4 Sep 2013

Chicago TV station hangs up on Oprah Winfrey during phone interview

 Big no-no: Chicago-based TV station WGN Morning news accidentally hung up on Oprah Winfrey during a phone interview on Tuesday Error message: The 59-year-old talk show maven was telling the four anchors about her Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) lineup that evening, when a woman's voice is heard saying 'transfer' followed by a dial tone, pictured in LA in August
Na wa! She is one of the most powerful women in the world, with an estimated personal fortune of $2.9 billion.

So hanging up on Oprah Winfrey during an interview is never a good idea, something a local news station learned the hard way.



The Queen Of Talk was in mid-sentence during her interview with Chicago-based TV station WGN's Morning News show on Tuesday, when the call was abruptly disconnected.

The 59-year-old was the first guest on the new expanded hour of the show to discuss her role in the recently released film Lee Daniels' The Butler.

The talk show maven was telling the four anchors about her Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) lineup that evening, when a woman's voice was heard saying 'transfer' followed by a dial tone.

The anchors collectively cried out in dismay when they realised they had in effect hung up on the star, and immediately started voicing their frustration while on the air.

'This is so typical,' WGN anchor Robin Baumgarten said. 'How do we cut off the one guest we've had that people might be interested in watching?'

'We are such a pack of morons,' she continued, scrumpling up a piece of paper and throwing it at the camera.

After a pause, Oprah actually called the station back, according to the show's Twitter page.

'Ok, you all have a few kinks to work out,' said the TV mogul, confirming the problem wasn't on her end. 'It definitely wasn't me.'

'I'm just sitting here on the phone talking and all of a sudden music comes in and I'm like, "Okay, I guess that's my cue,"' Oprah said. 'It's like you're standing at an award show and the music starts. Oh, okay, that's my cue to shut up.'

Oprah sounded unimpressed as she briskly wrapped up the conversation

'She was ticked,' said a male anchor after the second call.

'We were having a connection and you bozos screwed it up,' said anchor Robin, referring to her male co-hosts.

WGN later tweeted about the incident, calling it the 'biggest goof since the #BridgeFail,' another of the station's famous gaffes.

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