Lindsay Lohan, crack grifter, got $2 million out of Oprah for OWN interview

Over the weekend, we discussed the stupidity of Oprah’s grand plan to make Lindsay Lohan into some kind of reality star. Oprah has signed Lindsay up for LL’s first post-rehab interview PLUS Oprah is giving Lindsay some kind of OWN reality show. It’s a trainwreck, and Oprah is basically scraping the bottom of the gin-soaked barrel with this mess. Oprah has her own issues, of course – OWN is tanking, Oprah is losing money, and no one really cares in general. So Oprah is going full-on tabloid media now. And it’s costing her a pretty penny too:

Lindsay Lohan’s guts don’t come cheap, because we found out she’s spilling them to Oprah at a cost of around $2 million.

Sources close to Lindsay tell us … The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) has been negotiating with Lindsay for 4 months. The plan — an 8-part docu-series about Lindsay’s struggles, her career and her plans for the future — but we’re guessing it’s mostly about her struggles.

It’s a better deal for Lindsay than just taking her top off. For that … Playboy paid her a measly $1 mil.

Ironically … Lindsay’s latest rehab stint may have scored her more cash, because of the drama and interest created around almost going to jail, firing her lawyer, going to Betty Ford, bailing from Betty Ford … and on and on.

Sources tell us … Lindsay actually signed the deal at Betty Ford.

Lindsay got some perks from Oprah as well — as in TWO fully-paid assistants and a stylist.

Substance abuse can pay handsomely — Who knew?

[From TMZ]

It’s cracked-out insanity that Lindsay’s “tell-all” miniseries and interview is worth $2 million at this point. Granted, I’ll watch the interview, but that’s only because it’s my job. And while I’m not an expert on celebrities and what they’re worth, I think Oprah just got grifted from the biggest bunch of crack-grifters in Hollywood. There is no way, no how that the Cracken is worth $2 million. No one else would have paid even close to that. Andy Cohen’s wonk eye judges Oprah.

And if that’s not the worst part, perhaps this is – Dina Lohan is already giving interviews about how Oprah is Lindsay’s “mentor” now. This is what you get, Oprah. This is what you get for getting into bed with this cracked-out family.

Dina Lohan couldn’t be happier that Lindsay Lohan is going to work for Oprah Winfrey. Turning up at Real Housewives star Jill Zarin’s first annual Luxury Ladies’ Luncheon presented by the European Wax Center, the troubled starlet’s mom dished to E! News about the eight-part reality series Lohan’s doing for OWN that will chronicle her journey to rebuild her career once she’s out of rehab.

“Oh, it’s fantastic. If anyone is going to help mentor you, it’s going to be Oprah,” Dina told us over the weekend.

Asked whether she’ll appear on the program, the elder Lohan hinted that was a likely scenario.

“Possibly! It’s about family…and I’m family,” she said.

As for how LiLo is doing as she finishes up her last few weeks in treatment, Dina noted her daughter’s in a really good place.

“She’s happy, she’s healthy and she’s amazing. She’s doing really well,” she said.

Lohan also denied rumors that Lindsay was going to go back to living with her at the family’s home on Long Island.

“Lindsay is 27, my kids all have their own places,” Dina told us. “She’s not going to move back home. She’ll be getting an apartment in New York. She’ll be in New York. It’s great because [sister Ali] is in New York with Wilhelmina models. [Son] Michael is in New York. My other little guy [son Dakota] is 17 and he’s still at home and going to St. Anthony’s. The rest may come home to mom, but they don’t want to live with me.”

Lohan’s scheduled to sit down with Winfrey for an in-depth interview as soon as she completes the 90-day court-ordered stint in rehab next month, which she received as part of a plea deal stemming from misdemeanor charges following a June 2012 car wreck. The actress is also expected to make her first post-rehab appearance walking the red carpet at The Canyons premiere at the Venice Film Festival.

Lohan’s docu-series is scheduled to air on the cable network in 2014.

[From E! News]

I think the reality show will go one of two ways. The first possibility is that Oprah’s cameras won’t even try to follow Lindsay while she’s clubbing and binge-drinking, the cameras will just act as a “white-wash” so that Lindsay can act like she’s the most persecuted crack-baby in the world. The second possibility is that Oprah will feel like the cameras are entitled to get the whole story, and she will force Lindsay to take the cameras everywhere, which will cause an entirely new drama, and at the end of the day LL will back out of the deal with Oprah. And then Lindsay will sue Oprah, and then I’ll laugh. Because that’s what you get for getting into bed with these people.

