"Oprah: Where Are They Now?" Returns for a New Season of Updates with the Biggest Newsmakers & Stars

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(L to R): Photos of Oprah and Betty White, Henry Winkler, Matthew Shepard’s parents, former FDLS spokesperson Willie Jessop
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 "Oprah: Where Are They Now?"
Sunday, March 8 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
 
          The popular series “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” returns for an all-new season of surprising and shocking updates when Oprah interviews today’s biggest celebrities and headline-makers, revealing never-heard-before perspectives on the major news stories of our time, premiering Sunday, March 8 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.
 
          In this all-new season, Oprah Winfrey sits down for highly emotional interviews delving further into new details on some of the biggest news stories of our time, featuring: Matthew Shepard’s parents, 16 years after their son lost his life in one of the most brutal hate crimes, to talk about how they are preserving his legacy, why they showed their son’s killers mercy, and discuss the new documentary shedding light on his life, “Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine” (3/8);  Dan Diaz, Brittany Maynard’s husband, only months after she bravely chose to end her battle with terminal brain cancer, in an interview about her controversial decision, the never-before-told details about her final day, and why he is urging support for death-with-dignity legislation (3/15); Willie Jessop, former spokesperson of the breakaway Mormon sect, the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, in a special one-hour event as he opens up about his “catastrophic crisis of faith” when he discovered shocking evidence of FLDS leader Warren Jeffs sexually abusing underage girls in the name of religion (3/22); Rusty Yates, whose wife Andrea drowned their five children in their bathtub in 2001, on his stunning revelation about their relationship today, forgiveness and how he is moving forward from the ultimate personal tragedy with a new wife and son (4/19); and Ted Kaczynski’s brother David who, in 1995, notified the authorities that he suspected his older sibling was the “Unabomber” and what he believes may have happened to his baby brother to lead him to this end (5/3).
 
          Plus, more Oprah interviews continue with some of the most beloved entertainers of our time, including icons Betty White and Henry Winkler, and star-studded updates with: Emmy-winning former television hosts Ricki Lake and Leeza Gibbons; comedians Tommy Davidson and D.L. Hughley; music icons Dee Snider of Twisted Sister and Belinda Carlisle of The Go-Go’s, the first unsigned artist to have a #1 single, Lisa Loeb, 70’s disco hit front man from KC and the Sunshine Band; celebrated actresses Leah Remini, Estelle Parsons, Tia Carrere, Garcelle Beauvais, Charlene Tilton and Angie Harmon; plus, medium John Edward, World Series champion Darryl Strawberry, the original supermodel Janice Dickinson, Baywatch beauty Nicole Eggert, Real Housewives Taylor Armstrong and many more.
 
March 8 - Matthew Shepard’s Parents, Leeza Gibbons & The Browns from “Sister Wives”
          Oprah talks to Matthew Shepard’s parents, 16 years after their son lost his life in one of the most brutal hate crimes, to talk about how they are preserving his legacy, why they showed their son’s killers mercy, and discuss the new documentary shedding light on his life, “Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine.”  Plus, updates with: former Emmy-winning host and Celebrity Apprentice winner Leeza Gibbons from her luxurious Beverly Hills estate with her family; Kody Brown and his four Sister Wives at home with an exclusive conversation about the recent divorce that made headlines; and In Living Color comedian Tommy Davidson from his in home Los Angeles on his unbelievable story of survival after being abandoned as an infant.
 
March 15 ?Brittany Maynard’s husband, Baywatch Stars & KC and the Sunshine Band
          Oprah sits down with Dan Diaz, Brittany Maynard’s husband, only months after she bravely chose to end her battle with terminal brain cancer on her own terms.  In this highly emotional interview, Diaz opens up about her controversial decision, never-before-told details of her final day, and why he is urging support for death-with-dignity legislation, meant to give mentally competent, terminally ill adults the option to access the medical practice of aid in dying.  Plus, updates with: Fame’s Nia Peeples who now stars on “Pretty Little Liars” from her fabulous Malibu trailer; Baywatch’s Nicole Eggert on her surprising new ice cream business, Scoops, and how motherhood changed her; and the man behind the biggest hits of the 70s, Harry Wayne Casey, front man of the KC and the Sunshine Band, at home in Miami as he opens up about how growing up under the wing of a Pentecostal Church influenced his music, his downward spiral and sobriety.
 
March 22- A Former Oprah Show Guest’s Shocking Discovery & Stunning Change of Heart
          In this special one-hour interview, Oprah sits down for a riveting follow up with Willie Jessop, the former spokesperson of the breakaway Mormon sect, the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  Back in 2009, Jessop allowed the ‘Oprah’ show cameras unprecedented access to the church’s Yearning for Zion ranch in Texas, which had been under intense media scrutiny after it was raided by state and federal authorities on charges that underage girls were being sexually abused on the compound.  At the time, Jessop adamantly denied all charges and fiercely defended FLDS leader Warren Jeffs who was in jail and accused of sexually molesting underage girls who he forced into marriage.  Two years after Oprah’s visit to the YFZ, Willie Jessop underwent a dramatic change of heart after discovering shocking evidence of Warren Jeffs forcing underage girls into group sex.  Warren Jeffs is currently serving a life sentence for charges related to sexual abuse of two minors.  In this revelatory hour, Willie opens up what he calls his “catastrophic crisis of faith” and what he is doing now to help his community recover and restore their lives.
 
March 29-Ricki Lake, D.L. Hughley, Garcelle Beauvais & Brutus the Grizzly Bear
          Updates with former Emmy-winning television host Ricki Lake who originally appeared on the ‘Oprah’ show in 1988 at the young age of 19 years old, in a powerful update, as she talks candidly about her epiphany that changed the course of her life and how she feels today about her public struggle with body image; plus, The Original Kings of Comedy comedian D.L. Hughley from his New York City apartment on his rough upbringing, how he escaped gang life and in a very emotional moment is reduce to tears when talking about his son with Asperger Syndrome.  Then, catch up with one of Oprah’s favorite teachers of all-time, Ron Clark, who continues to make a difference in children’s lives at the groundbreaking Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta. Next, Haitian-born actress Garcelle Beauvais tells the inspiring and jaw-dropping story of how she broke into the Hollywood scene and the truth about picking up the pieces of her life when a personal email she sent was leaked to the press.  Finally, Oscar-winning actress Estelle Parsons, a veteran in the business for over 60 years, still a spitfire at her New York City home on how she stays as spry as ever; and an update on an ‘Oprah’ show first in 2009 with animal rights activist Casey Anderson and Brutus the 900 pound Grizzly Bear. 

 
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