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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.

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Now that it's been cancelled, staffers from Rosie O'Donnell's ill-fated OWN talk show are coming forward with some great quotes about why it was canned.

“It was such a f**king hellhole,” one former staffer told The Daily Beast.

The reason for that? O'Donnell's frequent, temperamental clashes with The Rosie Show staff. During a taping last fall, "O’Donnell uncontrollably yelled at a publicist backstage because she didn’t like the parameters agreed upon for an interview."

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Several staffers were also very upset "when O’Donnell clashed with Oprah Winfrey’s longtime director Joe Terry. People thought she humiliated him when she scolded him in front of a live audience for using the wrong camera shots."

Rosie "suggested he didn’t know what he was doing. She fired Winfrey’s stage manager because she felt he was ignoring her and not doing his job properly."

She was also unhappy with her band leader, Katreese Barnes, a two-time Emmy winner from SNL, as he couldn’t play obscure Broadway songs off the cuff.

And, in what is seen as a final insult to the staff, on Friday, when Rosie's cancellation was publicly announced with a glowing statement by Oprah Winfrey herself, Rosie was not in Chicago to personally break the news to her crew.

Instead, she was Tweeting about what a great time she was having in NYC.

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Lady Gaga may be cutting herself off from interviews, but in her last sit-down before that self-imposed time out, the star's giving us plenty to talk about.

Showing her maternal side in a recent chat with Oprah Winfrey (airing tomorrow night on OWN), Gaga says she not only wants kids, but a lot of them.

A "soccer team" full of them, to quote the Mother Monster.

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"Yeah, yeah, I do," a (relatively) conservatively dressed Gaga, 25, told the talk show host, 58, when asked if she was serious about wanting a large family.

"I mean maybe I'm being a bit superfluous [about the soccer team], but I don't want to have one [child], I want a few," the Grammy nominee said.

Lady Gaga adds that she also wants a husband. Making a gesture to indicate a baby bump, the singer tells Winfrey, "I want to experience that."

But Taylor Kinney is off the hook for now. Don't expect her to settle down anytime soon. Gaga wants a family – just "not yet," she says with a smile.

For now, she'll have to settle for 20 million Little Monsters on Twitter.

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One month after the death of her mother, Bobbi Kristina Brown sat down with Oprah Winfrey for a revealing chat on the latter's network Sunday night.

After greeting the host with a hug, the 19-year old told viewers she was "doing okay," adding: "I'm getting through it. I'm doing as good as I possibly can... just trying to keep going."

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Bobbi, of course, has been the subject of many rumors and headlines since her mom passed away on February 12, with drug problems allegedly surfacing again and family members supposedly pushing her to check in to rehab.

But the teenager said she's doing her best to hang in there, and that she receives help on a daily basis from her mom.

"I can hear her voice in spirit talking to me, 'Keep talking to me. I got you.' She's always with me," Bobbi said. "I can always feel her. I can always feel her with me. She always asked me, 'Do you need me?' And I caught myself, out of nowhere, I didn't even know I said it, I said, 'I'll always need you.'"

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Now 31, Jaycee Dugard, who had been kidnapped at age 11 and held prison for 18 years, appeared at her first public event since her ordeal this weekend.

Receiving the Inspiration Award at famed fashion designer-philanthropist Diane von Furstenberg's DVF Awards held at the United Nations, her words resonated.

"My name is Jaycee Dugard, and I want to say that because for a long time I wasn't able to say my name and so it feels good," she told the crowd.

"I am truly honored to be here tonight with all of these amazing women who have done and been through so much more than me."

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Dugard, who had two children fathered by her kidnapper, got very emotional when she thanked her mother's unwavering support and faith.

"I have to say I felt her hope for many years and it gave me the strength to go on and live," the soft-spoken Dugard said. "And I did live."

"I have two beautiful daughters who I love with all my heart."

