Former talk show maven Oprah Winfrey, currently at the helm of her embattled network OWN, has been given a very painful snub... The venerable publication Time magazine has failed to include her in their annual list of the 100 Most Influential People!
This will be the first time that Winfrey has not been included on the list, which the magazine began compiling and publishing in 1999. Until now, Oprah has appeared on the list of the world's most influential people more times than US presidents and the Queen of England.
Why the drop off from the list? Once Oprah stepped down from hosting her hugely-successful talk show after twenty-five years, she dropped out of the limelight to focus on running the Oprah Winfrey Network. The network has gotten off to a very rocky start, however, and has been struggling in the ratings and to find its target audience, namely Winfrey's fans. Unfortunately, almost all of Oprah's hard work now takes place behind-the-scenes, alienating the very audience she has been frantically trying to find. Winfrey recently let go of many of her staff due to downsizing, some after decades of hard work and devotion, as well as cancelling Rosie O'Donnell's talk show after only six months on the air.
While Oprah did not make the list, sisters Kate and Pippa Middleton did for the first time. Also on the list are football star Tim Tebow, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and basketball player Jeremy Lin.