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Oprah bans the B-word from new network

Oprah Winfrey probably won’t battle Bravo for “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” when her new cable channel launches.

The New York Post reported on a speech Oprah gave at a conference in California. She said her new network would be ”fun and entertaining without tearing people down and calling them bitches.”

By contrast, of course, we have those five ambassadors of Atlanta, the “Housewives.” On the most recent episode Kandi Burruss called Phaedra Parks’ rhinestones-on-eyelashes look “bourghetto,” while Cynthia Bailey wailed, “Someone stab me in the neck and put me out of my misery!”

Read my colleague Rodney Ho’s recap here. He watches so you don’t have to.

Back to Oprah. During her remarks, at a conference organized by California first lady Maria Shriver, Oprah discussed her motivations for launching her own channel, called OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network).

“Growing up, I could never find my name on any of those license plates or lunchboxes,” she said. “Now, I know what it was for — to start my own network. A whole network, a whole channel that we’re designing to carry the Oprah Winfrey message.

The new channel takes off Jan. 1

“I know there’s going to be some stumbles,” Oprah said. “I know I’m a work in process and progress. I know nothing new is perfect, but I’m not scared. I’m not afraid.”

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