Oprah -- like Garbo, just one name suffices -- conducted a nice and revealing interview with The Associated Press in which she says that if OWN doesn't work out, she'll become an organic farmer.
I love it! And it's not even April Fool's.
"If this doesn't work out, I'm going to go into organic farming in Maui. And I'm not kidding."
We're on the eve of a big day for O: Her new show, "Oprah's Next Chapter," bows Sunday night (go here if you want to read a bit more about that).
But in the AP chat, she actually sounds defiant -- no quitting OWN, and she says the thing was always supposed to take three to five years to get off the ground anyway. But, she does acknowledge a disappointment that it's been a monumental bust so far.
Some outtakes (and thanks to the Hollywood Reporter for my generous cribbing here...)
"I would absolutely say it is and was not where I want it to be for year one," Winfrey said. "My focus up until [last] May was doing what I do best, which is 'The Oprah Winfrey Show,' and giving that my full attention" until its conclusion."
"Somebody was talking to me in that kind of saddened, 'How are you?' tone, and I was thinking, 'I'm fine,'" said Winfrey, adding, "Everybody has told me — Ted Turner has told me, Barry Diller has told me, Lorne Michaels has told me, David Geffen has told me — anybody who's ever worked with a channel, who's ever done anything, has said it takes three to five years," she said, adding, "You have to do the work. ... You do not have to pay attention to the criticism."
"I don't understand what anybody was thinking," she said of the network's original roll-out plan. "You're going on the air, you've got four shows. What do you think you're going to do by Tuesday? Did they think people were going to turn on the channel just because it had my name on it?" she said. "People didn't turn on The Oprah Winfrey Show because my name was on it. It was absolutely topic driven every day," she said.