Is Oprah Winfrey Capitalizing Off of Whitney Houston’s Death? Bobbi Kristina Brown Interview — Too Soon?

Is it too soon for Bobbi Kristina Brown to be going public?

Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, was forced to celebrate her nineteenth birthday a few days ago still under the cloud of her very famous mother’s death.  Ever since Whitney Houston passed away at the way too early age of 48, her daughter has been having trouble getting her life back together.  She has been checked into the hospital multiple times, and even has been put on suicide watch in one instance.  Now, Oprah Winfrey has announced that Bobbi Kristina will be granting her a live interview next week on March 11, 2012.  The interview will be broadcast on Oprah’s network, OWN.  This seems to be an impressive turnaround for Houston’s daughter.  However, the real beneficiary may be Oprah Winfrey herself.  It is no secret that when she abandoned her long-running and enormously successful talk show to launch her own television network, the results have been less than they were hoping for.  It turns out that people preferred Oprah in the capacity she had been in for years, a magazine and television personality that doesn’t quite translate to a 24/7 network.  However, Oprah still has plenty of clout in the industry, and landing this interview in such a timely manner will no doubt garner her some much-needed ratings.

Oprah’s experiment with OWN is an interesting alternative to the major networks.  Perhaps Oprah’s ultimate goal is to forge out a successful network that hinges on her becoming a Barbara Walters-like figure that becomes the go-to interviewer for the rich and famous in good times and bad.  In any case, the timing is somewhat questionable.  Now, we don’t have all the facts here.  It is perfectly possible that Bobbi Kristina Brown wants to clear the air and present a more positive remembrance of her mother than some of the things that have been reported thus far.  It could be part of finding some closure for herself, and using Oprah, a great interviewer by all accounts, to guide her could actually be a good move.  This may be helpful in a way, like therapy on live television.  Also, because Oprah Winfrey had a positive relationship with Whitney Houston, it is not likely that she will ask any questions that would exactly qualify as hard-hitting journalism.  In any case, we hope that Miss Brown finds this experience helpful and has not been pressured into making a move like this before she was ready.