Tyra Banks is not going to be happy about this.
Today on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Oprah discusses the topic of "Women Leaving Men for Other Women" and tries to understand the phenomenon of why so many women are "falling hard" for Work Out‘s Jackie Warner.
Jackie Warner and Rebecca Cardon on The Oprah Winfrey Show
Sound familiar? Yes, Tyra probably thinks so too.
Just a few weeks ago on The Tyra Banks Show, she wrestled with the very similar topic of "Straight Girls With Gay Crushes." In that episode, she followed a lesbian "pick-up artist" specializing in straight women, arranged for the awkward reunion of a lesbian and her straight former flame, and instigated the even more awkward first kiss between a lesbian and her smitten straight co-worker. (Tyra is apparently the self-appointed lesbian Puppet Master!)
Tyra also quizzed out trainer Jackie Warner about the vast number of heterosexual women who find her charms irresistible. Warner regaled the studio audience with tales of wanton straight women of leisure leaving dirty messages on her answering machine and hiring her for expensive training sessions in hopes of gaining some added "benefits."
So did Tyra really scoop Oprah?
In the episode, Oprah interviews women who’ve turned their previously heterosexual lives upside down after falling in love with other women. Among those she talks to is comedian Carol Leifer, a former writer on Seinfeld and co-executive producer on the CBS sitcom Rules of Engagement, and her partner, Lori Wolf.
Partners Lori Wolf and Carol Leifer
Warner appears on The Oprah Winfrey Show with Work Out co-star and her former paramour Rebecca Cardon, whom Oprah grills about her attraction to Warner. Perhaps Oprah never heard the rumor that the Jackie-Rebecca dalliance was purely a showmance.
(On a sidenote, if the showmance rumor is ever proven to be true, do you think Oprah will visit a molten wrath upon Warner and Cardon’s heads as she did writer James Frey for the fabrications in his "memoir" A Million Little Pieces? That alone would be worth the price of admission, not to mention the price of enduring three seasons worth of sweat and vodka-soaked drama on Work Out.)
If the video preview is any indicator, it looks like Oprah’s episode devoted to the subject might be a bit more substantive than Tyra’s.
And if Oprah’s booming voiceover is any indicator, it might be a scarier episode too.
"A house in the suburbs… a mom’s secret exposed." Is this The Oprah Winfrey Show or Forensic Files?
Check your local listings for airtimes for The Oprah Winfrey Show. And for those of you stuck at work when the episode airs today, check out our blog post about the article “Why Women Are Leaving Men for Other Women” in the current edition of O Magazine.
While lesbianism obviously isn’t a "trend," treating it as such on daytime television seems to be trendy indeed. Will you watch Oprah today to see how she handles the topic?
(Check back for our review of the episode this Friday in B.L.W.E.)