Oprah says Whitney Houston interview is her 'best'

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Whitney Houton (left) and Oprah Winfrey gab in an interview set to air Monday on "The Oprah Winfrey Show." (Harpo)


If you think you're excited about Oprah Winfrey's interview with pop diva Whitney Houston -- scheduled as the debut show of her 24th season on Monday -- Oprah herself is pretty ecstatic about it. She says it's "the best interview I've ever done."

"My approach to this interview was to not be judgmental in any way, and not to go in trying to get her to say things to make a 'moment,'" Winfrey says in a statement released ahead of today's Michigan Avenue bash.

"I just wanted to be able to have an honest conversation with her," Winfrey continued. "One woman to another woman. And the day of the interview I literally prayed about that all day long. I just wanted a connection between the two of us. And that is what happened. And that is why I believe it's one of the most, if not the most, powerful interviews I've ever done."

The Whitney interview will kick off "The Oprah Winfrey Show" at 9 a.m. Monday on WLS-Channel 7. It's being called the "premiere" of the new season -- but there are two new episodes airing this week. The star-studded show she taped before a throng of crazed fans this evening on Michigan Avenue will air at 9 a.m. Thursday, and Friday's show will be a recap of "summer newsmakers."

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I believe Whitney did an amazing job conveying her feelings and sharing with the world her past difficult years.
Her honest voice spoke volumes... and her love, faith and trust in God can be an example to others who struggle with difficulties.
God can pull you through anything...ask HIM and let HIM.
It is great to see you so happy and performing again Whitney! God will continue to work through you to do HIS work...

Oprah was very sensitive and compassionate during the entire interview. The last part of the interview...when Oprah asked Whitney, "did she have any regrets doing the interview"?
Whitney replied, "No".
That moment of concern from Oprah spoke HUGE VOLUMES of Oprah's character...
It highlighted the beauty in Oprah's soul and heart.
Well done Ladies!

For a spiritual moment that I shared with Whitney several years ago...which was beautiful and I write about it on my blog...please visit
http://jesusknowsyoubest.blogspot.com/

Sincerely,
K. Frangeskos at
Jesus Knows You Best

Kenneth I am not going to go back and forth with you because you ate one of those people who have to bring god into every scenario and I am an agnostic and wont entertain your brainwashed religious beliefs! I cant stand when people have to bring god into everything and make it the end all be all answer, and its unfortunate you are too yet another whos brainwahsed into the world of organized religion. However Yes whitney put the drugs into her own system but she didnt ask for the verbal or physical abuse and didnt deserve it and she has every right to speak on it with oprah or whomever. Its her right and i will be there to support her and oprah because they are strong inteligent women who have dealt with abuse in their own way and have been thru it. Why does it have to be sexist or man bashing just because they want to vocalize their trials and tribulations. People like you need to admit the truth and admit when things are exactly what they seem. Good luck with your man made fake ficticious religion i am more on the realistic side

I am really happy for Whitney Houston for the bold step she took and I pray that the good Lord help her to be free completely from drugs. Whitney you can do it if you try. I love you and keep up the good works you've work you just started.

John c,
You may personally know Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown and have established relationships with them that would warrent you to care more for one than the other. However, I've not been privy to personally knowing either one of them to establish care for one more than the other. All I basically know about Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown is that many people have enjoyed her singing, and many women have enjoyed having sex and babies with him.

No matter how many people care for Whitney Houston and despise Bobby Brown, no one but Whitney Houston can be blamed for the drugs she drinks, smokes, or injects, and no one but Bobby Brown can be blamed for the vagina his penis ends up in.

Indeed many people may be more sympathetic and acceptant of Whitney Houston's imperfections than Bobby Brown's imperfections, but that doesn't negate the fact that all of us are equally imperfect beings prone to making decisions that aren't in best interest of ourselves or the people we claim to love.

It has never been in the best interest of empowering women to take responsibility for their own desires, behaviors, and decisions for Oprah Winfrey to give women (most recently Whitney Houston) access to spew on her women viewed talk show yet another sexist viewpoint that puts more of the blame on a man (instead of on the woman) for the sexual, marital, parenting, and drug use decisions a woman makes for herself.

