Oprah Winfrey is OWNing up to her mistakes, if nothing else.
In a rare interview, Winfrey spoke with The Early Show on CBS about her problems with her network OWN, which has been plagued by poor results, internal upheaval, 30 layoffs (Rosie O'Donnell among them) and corporate restructuring.
Oprah admits that if she had to do it over again ...
"The idea of creating a network was something I wanted to do. Had I known it was this difficult, I might have done something else. I didn't think it was going to be easy, but if I knew then what I know now, I might have made different choices.
“If I were writing a book about it, I could call the book '101 Mistakes.'"
Winfrey compared launching the network when she did to “having the wedding when you know you're not ready" and that she was even warned about it.Winfrey added that SNL creator Lorne Michaels cautioned her, “No one wants to see you come off The Oprah Winfrey Show of all those 25 years of success and step right into the network business: You've got to pay your dues.'"
Last month, the TV legend had to lay off 30 people, or 20 percent of the workers she hired, which she called “the most painful” decision she had to make.
She also revealed she did not personally fire the employees, HR did.
Winfrey said that moving forward, she’s strategizing to build the network show-by-show, night-by-night, with quality programming. "Actually, I feel better about our network own today than I ever have," she said.