How about racist, homophobic AND sexist? (I'm talking about ME- if someone wanted to apply those labels to someone based on which talk show host they prefer... because I love the straight, white guy (Phil Donahue).
I am not surprised that Oprah is the new Donahue, but I am that Ellen is the new Oprah. I have not seen Ellen in years but I always found her to be annoying. What is her appeal, is she now fluff that goes down easy?
Oprah's show (I can't speak for Oprah herself because all I know is what she shows publicly) has NEVER approached Phil Donahue's in terms of providing any sort of intellectual stimulation and/or food for thought.
I don't even know when the last time was that I watched him - when did he go off the air? But even as a kid watching that show, I could see he had an open mind and a passion for presenting an issue from every angle.
I can unashamedly say - I LOVE PHIL DONAHUE- and always have.
Oprah and Ellen and Montel and Maury and Jerry and whoever else don't even begin to approach what he provided in terms of social, political and cultural education- he was the pioneer.