Plenty of people, including our own Jennifer E. Mabry, are wondering in what universe an interview with the Kardashian clan could advance Oprah's "fill you up and bring you to new levels of awareness about yourself, ourselves, and our world; our potential … " mission for the OWN network.
Perhaps in response to some of that criticism — or maybe just to build enthusiasm for the Oprah's Next Chapter episode (June 17 at 8 p.m. EDT on OWN) in which the interview will air — Winfrey took to Facebook to suggest that the conversation was deeper and less predictable than the anti-reality-TV buzz around it would suggest.
Well, if anyone can squeeze an "aha moment" out of this crew, it's Oprah. From Winfrey's Facebook page, via Uptown magazine:
Ok my friends I had the longest interviewing session I can ever recall, talking to ALLLLLLLL the Kardashians. I had never met them, nor seen the show. I did a full on Kardashian Kram in preparation, watching major shows from every season. I genuinely wanted to know why they have become a cultural phenomenon? Why do so many people love to watch their every move and why do so many others love to hate them. Are they completely ego centered? Are they really "famous for being famous" or is there something more?
I "GOT IT" … those answers +more. Those of you who watch the show know they hold nothing back. This interview I’d say was another level of forthrightness and honesty. Who surprised me the most? Scott. Lamar and Khloe. Kim.
Everyone who's asked was the marriage a publicity stunt? Why did she leave after 72 days? Her answer leveled me."
Read more at Uptown magazine.