"How should I say this? Never a good thing when I have to practice saying my name and have to be told that I have too much emotion in my name," she told THR of her decision to quit.
"I think I did seven takes on just my name because it was 'too emotional'. I go, 'Is the too much emotion in the 'Oprah' part or the 'Winfrey' part?"
She continued: "I had a deja vu moment because I've actually lived through this once before when I covered a story as a young reporter [where] the family had lost their home and my boss told me that I reported it with too much emotion. I had too much emotion in the story."
"I thought, 'OK, so you're not supposed to be involved in the story, I get that. You're a journalist.' But the same thing is true even with a read [at 60 Minutes]. They would say, 'All right, you need to flatten out your voice, there's too much emotion in your voice.'
"So I was working on pulling myself down and flattening out my personality — which, for me, is actually not such a good thing."
In the wide ranging interview, Oprah also discussed what she watches on TV (only "The Crown"), how she is giving up screen acting (but was recently very tempted to make a return to Broadway) and how she has yet to decide which presidential runner to endorse — but soon will.
She also revealed that it was Bill Cosby who first convinced her to buy her own plane.
"Nobody likes to mention this name now, but I had multiple conversations with Bill Cosby about getting a plane," she said. "I was trying to justify it, like, 'OK, if I put 10 people on the plane, that would've been how many airfares would I have to pay for?' And he said, 'You'll never be able to justify it because it's a true luxury. You can make a decision that you're going to take the leap and do it or not, but you'll never be able to justify the expense.' Which is true."
"[So, I took a] leap of faith and I wrote that first check — because I can't stand bills — for my first G4 for the full $25 million."
While Oprah clearly remembered her last commercial flight — it was in April of 1991 — she also clearly remembered the moment she decided to never do it again.
"I remember I had seen Camille Cosby at Teterboro when I was chartering a plane and trying to justify it. Someone said, 'Oh, Mrs. Cosby is over there, would you like to say hello?'"
"So I get on Mrs. Cosby's plane and Mrs. Cosby is on the plane with a pair of overalls and diamond stud earrings and she's on her way somewhere to work on her doctorate and I said, 'Where is everybody?' And she said, 'There's only me.' I said, 'You're going to use this whole plane?' And she said, 'I'm worth it.'"
"Just like that. And I went, 'Well, if she's worth it, maybe I'm worth it.'