Oprah Winfrey Opens Up About Struggles With OWN Network

It’s been more than a year since Oprah Winfrey launched her OWN television network. On Sunday’s edition of “Oprah Builds a Network,” the former queen of daytime talk opened up about her tumultuous past year and all she had to do to keep her network afloat.

“I don’t know of a worse week of my entire life,” Winfrey said in the two-part documentary of her first year as CEO of OWN. “I certainly did not expect the velocity of schadenfreude — meaning people sort of lying in wait for you to fail, or make a mistake.”

From her very public decision to lay off 30 employees to canceling Rosie O’Donnell’s talk show, Winfrey said running a network comes with challenges.

“I knew from the time I stepped in as CEO, the only way through is that you’re either going to have to end it, or you’re going to have to make some cutbacks now so you’ll be able to go forward,” she said.

A media powerhouse for decades, Winfrey said these past tough months have been eye-opening.

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Pictured: Oprah Winfrey attends at the 3rd annual Diane Von Furstenberg awards at the United Nations on March 9, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)