John c, you, Oprah Winfrey, and millions of others may care more for the imperfect Whitney Houston than the imperfect Bobby Brown, but both of them can find solace in knowing that God cares for all of his imperfect creatures equally, and I do too.

Oh Kenneth get over yourself! You and I both know what whitney said about bobby was true and he was the pig she deemed him to be. What is wrong with people like YOU who cant admit that a man like Bobby can tear a woman down like whitney and CONTROL her and make her feel less of a woman! I have MANY female friends who were/are strong like whitney but were physically and mentally abused and CHANGED by a man like BOBBY and it CHANGED them and made the different people. Whitney was in love and sometimes KEN when people r in love they do stupid things and are LOVE BLIND. Stop trying to defend MEN or Bobby when you know there are people like him out there who do thigs like that to WOMEN! and no he did not need to be there becausae it was an interview about WHITNEY no one wanted to see or here his side because NO ONE CARES. get over yourself and admit the truth! IT is very possible that the things she stated are true and do in fact happen to people like whitney. She seemed very honest and trustworthy and sincere and I have no reason to not belive her. You obviosly have issues with women and yourself and you cant stand to hear a strong woman who had come out of a horrible relationshi like that and overcome it. FACE THE TRUTH

Oprah: The acceptable type of sexist

A non-sexist woman gave birth to me and raised me with the common courtesy and respect to not say anything about a person if I couldn't say anything nice about that person. Talk show host Oprah Winfrey knew that Whitney Houston wasn't going be saying much that would be nice about Bobby Brown. However, being the socially acceptable type of sexist that she is, Oprah Winfrey gladly did yet another interview with a woman willing to come on her worldwide televised talk show to once again blame a man for a woman's downfall in life.

If Oprah Winfrey had just an ounce of courtesy or respect for men that aren't homosexual, she would have regulated her interview with Whitney Houston to not be a discussion of Bobby Brown without the man being there to defend himself. The only man that a non-sexist interviewer would have allowed Whitney Houston to talk about (in the absence of Bobby Brown) is the man who art in Heaven, for it is that man that kept Whitney Houston safe and sound in his arms to let her singing voice shine once again. And, it is that man that will keep all of us safe and sound in his arms (if we let him) as we travel through life's perilous journey and are forced to deal with our own and other's imperfections.

During Oprahs interview Whitney disclosed that we can go through trying times that are designed to destroy us by overcoming them.'And that which does not kill us makes us stronger.' Whitneys interview with Oprah helped me to view Whitney as more than a celebrity, but more importantly I see her as a person who is truly a strong, black, surviving woman. Well done Oprah! And I have the utmost respect for you Ms. Houston! This interview inspired me to remember to press through my tests and trials and to always hold my head up! I am definitely purchasing Whitneys new CD!!!

I love you Whitney, my prayers are with you always. You have always been an inspiration not just to me, but to the whole wide world, and what ever uv'e been through i beleive have made you a stronger and more determined person. I am your number one fan.

If teenagers could hear Whitney's voice in her prime and hear her damaged voice now, it might prevent a lot of them from choosing to destroy their own gifts through drug abuse, whatever those gifts happen to be. Hearing Whitney sing now was like seeing the Mona Lisa after someone had attacked it with a hatchet. As the owner of all of her CDs, I am so thankful she's in recovery, but I won't be buying this one because listening to it makes me very sad.

I love Whitney god blessed her with a talent to connect this world on a level beyond what she is capable of understanding. A voice is the key to bringing people together...and with A voice like hers she can truly heal this world!!!! I love you Whitney and with the power of the lord and all those that love you as much as I do you shall overcome this demon..LEAVE THE DRUGS ALONE WHITNEY IS ON THE MICROPHONE!

VERY EXCITED MYSELF TO SEE THE WHITNEY HOUSTON ESPISODE. I HAVE MISSED HER ALL THEY YEAR'S. THAT VOICE IS FLAWLESS. GO GIRL, LOOKING FOREWARD TO YOUR COMEBACK.

I can't wait for this interview. I want to see the changes she's made. Go Whitney, we're all behind you!

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