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Leave Oprah Winfrey alone!

Following the announcement of a ludicrous lawsuit by a displeased audience member, reports are surfacing that the talk show queen was the target of a foiled $1.5 million extortion plot, according to the FBI and other published reports.

The Big O, Goodbye

The criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court against Keifer Bonvillain - yes, that's actually his name - states that he had approached "a public figure and the owner of a Chicago-based company" and threatened to release potentially damaging recorded phone conversations about the person.

It's not hard to determine that this is referring to Oprah.

Bonvillain has cooler name than even Drake Hogestyn. He's also scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Chicago on Monday and was arrested in Atlanta on Dec. 15, the day after he met an emissary with the intention of their exchanging money for the tapes.

After his arrest, Bonvillain was released on $20,000 bail.

In a phone conversation with the Sun-Times, Bonvillain said of the case: "There is nothing to it. It's nothing. It was a big mix-up." Sort of like the releasing of a Dustin Diamond sex tape, perhaps.

There has been no comment from Winfrey, her Chicago-based Harpo Productions Inc., or the U.S. attorney's office.

According to legal papers, Bonvillain met a California-based "business associate" of a Chicago-based company at a party more than two years ago, then recorded 12 hours of conversations with the employee about the owner and her business.

Although the complaint does not specify if Bonvillain had any direct contact with Oprah, it does say that in mid-October he sent her an e-mail, informing her that the employee said "awful things" about her.

We find this impossible to believe. It would be akin to referring to Eva Longoria as "not really hot."

In November, Bonvillain sent a letter saying he had tapes of the conversations, according to the FBI, which also alleges that Bonvillain told the associate he wanted to publish a book based on the tapes.

The associate, working in cahoots with the FBI, agreed to a $1.5 million price and planned to meet him in the parking lot, according to the complaint. Agents arrested Bonvillain the next day.

Bono and Gayle King will soon team up to pummel Bonvillian to a pulp.

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Tayna Milner, meet Heather Mills. You two gold-digging gold diggers seem to have a lot in common.

You're each trying to take hard-earned money from a pair of the most respected celebirites in the world. For Mills, it's Paul McCartney.

Oprah and Fans

For Milner, it's Oprah Winfrey. She's alleging she was injured in a rush for seats during a taping of the talk show host's syndicated TV show.

Claiming she was pushed down stairs between a waiting area and audience seating at Harpo Studios on April 11, Milner is seeking $50,000 in damages. It must've been some bump on the knee.

The lawsuit accuses the studio in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood of failing to properly control the crowd. Seems about as reasonable to us as the claim that Britney Spears simply fell asleep on New Year's Eve.

Phone messages seeking comment were left Thursday night for Milner's attorney, Joseph Curcio, and Harpo Studios.

Meanwhile, we wonder if The View will encounted such rabid fans now that Sherri Sheperd has joined the program. Tune in and find out.

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Oprah Winfrey offically opened her $40 million girls' school in South Africa opened on Tuesday, as 152 handpicked students walked in the door.

The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in Henly-on-Klip fulfills a promise she made six years ago to former President Nelson Mandela to give students a better future.

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"I wanted to give this opportunity to girls who had a light so bright that not even poverty could dim that light," Winfrey said at a press conference.

All of a sudden, Shakira has a long way to go to be the most charitable celebrity.

Mandela was among the guests at the opening, as were Tina Turner, Mary J. Blige and Mariah Carey, actors Sidney Poitier and Chris Tucker and director Spike Lee, according to the AP.

By providing education to the girls in the lavish setting, Winfrey said she hoped she could help "change the face of a nation" that had once been divided by apartheid.

"Girls who are educated are less likely to get HIV/AIDS, and in this country in which it has such a pandemic, we have to begin to change the pandemic," she said.

In other important developments, Kristen Cavallari won't curse anymore.

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We had no idea The Apprentice was still on.

But now it looks as though Donald Trump will have competition for the most powerful person in reality TV programming.

Oprah Photograph

Talk show and world goddess, Oprah Winfrey, is on her way to primetime. Variety reports that Winfrey has sold two reality series to ABC; both of them, predictably, involve good works and giving.

The first series, called Oprah Winfrey's The Big Give, is an Apprentice-like series in which eight to ten people are given money and resources to try to help others.

Each week, one of the contestants gets eliminated in a kind, loving fashion.

The other Oprah show will be called Your Money or Your Life and will focus on a different family's financial and personal travails each week.

Meanwhile, Paris Hilton heard this title and asked:

"Wait, what's the difference between the two?"

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Oprah Winfrey has morphed into a middle-aged white woman.

So claims 50 Cent, the rap star who has been shot more times than he can count. Yes, we know it's only nine. We're saying the moron can't count to nine.

Fifty Cent

Fiddy contends that Oprah caters to the needs of whites more than she does her black sisters, and accused the talk show mogul of being an Oreo â€" black outside, white inside â€" in an interview in the January issue of Elle.

The rapper, who was recently busted for driving with no car insurance, is pissed because the Queen of All Media "started out with black women's views but has been catering to middle-aged white American women for so long that she's become one herself."

Along with Ice Cube and other rappers, 50 has previously taken shots at The Big O for not having rap artists as guests on her show. Oprah has sharply criticized rappers for their "hateful" and degrading lyrics and says she won't host them on her program for that reason.

Um, 50? Most rappers are hateful. We know you and The Game made up and all, but not before countless acts (and even more threats) of violence. Idiot. Oprah, meanwhile, advocates charity and compassion for the less fortunate. We do wish 50 would appear on Oprah's show, though, yo, just so we could hear the following discussion:

OPRAH: "Tell us about your latest album."
50: "You got a problem? Pop off, n!gga. G-G-G-G-G-Unit!"

