Oprah Winfrey quit WW over weight loss drug documentary

Media mogul Oprah Winfrey stepped down from the board of directors of WW - formerly WeightWatchers - so she could focus on making a TV special about weight loss medications without a "conflict of interest".

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Oprah Winfrey explained her decision to quit WW
Oprah Winfrey explained her decision to quit WW

Oprah Winfrey stepped down from the board of directors of WW so she could focus on making a TV special about weight loss medications.

The 70-year-old TV titan recently confirmed plans to make her first primetime special in three years - which she agreed to because of the "very personal" subject matter - and she has now revealed she had to step away from her role with the diet company previously known as WeightWatchers to avoid a "conflict of interest".

During an appearance on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!', Oprah explained: "I decided that because this special was really important to me and I wanted to be able to talk about whatever I wanted to talk about, and Weight Watchers is now in the business of being a weight health company that also administers drug medications for weight. I did not want to have the appearance of any conflict of interest.

"So I resigned from the board and donated all of my shares to the National Museum of African American History and Culture. So nobody can say, ''Oh, she's doing that special, she's making money, promoting'. No, you cannot say that."

Oprah started losing weight after undergoing knee surgery in 2021 and later admitted she used a weight loss drug but she insisted it was only to help her maintain her figure and avoid "yo-yoing".

The broadcaster will sit down with medical experts and patients to explore the "radical impact" of prescription diet medications such as Mounjaro and Wegovy in ABC's 'An Oprah Special: Shame, Blame and the Weight Loss Revolution'.

In a statement announcing the project, she said: β€œIt is a very personal topic for me and for the hundreds of millions of people impacted around the globe who have for years struggled with weight and obesity.

"This special will bring together medical experts, leaders in the space and people in the day-to-day struggle to talk about health equity and obesity with the intention to ultimately release the shame, judgment and stigma surrounding weight."