Oprah has spoken!
The OWN head honcho is calling the shots when it comes to Lindsay Lohan's latest project, and has reportedly banned the troubled star's parents and the "Lohan family circus" from her upcoming reality show, according to TMZ. While some footage was previously taken of Lohan's family, it's unclear if it will actually make it to air.
But Michael Lohan told Radar Online, "It is total BS that I am not part of Lindsay's show, I have filmed three episodes already. I imagine I'm going to be shooting more too. I would imagine everyone in the family will be shooting more. This is reality TV and we're a real part of Lindsay's life. That may be right, wrong, or indifferent, that may be positive or negative, but we're all a part of her life and that will be shown. I would imagine production wants to make this as real as possible and that includes her family."
Last summer, Lohan's mom, Dina, told E! News that her daughter would be living near the family while shooting the OWN show, and she didn't rule out cameos by the clan: "Possibly!" she said. "It's about family…and I'm family."
And in an "Oprah's Next Chapter" interview in August, Lohan defended her parents, who've made headlines for their bad behavior and have been accused of exploiting her: "Nobody's perfect," she said. "I love my parents and I'm not going to say that certain situations I would have preferred to have been handled differently….I was out of control. I said a lot of things that were not true. I wasn't thinking clearly… I hate the bad rap [my parents] get. They're just parents, at the end of the day. I don't blame anyone for my mistakes."
Oprah has been vocal about her attempts to help Lohan. During last summer's interview she even convinced the 27-year-old to cancel a European vacation she had scheduled just days after she exited rehab. But she recently told Access Hollywood that the planned OWN reality series - which is supposed to document Lohan's post-rehab journey as she attempts to rebuild her career - has been nothing short of chaotic.
"There was a lot of chaos going on," the media mogul said. "So I went to have a conversation, a real conversation about that…I went to her house just to say, 'What are you doing? Let's get real here.' And… 'This is what's conflicting about it.' Because it's television and we stand to gain if it does well. But the real truth is… I said, 'If I get here and Lindsay isn't serious, I will shut this thing down today.'"
Oprah's pep talk (and the proposed $2 million paycheck) must have worked, because now it looks like the show will go on. Just without the circus sideshow.
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