Just to add fuel to 50's fire, O just bought a new pad on one of Chicago's most exclusive blocks, where thugs of his ilk would probably be locked up if they drove through. We tried to reach 50 for comment, but he was most likely in Da Club, rollin' 20 deep and so forth.

 

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Here's a little known rule of etiquette: allowing someone's to jump like a madman on your couch does NOT equate to a wedding invite.

Oprah Winfrey has discovered this the hard way.

Big O

The talk show goddess let Tom Cruise famously act like a fool on her show, but that doesn't mean she'll be attending his wedding in Italy this weekend.

"It's not that I'm not going," Winfrey said. "It's that they had a limited number of people that they could invite. I was not one the invitees. That's fine. I don't get invited to everyone's wedding. I don't invite them to everything I do. But I wish them the best."

Taking the snub like a trooper, Oprah said she was trying to think of what to purchase for Cruise and Katie Holmes.

"I don't know! I was thinking … I'm easier (to shop for) â€" you can get me a bubble bath I'm okay â€" but I don't know what to give them."

Well, we already know the bride-to-be has absurdly expensive lingerie. Maybe Winfrey could get the couple a house in the Bahamas.

We hear Anna Nicole Smith won't be using hers must longer.

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Not that this is a bad thing. It's a very good thing, in fact. But we wouldn't be surprised if a few fans weren't hoping for another car giveaway from Oprah Winfrey instead.

The talk show host has presented her audience with new vehicles, paid down their debts and granted wishes on her Wildest Dreams Tour. This latest act, however, was deemed the goddess' "favorite giveaway ever."

Goodbye, Oprah Winfrey

On Monday's show, Winfrey gave more than 300 audience members $1,000 debit cards to donate to charity, the Associated Press reports. She called her present the "gift of giving back" and we can only imagine how proud Brangelina must be of such an action.

"I can honestly say that every gift I've ever given has brought at least as much happiness to me as it has to the person I've given it to," said Oprah. "That's the feeling I want to pass on to you."

Fortunately, Heather Mills was not in the audience to steal all the cards and accuse Winfrey of assault.

People can give the entire sum to one person (no relatives or Hilton sisters allowed) or they can divide it among various charitable causes. Audience members also received a DVD recorder to tape their stories for a future show.

"You're going to open your hearts, you're going to be really creative, and you're going to spend it all at once on one stranger or spend a dollar on every person," Winfrey said. "Imagine the love and kindness you can spread with $1,000."

Or all the nude Marcia Cross pictures you could buy.

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Okay, so these peeps aren't really a couple. In the romantic sense at least. They sure are a couple of really rich people, however -- not to mention philanthropists.

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Above, Bono and Oprah give each other a hand in Chicago as they joined forces to promote the U2 singer's "Project Red," a campaign to raise money to fight AIDS in Africa. Oprah may not know how to pump gas, but she sure seems pumped to be there in this pic.

It's good to see that amidst all the Paris Hilton types out there, some celebrities not only have talent, but use their star power for good causes. Bono, Oprah, Brangelina, George Clooney and others give humanity a good name.

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Those without television sets that have heard of this Oprah Winfrey character, yet aren't familiar with her work, are in luck: she's coming to a radio near you!

Oprah Puts 'Em Up

Starting at 10 a.m. today, Oprah and Friends debuts as a new channel on XM Satellite Radio. However, despite the $55 million the talk show goddess is receiving to have her name on the station, she won't be making very many live appearances.

"She kind of the spiritual leader of what we're doing," said the GM, John Gehron, to The Chicago Tribune. "All these things are her vision, and she guides it."

And what does this vision entail? The broadcasts will begin with Oprah and â€" of course â€" best friend, Gayle King, doing what they do best: gabbing endlessly about what good friends they are.

It will be followed by a series of Oprah's favorite guests, including Maya Angelou, Bob Greene, Jean Chatzky, and Dr. Phil.

Winfrey recently helped good friend, Rachael Ray, debut her new talk show. The cooking icon may appear on the radio dial at some point, as well.

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The season premiere of The Oprah Winfrey Show started out with a bang... or at least a rich, non-gay talk show host having a hard time doing a simple everyday task.

To open the show, Oprah and BFF Gayle King embarked on a cross-country road trip, surprising unsuspecting Americans by dropping in unannounced at their weddings and other events. The toughest part of the trip for Oprah wasn't the rising price of gas... just the act of dispensing it into her vehicle.

Paris Hilton, Boy Toy

The Big O had to be helped out as she fumbled with the pump, saying "I haven't pumped gas since 1983."

Lucky for her, a good samaritan came to her rescue, demonstrating the right technique for fueling a car. It proved surprisingly easy.

Winfrey joined us in laughing at her expense, saying "I feel kind of stupid not being able to pump gas, but I thought, well maybe they've changed the pumps since I've last pumped."

Well, Oprah, we thought that our girlfriends weren't home when we were posting some pictures from Kristin Cavallari's MySpace page on our site yesterday. Sometimes, you're just dead wrong. It can get pretty ugly.

At the same time Oprah was bungling this simple task, on other side of this great country of ours, the awesome Paris Hilton unknowingly showed that hack how it's done.

Paris proved she's the pro at the pump -- one-handed, in high-heels and talking on the phone. What skillz!

And for her next trick, Paris will demonstrate tonight that she's also a pro at getting pumped by guys.