Oprah Winfrey herself presented the honor to Jaycee at the DVF Awards, dedicated to honoring women for continued leadership, strength and courage.

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This Sunday, Oprah Winfrey will sit down with members of Whitney Houston's family, including her sister Patricia and her daughter Bobbi Kristina.

Did the late singer's sibling see any signs that her loved one was headed down such a destructive path? That she would pass away at such an early age? Yes and no.

"The handwriting was kind of on the wall," Patricia tells Oprah in one of the following videos. "I would be kidding myself to say otherwise."

However, she added that Whitney's life appeared to be headed in a positive direction. Finally.

"Things were changing, things were really changing with her, very much so," Patricia said. "It wasn't about the substance abuse or anything like that relative to the latter days or anything like that, I think it was more of lifestyle.

"I saw her chasing a dream, looking for love in all the wrong places."

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She may no longer host her a daytime talk show, but Oprah Winfrey still has serious sway.

The Associated Press confirms that she has landed the first interview with members of Whitney Houston's family since the singer's tragic death last month, as Oprah will sit down with loved ones that include:

Whitney‘s sister-in-law/manager, Patricia Houston; her brother Gary; and her daughter Bobbi Kristina, who many fear is headed down a similar, drug-laden path as her mother.

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Oprah attended Whitney's funeral in New Jersey and no official cause of death has been determined yet. Autopsy results should be in within a week or two.

The interview, meanwhile, will air on OWN Sunday, March 11 at 9 p.m.

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Note to ABC: Can you cancel the Oscars next year and just replace the ceremony with three hours of Jimmy Kimmel Live?

This talk show followed the 84th annual Academy Awards on Sunday night and delivered, oh, about 167 million times the humor.

First, we were introduced to Movie: The Movie. Then, Oprah Winfrey sat down as the featured guest and Kimmel pitched her on numerous ideas for the struggling OWN.

There was Oprah Repos Her Favorite Things, Oprah: After Dark and - because "reading is, like, the most boring thing in the world" according to Jimmy - the best idea of all: Book Club Fight Club. Get an idea of what all these programs might be like in the following, hilarious video.

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Oprah Winfrey took to Twitter last night to ask Nielsen viewers to watch her cable network OWN instead of the Grammy Awards, a pathetic move that drew criticism from her OWN followers and the market research company alike.

“Every 1 who can please turn to OWN especially if u have a Nielsen box,” she tweeted Sunday at the start Oprah’s Next Chapter and the mega-rated Grammys.

She later added, “Commercial Grammy people... u can turn to OWN.”

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The tweets caused a backlash on the social networking site, with some readers - fans of O, no less - accusing her of “begging for viewers” and being “desperate.”

Oprah followed up with a flurry of defensive replies that were apparently in response to reader criticism: “The word ‘please’ is used as courtesy not a beg."

"'Desperate’ not ever a part of my vocabulary" … "'Unethical' us a little harsh don’t u think? Seemed like it made sense to me. Sorry if you’re offended.”

The original tweet has since been deleted.

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Duchess Catherine's sister Pippa Middleton has given exactly no interviews since the Royal Wedding in April. Are Barbara Walters and Oprah angling to change that?

British tabloids are reporting that Walters and Oprah are engaged in a bidding war to book the 28-year-old party planner for a TV special - potentially for big bucks.

Walters, 82, denied on The View Monday. "It's not true," the journalist said.

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"ABC News does not pay for interviews. I have no idea what Oprah does, but ABC does not pay. She's not a news program, so maybe they have a different policy."

That doesn't mean Walters wouldn't be up for interviewing Pippa Middleton, who was one of her most fascinating people of 2011, as unveiled in late December.

"To make it clear: Would I like to do the interview? Yes, I would like to I think she's a charming, beautiful girl," Walters said. "Will we pay to do the interview? No."

They could make a major donation to a charity of Kate Middleton's choice in exchange for an interview, though. That's not technically paying. Loopholes, people.

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