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Who Will Follow Oprah? Whom Does Oprah Follow? (On Twitter)

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Who Oprah FollowsFor all the talk after Oprah Winfrey announced she will be shutting down her TV talk show on September 9, 2011 and launching OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network — 2011! Have you made plans for two years from now, and have they gotten you world headlines? — and who will follow her as the Queen of Afternoon TV, my newly-launched Twitter obsession leads me to ask a different question: Not who will follow Oprah, but whom she follows.

Oprah has 2,655,360 followers on Twitter; she only follows 17. Here they are (in order from latest to earliest addition):

iamwill
Will.I.am from Black-Eyed Peas
Location everywhere all the time
Bio i.am.will…and all the other i.am’s are jockin’ my style

DrOz
Dr. Mehmet Oz | New York, NY
Bio I’m a surgeon and frequent Oprah guest, about to launch my own TV show about health.

maryjblige
Mary J. Blige | Universe

LisaErspamer
Lisa Erspamer | Chicago
Bio Co-Executive Producer, The Oprah Winfrey Show

JennyfromMTV
Jenny McCarthy
No bio, but latest Tweet: Do you think Kermit the frog has a higher chance of catching the swine flu cuz he’s doing a pig or do you think his immunity built up?

QueenRania
Rania Al Abdullah | Amman, Jordan
Bio A mum and a wife with a really cool day job..


RealHughJackman

Hugh Jackman | Sydney
His latest Tweet: Just met with Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon and First Lady Margarita. They were both incredibly interesting, warm and inviting. 10:14 PM May 25th [Look, he’s busy on Broadway

kingsthings
Larry King Live | LA

jimmyfallon
Jimmy Fallon | New York, New York
Bio Snork

SheriSalata
sheri salata | beautiful chicago
Bio: Executive producer, Oprah

THE_REAL_SHAQ
Shaquille O’Neal
CLEVELAND/EVERYWHERE
Bio VERY QUOTATIOUS, I PERFORM RANDOM ACTS OF SHAQNESS

ev
Evan Williams | San Francisco, CA, US
Bio: CEO of Twitter [This is very Oprah of her, connecting with the top guy]


TheEllenShow

Ellen DeGeneres | California
# Bio Find Ellen’s monologue, celebrity photos and videos, games, giveaways, how to get tickets and more on The Ellen Show website.

kinggayle
Gayle King
Bio Gayle King is Editor at Large of O, The Oprah Magazine and host of The Gayle King Show on Sirius/XM.

GStephanopoulos
George Stephanopoulos | Washington, DC
Bio ABC News Chief Washington Correspondent and Host of This Week

mrskutcher

Demi Moore

aplusk
ashton kutcher | here
Bio I make stuff, actually I make up stuff, stories mostly, collaborations of thoughts, dreams, and actions. Thats me.

Kutcher wrote a Tweet that many of the other Twitterers whom Oprah follows retweeted:” Let’s send Oprah 4 million hugs today! RT @Oprah: Big Day….tune in my tweet friends.”