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Stedman’s Formula for Suriving the Oprah Rumor Mill (Including that Nasty Lesbian Talk): ‘You Gotta Have Strength’

If you’ve ever wondered how Oprah Winfrey and Stedman Graham keep their relationship going strong after 23 years together, wonder no more.

Interviewed on BlogTalkRadio, the educator, author and businessman reveals the forumla that has allowed his love for America’s most powerful woman to flourish – despite incessant rumors of golddigging, breakups and, yes, even homosexuality.

CAPTION: "It's not that easy being in the limelight," Stedman (above with Oprah) tells us. "The Michael Jackson situation will tell you that."

"It's not easy being in the limelight," says Stedman (above, with Oprah). "The Michael Jackson situation will tell you that."

“Both of us have our own identity. We’re able to operate autonomously and we’re able to operate together sometimes. We’re able to share things together,” Stedman, who will be speaking at the University of Phoenix Cleveland Campus on July 23 about his Nine-Step Success Process, tells World Talk Live! host Brett Cohen.

“But also, we have our own space. I do what I do… I speak about 100 times a year around the world. I’ve written a number of books. I have clients I work with,” continues Stedman, 58, who’s currently chairman and CEO of S. Graham & Associates, a management and marketing consulting company specializing in corporate and educational markets.

“And she has her show. She has her magazine. She has all the things she’s involved in,” he adds of Oprah, 55.

“That’s what she does and that’s what I do. So there’s no conflict. In fact… it’s very complementary.”

CAPTION: When you love yourself and have your own identity and are passionate," says Stedman, "you really don't care about...how the outside world defines you."

"When you love yourself and have your own identity and are passionate," Stedman tells us, "you really don't care about...how the outside world defines you."

Later in the show, Brett asks Stedman how he stands the pressure of the Oprah rumor mill.

“For so many years, you’ve been in the limelight – being in a relationship with Oprah – and there have been a lot of rumors flying around… That Oprah dumped you or you guys aren’t together anymore or people suggest you’re only with her for her money or people have suggested that Oprah’s a lesbian – and that she’s only with you in public to cover it up,” says our host. “How are you able to put up with all that nonsense?”

“People…understand what I have to go through and what she has to go through,” says Stedman.

“It doesn’t make any difference whether you’re a politician, a celebrity an athlete – or whether you’re in your own small town.

“People gossip and they send all kinds of rumors out and everything else. So you gotta have strength… And secondly, you gotta believe in yourself.

“You’re not really going anywhere doin’ the same thing over and over every single day stuck in the box. You’re not goin’ anywhere if you don’t educate yourself.

“You’re just another person, running your mouth, gossiping, talking about somebody else because you don’t have a life for yourself.”

Stedman also tells us how, in the past, his vision of himself held him back.

CAPTION: "They're doing a great job," Stedman says of the First Couple (above).

"They're doing a great job," Stedman says of our nation's First Couple (above).

“I used to have a race-space consciousness,” he says. “You know, everything was about the white man, everything was about the government, everything was about the external world, as opposed to my own development.

“So you get programmed to believe you’re a second-class citizen. So you’re not able to take control of your own life. You become a victim as opposed to a victor.”

Finally, he weighs in on America’s 44th president.

“I think he understands vision; he understands who he is – so he can’t be rocked; he understands how to develop a plan for himself; he understands how to create a value system for himself; he understands how to build a team for himself,” Stedman says of Barack Obama.

“He’s been a community organizer, which people used to laugh at and talk about and make fun of,” continues Stedman.

“Now they realize that the same process for organizing the community is the same process for running the world.”

To hear Stedman’s full interview, click here.

To learn more about Stedman’s University of Phoeniz seminar, click here.

To read more about S. Graham & Associates, click here.

EXCLUSIVE: Jerry Seinfeld Phones His TV Mom — at Last

It took nearly a year, but Jerry Seinfeld finally called up his “mom” – if only to let her down.

Interviewed on BlogTalkRadio, Liz Sheridan, who spent nine years playing Helen Seinfeld on Seinfeld, recounts how the funnyman phoned her out of the blue last week while in L.A. with Larry David shooting Curb Your Enthusiasm with fellow show-about-nothing alumni Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jason Alexander and Michael Richards.

CAPTION: "I don't like to intrude on people who are 'so busy,' Liz (above) tells us of Jerry.

"I don't like to intrude on people who are 'so busy,'" Liz (above) tells us of Jerry.

“I was in my car driving and he just said, ‘Hi, I heard you wanted to get in touch with me?'” Sheridan, 80, tells World Talk Live! host Brett Cohen.

“He said, ‘We’re working on the same set where we did Seinfeld, and it’s nice to be here.’

“I asked him if he was a good father. He said, ‘I try’… [Then] I asked him if he would possibly be interested in the movie that I’m writing about the book I wrote, Dizzy & Jimmy.”

(That 2000 memoir recounts the actress’ brief engagement to James Dean during the early ’50s.)

“And he said, ‘It sounds terribly interesting’… like a project he would love to do, but he’s so caught up in busy, busy, busy,” adds Liz, who’s currently starring in the feature film Play the Game, opposite Andy Griffith and Doris Roberts.

Liz

With her TV son on the set.

Last July, when Brett asked Liz, “If you had the ability to have dinner tonight with anyone in history, who would it be and why?” she replied:

“Jerry Seinfeld. Why? I’d ask him to help me raise the money for my movie. [But] he’s got so many ‘people’ in front of him, you can’t get to him. And I don’t have his phone number.”

To hear Liz’s full interview, click here.

