The Queen of fixing family drama and hidden trauma is taking leave of her throne. In a December interview, "Fix My Life's", Iyanla Vanzant mentioned that she'd grown weary of guests on the show with nasty attitudes and negative energies. She said these people made "doing the work" hard.
“The one thing that eight years of ‘Fix My Life’ has taught me is how mean and nasty and unkind people can be. I don’t want that energy in my life anymore,” Vanzant commented. “I don’t want people calling me names and talking about me. I’m just very sensitive to energy. I don’t deserve it and I don’t want it. So now, if you want a piece of me, you’ve got to come to me and you got to pay for it.”
When speaking about her feelings leaving the long-running show on the Oprah Winfrey Network, Vanzant said:
“It is liberating. It is good. It’s good to have been able to do something with excellence and love, and then get the opportunity to say, let me do something else. It doesn’t define me. I’ve been doing this work for 34 years. I’ve been on TV for eight. It’s just part of the evolution,” she said. “I’ll be around, I’m just not doing ‘Fix My Life’ anymore.”
Vanzant has been "doing the work" to help people live better lives for more than thirty years through books and various television appearances. Although the show is ending, this won't be the last we see of this guru. “My life isn’t broken. My life is evolving, and I am being prepared for things that I’m not prepared for now. I don’t know what’s coming to me. But I do know this, which is another reason I’m leaving Fix My Life. I have hit the apex of everything that I know. I’ve hit that apex. So it’s time for me to go to the next level. Which is a level of learning, growing, risking, and changing and evolving. And I don’t need to do that on television.”
The ending of "Fix My Life" came just before Discovery increased their stake in OWN from 73% to 95%. While we don't know what's in store for the Oprah Winfrey Network, we do know that there have been some serious changes as of late and not all of them have been favorable but, if you know anything about Oprah Winfrey, you know she's always up to something.
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