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Lauryn Hill & Beyonce Say 'Thanks, But No Thanks' To Oprah

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by Sergio
August 22, 2012 3:35 PM
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After her recent smash ratings hit, interviewing Rihanna for her Oprah's Next Chapter program on OWN, you would think that Oprah Winfrey would be aggressive about getting other popular singers on her show like, say, Lauryn Hill and Beyonce.  And she is. If only they would agree to do it.

Oprah recently tweeted to her followers that she has in fact reached out to both Ms. Hill and Bey-Bey, but both turned her down.

She said that she is "TRYIiiing" to do an interview with Beyonce, but so far, no luck.

As for Lauryn Hill, Oprah tweeted that she "..tried. She said no."

In regards to Hill, I'm not surprised she would turn her down. She's an intensely private person and when was the last time she ever did an interview for anyone? I can't recall.

But wouldn't it be great if she did an interview to talk about herself, and to clear up all the stories and rumors that have been out forever about her? Talk about a ratings smash.

As for Bey-Bey, what gives? She LIVES for publicity. She doesn't get out of bed unless the paparazzi is within 10 feet of her.

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  • Kimmie | October 21, 2012 3:15 PMReply

    A lot of black women either love or hate Beyonce and many of them have never met her nor have even been affected by her personally. As a successful, attractive, African American woman when I see women like Lauren Hill and Beyonce looking great, working hard, and doing positive things I have nothing bad to say about them. There are far too many negative images of black women in the media, so when one or two or even a small handful are considered attractive, successful, and marketable to the masses why not support that? It's a positive image of the group of women not just that one. Beyonce is not different from other celebrities to stay relevant she has to stay in the news, magazines, and etc but she is still a person. For people to make comments about her craving attention fool it's her job! So, when Lady Gaga came to the awards in an egg was she a b*tch? When Nikki Minaj dressed as a Catholic at the awards with a fake Priest was she a b*tch? You people only respect black women that enforce the stereotype that we so desperately need to remove ourselves from...like the Trina's, basket ball wives, house wives of Atlanta and flavor of love girls. Please know that women like Beyonce, Rihanna, Halle Berry, Kerry Washington and etc are the black women that keep people from assuming we are all Fantasia (teen parent who had her second baby by someones husband), Kelly Price (who was 400 pounds) and Mary Mary (who are homophobic prudes).

  • Dorothy Piedrahita | October 21, 2012 11:25 AMReply

    Both of these ladies would say "yes", but are saying, "no". Just move on on OWN! There are other ladies in this large world that Ms. O had get to interview from, what is the matter with her. What I think she needs is to do get "new people around her no matter the age, and get back on top of her game. Ms. O, this is global world there are other rich,famous ladies, locate someone from Brazil France China, anywhere leave these ladies alone......... I say! frankly, they are somewhat tired, not that they are good singers and whatever they do, but move on.

    These ladies should be placed in, "the wind". Bey Bey as you called her doesn't need you anymore, she will be appearing on the Super Bowl 2013, so why do you think she wants to be on your small network.

    Heck! Ms. you would do better if you got me and my little children's book that I have written.

  • thandeka tshepang nkosi | October 18, 2012 12:04 PMReply

    loving beyonce with all of my heart

  • troy | October 7, 2012 10:35 PMReply

    Who gives two flying f*cks about beYAWNcy. She's nothing but an attention seeking whore and the reason she probably doesn't want to do Oprah now is because Oprah may ask the dumb bitch about the allegations of her having a surrogate and we all know that the fake bitch didn't carry a baby. As we all know too beYAWNcy is a liar, but she's not the best liar because she always gets caught in her LIES. Eventually all those beYAWNcy worshippers will come to know the real fake bitch as a lot of us do because every lie that she's told will come back to haunt her. Plus nobody wants to hear her lies. Lauryn Hill, my girl, that's who we want to hear from, she's the one with the real talent in the industry, beYAWNcy sucked penis and had her father pimp her out for her career. When you put real talent up against the industry bubble gum bitch like beYAWNcy hands down Lauryn wins with real music, and talent.

  • darslow | October 27, 2012 12:25 AM

    Wow Troy, that's harsh, but you're entitled to your opinion. Beyonce has talent. I mean, she's well respected by her peers and her idols and she puts on a very good show. I'm not her biggest fan, but I do acknowledge her dedication to her craft. Lauryn, what can I say. She's a pure legend.

