Oprah Winfrey experienced symptoms associated with a nervous breakdown last year. The 59-year-old media mogul struggled to cope as she worked to save her struggling TV network ‘ OWN’ and filmed her movie comeback in ‘Lee Daniel’s The Butler’ . She admitted during an interview with Kony 2012 founder Jason Russell she realised she was on the verge of having an emotional meltdown.
Speaking recently Oprah revealed: ”Jason was talking about having a nervous breakdown and I was thinking, ‘I have those symptoms’. [While recording voiceovers for OWN], I remember closing my eyes while I was reading and I thought, ‘I cannot have another thing enter my brain. I need to pull back.’ ”
The TV star launched OWN in January 2011 and due to poor ratings, Oprah took over the role as chief executive officer and chief creative officer in July the same year. Viewing figures continued to fall in 2012 and by May 2012 the channel’s losses were estimated at $330 million.
However her new show ‘Oprah’s Next Chapter’ – which has featured interviews with huge stars including a two-part tell-all chat with disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong – has improved the channel’s standing and it will break even later this year, but Oprah still finds it hard to deal with some individuals apparent joy at her channel’s failings. She said: ”After 25 years of being number one, I had become accustomed to success. I didn’t expect failure and I had to dig deep.