Oprah Winfrey always wanted her own church.
The 60-year-old talk show host “idolised” pastor and civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. when she was younger and admits moving into television was the closest career path she could find to emulating his leadership.
She said: “I was so enthralled by Dr. King. I wanted to be Dr. King. I wanted to grow up and have my own church, run my own congregation and be my own order and lead the people. I didn’t exactly do that, but my television show was a way of doing that.
“He was an enormous influence on me. Mrs. King was a personal friend of mine until she died. I have a great respect for the legacy of what he left for all of us.”