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Oprah Scolded By Discovery CEO David Zaslav Over Interview: Hollywood Reporter

12/12/2013 12:07 pm ET | Updated Jan 23, 2014
AP

The Oprah Winfrey Network has made steady progress in 2013, but it wasn't always this way.

It was less than two years ago that Oprah opened up about the network's struggles during an interview on "CBS This Morning," saying, "Had I known that it was this difficult, I might have done something else."

David Zaslav, the CEO of Discovery — which partnered with Oprah to form OWN — was apparently none too happy about the interview, according to a new piece in The Hollywood Reporter. THR's Lacey Rose wrote:

"Three days later, the executive pulled [Oprah] and her two top staffers, OWN presidents Sheri Salata and Erik Logan, into a room at the Mandarin Oriental in New York following the channel's upfront, and said: "We are going to change the f---ing narrative. Enough of the 'how hard this is' and 'boy, is this difficult.' It ends now."

The network has certainly made strides since then. A few months after the interview, there were more changes at OWN, and Zaslav announced that he expected the network to break even in 2013. OWN has seen strong growth in ratings, helped by Oprah's interviews with newsmakers like Lance Armstrong and Lindsay Lohan, and was in the black for the first time earlier this year.

Click over to THR for the full interview with Oprah.

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