How is it possible that one of the most successful women in the television industry had to lay off 30 positions between Los Angeles and New York? Oprah’s OWN Network was seemingly the “Tyler Perry” of media jobs–creating dozens of jobs for television behind-the-scenes big wigs. However, with OWN’s disappointing ratings, job security at the Oprah compound has become something that’s not set in stone the way one would assume.
When I was a little girl, I made it a goal of mine to work for Oprah. That woman had the Midas Touch and it was amazing watching everything around her triumph. However, with passion and ambition, Oprah created OWN–a network we all thought would save the world or at the very least, create tons of jobs. While OWN has been able to make waves, it’s starting the flail.
Here’s three reasons working for Oprah isn’t the best job ever.
1. In the case of working for Oprah means you work for Rosie, then you’re stuck working for “a f*cking hellhole,’ says one former staffer according to The Daily Beast. Not only is Rosie a nightmare to work for, but the show was so bad (as it was supposed to help save OWN) that it was cancelled. Staffers found out only mere hours before a press release announced the show’s demise. Most employers want you to give them a two week’s notice before your departure, so they should give the same courtesy, no?
2. Laying off 30 employees from New York to Los Angeles means that the employees that are left are set to pick up the slack. That’s sure to be fun for Oprah’s employees. Now instead of happily walking around the office, thinking they may get a new car or random trip to Australia at any moment, they’re inundated with more work and worried over whether this day is their last with the company.
3. Working with an entire network that knows it’s only alive because Oprah revamped the programming to technically resurrect her Oprah show as “Oprah’s Next Chapter” has got to put the fear of God in the folks at OWN. One show carrying an entire network? That’s not ideal.
Would you want to work for Oprah at this point? Let’s discuss on Twitter @Rhapsodani.
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Celebs Tweet Their Thoughts About #JusticeForSandraBland
1. Jesse Williams
#SandraBland's treatment while attempting to travel freely on HER public roadways has been acknowledged as unlawful. She is already dead.
2. Taraji P. Henson
"SAY HER NAME #SandraBland"
3. Ava DuVernay
"'Why are you arresting me?' Because you know your rights. Because I can. Because no one'll believe you. #SandraBland"
4. Kim Kardashian
#WhatHappenedToSandraBland We need answers!!!! This is NOT ok! This is all shady! They need to own up to this & tell the truth!
5. Jussie Smollet
"A loss 4 words. #SandraBlandMatters #BlackLivesMatter 👈🏿tell me this should change once the nation shows that we do. "
6. Snoop Dogg
🙏🌹. Sandra. Rip. 🌹🌹
7. K. Michelle
R.I.P to this queen. This could've been any of us. My prayers go out to her family. #sandrabland https://instagram.com/p/5fvlO_AhCf/
8. Gabrielle Union
SAY HER NAME!!! #SandraBland #SandraBland #SandraBland #SayHerName
"We must get to the cause of #sandrabland death because this CANNOT happen again #deathorfreedom"
10. David Banner
"When will we fight back. A man's duty on earth is to protect women and children. Where are the gangsters? Preachers? We need you. Please."
11. Nicki Minaj
"Rest In Peace #SandraBland"
12. Talib Kweli
"We the people ask @LorettaLynch to investigate #SandraBland #KimberleeRandleKing RETWEET "
Signs. Signs. Signs all around us. The Message is Here. #SandraBland
14. Missy Elliot
"When I look at the #SandraBland traffic video it brings so many emotions😳😢😡😡😤!"
15. Jessie J
"God bless your soul Sandra | #sandrabland | Change needs to come |Justice needs to be served | Heart… https://instagram.com/p/5fV79mQ0aw/ "
16. Jackee Harry
"It's time y'all, it's time.." #SandraBland #BlackLivesMatter
"In memory of #SandraBland these things don't make no kinda sense "
18. Holly Robinson Peete
I really don't look forward to having ANOTHER difficult conversation w my kids tonight...but here we go again😧💔 #SandraBland #SayHerName 😢
19. Jeffrey White
Sadly, doesn't matter by whose hand she died. Unjustified arrested set the outcome in motion. The state murdered her. #JusticeForSandraBland
Sandra could have been your mother, sister, aunt, friend or if she wasn't killed the community outreach advisor A&M. #SandraBland
21. Joan Smalls
"My heart is broken. Sending my deepest condolence to her family and friends. May you find Strength, Peace and Justice. When will this stop? #EqualityForAll #RIP #Why #SayHerName
22. Gladys Knight
Sandra Bland.... #SayHerName #SandraBland
23. Cara Delevigne
Things need to change NOW #SANDRABLAND #Justice #Equality
24. Meek Mill
"Rip to that young lady that lost her life about a traffic stop! 🙏 ima make sure I pray for her and her family! 🙏😄😄😄"