Oprah and Iyanla Vanzant
Iyanla, Dr. Phil and Suze Orman all started dishing out advice on The Oprah Show around the same time, a period Oprah describes as "Change Your Life TV." Millions tuned in every other Tuesday to get Iyanla's take on everything from cheating spouses to financial struggles. "We knew almost instantly that Iyanla was going to be a hit," Oprah says.

Iyanla's popularity soared, and at times, Oprah even sat in the audience while Iyanla led the show. "Oprah Winfrey gives you the stage? Shut your mouth," Iyanla says. "I said, 'I'm sorry for taking over your show.' She said, 'No, that's why we have you here.'"

Overnight, Iyanla became a household name and her life changed dramatically. She was so famous, she says she couldn't go anywhere without people approaching her for one-on-one, save-yourself advice. "I had to stop traveling alone because I missed so many planes," she says. "When somebody runs up to you in the airport and begins to tell you their life story, you can't say, 'Excuse me, boo,' as they're weeping on your bosom."
FROM: A No-Holds-Barred Conversation with Former Oprah Show Expert Iyanla Vanzant
Published on February 16, 2011


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