Voters of the hopefuls trying to get their own show on Oprah Winfrey's new network are accusing the Queen of Talk of rigging the contest.
Winfrey's new cable channel, OWN, has been holding online casting calls for 'Your OWN Show: Oprah's Search for the Next TV Star.' The reality show will premiere next year and get a prime spot on Winfrey's channel.
Last week, fans started to speak up against Winfrey--stating that people were fraudulently stuffing the online ballot box, according to the New York Times.
Some fans have even suggested that Winfrey herself was behind the scam.
In a statement, the OWN channel spokesperson said that no "contestant has been favored in this competition," but that an investigation would be undertaken and that all votes would be verified twice. The five most popular online contestants will go before a casting director, but only one is guaranteed a spot on the reality show, though OWN could choose to add more than one. A total of 10 in-person and online contestants will vie for a spot; eventually the show's winner will be hired by OWN."
As of Sunday, the top two runners Zach Anner and Phyllis Wick-Turner were separated by two million votes.