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  1. Joanna says:

    omg how does this crackhead keep getting work? it always cracks me up how she poses like she’s some hot Hollywood star, and not some washed-up crackhead who looks like a low-rent hooker. whoever arranges these gigs for her really knows how to crack hustle.

    the only reason she was EVER hot was because of her red hair and big tatas. Now she’s effed up her hair and won’t wear a bra to support her saggy girls. not knocking her, i have saggy girls, too, but i wear push-up bras. get your act together, girl!

    • bettyrose says:

      Now now, she was absolutely darling in the Parent Trap remake, entirely pre-tatas.

    • Annie says:

      “she POSES like she’s some hot Hollywood star, and not some washed-up crackhead who looks like a low-rent hooker”

      Well THAT in a nutshell. The “fake it until you make it” effect does work to some extent, and with Lohan we’re just seeing the ugly side of it, someone who is abusing it. If you present yourself as something and really believe it (even if you’re a tad delusional), some people will always fall for it. Yes, Lohan is indeed a low rent prostitute, drug addict and career criminal, but on some level she obviously still deludedly believes she’s the shit, at least enough to pull in a few suckers.

  2. DanaG says:

    I wondered what Oprah had been smoking to do this in the first place. LL will get sick of the cameras fast she couldn’t even make it through that home decorating show. LOL Oprah needs full on access to get her monies worth she could be hoping to catch LL at her worst which I’m sure she will get then LL will bolt. So much for Lindsay leaving LA or NY because they are both so bad for her. Oprah did the same sort of thing with Fergie and it was like watching paint dry it was so sanitised and it was clear she was never really willing to help herself at all. I think Lindsay will be the same. But think of all the cash she will have to party with.

    • BW says:

      Wait, Wait! I have a prediction, and it’s scary.

      Oprah is so desperate to make OWN work that she’ll spend millions on Lohan. Dina will get involved, of course, to make sure the money isn’t snorted away immediately. In the end, Oprah will lose OWN and Dina will buy it and become,

      drumroll, please . . .

      White Oprah, for reals.

    • gg says:

      This was my prediction. That she will implode because the cameras won’t leave her alone and escape her contract and owe Oprah the 2 million back, not pay it (of course) and be in bigger trouble.

      Maybe Oprah thinks that the cameras will be sort of like babysitters to keep her out of trouble. But how could she be that dumb? Nothing works on this little imbecile.

  3. Contrived says:

    How desperate is she? Way to feed the addict!

    Seriously, it’s not funny…this chick is going to die.

  4. HH says:

    No wonder she can’t get herself together. Her parents are delusional and she gets REWARDED for being a train wreck.

  5. RocketMerry says:

    Lord, the crack-hustles this woman can get up to.

    And I’m really disappointed in Oprah for enabling LL even more. Ugh.

  6. brin says:

    Well, there goes two million dollars up Crackie’s nose.

  7. Quinn says:

    What in the WORLD is there to interview LL about at this point? She is a waste of skin. I would MUCH rather watch an episode of Intervention than watch LL lie (BADLY) about her vapid, careless, disgusting self. Oprah deserves a smack in the face for this one.

    • Decloo says:

      Everything she is now famous for: clubbing, drinking and driving, running over babies, slapping random people, lying under tables in night clubs, running over peoples’ feet with her car, going from rehab to rehab, not showing up in court. These are the reasons she is now famous. This is why she must keep up her antics–to stay in the public eye. It’s well known that she is one of those people who cannot live without the attention. She has nothing else in her life.

  8. Nev says:

    I think Oprah is actually brilliant for setting this up…it will bring in ratings for sure. It also gives Lilo a big chance to straighten up and fly right but I think it will be lotsa drama as usual….I am hoping Oprah gets Iyanla to counsel Lilo!!! she needs her dose of Fix My Life for sure!!!

    • Lou says:

      I totally disagree. It’s an enabling move. LL has been in rehab like 6-7 times there is never a point where she just steps back and takes time out she is always straight back embedded with the media and clubs. I have sympathy for her substance abuse addiction but I think her main addiction is attention seeking. So this is the wrong move. Also when you are fresh out of rehab you should take it slow. It would be better for her to go live in a sober house far from the spotlight. I am disappointed in Oprah.