  • Stephanie | October 13, 2012 7:04 PM

    Thank You! FINALLY someone who is not a worshipper of Beyonce. It's like i'm living in this world where beauty is looked highly upon over talent. Enough is enough already.

  • Ava | October 3, 2012 9:09 AMReply

    Does anyone think that Lauryn Hill would've have made a good Nina Simone?

    Speaking of which, did anyone hear the interview that Simone Kelly did for Canadian TV with the CBC?
    I admit, I haven't listened yet, but here is the link:
    http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/episode/2012/09/21/portraying-nina-simone-in-a-new-biopic/

  • ALM | October 3, 2012 10:36 AM

    @ Ava. Yep. I believe that Lauryn's name was raised on one of the Nina biopic posts.

  • silvia | September 29, 2012 11:33 AMReply

    Hatch miller movie: liked it a lot, very moving

  • And | September 14, 2012 3:38 PMReply

    Oprah interviewed Beyonce a few times and she did a big staged production of "Run the World" for the surprise farewell party for Oprah. My best guess is that there hasn't been enough distraction press about B for O not to discuss her pregnancy or child. That's a wierd guess thou because O wouldn't be digging for the truth, asking a few "hard" questions isn't the same thing. O would probably just say how ridiculous the rumors were.

    Lauren Hill doesnt do fluff ever it seems. She would need to really really ...really be heard and respected. O isn't really a true listener her interviews go exactly where she directs them to go.

  • standingblack.info | September 9, 2012 8:17 PMReply

    She had a show for how many years and never once had an interview with one of them or a single rapper.....I would say no to

  • Jen | September 12, 2012 8:24 PM

    Actually she did interview Beyonce on her old show. She also had JayZ in 2009. I personally would not be interested in looking at an interview with the over exposed Beyonce, but would love to see and hear Lauryn Hill.

  • Jill | September 4, 2012 11:10 AMReply

    What don't we know about Beyonce at this point? Oprah, I wouldn't cry over that one. When she needs you, she'll call you.

  • flossy | August 30, 2012 5:31 PMReply

    I'm so disappointed in Oprah for me she's jumped the shark. I appreciate she owns a network and has staff to pay but when she interviewed the Kardashians when having previously stated disapproval of reality shows and the people who seek fame from participating in them. I guess she needs the ratings I just wish she hadn't gone that route, especially as her network is about empowering people I don't see the benefit of interviewing a family that behaves appallingly and sets a poor example of behaviour, the language they have used towards each other including the C word and the manipulation, fighting no family is perfect but if they lived in a trailer and weren't attractive their behaviour would probably not be considered entertainment.

  • Amari | August 27, 2012 10:48 PMReply

    Beyonce doesn't really live for publicity. Unless she is marketing a album or cause, she seems to pretty much keep quiet, hang with her family and that's about it.

    In general though, I think Oprah has finally found that her network can't survive unless she does interviews, and now she is just trying to attract anyone she can. Not to put Oprah down since outside of James Lipton, who else would you want asking about your life than Oprah?

  • Camay87 | August 25, 2012 1:41 PMReply

    That Beyonce snipe was unfair. I am not even a big fan but come one now. Beyonce can't walk out her front door without press following her everymove. She goes to a store, people take pics off their phones. You think that Beyonce is calling the paparazi?


    Really?

    Thats like saying Angelina Joile is an attention whore because she wants to leave her house and maybe even walk down the street.

    Thats like saying Halle Berry is an attention whore and loves cameras following her to the playground and to her daughter's school.

    It would be untrue.

  • Hello | August 24, 2012 7:29 PMReply

    Orville - I'm glad at least one person in this thread is awake. Beyonce is a straight attention whore, fake as all get out, and yes, she did have a surrogate give birth.

  • Zee | October 3, 2012 7:24 PM

    I sense a HATER!!

  • Mr. Friendly | August 23, 2012 6:57 PMReply

    I'd like "Opera Winfrey" to ask herself this one question, and then spend the next hour explaining: "Tyler Perry: WHY?"

  • Joseph G. | August 27, 2012 10:54 PM

    @MR. FRIENDLY Why he is self made and didn't stay on a blog hating on people who did make it.

  • Julien | August 23, 2012 1:49 AMReply

    For a megastar, Beyonce is not that an interesting when she is interviewed. So O should be grateful she said no.

  • lady earth | August 23, 2012 1:32 AMReply

    I'm a huge Beyonce fan but I have to admit that Beyonce does seek out attention a tad bit more when her career is on the decline. Her big pregnancy reveal at the VMA's was a strategic move by her PR team to put her in the headlines after a lackluster album. I wouldn't call her an attention whore but I would say that she uses the press only when it benefits her career. I'm surprised she turned down an Oprah interview but I can see why she doesn't want to come after Rihanna and Kim Kardashian.

