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Is Lindsay Lohan Worth $2 Million To Oprah Winfrey?

Television
by Sergio
July 17, 2013 7:37 PM
23 Comments
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I’ll be damned if I know.

So just in case you haven’t heard, a few days ago, it was announced that OWN had made a deal with sometime-actress, Lindsay Lohan, for an 8-part realty show for the network, that will “chronicle her journey to rebuild her career and stay sober."

The series will be preceded by a taped interview with Lindsey and Oprah that will air in August after she’s released from her court-ordered 90-day rehab stay, which ends on July 31.

Lindsay Lohan

O.K., you say, not really that big a surprise. OWN was already headed in that direction anyway. So much for the more elevated, spiritual programming Oprah claimed she wanted to do when she started up OWN. That idea ended eons ago.

All right, I understand. It’s all about drawing an audience, and if something doesn’t work, you have to change tactics. That’s the name of the game.

But what really surprised me is that OWN will be paying Lohan $2 million for the interview and reality series, as well as paying for two full time assistants and a stylist.

Seriously? That’s the highest amount of money ever for anyone on a cable reality TV series, beating even NeNe Leakes, who reportedly gets $1 million for Real Housewives, including certain bonuses.

Now, of course, OWN is probably thinking that a Lohan reality show is going to pull in some Walking Dead- like audience numbers. Not very likely. I don’t see people tuning in the see Lohan in anything. Audiences are more turned off by her, than turned on. That is, of course, unless she happens to have a relapse and gets involved in a 30-car pileup on the expressway, preferably at the same time. And even with that, it’s still very doubtful that they’re going to remotely attract the kind of audience numbers they’re probably expecting.

Maybe it would make sense if Lohan was an A-list movie star, but those days are long, long gone, and are never coming back. 

And considering that Lohan’s latest film - Paul Schrader’s The Canyons, which opens next month - was made on a minuscule production budget of $250,000, one would think that if OWN really wanted to do a Lohan reality show, they could've gotten her for a lot less.

But the big question on my, and probably your minds too, I’m sure, is just how much the folks on any of OWN’s other (i.e. black) realty shows is getting paid? I don’t think Kym Whitley on Raising Whitley is getting anywhere near that, you think? And I’m beginning to suspect that money is the reason why Beverly Johnson recently publicly stated that she was taking her own realty show to another network.

But Oprah has no problem paying Lindsay $2 million?

Am I the only one who sees something wrong here?

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23 Comments

  • jl taylor | August 19, 2013 11:03 PMReply

    People are paid based upon their ability to drive ratings not the color of their skin. Star power
    comes in all colors. Go Oprah Go.

  • Juan G | August 21, 2013 7:27 AM

    You are full of it. People are paid according to their race. I suggest you do your research before speaking. You can look at Black Hollywood (Volia Davis, Gabby Union,etc.) Vs White Hollywood (Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lawerence, etc.) and it is a known fact that the black A list talent get way less than their white counterpart. Look at the Housewives Franchise on Bravo the Caucasian versions (i.e. Beverly Hills 1st season) get paid way more than Atlanta Housewives (5th season)

  • Facia | August 1, 2013 10:57 PMReply

    $2million to see a talentless bloated plastic shallow little hack? this girl has no personaligy and it is clearly obvious to everyone she is never accountable for anything. I never earned $2 million in this lifetime and I have been a good responsible and knsidered it my onus to leave the world a better place. shqme on you oprah for.glorifying and rewarding this train wreck!

  • Um No | July 18, 2013 10:23 PMReply

    If Carey did get his own show it would be called "Desperate House Negroes", starring the head jackass himself. CareyCarey/CC/STHN/bitchassnigga. lol

  • Um No | July 19, 2013 2:20 AM

    You would know you crusty old fuck with no life. Go fuck yourself. lol

  • CC | July 19, 2013 1:36 AM

    Hmmmm.... that's not a bad idea. My first guests would be the faggot field niggas UM NO and Trollhunter. I am sure it will be a ratings hit. :-)

  • Sergio | July 18, 2013 2:22 PMReply

    Still groveling for your own show on the network? Forget. it And besides when it comes to groveling for your own show Iyanla Vanzant has you beat

  • Trollhunter | July 18, 2013 10:21 PM

    Carey please pull your lips off of Tyler's nut sack. Come up for air once you multi-moniker poster old fuck! Cooning ass piece of shit!

  • CareyCarey | July 18, 2013 9:53 PM

    ...and Blutopaz/Evileen/et al is back smelling her own up lip.

    Maybe if you write Oprah she will give you some of that nice yak hair that Sergio so loves. Then you both can sit on your Brooklyn stoop playing mean Mother Sister and Da Mayor.

  • BluTopaz | July 18, 2013 9:36 PM

    Carey/cc/et al is back with another nipsey russell impersonation.

    Maybe if you write Oprah she will do a show about that particular fantasy you once gleefully shared about seeing naked men hogtied?