    • emmie_a says:

      What is brilliant about giving a crack whore her OWN show? It shows Oprah’s desperation. I long ago lost any respect I had for Lindsay and now I’m adding Oprah to the list. This pisses me off. Lindsay continually f*cks up her life and gets rewarded with $2 million and a show?

      And what happened to the talk that Lindsay was going to go into hiding after rehab to really evaluate her life and get things on track? Now she has two million reasons to go out and mess up again. I can’t wait to see her next mugshot on TMZ.

      And I know her mom is only happy because she knows her mortgage will be getting paid for the next few months.

      Everyone in this game sucks.

    • Sumodo1 says:

      Not a bad idea if Lilo doesn’t screw it up.

    • gg says:

      I would pay to see Iyanla and Suze Orman sit down and scream at Lohan. I would stand in line to get front row tickets for that.

      Hell, toss in Nancy Grace for real festival of gore.

  9. lady mary. says:

    2 million for being entirely wasted ,useless!what has this world come to and there are actually intelligent ppl who are geniuses ,just not famewhores living on a measerly salary ,oprah try getting real intellectuals or talented ppl on ur network,it has better chance of survival tthan havin crackroach aboard

  10. Christin says:

    Rewarding her behavior is not the answer. Clearly one has more money than common sense.

    • meh says:

      I imagine they’ll be a combination of nannies to an overgrown spoiled child, and roadies who shlep suitcases full of drugs for the whole Lohan family. Awful.

      • Becky says:

        The real issue with the job, I imagine, isn’t even the fact that it will inevitably turn into a nightmare – even for a young kid who loves to party – but that will almost certainly end up in a drawn out legal battle, with the the poor assistant getting sued, or even worst, entangled in LL’s criminal charges of the month drama.

  11. momoftwo says:

    I have always loved Oprah and been an apologist when others were bagging on her BUT…

    I think this is too much for me too. I agree if it were some sort of intervention, maybe I could understand. But to interview and document her mess of a life…just seems depressing. No way Oprah is going to make Lindsay see the light (wonder if that’s her intention)

    • mom2two says:

      i really lost some respect for Oprah with this move. It shows how desperate she is for ratings with OWN. People will watch a train wreck and Lindsay is a textbook definition of one.
      If everyone really wants Lindsay to go away, don’t watch her show or interview.

  12. ZigZagZoey says:

    Oprah is an enabler.
    Honestly, the way she loves Tom Cruise and John Travolta, how has Scientology not gotten her money?

    • lucy2 says:

      Maybe it has. That rumor has been around for a while.
      If it’s true that might even play a part in this disaster – trying to convert Lohan.

    • DoloresChurch says:

      I wonder that too. Oprah loves Kristie Alley and the Smiths too. She also gave Jenny McCarthy her vaccination platform and never retracted that. The studies in The Lancet came out before Oprah went off the air. She made James Frey come back on for tricking her with his memoir. Why not Jenny McCarthy and no link between vaccinations and autism? Oprah also got The Secret rolling.
      She’s bugged me for a while.

  13. Kim1 says:

    Will watch I love all the reality shows on OWN Sweetie Pies,Golden Sisters,Raising Kim….Congrats Lindsay

  14. serena says:

    So.. Ali has her own place too uh. I still didn’t see anything of her ‘work’.

  15. lisa says:

    will white oprah get to meet oprah?

  16. Sue says:

    This is a good deal for Oprah . . . IF LL does not get paid the bulk of the money until she completes the filming (will never happen) and they have a chance to deduct all of the damages from the paycheck.

  17. anoneemouse says:

    This reality show will never happen. She’ll end up stiffing them. As soon as she gets out and starts attending the events for The Canyons, it will blow up her already over-flated ego and she won’t go through it.

  18. Becky says:

    This will be on par with the Anna Nicole Smith reality show from way back when

  19. MisJes says:

    I wish someone would pay me two million dollars to be a delusional, cracked-out twat.

  20. Mia 4S says:

    …yeah I’m not so sure about that amount. I think this is a leak from the Lohan crazy hous…err…camp to be able to say “Look at what Oprah thinks she’s worth!” Now does Oprah risk things by publically contradicting? Hmmmm.

    Even if this happens, it’s going to be nothing but a momentary sideshow. I mean what does Lilo think will happen? Well given her level of delusion I imagine she thinks she does a reality show and suddenly Spielberg, Nolan, and Cameron will be on the phone. ;-)

  21. Ruyana says:

    Sounds like the final nail in the OWN network coffin to me.