  • Joseph G. | August 23, 2012 3:14 AM

    Beyonce career has not been on the decline. You must understand this business to get it. If you don't meet the expected sales, they say it's disappointing. Even if it's platinum. No one is really buying music this days. It's so freely available, but Beyonce still sells albums, people take one bad report about first week sales and they never look back. Same thing with Oprah's ratings. People will always say Oprah's networks ratings are down, because of a report a year ago about ratings being down. People don't ever look for an update. Also, her last shows at Atlantic City, sold out immediately. That's not a career decline. I think 4 was a great album, but if it leaks, who is going to buy it. Who really buys albums like that anymore?

  • sasha | August 23, 2012 1:18 AMReply

    Bey & Lauryn are both great, but I really want to see Oprah interview Queen Latifah so she can finally come out of the closet.

  • ALM | August 22, 2012 10:28 PMReply

    I know why Lauryn Hill doesn't want to do it. She doesn't want to be grilled on the IRS situation. I don't blame her. She needs time to get everything financially settled with the government. The great thing is, since Lauryn is the epitome of an artist she will given an interesting interview even if she isn't releasing a new project. If anyone can ever secure that interview, it will definitely be one to watch.

  • Joseph G. | August 22, 2012 8:30 PMReply

    Yeah, there are a whole lot of delusional comments here. Beyonce is a very private person, which is why a lot of people were surprised that she was cool with having Kim K. around with Kim being so open to publicity. Everyone knows that, which is why I assume you pulled that comment out of your ass.

    @JMAC it's important for someone of Beyonce stature to make a statement supporting what Frank Ocean did. That helps make more impact. You are looking at it from a very self righteous place. Rihanna is popular, but it's quite delusional to say anyone is a bigger pop star than Beyonce.

  • Ingrid | September 3, 2012 2:33 PM

    Rhianna is far more popular with the UNDER 30 crowd than 30 year old Beyonce ! Rhianna came in NUMBER 3 on the latest Forbes list of top entertainment money makers (Justin Bieber was number 2). "Old Lady" Beyonce did not even make the top five on that list. Bey needs to reinvent herself like Madonna has done for the last 30 years, otherwise we'll soon be saying, "Beyonce who???"

  • Joseph G. | August 27, 2012 10:52 PM

    @JMAC Orville made a comment about Frank Ocean. As for you, I disagree with all your comments. If you read my comment you would know why it's important for people like Beyonce to cosign that. What has Beyonce done since having the Baby? She sold out several nights at Revel in Atlantic City. Rihanna has not won a slew of awards recently if any, none she beat Beyonce out for. I love Rihanna. Beyonce did win a couple of BET and Billboard awards though. So, it doesn't sound like you are speaking from facts. Beyonce has been holding it down for years. She is not some fad artist. I know tone def people, bitter singers, and people who don't listen to singers majority of the time, can't hear how great her voice is, but there is a reason why she last. I can see it. Some can't, but the proof is in the pudding and there is a reason why some people don't have the gift to be a record exec.

  • JMac | August 23, 2012 4:17 PM

    Didn't say anything about Frank Ocean. Provided he is relevant to the conversation, why interview Beyonce to get her feelings on him - just put Frank Ocean on the show. I didn't know anything about the Beyonce/Ocean connection either until I read comments on here. That would still tend to prove she hasn't really done anything noteworthy lately except had a baby. I'm not a fan of Rhianna or Beyonce but I know Rhianna's been getting much more shine lately than Beyonce esp. when looking at each woman's popularity on the world stage. Rhianna's the one winning most of the awards now - and usually beating out Beyonce. That's just how it goes. Next few years it'll be someone else. Now if you're talking about longevity that's a whole 'nother argument.

  • Akimbo | August 22, 2012 5:17 PMReply

    This is not a slight against anyone, but come on: you don't have Kardashians and Rihanna on and THEN ask Beyonce. Also, I really don't think Beyonce is all that publicity-crazed. She wants to be world renowned, an icon, and all that, but she's not desperate for any old attention.

  • Joseph G. | August 22, 2012 8:31 PM

    Also Sergio, Oprah did a Master Class episode on herself, so no need for her to interview herself.

