If you ever wanted another example as to why you can’t always work with family, there’s a new story surrounding Oprah Winfrey and one of her cousins.
Oprah’s literary stalker, Kitty Kelley, published a new story on Gawker involving Oprah’s first cousin, Jo Baldwin. Baldwin was initially hired to be Oprah’s speechwriter and would go on to serve as VP of Harpo Inc. However, she was eventually fired, and now she’s crying about it to people with an agenda against Oprah.
“When I received my PhD in 1985 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Oprah asked me where I was going to work,” said Jo Baldwin in the summer of 2010. “I said I would be applying for a position at Ebony magazine as a copy editor. Oprah said she did not like Linda Johnson Rice [owner of Ebony] and I should come to work for her instead. So I did.”
“I was to work for her for three years, but she fired me without notice after two years… I heard from someone later that she got rid of me because she got tired of me talking about Jesus all the time… Oprah preferred the teachings of Shirley MacLaine’s books, such as Dancing in the Light and Out on a Limb, which Oprah made me read but I didn’t think much of.”
Jo Baldwin, a tenured professor at Mississippi Valley State, is also an ordained minister who preaches at two churches every Sunday. Deeply religious, the Reverend Jo, as her parishioners call her, feels her famous cousin has lost her way and is mired in godless New Age mumbo jumbo.
Look here, Jo. First, you’re not supposed to be talking about religion all day at your place of work anyway. If that’s all you wanted to do, then you should’ve stayed at church.
Secondly, how dare you talk to one of Oprah’s haters for a check? I hope she smites thee at the next family reunion – right where they’re keeping the mac-and-cheese.