Kim Coles’ OWN Comeback

The game-show host defends her new network and shares what Oprah had to say about her natural do.

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KC: This natural-hair journey is a very personal journey. I would not have permed my hair; I have not had a relaxer in my hair since 1990. There is also this notion that people who work in corporate America can’t wear their hair natural.

I do think there are ways around it and a way to break the mold — it is your hair, you can do what you want to do with your hair. I applaud any company or business [that] is allowing people to be who they are.

TR: Did the producers say anything or make suggestions about your hair?

KC: Here’s what’s interesting: I found out that Oprah was sent several pictures of me. They went researching me and they got pictures, and I heard Oprah said, “What is she going to do with her hair? Whatever she wants to do is fine with me … ” I’m paraphrasing, but it came back to me like that.

TR: What do you have to say to the critics who suggest that OWN is a struggling network?

KC: It’s a new network; give it time to grow and watch Oprah shine. I don’t understand how people compare things. There is room to grow; we are comparing it to networks that have been around for years. I think what she’s doing with Super Soul Sunday is phenomenal; there’s a segment called “Breathing Space.”

She’s creating something that has not been done before. it can’t be compared to anything else. I don’t think anyone should compare it. The statistics do not apply! I’ll say this: Oprah Winfrey and her network are incomparable. Stop trying to put statistics on it.

I sat and watched her interviews with Deepak Chopra and Wayne Dyer, and you know something? There are no ratings to rate that. What she’s putting out there to feed people’s souls can’t be counted on a Nielsen box.

TR: On your show, you try to figure out if contestants are normal. What are some of the things you do that aren’t deemed normal?

KC: I’m actually a little weird in some areas. I’m afraid of revolving doors; I don’t think that’s normal … I also carry my own tea bags wherever I go, so all I need is a cup of hot water. Who takes their own tea bags to a restaurant? When I’m in the mood for tea, I want my tea! That’s not normal.

Also, what I do for a living isn’t normal. I’m not a normal actress. I have chosen to stay as a Renaissance woman, so to speak. I’m an actress, a comedian, a playwright, an author, a producer, a speaker — I’m not even a normal entertainer. But yet I’m a normal girl, and I have the same feelings that everyone else does. I’m normal in that I want to love and be loved. I’m normal in that I still shop at the 99-cent store and Target.

Are You Normal, America? airs Saturday nights at 10 p.m. EST/9 p.m. CST on OWN.

Lathleen Ade-Brown is a freelance writer located in New York City. Follow her on Twitter.