To read about Brett’s July 2008 interview with Liz, click here.

Oh, Snaps! Brett Cohen Hangs with Jimmy Fallon — and Appears on His Show!

In what may be BlogTalkRadio’s greatest Snaps-coup yet, our very own Brett Cohen sidled up to Jimmy Fallon on NBC’s Late Night for a photo op seen ‘round the world (or at least by the funnyman’s more than 1 million viewers).

Brett gets his question from Jimmy...

Brett gets his question from Jimmy...

On Memorial Day, Brett dropped in on Jimmy’s show to return a favor from two months earlier – when Jimmy dropped in on Brett’s show, World Talk Live!

...then macks it up for his would-be date...

...then macks it up for his would-be date...

His task? Playing Bachelor No. 1 in a mock-Dating Game bit called Smooth Operator.

And though he didn’t win, Brett did earn praise from Jimmy for his smooth delivery to the lovely bachelorette – and for his distinctive dance move.

...before drinking in the applause as his fellow bachelors look on.

...before drinking in the applause as his fellow bachelors look on.

“He’s a down-to-earth, gracious and personable guy,” Brett tells us of Jimmy.

“I was impressed how he took time out before his show to chat with me.”

To see Brett’s full Late Night segment, click here.

To sample World Talk Live!, click here.

To read about Jimmy’s appearance last month on World Talk Live!, click here.

To check out all our celebrity “Snaps!” click here.

Shifty Binzer: ‘I Started Smoking Herb When I Was Eight’

Earlier this month on VH1’s Celebrity Rehab, Seth “Shifty” Binzer fled the Sober House before downing a handful of Xanax and a bottle of Jack Daniels—and waking up in the emergency room thinking he’d had a heart attack.

While the Crazy Town frontman was missing, pal—and fellow rehabber—Andy Dick lamented, “He’s gonna be dead. I don’t want him to die.”

“I was angry at the world,” Shifty (above) tells us of his snorting days.

“I was angry at the world,” Shifty (above) tells us of his snorting days.

But this week on World Talk Live! Shifty tells host Brett Cohen exactly what went down that evening.

“I woke up with all these little things on my chest, ‘cause I’d passed out. So when I saw [them], I called the house and I was like, ‘I don’t know what happened to me. I think I had like cardiac arrest. But it was really just because I was dehydrated, and the cords were to check my heart rate,” he says.

“I was just partying really hard and then I took all this ecstasy and I wanted to go back to the house and I was like, If I don’t take a bunch of pills, I’m never going to go to sleep. So I went to this girl’s house that I knew, because she’s a crazy pill-popper, and then I took the pills,” he adds.

Shifty also recounts how he came to be an addict.

“My dad worked around a lot of bands and he designed album covers. He was a cocaine addict, so I guess I was influenced by him,” he says.

“I started smoking herb when I was like eight or nine, ‘cause I’d steal it from my dad. I remember taking it and rolling really bad joints in the bushes with my friends. But I was always like, I’m never gonna do cocaine. It makes my dad and my mom fight. I was like, f— cocaine.

“And then I was with my best friend when I was 18 years old and—it was DJ AM’s birthday and we all went hiking and [another friend] fell off a cliff and died and I was like, God, how could you just take someone that quick?

“So we went out and got f—– up that night. That was the first time I did cocaine.”

To hear Shifty’s full interview, click here.

Mandy Moore: Coy About Engagement to Ryan Adams (But Not Shy About Wooing Woody Allen!)

She may be newly engaged to Ryan Adams, but Mandy Moore still sounds a tad hesitant about her long-term plans with the rocker.

“I guess that’s what I’m hearin’,” Mandy (above) tells us of her betrothal to Ryan.

“I guess that’s what I’m hearin’,” Mandy (above) tells us of her betrothal to Ryan.

Interviewed on BlogTalkRadio’s World Talk Live!, Mandy tells host Brett Cohen that she’s “just takin’ it one day at a time.”

“Are you planning the wedding yet?” Brett asks the pop princess.

“No, no, that’s not something I’m necessarily think- ing about at this point. I’m kind of just enjoying life right now,” says the I Wanna Be with You singer, 24.

Later on, Mandy – who’s also a budding screen idol – expresses her desire to meet another guy.

“My favorite movie is Annie Hall and I already got to work with Diane Keaton [in the 2007 flick Because I Said So]. But I’d love to work with Woody Allen. That would be pretty cool,” she says.

Meanwhile, Mandy has got an even cooler project in the works.

The happy couple stolling in the Big Apple last summer.

The happy couple ambling in the Big Apple last summer.

“I’m a big, nerdy fan of Gain deter- gent. I know it sounds kind of random, but we all have our everyday things in life that we love, to turn our friends onto and whatnot,” she says.

“So the folks at Gain…approached me about doing this contest where they’ve set up a website [and] other people who are as just as obsessed with the way it smells are going to log on and tell us [why] they love the scent of Gain.

“And the winner will potentially get a free concert in their hometown.”

Any guess who’ll be the headline act at the concert?

That’s right – the New Hampshire- born beauty herself.

“I’ve always had this weird fantasy of getting to perform in someone’s backyard.

“And there’s a ‘Welcome to Our Town, Mandy’ banner floating in the background. And there’s barbeque and we make s’mores at night and everyone’s drinking lemonade and we all know each other’s names at the end of the day.”

Sounds peachy, Mandy. Count us in!

To hear Mandy’s full interview, today, February 13, at 8 p.m., click here.

To enter Gain’s “To Smell It Is to Love It” contest, click here.