Oprah Winfrey has been described as having “mixed feelings” overYour OWN Show host Carson Kressley’s upcoming appearance onDancing with the Stars.
Oprah is said to have seen how Kressley’s participation in the popular ABC competition could help her struggling OWN network, despite her alleged aversion to “desperate” and “foolish” reality TV formats.
An insider told The Huffington Post, “Oprah has very mixed feelings about reality TV.”
“A few years ago, when she was doing her own show, she didn’t care for it at all.
“Manipulating people who are so desperate to be famous and making then look foolish on TV is just not something she is comfortable doing”, a source added.
However, another insider argued: “Carson is a member of Oprah’s OWN family. If she really didn’t want him to appear on the ballroom floor she would have stopped it. Which she clearly didn’t.
“Her network isn’t the big hit she and everyone else thought it would be. Now those 20 million people watching one of her network stars shake his ass twice a week looks much more appealing.”
The Dancing With The Stars contestant will compete against celebrities such as David Arquette, Ricki Lake and Chaz Bono when the 13th season of the show premieres on Monday, September 19 at 8/7c on ABC.