  • Akimbo | August 22, 2012 7:43 PM

    Enough already, I know: you hate Afro-latinas, light-skinned & multi-ethnic women, and micegenation. I never even heard about this poem, but good for her for openly expressing her support when so many in the hip-hop R&B community may not. And the first time she stepped out post-baby, she...looked good, but very much like a woman who either gave birth or gained 15-20 pounds. She looked stunning because she is stunning; the industry expects women to pop back immediately post-baby, so...nothing you said is evidence of attention-whoring.

  • Orville | August 22, 2012 7:19 PM

    Beyonce is indeed an attention whore when Frank Ocean came out of the closet Beyonce wrote a poem to him give me a break. All Beyonce needed to do was say congrats but she wrote a poem for media attention. Beyonce does a lot of things such as hiring a surrogate to have her baby and then suddenly looking stunning a few weeks after she "had" the child.

  • JMac | August 22, 2012 6:36 PM

    Ohhh okay. I just skimmed over that last sentence for this blog entry since it was just Sergio being Sergio. I got ya now.

  • Akimbo | August 22, 2012 6:23 PM

    ...That "any old attention" was in response to Sergio's allegation that Beyonce was a publicity-whore. I recognize and respect Oprah's place in the media and in history, do agree that there's nothing juicy discuss with Beyonce at the moment, and don't think it's trifling to decline an invitation that comes after Kardashians/Rihanna.

  • JMac | August 22, 2012 6:17 PM

    Oprah is "any old attention?" She's still the most powerful woman and black woman out there despite the rocky start she's had with OWN. Didn't she already interview Beyonce on the old Oprah Show? If so, I don't see why Oprah would want to interview her again. She hasn't down anything recently except drop a baby. Besides, Rhianna's the newer, more popular flavor of the moment than Bey is right now. I wouldn't think Beyonce is that trifling... maybe she is. Frankly I would much rather prefer to see Lauryn Hill but I understand how unlikely that would have been.

  • AI | August 22, 2012 3:59 PMReply

    Actually Beyonce's pretty well-known for being a fiercely private person. Just because paparazzi follows you doesn't mean you crave attention. I'm not really sure why you're surprised about either of them not granting the type of interviews that Oprah's known for.

  • Jay | August 23, 2012 1:27 PM

    @AI
    @Jay doesn't wanna be upstaged? how can the interviewer upstage the interviewee? Do u hear urself?

    Uh, I think what I said was pretty straightforward: Bey is a star, but there's likely no other personality recognized globally than Oprah. Of course an interviewer can upstage her subject. Happens all the time. The genius interviewers, though, never let that happen (e.g.,: the genius of Johnny Carson).

  • Joseph G. | August 22, 2012 8:35 PM

    Thank you @AI . @JAY keyword is business. Publicity is necessary in any business. @Ladybug She does documentaries so she can release just info on her terms, not to have someone else delve super deep into her personal life. I don't think there is nothing wrong with that. I know a lot of you only have good to say about the underdog and hate for the megastar, so I just want to clean up the junk that is said.

  • AI | August 22, 2012 5:20 PM

    @Jay oesn't wanna be upstaged? how can the interviewer upstage the interviewee? Do u hear urself?

    What Beyonce' reveals she normally reveals on her own terms -- hence her tumblr and the documentary she's producing.

  • D.A. | August 22, 2012 5:14 PM

    I agree, Bey is known to be insanely private, most, if not all of her more private pics are the ones she's uploaded to her website, tumbler and Blue Ivy's tumbler. When I read this part of the post:

    "She LIVES for publicity. She doesn't get out of bed unless the paparazzi is within 10 feet of her."

    I immediately thought about Kim Kardashian, not Beyonce. LOL. but oh well. I don't blame her, after seeing Rihanna pour her all into that interview, I think all bets were off, because something tells me that Bey isn't going to put herself out there like that. Besides, she's already addressed all of the madness to other news outlets and it seemed like she was done with it after that. But that's just my opinion.

  • Jay | August 22, 2012 5:12 PM

    Bey doesn't want to be upstaged by the one persona that might still be larger than hers. As far as Ms. Hill, good for her --- she bailed on the publicity machine and the slime of the music biz years ago; why should she emerge now, esp., to an unscrupulous publicity hound like O.

  • Truth | August 22, 2012 4:48 PM

    @ladybug The documentary is probably why Beyonce doesn't want to do an interview like that. If she gives it all to Oprah who would want to see the documentary.

  • Ladybug | August 22, 2012 4:02 PM

    She's producing a documentary on herself . . . how private could she be. Hasn't she already done a few of these already.

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