Jewish World Review April 9, 2002 / 28 Nisan, 5762
Oprah closes book club, opens pie club
Winfrey Expected to Become a Major Force in Pies
Just days after announcing that she would shutter her wildly successful book club,
talk show superstar Oprah Winfrey revealed that she would start a "pie club," with
the mission of "bringing greater attention to the pies I love: pies that celebrate the
Oprah's Pie Club will bow next month with a pie personally selected by Ms. Winfrey
from a field that included thousands of fruit, vegetable and meat pies.
In a prepared statement, Ms. Winfrey gave her reasons for getting out of books and
"I was finding it increasingly difficult to find books that were worthy of recommending
to my viewers," Ms. Winfrey said. "However, there are many, many excellent pies out
Ms. Winfrey said she hoped that Oprah's Pie Club would put a spotlight on
deserving but underrated pies, such as next month's selection, blueberry cream pie.
"It is an absolutely yummy pie," Ms. Winfrey said.
Ms. Winfrey said that her pie club was the fulfillment of a dream, and that it reflected
a life-long passion for pies.
But critics of Ms. Winfrey's within the pie industry seemed to eye Oprah's Pie Club
"I don't question her sincerity - she clearly loves pies," said Janey Ellen DeVoort of
Janey Ellen's Pie Shop in Canton, Ohio. "But it remains to be seen whether she is
truly interested in all pies, or just a certain kind of pie."
A spokesman for Ms. Winfrey said that she would have no comment on the
controversy at this time since she felt it was not polite to talk with her mouth
JWR Contributor Andy Borowitz, a former president of the Harvard Lampoon, is a regular humor columnist for Newsweek.com, The New Yorker, The New York Times and TV Guide. Recognized by Esquire magazine as one of the most powerful producers in television, he was the creator and producer of the hit TV series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and producer of the Oscar-nominated film Pleasantville. He is the author, most recently, of "Trillionaire Next Door: The Greedy Investor's Guide to Day Trading" and "Rationalizations to Live By". Comments by clicking here. Visit his website by clicking here.
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