Oprah Winfrey is known as the “Billion Dollar Queen” of Entertainment. So it would only create hysteria when she would got involved with “The King Of Pop” in terms of giving a platform for his accusers Wade Robson and James Safechuck.
There was a major backlash that Oprah Winfrey received over interviewing the two men which was a first. In an interview, Oprah Winfrey told The Hollywood Reporter that
“Oh, the hateration? Honeeeeey, I haven’t had that much hateration since “The Puppy Episode” with Ellen”. What Winfrey is referring to is an episode when Winfrey guested as the therapist on the 1997 episode in which Ellen DeGeneres’ character comes out.
“Why did I do that?”Oprah Winfrey
That statement above sounds like she had regret over doing the interview, but she reassured the interviewer this was not the case.
No, I don’t regret it. It wasn’t really regret, it was just … actually, I was having dinner with friends and they were saying, “We saw you were in that.” Like, “Why did you do that?” This is what happened. I saw it, and I was shaken by it. I wasn’t even shaken by the fact that it was Michael Jackson, I was shaken by the fact that [filmmaker] Dan Reed had done a really good job of showing the pattern, and for years, I had been trying to show people the pattern. I’d been trying to say it’s not about the moment, it’s about the seduction.Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey says the backlash reached a point where she was accused of being a disgrace to her race.
Oprah Winfrey is a disgrace to the race” or something. Yeah, the whole race. I decided, you know what? This isn’t going to be healthy for me, so I just didn’t engage with it.Oprah Winfrey
She says she never spoke with The Jacksons over the documentary because she felt it was more about the bigger issue at hand about child molestation.
In 1992, Oprah Winfrey was granted a rare interview with Michael Jackson at his Neverland Ranch. At the time it was a ratings bonanza for Oprah Winfrey.