  22. EscapedConvent says:

    This is astonishingly ridiculous. I will need my thesaurus & several as-yet-unlearned languages to express how ridiculous this is.

    Oprah spent years building her reputation & credibility, & there’s nothing left of it now. A mentor to Lindsay Lohan! Maybe Oprah sent LL a copy of “the Secret” & told her everything will fall into place if she only believes.

    Two million dollars? Look at that pic of Dina Lohan—you can almost hear her cackling.

  23. dorothy says:

    Oprah, and OWN has lost all respectability and integrity with this move.

  24. TheyPromisedMeBeer says:

    I’m sorry, did Oprah skip the Dr. Phil interview with Dina? Has she not been watching the past ten years of Lilo’s life? Does her media empire block out TMZ/Just Jared/Radar/E!Online?

    Unless Oprah has some nefarious plan to kidnap Lilo, hide her somewhere out in the west, and force her to attend community college while working the night shift at Mickey D’s then I can’t even with Oprah ever again.

  25. junegorilla says:

    Why doesn’t Oprah just hand the 2M to the Mexican Drug Cartels. So that they can behead some more judges and journalists. Because that’s where that paycheck is going…

  26. TheOneAndOnlyOnly says:

    Glad I was never a fan of Queen Oprah.

  27. rianic says:

    What ever blackmail photos Momma Lohan has, they must be pretty amazing

  28. Side-Eye says:

    Dina Lohan legit disgusts me more than anunify else

  29. truthful says:

    “crack grifter” hilarious!!

    2mil, I’d have to say Opie is desperate at this point. I will not be tuning in and hope to be updated here.

    I refuse to give Lindsay any viewing time.

  30. Meaghan says:

    I hope its a cracked out mess. And I, for one, cannot wait. I’m hoping it is a touch like being bobby brown, combined with Britney’s Chaos. Its going to be fantasticly great. A train wreck to be proud of.

  31. Jessica says:

    I can’t believe this bitch is still alive and Cory Monteith is dead.

    death came for the wrong person IMO

  32. Shelly says:

    She’ll blow through that money in no time and be right back to where she is now, which is broke.

  33. Sandra says:

    I always used to be down for some Lindsay-watching, hater style, because she’s an awful person, and I quite enjoy watching awful people fail.

    But I just don’t care any more. Oprah’s desperate and getting taken for a pretty major ride, but it’s her money to spend. I just don’t have to watch any more, because what’s there to watch? Another washed up once-upon-a-timer on her bajillionth trip to rehab? Thanks, but I’ll pass – lots of those out there, and some of them might actually be deserving of my sympathy and attention.

  34. Mayday says:

    oh you know, just typically rewarding the kid for bad behavior.

  35. Cool Phosphorescent Shimmer says:

    This whole situation makes me irrationally angry. After someone (??) spent some hundred-thousand dollars to put her through spa-rehab these past three months as a reward for lying to police and cracking up a car while on probation, now she gets paid 2 million bucks to lie in another interview and live her daily cracklife, sleeping until 4 and partying until dawn. And I, like a dumb slob, keep waking up at 6 AM to go to work to barely scrape together enough to pay my effing bills.

    Oprah Winfrey, you are DEAD to me.

    • Bex says:

      I’m with you! I know it is irrational but I can’t help it. Things that matter in this world that affect so many people and are important SUCK right now. Putting $2M into the hands (or nose) of someone who stopped being important and needs to go away makes me rage. I couldn’t help reading the headlines and thinking Oprah is dead to me too!

  36. some bitch says:


    Ugh. I’m done.

  37. lucy2 says:

    Ring, ring, IRS? If you’re still waiting for your money, contact Harpo Productions. Garnish her wages.

    This is just so gross. It’s enabling and desperate. I’d hope O’s lawyers have some air tight clauses in the contract, so when Lohan eventually doesn’t show up or drives a car through the production office window, they get out of having to pay her.
    Hope they also all lock up their wallets and count the silverware before any Lohans start crawling around.

  38. Andrea says:

    I hope.the IRS read this article…and all the people suing her…and is anything happening with that lady she punched ?

  39. mayamae says:

    Whatever doctor did that to her face should be sued for malpractice and driven out of business. I don’t care if people ask for these procedures, the doctors should live by a code of ethics and refuse. Same goes for Michael Jackson’s doctor. How do they think this advertises their services in a good way?

