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Not even Oprah Winfrey's own partners know what she'll do

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oprah winfrey photos Early Tuesday afternoon, Discovery Communications told Company Town that the talk-show diva would not join them at a big presentation to advertisers in Chicago held to promote Discovery's cable channels -- including the Oprah Winfrey Network, a joint venture between Discovery and Winfrey set to launch next January. The cable programming giant went as far as to say that Winfrey's presence in Chicago -- which is where she lives and tapes her talk show -- was never expected at the event. Guess what: Winfrey showed up after all. According to OWN and Discovery, Winfrey decided Tuesday afternoon to make an appearance at the last minute. She alerted OWN's staff at 4:07 p.m., seven minutes after the advertisers event was underway, that she intended to swing by. Arriving only 10 minutes later, Winfrey was led to a seat and even had a spotlight shone on her and waved to the assembled executives. Even better news for Discovery is that a potentially time-consuming defamation lawsuit against Winfrey was settled out of court this afternoon, shortly before she was scheduled to testify in the trial.

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O'Donnell to Take Over for Oprah?

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oprah winfrey photos Six-Time Daytime Emmy Winner Plans to Have a Single-Topic "Uplifting" Show Similar to Winfrey's. Rosie O'Donnell plans an "uplifting" new television talk show for launch next year that aims squarely at the audience Oprah Winfrey is leaving behind when her show ends. O'Donnell won six Daytime Emmys in six years as host of an entertainment-oriented talk show that ended in 2002, but is planning something different this time - a single-topic aspirational show that sounds much like what Winfrey is doing right now. Her success depends on convincing viewers that she's not the polarizing figure she's often seemed in the ensuing years and getting television executives to bet on something new at a time they're struggling for money. "I would like this show to make a difference in people's lives, to be real, uplifting, authentic and focus on life, love and laughter," O'Donnell, 48, said. Scott Carlin and Dick Robertson, two former Warner Bros. syndication executives who helped launch O'Donnell's first show, said they approached her about getting back into daytime TV shortly after Winfrey's announcement.

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Winfrey Settles Lawsuit Brought by Former Headmistress

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You may see Oprah Winfrey next week on her syndicated talk show, but you won’t be seeing the broadcasting queen in a Philadelphia courtroom. On Tuesday Ms. Winfrey settled a defamation lawsuit filed by the former headmistress of a school she set up in South Africa, who had said that the talk show host had defamed her after a sex-abuse scandal there, Reuters reported. Nomvuho Mzamane ran the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa at its founding in 2007 but left after students there said they were being abused by another staff member. After Ms. Winfrey held a news conference and said that Ms. Mzamane had ignored the students’ complaints, Ms. Mzamane said Ms. Winfrey had defamed her and made it difficult for her to find another job. A statement from lawyers representing both women said the dispute had been settled “peacefully to their mutual satisfaction” and both women had withdrawn their complaints, according to Reuters. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed. A trial was scheduled to begin on Monday in federal court in Philadelphia, where Ms. Mzamane was living when she filed the suit.

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Oprah settles lawsuit with former headmistress

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alk show host Oprah Winfrey reportedly rearranged the taping of her show, setting aside time to go to trial in Philadelphia. But that will not be necessary any longer -- the potentially nasty lawsuit has been settled. The former headmistress of Oprah's South African girls school was suing Winfrey for defamation of character. In particular, comments the talk show host made following revelations that several students had been sexually abused on her watch. At the time, Winfrey said she'd lost confidence in the headmistress, and was cleaning house from top to bottom. The two settled the dispute after a face-to-face discussion. A joint statement from both women's attorneys read: "The two parties met woman to woman without their lawyers and are happy that they could resolve this dispute peacefully to their mutual satisfaction." "It is somewhat unusual to take the lawyers out of the question, but I think Oprah has sort of the star power to ultimately wrestle or cajole a deal with an opposing litigant," Attorney Dana Cole said of the settlement.

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Sarah Palin tells Oprah about controversies, future

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When Sarah Palin got a surprise phone call from the McCain campaign one August afternoon, asking whether she'd like to be on the Republican presidential ticket, the then-Alaska governor didn't doubt for a moment she was ready for the challenge.

"When I got the call, it was not such a shocking call to me," Palin told talk-show host Oprah Winfrey in a highly anticipated interview that aired Monday. "I felt quite confident in my abilities and my executive experience and I knew that this is an executive administrative job. I was happy to get in there and contribute."

Nor was Palin deterred by the fact she had five kids at home, including an infant with special needs.

"It never occurred to me that I couldn't do the job because of children," she said. "My children are my strength. ... They allow me to be grounded."

But what did shock Palin was just how much the campaign knew about her and her family before she even formally met with Sen. John McCain to discuss the job. Contrary to what was reported in the media, Palin said, she was extensively vetted, and the campaign knew exactly "who they were getting."

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Highlights from the Sarah Palin interview

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Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's interview on today's edition of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" touched on all the topics, political and personal. Here's a run-down of the highlights:

Levi Johnston
As we saw in the teaser video for the interview, Palin insists that Johnston -- her daughter's ex-boyfriend and baby daddy -- is still "part of the family." But she was clear about her disapproval of his next career move: posing for Playgirl. "Some of the things he is doing is kind of heartbreaking," she said. Of Playgirl, she added, "I call that porn."

Our favorite bit: "I hear he goes by the name Ricky Hollywood now. ... He's quite busy with his media tours and he hasn't seen [his son] in a while."

As for Palin's claim that Johnston would still be invited for Thanksgiving dinner, Johnston himself doesn't buy it. Johnston said, through a Playgirl rep, that it was "a nice gesture but she didn't mean it," adding, "You could tell by her laugh she was full of it."

But Palin said she continues "to hope for the best, and pray for Levi."

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