Blacklisted

Oprah’s Cult of Secrecy

What’s the price of crossing Oprah Winfrey? Celebrity biographer Kitty Kelley says she’s been blacklisted from The View, plus the television shows of Joy Behar, Charlie Rose, Larry King, and David Letterman because they fear stepping on the toes of Oprah, her latest subject. In a combative interview with The New York Times Magazine’s Deborah Solomon, Kelley says that “What I think is the most tantalizing part is that she’s so secretive, that there are so many secrets,” but there’s little indication of what exactly those fascinating secrets are. Solomon, for her part, says that the upcoming book’s most “surprising scene is the one in which she calls room service at a hotel to order a snack of two pecan pies.”