Before Oprah’s interview with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex even aired, we knew that Oprah had spent hours with Harry and Meghan and that there was a significant amount of pure interview footage which had to be cut. When you really think about it, what was aired during those two hours was only the tip of the keen iceberg, and I would assume that there was a lot of scandalous and interesting stuff left on the cutting room floor. Well, looks like British people have finally realized that too, and now they want a second Sussex special, or perhaps the full-length interview.
ITV wants to show unseen footage from Harry and bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey. More than 90 minutes have not been aired – and palace aides fear it could include damaging revelations. The development comes as courtiers try to broker peace talks between brothers Harry, 36, and William, 38, before new statue of their mother Diana is unveiled in July.
An industry source told the Sunday People: “There is a lot of interest in showing the interview in full. The original programme was the biggest show of the year so far in the UK and was bought by firms around the world. Showing more of it would be a guaranteed ratings winner. Oprah’s production company know they’re sitting on a goldmine so it’s possible a deal could be done.”
It is understood ITV paid £1million for the rights to the original programme – but sources say this only covered the part aired in the US. The talk was syndicated to 70 countries netting millions of dollars, but Harry and Meghan reportedly were not paid.
I suggested at the time that Oprah should cut together a second special with the unaired footage, and perhaps even do an updated special with Harry and Meghan talking about all of the sh-t that’s happened in just the past few weeks. I doubt H&M will give another interview so soon though, and as for the additional footage… who knows. It will definitely be interesting to see what comes of it. That’s all up to Oprah, she owns the footage (through Harpo Productions) and she can do whatever she wants with it. Clearly, she already provided CBS with additional clips, so it would be great to see CBS (and ITV, I guess) convince her to use all of her footage.
Screencaps courtesy of CBS.