G-Unit leader 50 Cent has expressed his past frustrations toward veteran television host Oprah Winfrey and how she inspired the name of his female dog.
Speaking with TBS television host Conan O’Brien, 50 opened up about Oprah.
“At first I thought Oprah Winfrey didn’t like hip-hop, so I didn’t like her and I hadn’t had a chance to meet her, so I felt it was wrong to hate someone that you hadn’t had a chance to meet. So I bought the dog, so now I love Oprah. She listens to me and everything.” (Rap-Up)
In 2006, 50 said Oprah did not treat rappers fairly on her daily “Oprah Winfrey” show.
He usually saves his beefs for other rappers; this time, 50 Cent is going after Oprah Winfrey. In an interview with The Associated Press, 50 complained that Winfrey rarely invites rappers on her talk show: “I think she caters to older white women.” “Oprah’s audience is my audience’s parents,” the 29-year-old rapper said. “So, I could care less about Oprah or her show.” (CBS News)
Last summer, 50 made headlines for publicly tweeting about his dog, Oprah.
That’s right, sometime around one in the afternoon yesterday, Fiddy officially ran out of things to occupy his time, as that’s when the Twitter page for Oprah Winfrey (OprahTheDog) first leapt to life. Oprah, you see, is the rapper’s dog (with the Twitpics to prove it) and while the pooch seems to share its owner’s affinity for foul-mouthed smack talk, the whole of her ire seems directed to 50 Cent, sparking one of the more bizarre Twitter feuds, well, ever, and one that’s no doubt sent Freud rolling over in his grave. In delight. (E! Online)
Despite 50’s past issues, Oprah has publicly displayed her admiration for rap mogul Jay-Z.
Oprah Winfrey is calling in all the heavyweights to launch her new television network, OWN, including rap legend Jay-Z. The hip-hop icon will appear on Oprah’s channel , as the subject of her new series “Master Class.” During the one hour episode, Jay will open up about his humble beginnings in Brooklyn’s Marcy projects and tell stories about his rise to fame, while offering insight into the important lessons he learned on his way to the top. The show is set to air at 2 p.m. as well as 7 p.m. EST tomorrow (January 1). (XXL Mag)
Check out 50 Cent’s interview on “Conan” below: