretty site. Oprah later called Frey to apologize.
Perhaps the most famous of Oprah feuds, the 16-year cold war between the queen of daytime talk and the king of late night talk was finally ended when Oprah appeared on Letterman’s show in 2010. What was it all about? Letterman made a joke about the peculiarity of Oprah’s name at the 1995 Oscars.
Author Kitty Kelley has made a career out of digging dirt on Oprah.
Mo’Nique was allegedly upset that Oprah invited her brother, Gerald Imes, who had molested her as a child, to her show. According to reports, the actress felt like Oprah’s interview with Imes was not sympathetic enough to her as a victim of abuse. Mo’Nique has reportedly forgiven Oprah.
The rapper/actor has has never been shy about his “problem” with Oprah. He told Spin Magazine that Oprah “doesn’t ever say anything that anybody from the ghetto is gonna ID with.” This year he named his dog Oprah and repeatedly tweets about his “bitch” Oprah.
While most authors would be grateful that Oprah selected their work as part of her book club, Franzen wasn’t too excited when his was chosen in 2001. He said he felt “uncomfortable” about the selection. Oprah felt snubbed and canceled a discussion of the book. The two reconciled in 2010 when she selected his novel “Freedom” for her book club.
Oprah dedicated a show about domestic abuse among young women after Chris Brown famously assaulted Rihanna. Brown said it was unfair that Oprah never reached out to help him, rather than chastise him. Oprah later said she hopes Brown “gets the counseling he needs.”
The former “The Color Purple” co-stars settled their feud on Oprah’s show. Both women hadn’t been in touch for years and thought the other was “mad” at each other. “It’s crazy,” Winfrey said. "So I thought, you think I’m mad at you? I thought you were mad at me. “What was that?”
Ludacris famously felt dissed by Oprah when he appeared on her show to talk about his movie, “Crash” but instead Oprah talked about misogynistic rap lyrics. “She gave me a hard time as a rapper when I came on there as an actor.” He later said the media had blown the whole thing out of proportion.
Essence.com is part of the Time Inc. Style Collection and the Time Inc. Lifestyle Network. Essence may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website. Offers may be subject to change without notice.