Oprah wants people to hang up and drive -- you, me, and all of her employees.
And her staff is miffed about it.
Sources told Radar Online today that the Chicago talk-show queen made Harpo Productions employees sign a pledge not to talk on cell phones -- even with hands-free devices -- in their cars.
"Some were complaining that they had just purchased hands-free devices and now they can't use them," one source told Radar. "They're worried this will hurt them from doing their jobs. Some employees talk on the phone while drive because they are under deadlines and their jobs are not 9-to-5."
The pledge was not mandatory, but like any office politics the employees felt pressured. "It was pretty clear to everyone that it would not be good to resist signing it," one insider said. "You don't mess with Oprah."
Oprah's pledge, which she's encouraged the public to apply, reads like this: "I pledge to make my car a No Phone Zone. Beginning right now, I will do my part to help put an end to distracted driving by not texting or using my phone while I am driving. I will ask other drivers I know to do the same. I pledge to make a difference."
As many people have pointed out, including in comments on this blog, it's likely easier for a very rich, often limo-driven celebrity to bark about the dangers of this problem.
What do you think? Have dictates of your boss ever crossed over into your personal life?