Oprah Winfrey vs. Iyanla Vanzant: The Women Square Off in their Family Feud

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse UniversityScholarship in Action

I watched with extreme curiosity as the great Iyanla Vanzant emerged again on the Oprah Winfrey show after being gone for a full 11 years. I wasn’t entirely connected to the feud between Winfrey and Vanzant, primarily because we don’t think much about people that we haven’t seen in over a decade. Of course Oprah is on everyone’s mind, and even those who don’t follow her seem to know everything she has been up to.

As the guest came to the stage, even a man from Mars could tell that there was latent mega-beef between Oprah and Iyanla. Both women seemed to overcompensate when it came to doing all they could to prove that the past was the past and that everything was OK. But the tension was so thick that it seemed to suck the oxygen out of the room.

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3 responses to “Oprah Winfrey vs. Iyanla Vanzant: The Women Square Off in their Family Feud

  1. Anne

    You are right on! It was uncomfortable to watch and no one even remembered this Iyanla woman. She had the nerve to tell Oprah she was open to getting a second chance. She is a relationship spiritual new age guru who mixes all the religious dieties into one pot. A hot mess!

  2. Anonymous

    Oprah gave people like, Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz , Rachel Ray, Nate Berkes their own shows. She has been unfairly accused of not enough blacks on her new Network and having mostly white employees in top positions. One has to wonder if the Iyanla makes peace with Oprah episode aired to show us how Oprah tried to groom another black female but she blew it? Iyanla should just have simply apologized to Oprah said I blew it because I did not want a control freak like you controlling every aspect of my own show, if this was the case. She later found out the other Network’s grass was not greener on the other side. We all can respect honestly not excuses for messing up! Just apologize and then shut up!
    Oprah is is loyal to a fault once she likes you is still promoting Iyanla’s new book. This woman, a relationship expert can tell others what to her life seems to be one of confusion and mistakes All I can say is: Physicain heal thou self

  3. Anonymous

    I Meant Iyanla can tell others what to do but her life seems one of confusion and mistakes. She first need to get her self together then help heal others. I’m Not buying her book!

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