Sheri Salata Former Co-President of OWN and HARPO Studios

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Former co-president of OWN and HARPO studios, Sherri Salata called in as a surprise for Producer Sarah.

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Producer Sarah is reading a new book called The Beautiful No by Sherri Salata. She is a former producer of the Oprah Winfrey Show who went on to become the co-president of both OWN and HARPO studios. Sarah, being a producer herself, got her book and is very into it. She posts quotes from the book on her social media and talks about Sherri all of the time. As a belated surprise birthday gift we got Sherri to call in to the morning show.

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It was not an easy thing to do. • In fact, one of the most difficult of my life. • It challenged me in ways I could not have predicted. Sometimes I made myself chortle with great hilarity at my antics and foibles. Sometimes my keyboard was wet with buckets of my own tears as I dug in to unbearable loss, searing tragedy. • My respect for those who take off their skin as they share on the printed page has grown beyond. (And I was once Oprah’s Book Club producer for heaven’s sake. My admiration was already off the charts. My respect for authors —sacred.) • So, here she comes. My first book, The Beautiful No and Other Tales of Trial, Transcendence and Transformation, is being published by Harper Wave, an imprint of Harper Collins on June 4th. • We’re giving away a free chapter at thebeautifulno.com (link in bio) It’s called “I Did Everything Wrong (and It Turned Out All Right). • I hope you like it. I hope you order a copy. With deep heart wide open appreciation. S x

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Sherri talks about the life of a producer and the personal life sacrifices they make for the good of the show. In her book, she talks about walking away from what many would perceive as a “dream job” after 20 years and starting over.

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