Oprah Winfrey is a talk-show legend who hosted her successful self-named “The Oprah Winfrey Show” from 1986-2011. Her goal with the show was to address issues that affected people on a large scale. Since then,
Oprah has co-founded Oxygen, Harpo Productions, a film and video company, and launched OWN (The Oprah Winfrey Network).
With an amassed worth of over $3.5 billion, it must take a lot of organization and foresight to keep her ventures running smoothly.
Here are 10 strict rules Oprah’s staff must follow to be part of her team.
1. Sign an airtight non-disclosure agreement.
Oprah likes to keep her private life private. People who work for her are privy to details of the mega-mogul’s life that the general public would never know.
To keep her closest secrets confidential, Oprah has one of the best publicity and legal teams in the business. Not surprisingly, while most NDAs are for a limited time, her staff must sign lifetime agreements.
In 2000, Oprah defended the restrictive gag order for employees saying, “I have to function in an environment where I feel I could trust my employees.”
2. Security is a top priority. Only the best need apply.
Oprah takes the security of her studio seriously. She is well aware that anyone can be the victim of a criminal with bad intentions. Her security needs to be the best of the best.
For that reason, the media mogul keeps a highly qualified security team at her disposal. But you can’t just be any person off the streets. Oprah once hired Michael Jai White to her security team before he went on to become the first Black actor to play a superhero in the movie, “Spawn.”
White is trained in Taekwondo, Kyokushin, Jujutsu, and numerous other martial arts. He is well-qualified to beat the brakes off anyone that comes for Oprah.
3. Leave the gum at home.
In 2018, Reese Witherspoon revealed that she chewed gum in front of Oprah on the set of “A Wrinkle in Time,” sending her into a rage.
Oprah later confirmed during an interview with Steven Colbert that she can’t stand to be around people that chew gum. If you work for Oprah, make sure you never get caught with a mouthful of Double Mint.
4. Don’t misbehave or she will come for you.
Oprah is big on taking responsibility when things go wrong. When she found out about the alleged abuse at the girl’s school she had opened in Africa, she apologized and begged for forgiveness from the parents of the abused children.
Not only did Oprah take responsibility, the school matron, Tiny Virginia Makopo, was accused of trying to kiss and fondle girls at the school. Oprah supported the young ladies all the way through the trial of her former employee.
Eventually, the woman was acquitted of the crimes and Oprah released a statement saying, “I will forever be proud of the nine girls who testified with the…
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