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Dec 28

The Judds: Yes To Oprah, No To VH1

The Judds photo courtesy of Webster PR.

Their life is kind of a crazy train, so when Wynonna and Naomi Judd launch a reality series on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network in 2011, will it be a new version of “The Osbournes”?

Probably not. But they could have done that if they wanted.

“We were offered the VH1 slot after ‘The Osbournes,’” Wynonna remembers. “I was like, ‘I’d rather have a lobotomy.’”

“They offered us so much money,” Naomi chimes in.

Mother and daughter might have driven each other crazy, though they certainly would have been entertaining for VH1 viewers. Naomi and Wy have been brutally honest about their love/hate relationship through the years, and the results haven’t always been pretty. But they’ve learned — with a commitment to therapy — how to get along. It’s part of the reason they were able to work together for a run of nearly a month on the Last Encore Tour.

Oprah’s production team will likely edit its version of the Judds a little less luridly than VH1 might have. But it’s a good bet that the OWN Network is still banking on the drama, uncertainty and roller-coaster emotions that seem to inhabit the two redheads’ relationship.

“There’s so much about us that [makes] people in airports want to look,” Wy notes. “It’s like part train-wreck, but part, ‘Oh, my God, they really love each other, and they get along and this is so great.’ They’re waiting for a train wreck.”

Oprah launches her OWN cable network Jan. 1, and the Judds are not the only country act on the schedule. “Why Not? With Shania Twain” is expected sometime this spring.

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