Who knew that Oprah Winfrey, the Queen of Daytime Talk, had beef with her former protégé, Iyanla Vanzant?
The origin of their strife was revealed Wednesday on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," when O invited Iyanla back to set after an 11-year banishment.
At one time, Iyanla was a regular expert on “Oprah,” often doling out advice to the studio audience and viewers while Oprah kept quiet and let Iyanla have the spotlight. Apparently, the two parted ways after Iyanla, getting an offer for her own show from members of Barbara Walters’ camp and then presented Oprah with an ultimatum–or at least that’s how Oprah viewed it.
Iyanla insists she was not trying to back Harpo into a corner, but Oprah quickly moved onto the next, as in Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz and other experts who benefited well from their loyalty. Iyanla’s talk show aired for one season.
On the show, Iyanla was very contrite in making amends with the media maven.
“I love you. I have always loved you and had nothing but positive regard for you, and I am now so sorry," a teary-eyed Iyanla told Oprah. "I am aware of how my behavior and my choices could have appeared to you and been experienced by you as betrayal. Please forgive me. Please. That was not my intention ever, and at the bottom line, Oprah, I think it boils to people thought I knew things that I didn’t know."
Oprah said, “I accept your apology. No apology necessary. You were already forgiven.”
However, it was clear that the two were uncomfortable as they sat awkwardly, bodies pointed in opposite directions.
Oprah said it was a “small ad” for Iyanla’s new book, Peace From Broken Pieces that prompted her to reach out to her estranged former friend. In the book, Iyanla writes about their feud.
Watch a clip from the show.
– Tracy L. Scott