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January 13, 2011 | Category: arts + entertainment
“Beloved” was the flop that launched Oprah’s flab — or some of it at least.
The 1998 drama’s box-office failure prompted the Queen of Daytime to embark on a “massive, depressive, macaroni-and-cheese eating tailspin,” she tells Piers Morgan on the premiere of his new show.
In a teaser from the “Tonight” interview with the star, Oprah Winfrey says she turned to comfort food when “Bride of Chucky” beat “Beloved” in its opening weekend.
“I remember… hearing that we got beat by something called ‘Chucky,’ and I didn’t even know what Chucky was,” she says. “I asked my chef at the time, ‘Make some macaroni and cheese!’”
In Oprah’s signature over-the-top style, she didn’t stop at just one bowl of the fatty indulgence.
“I ate about 30 lbs. worth,” she tells Morgan. “I’m not kidding, I’m not kidding.”
After that initial binge, the 56-year-old actress admits that she fell into what she described as a deep depression.
“I recognized, if I don’t come out of this, I’m going to have to get some help,” she explains. “You feel like you’re behind a veil… I prayed my way through it and gave myself a time period.”
While “Beloved” may have tanked, the star’s latest venture doesn’t look likely to cause any comfort food binges any time soon.
Winfrey’s television network, OWN, earned 18.4 million viewers in its first week; that’s 49% up from the Discovery Health channel, which the network replaced.