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Breaking: Oprah doesn't need a book club to control the publishing world

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105920__oprah_dr_oz_lOprah’s book club has been on hiatus for 10 months now, but her endorsement of YOU: On a Diet on last Thursday’s show has already made the book the top-selling title on Amazon.

This isn’t exactly a shocker. But, um… did anyone else see that episode? I played the recording in the background of my other hot activites this weekend (napping, laundry), and for at least the first 25 minutes, I was entirely convinced that co-authors Dr. Mehmet C. Oz and Dr. Michael F. Roizen were actually cult leaders. They both sported that plasticized blank stare that can only develop after raking in boatloads of cash from their previous Oprah-endorsed book, YOU: The Owner’s Manual. I was particularly startled to glance over and see Oprah and Oz holding up two examples of a stomach-lining organ called the omentum (pictured). I recoiled with such fright my head knocked into the wall. Oprah, what the hell is going on with your show? Which prop guy had to scramble all those gloppy eggs? Is this a joke?

Nope. Frey fiasco aside, O’s still got the golden touch. “You buy a book, and you buy a book, and I look like a leprechaun!” Poof! Done.