Leaving her long heralded daytime talk show looks to have been a mistake for the former Queen of daytime talk. In 1999 Time Magazine started its “100 Most Influential People” list and now for the first time in the lists history Oprah Winfrey has not been included.
Oprah was in fact the only person to be included on the list every single year since 1999, an honor that was passed over by Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and other tops names in the world of business, politics and entertinment.
While Oprah failed to make the list No. 1 hitmaker Rihanna managed to nudge her way onto the list.
Gawker‘s Caity Weaver wasn’t all too happy with Rihanna making the list over other top celebrities such as Beyonce. Caity writes:
“It’s unclear why Time chose Rihanna, whose occupation the magazine gives as ‘superstar,’ over, say, Beyoncé, who, like Rihanna, is very cool, hot, talented, well-liked, listened to, followed, and impressive … Was Rihanna chosen because she challenges us to give second chances to those who don’t deserve them? Because she entertains us by dancing topless in a field?”
Regardless of Rihanna’s placement over Oprah the list does show how quickly Oprah has fallen out of favor as her OWN network continues to bleed money ($100+ million annual loses) and cancel shows that simply fail to gain an audience including Rosie O’Donnell’s production which was met with decent reviews but failed to gain an audience before being given the ax after only a single season on the air.
Also making the Time list for the first time this year were Kate and Pippa Middleton, Tim Tebow, Kristen Wiig and Mitt Romney.
When Tim Tebow is more influential than Oprah Winfrey we know Oprah made some big missteps.