First Look: Michael Jackson’s Children On ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’


Last month we got our first look at Oprah Winfrey with the Jackson family in their Encino, CA home as she interviewed them for an upcoming episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show. A few days later, it was reported that Oprah would also be interviewing Michael Jackson’s childrenPrince Michael Joseph, Paris Michael Katherine and Prince Michael Joseph, II aka Blanket — for her show. Today we get our first look a promo photo of Oprah with MJ’s children as she interviewed them for next Monday November 8’s episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show:

Relaxed, smiling and playful – that’s the image of Michael Jackson’s three children captured in a candid photo taken during Oprah Winfrey’s visit to the Jacksons’ Encino, Calif., home last month. Prince, 13, and Paris, 12, are seen smiling as Paris reaches out to Blanket, 8, who is curled up in a lawn chair in the backyard of the home, while Winfrey and the children’s grandparents, Katherine and Joe Jackson, are seated across the table. The talk-show host was there to interview Katherine about Michael’s childhood, his career, his children and his legacy a year and a half after the pop legend’s untimely death at age 50.

While there are many people (me included) who are horribly curious to see the Jackson children interviewed, at least one person is NOT pleased that Oprah sat down to interview the kids in the first place. Randy Jackson has spoken out publicly to voice his displeasure with the interview, stating that MJ would NEVER have allowed his children to be interviewed on TV … not even by Oprah. While that claim is debatable, it is very true that MJ fiercely guarded his children’s privacy and it is unlikely that he would be totally cool with putting his kids on TV like this. Still, the interview has been filmed and is scheduled to air next Monday. Will you be tuning in?


  • Mr,.Gyllenhaal

    As if any of the Jackson sibilings can chime into what he would and wouldn’t do because they are the first bunch to not give two shits about that. I think Oprah interviewing the kids is on thing but the way his sibilings try to make money off his name is a whole other thing. Look how pretty Paris looks!!!

  • Heather

    MJ is prob turning in his grave right now, but aside from that, I’m not going to lie, this does look like a really interesting interview. I’d tune in. I’m facinated by his children and I’d def. be interested to hear what they have to say.

  • nicole

    yes the interview would be interesting, but like many have said…MJ wouldnt have let this happen. and it shocks me that oprah would do something the world knows MJ would be against (k i lied that doesnt shock me one bit)

  • Ashley

    Michael worked so hard to protect his children from the spotlight. Now they’re being thrust into it. If this was partly their idea, that’s one thing, but if Joe (look at his money-hungry, smiling mug) or Katherine persuaded the children to talk about their daddy on TV, it’s another thing completely. But this picture is cute. Blanket seems to be the center of attention, and he looks so much like Young MJ it’s crazy!

    I don’t think MJ would want Oprah anywhere near his kids. She clearly believes he was guilty of hurting children, and now her fake-ass is being all chummy with his kids.

  • Eri

    Personally, I think that MJ guarded his kids so fiercely because he thought people would target them to get to him – not because he thought they shouldn’t be exposed to the world. I just think the reasons he guarded them so well died with him…but that’s just imo.

  • Kezza

    I believe that Michael and his mother Katherine were very close. Since the children were left in her care, she does get to make the decisions about how they are exposed or sheltered from the spotlight. Saying that, I also believe that Katherine would not allow the children to particiapte in anything she believed would cause them any harm. Katherine, IMHO, is doing what Michael would want her to do.

  • goodygoody

    Hell yes, I’m tuning in!! If only we could photoshop Joe out of the pictures/video, I’d be happier.

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  • Dayna

    I’m more shocked to see Joe Jackson in the picture. I’m not sure if MJ would be more upset about the interview or that Joe Jackson was around the kids.

  • ella

    How is the claim that he wouldn’t have allowed it debatable? He wouldn’t even let them out in public without masks on. He obviously wouldn’t have allowed the interview to happen. Having said that, he also had a lot of emotional/mental health issues that could have made him feel that way.
    Hopefully Katherine really is acting in the best interests of the children. Lord knows Michael and his siblings weren’t raised in a way that was in their best interests (though that was largely Joe’s fault)

  • Ashley

    Ella, that’s not actually true. The children were spotted out in public without masks on before. I think most of the time, he had them wear them with him (not always though) because he wanted them to be able to go out without him and not be easily recognized.

  • SuzieB

    I really think that no one can know what MJ would eventually decide to let his children do as they grew older. And it’s kind of crazy to debate about it now.
    Since he is gone, I think if the kids are ok with it and probably want the world to know about their relationship with their dad and how they really are, then why not go on Oprah??
    I definitely will be DVR’ing this episode!!!!!

  • Please don’t put Oprah down, she is a titan, and can do what she wants to do, and it’s not about the feelings of her guests, it’s about RATINGS!!!! Do you realize how many will tune in, good or bad? Millions! That spells Millions of dollars in ad revs for the Queen of Daytime! And I think it would be much better to pull that secret screen away Michael Jackson’s kids, because they have to live normal now that he is gone and left them.

  • KNhaha

    But I thought Prince and Paris were already seen during the 52nd Grammy Awards where they were accepting an award on behalf of Michael Jackson?

    • @KNhaha — Yes, they’ve been seen before — many times. This will be their first interview, ever.

  • KNhaha

    @Trent– Then why us everybody criticizing Oprah Winfrey for exposing MJ’s children? Weird. I think.

  • Ashley

    I don’t know about everybody else, but I don’t criticize Oprah for exposing MJ’s children. I criticize her because she’s made it pretty clear in the past that she believes Michael was a drugged up pedophile. I’m pretty sure Michael wouldn’t want Oprah around his kids after the way she’s talked about him and laughed about him with Lisa Marie and Priscilla while he was on trial in 2005. It’s obvious the woman though he was guilty, and there she was, being all sweet with his kids. You could tell Prince didn’t trust the woman.