Oprah Releases New Book

President Barack Obama awards Oprah Winfrey the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Oprah has admitted she was branded a ‘terrible’ news anchor and reporter before she found her true calling in 1978, aged 24.

Speaking in her new book, The Path Made Clear, which is out this week, the talk show host, who was named North America’s first Black billionaire in 2003, revealed that she never felt comfortable in her own skin and used a “pretend anchor voice” when she began her career.

Oprah, who recently celebrated 65, who has since been awarded the Presidential Medal Of Freedom by Barack Obama and honorary doctorate degrees from Duke and Harvard, admitted TV bosses at the beginning of her career had told her she was “the wrong color, size, and showed too much emotion.” Sharing her wisdom, Oprah revealed that she had since learned that “the true meaning of courage is to be afraid”, giving her top tips on how readers could find their own path.