  40. Mia says:

    Well Dina’s going to really start thinking she’s the “White Oprah” now. I cannot believe how much money and how many chances this crackhead is getting for breaking the law and being an asshole. This is ridiculous. And on top of that she’s setting herself up for some good old fashioned public humiliation, yet again. No one will ever take this trick seriously as an actress again. It’s called a hiatus. Why can’t she just take one? Ellen Degeneres did it, and look what it did for her career.

    To think that she and Anne Hathaway were in the same league once with the same acting and career opportunities. She’s not going to get where Anne currently is by doing tacky reality shows. Anne says she did her dirt too but she was smart enough to keep it on the DL. Lindsay is only going to keep making her career prospects worse by continuing to be messy in the public eye. Besides the fact that people dislike her so much they are rooting for her to FAIL and eff up on tv. People want to see her go down. She should go away and fix herself PRIVATELY until the public animus dies down at least a little bit.

  41. Bread and Circuses says:

    Oh, for fuuuuu–

    Lindsay is 27 year old. She’s not a kid; she doesn’t need a “mentor”.

    She needs a 400lb asexual sobriety coach with a hair-trigger bullshit detector.

  42. Bread and Circuses says:

    Hmm. I suddenly wonder if Oprah is being utterly brilliant and Machiavellian.

    If Oprah is smart enough to stipulate that Lindsay doesn’t get paid until she satisfies every requirement of the deal, then Oprah’s probably going get both the show and the interview for free.

    Because the Cracken will screw this up.

  43. the original bellaluna says:

    This just absolutely disgusts me. Oprah obviously has not even one single shred of integrity left, so maybe she’s not even intelligent enough to not pay the Cracken until AFTER the film is in the can.

    Otherwise, she gets what she deserves.

  44. MavenTheFirst says:

    That’s right, Oprah. Enable the crackhead.

  45. homegrrl says:

    Ooohh, I love the pictoral above. Priceless.

    It would be more relevant if the Lilo clan did not get the money, but set up a scholarship at betty ford for homeless people to get rehab. If they donated every penny to the cause of addict rehab.

    Anyone that gives Lilo easy cash is an accomplice. But who knows. Mebbe this time it will work.

    I’m so damn hot right now, my kids were playing “a game’ while I was on CB and turned on all the gas fireplaces in this house. Sheiiiitttte.

  46. Jarredsgirl says:

    I think this is disgusting. First of all, this girl is not interesting in the least.. At this point she is nothing but a druggie and a criminal. This is her 10 millionth time in rehab, what is Oprah interested in hearing from her? We have heard it all before. She’s going to change her life, she’s been inspired to be healthy, she wants to get back into acting because it’s her passion… She’s a victim of abuse and none of it is her fault…. Been there done that. Is Oprah really expecting something fresh and interesting? Jeez…

    Jennifer Lopez is not the only one who is profiting off of criminals, see.

  47. jwoolman says:

    The two assistants are to drag the lass out of bed to keep production on schedule, tie her firmly into the passenger seat of the car, funnel coffee into her to counteract the booze, and watch her like a hawk to make sure she doesn’t steal anything or clog any toilets. The stylist’s job is to work miracles. Did I miss anything?

  48. friscogirl10 says:

    While $2mil is a ridiculous amount of money to give LL…if anyone can help her it’s Oprah! I’d watch the show?! Maybe this is what she needs to get back on track? Oprah won’t put up with her crap.

  49. Amelia says:

    I just pray that when the show airs, aliens aren’t tuned into OWN, and rush to judgment that all earthlings are like Blohan and White Oprah. If they do interpret all of mankind to be that way, I wouldn’t blame them if they destroyed us.

  50. BobbieFisher says:

    I have a feeling – just a gut feeling – that those cameras are going to follow her everywhere. Just because there was a four month negotiation – we all know that Lindsay would not want the cameras 24/7 – and the fact that the fee is so ginormous. Lindsay would only allow this if she was paid enough to cover her debts and have a little left over for her Adderall. I really can’t imagine paying 2 mill for a sanitized version. I would imagine they would want Lohan to screw up so the ratings would be higher (since OWN has decided to go Jerry Springer – why not go all the way?). I don’t know though, maybe they don’t give a damn, and think a Lohan white-wash is all that’s needed to draw viewers in (it’s not).