Thursday, April 19, 2012

OOPS, AND OFF. Oprah Winfrey dropped - for the first time ever - from TIME's 100 Most Influential list.

Oprah Winfrey - the only person to appear in every special issue - has been dropped from the TIME 100 Most Influential people in the world list.

TIME just announced the list and Oprah Winfrey who started her Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) in America is not on it. Her Oprah Winfrey Show ended last year; South African viewers now see OWN shows such as Your Own Show on Mzansi Magic (DStv 107) and Soul Food Family starting on 22 April on The Discovery Channel (DStv 121).

Oprah Winfrey was included in the TIME 100 Most Influential when it first appeared in 1999 and appeared in every subsequent issue from 2004 when it became an annual special issue. She therefore appeared the most times of anybody.

Televisionists who did make the TIME 100 2012 very America-centric and esoteric list this year which I've just gone through, include actress Kristen Wiig from Saturday Night Live, comedian Chelsea Handler of E! Entertainment, Matt Lauer from the one morning show Today on an American TV network, Claire Danes from Homeland which just started on M-Net and Stephen Colbert from Comedy Central.