Much has been said about Oprah’s network, OWN. Although she launched the network amid much fanfare and excitement, since it hit cable airwaves, OWN has struggled to connect with viewers. Unlike her popular show which made it way into tens of millions of homes every day, OWN has had a difficult time maintaining Oprah’s vast audience.

Recently, Oprah sat down with Extra’s AJ Calloway to talk about the students at her all-girls school in South Africa (they’ve all graduated and are heading to college!), and the trouble she’s had turning OWN into a success.

Although Oprah was already a billionaire and a household name, she says she wanted to create OWN to further her inspirational vision.

“The reason I did OWN was I wanted to continue the platform to speak to people in a way that made them feel inspired,” she told Calloway. “And that’s been harder than I thought it would be, but it’s also been as exciting as I thought it would be.”

After her network showed garnered disappointing ratings, Oprah became more visible hosting life classes with Iyanla Vanzant and introducing her latest show, Oprah’s Next Chapter, which has been a hit with viewers. But will it save OWN?

That remains to be see, but Oprah thinks it’s a good start.

“Yes, that’s nice, a good start. Now I just need 23 more hours a day, but that’s a good start. What I know now is you start one show at a time, one night at a time… building your nights instead of trying to do it all at one time.”

Check out AJ Calloway’s entire interview with Oprah from her South African home tonight on Extra

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  • Oprah you are living your dream and your ideas have come to light , Now you are in front and behind the scenes running the entire network, it’s like a new college course.
    We are born to grow and expand. I wish you the best.
    I host a public access show and would someday like to own my show as well as a television network. BASE program is the most watched show in Gary,In . The show is all about beauty, entertainment , art and style. Katherine Jackson watches the show when she comes home. She told her newphew Keith how muched she enjoyed the show. Oprah if you are looking for someone who is vivacous, heartwarming, funny , can draw an entire family into the show. I am Someone who can produce, write, direct and host . Please go to

    • Sanga

      KEEP on trying and pushing 4 your show to get to Oprah or her affiliates quick cause right now she’s prob looking for good material that will help OWN out more than hurt. If thats your dreams then go for it.

  • Isis

    OWN is just a baby. It takes awhile to get things moving in the right direction. Gotta crawl before you can walk. I think she will be fine