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Jenny McCarthy, Oprah Winfrey's 'enemy list' and other assorted nonsense

Jenny McCarthy on "The View." (Sept. 9, 2013)

Jenny McCarthy on "The View." (Sept. 9, 2013) (Credit: AP)

In this great precooked world of celebrity chatter, in which famous people are carefully coached by their well-paid team of publicists about what to say and how to say it, candid commentary — particularly about Oprah Winfrey, the most powerful woman in television — is absolutely unheard of. That's why Jenny McCarthy's comments on "Watch What Happens" the other day are — if not "significant" — certainly interesting. She's asked by Andy Cohen who she's afraid of, and she says, "Oprah." (I mean, the obvious answer would be Barbara Walters, right?)

She then briefly discusses their ill-fated union and then notes that she's really not on Winfrey's enemy list, but that lots of other people are.

This is called "digging your hole just a little bit deeper." 

Winfrey, meanwhile, says no such list exists, and tweeted all her best to Jenny.

By the way, what did happen to that OWN deal? Those with elephantine memories will recall that McCarthy was one of OWN's back in the early days, even before launch. She was supposed to create a show for OWN, but the idea went nowhere, and McCarthy finally quit the place — which was in the midst of yet another management crisis, and her reps privately told the press that was the reason for her departure. OWN was forced to release some sort of statement saying she was never going to do anything for OWN anyway, but had been developing a syndicated talk show for Harpo.

In any case, you don't quit Winfrey. She doesn't like it when you do that, and McCarthy says as much in this clip.

 Newsday app readers, please watch at, but I will warn you, the clip — as all Bravo clips are — is cookie rich, and you'll be adding all of those unless your blocker says otherwise. But the cookies are almost worth it.


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