  • sthn | July 18, 2013 5:21 PM

    Oh no you didn't bluto! Then again, that explains everything! I'm so envious of that damn oprah. All that damn money and power! You and Oprah should have a love baby.

  • CareyCarey | July 18, 2013 4:58 PM

    So sayeth the ugliest bald head black woman who hates every attractive woman with flowing locks of hair.

  • BluTopaz | July 18, 2013 4:43 PM

    So sayeth the schizo handkerchief head slave catcha who forgets which screen name he is posting under.

  • CC | July 18, 2013 4:41 PM

    ...so says our resident gossip hound and his new boo-boo, aka, the angriest black woman in the the world, Blutopaz.

  • BluTopaz | July 18, 2013 3:58 PM

    Nevermind a show, he would grovel to smell T Peezy's crack.

  • CareyCarey | July 18, 2013 11:58 AMReply

    Look, up in the sky -- it's a bird... it's a plane... no, it's CareyCarey flying in to defend and save Tyler and Oprah.

    Listen folks, why all the hate on Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey? Surely y'all can praise their accomplishments and leave the rest behind, can't you?

    Look, I've said this before but it's time. It's time I tell the whole truth ONE-MO-GIN. Listen, look here, you may not like Oprah because of her fortune and fame, and you may not like her interviewing style, I understand that, however, does that diminish her overall accomplishments? Well, I'm just asking because I know it does not. I also know some people are constitutionally incapable of seeing the truth, even when it smacks them dead in their face. And again, I shouldn't have to say this, but the truth does not lie.

    Listen, so many times and so many ways, I've said Oprah Winfrey is arguably the greatest black woman that has ever walked this earth. I say that because "great" is reserved for those that far exceed the accomplishments of others and spreads their "wealth" and knowledge along the way. Greatness is reserved for those that break through the glass ceiling and puts that ceiling in the basement. Greatness is reserved for those that have the courage and wisdom to withstand attacks from the front & the back, from the rich & the poor, from BLACKS & WHITES. Great is reaching back to give back. Greatness is also about reaching back to a land that most blacks could call home. Some call it the motherland.

    And, although money is not the road to happiness, isn't it great that Oprah has given hundreds of millions of her dollars to causes that few dared to attack or even mention. Great is a person that wins the approval of others in spite of their skin color. Oprah stands alone in her greatness.

    Granted, many women have accomplished great things, however those accomplishments pale in comparison to the richness of Oprah Winfrey. You may not agree, but please tell me why?

    Oprah is the GREATEST of them all. There are no challengers to her crown. Not yet anyway.

    So please, why is it when one of our own reaches a place of comfort and success. or reaches out to a woman who some consider "washed up", a white ho and a busted up can o' biscuits, so many POC hate them? Oprah is a fantastic role model for all our black children. Granted, there may be small titty-bits (yes, I said "titty"-bits) of personal indifference's one may have with Oprah, but in no way does that diminish her accomplishments. Some folks are just too busy smelling their own upper lip.

    WHY?

    Because of the color of their skin. Some blacks folks are so envious, slothful, wrathful and jealous, that they'd kill themselves and slap their momma before they'd give another black person their proper due.

  • BluTopaz | July 18, 2013 11:01 AMReply

    So now she's cap'n save a white ho. I have always defended Oprah, but I'm getting increasingly sick of her fat ass. Maybe she'll pay George Zimmerman to visit and explain his side of everything.

  • sergio | July 18, 2013 2:17 PM

    Without question since the verdict Zimmerman has been offered big bucks for interviews. You just know it and I wouldn't be surprised if even Oprah has been trying to get him for an one-on-one. She's thinking of the ratings and thinks that if it's her then she'll be free of any criticisms

  • mslaroy | July 18, 2013 11:07 AM

    Although I think your criticism of Oprah's appearance is on the harsh side, I do agree with you. I knew aunty Ophie was last when she put Tyler Perry's mess on her channel.

  • Miles Ellison | July 17, 2013 10:04 PMReply

    She's already roped in the black audience with Tyler Perry's corked-up soap opera. Now she's pivoting to capture the TMZ crowd with this busted up can o' biscuits. Brilliant.

  • LeonRaymond | July 17, 2013 9:02 PMReply

    In Oprah's view and it is to me as tainted as dirty rose water. That White face and her her White audience is where she still looks to. Cause would you all tune in to see episode after episode about Lindsay. But hey it's only my opinion maybe hundreds of Black folk will

    But what ever happen to her serious home girl PAULA DEEN?

  • Steven Flores | July 17, 2013 8:44 PMReply

    I wouldn't pay a penny to create anything involving a washed-up has-been who was never able to grow up.

  • JUDY JOHNSTONE | August 21, 2013 5:29 PM

    to Steven Flores: I totally agree with you. Lindsay Lohan??? R U kidding me? Oprah's OWN has THE stupidest shows ever! What's happened to her judgment?

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