Showing posts with label Oprah Winfrey. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Oprah Winfrey. Show all posts

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Husband Lies About Tickets To Oprah Show

William Lee
Tribune Reporter
While legions of Oprah fans have endured endless lines hoping to catch a glimpse of the Queen of Talk before her long-running show ends, police say a Canadian man endured a self-administered beating -- and a night in jail -- for the same privilege.

Chicago police said that Robert Spearing, 44, was taken to Stroger Hospital Tuesday after reporting that two people beat him before stealing his passes to a star-studded farewell show that took place later that evening at the United Center

Spearing originally told police that just after 10 a.m., he was standing in the 200 block of South Wood Street -- about a block from the United Center -- when two men in their 20s, one African-American and one Hispanic, beat and robbed him.

But hours later, police said Spearing changed his story, later admitting he'd never been attacked and merely concocted the story so he didn't disappoint his wife because they'd traveled from Ontario without tickets.

Spearing, police said, cut his own forehead with a rock and scraped his hands on the sidewalk to mimic injuries from a violent street robbery.

Spearing was charged with one count of felony disorderly conduct, police said, for filing a false police report. Cook County Judge Donald Panarese Jr. today ordered Spearing held on $20,000 bond and scheduled a hearing for next week.

A Spearing relative was at the Cook County Jail this evening posting the $2,000 needed to gain the suspect's release, according to a sheriff's spokesman.

The event, “Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular” featured numerous celebrity appearances including actors Tom Cruise and Will Smith, and former Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan.


Friday, February 18, 2011

Michael Vick Cancels Interview With Oprah For 'Personal Reasons'

OprahWinfrey won't snag an interview with Michael Vick after all.

"Michael Vick was scheduled to be a guest on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' for an episode airing next Thursday, February 24," a press release from Winfrey's Harpo Productions explained. "Mr. Vick's representatives called last night to cancel his appearance for personal reasons."

News of the decision by the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback was first widely reported by CNBC's Darren Rovell, who Tweeted the news about 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16.
Winfrey's plan to broadcast a one-on-one interview with Vick was not welcomed by some of her fans.

"I too am horrified that an animal-lover like Oprah would allow her show to be used to generate more PR for a sociopath like Vick," wrote a viewer identified as Amywuk on a message board. "Oprah has always been about people who are living examples of doing good, who use their fame & fortune to make things better … Give the PR to those who deserve it, who use their celebrity for good, not evil."

The television interview was expected to include discussions about Vick's conviction on federal dogfighting charges.

Vick has renounced dogfighting since
his release from prison in 2009.