Oprah Winfrey

The startling reason OPRAH WINFREY is so successful. According to a Yale professor, The Big O is the equivalent of a religious icon – just in time for Holy Week!

In new book "Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon", author Kathryn Lofton of Yale told the NY Post, “Gospel is a word that means 'good news’.

"Oprah says that the good news is 'you'."

The Yale Prof. who claims to have seen every single episode of the corpulent chattie’s talk show says Winfrey uses a Southern preacher's rhythmic speech patterns and her show structure resembles a sermon.

According to the book, Winfrey became a religious icon in 1994 when she focused on The Gospel of YOU, the Prof writes.

 "The time has come for this genre of talk shows to move on from dysfunctional whining and complaining and blaming,” Winfrey said back in 1994. 

 "I have had enough of people's dysfunction."

Yet, as ENQUIRER readers know, Oprah is a master of dysfunction – from her BFF Gayle King, on-off BF Stedman Graham and her shaky relationship with mom Vernita.

Maybe the Big O should practice what she preaches?