Oprah's Next Chapter Magic Johnson

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Johnson Talks About His HIV Diagnosis That Shook The World and His Health Today

Los Angeles – Oprah Winfrey sits down with Earvin “Magic” Johnson on an all-new episode of “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” airing this Sunday, December 1 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. 


In the episode, Oprah joins basketball legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson at his Los Angeles home to talk about the retired NBA star’s historic career with the L.A. Lakers, his HIV diagnosis that shook the world and the person who helped him get through one of the most challenging times of his life.  He also talks about the business empire he has built and how his 17 schools are giving high school drop outs a second chance. Also, Cookie Johnson, Magic’s wife of 22 years, joins the conversation as they discuss their support for their openly gay son E.J. and Magic’s health today.

Below are excerpts and clip links (with embed code) from the episode.


To watch a sneak peek of the episode (with embed code) click here:



EXCERPT: Magic Johnson on the significance of his Championship rings

MAGIC:  And then the five championship rings. And so —

OPRAH:  Wow.

MAGIC:  Every one of them.  And what I like —

OPRAH:  That’s impressive.

MAGIC:  Yeah.  Yeah.  It is.  Because I don’t wear jewelry.  So I put ’em there and —

OPRAH:  On purpose?

MAGIC:  On purpose. I lost my — my family bought me a watch when I was junior high and I was out playing basketball and I left it there.  And I went back, it was gone.

OPRAH:  That’s it.

MAGIC:  I said, that’s it.  I’m never gonna wear jewelry again.

OPRAH:  Wow. So you never even wore the rings?

MAGIC:  No.  No.  No.  So I don’t —

OPRAH:  Which one has — does one have more value than the other to you?

MAGIC:  Oh, yeah.  Oh, yeah.

OPRAH:  Which one?

MAGIC:  Well, first — you know, first when we beat the Celtics, that was it, ’85.  And then ’87, ’88 because we went back to back.  But anytime you can beat the Celtics, that’s the one.

OPRAH:  Larry Bird.

MAGIC:  Yes.

Click here for the video with embed code: http://www.oprah.com/own-oprahs-next-chapter/Inside-Magic-Johnsons-Man-Cave-Video


EXCERPT: Magic’s soul mate and wife Cookie

OPRAH: When you made the decision that you were ready to marry her, and now it’s this many years later, 22, twenty —


OPRAH: 22 years later. What are you happiest about that you made that decision?

MAGIC: Oh, man. I think, you know, I just love her so much. As we sit here and to know what I’ve been through and, you know, just — just to hear her talk about me gets me so emotional. You know, we’ve been together a long time and she’s the perfect partner for me. And I think when people throw around soul mates and all that, I mean, we’re for real.


MAGIC: And that we are soul mates and that we — this is my best friend. She’s an incredible mother. Incredible wife. Just changed my whole life and shaped it. And she always allowed me to be me.

Click here for the video with embed code: http://www.oprah.com/own-oprahs-next-chapter/Magic-Johnsons-Enduring-Love-for-His-Wife-Cookie-Video



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About Oprah’s Next Chapter:

“Oprah’s Next Chapter” is the award-winning primetime series featuring Oprah Winfrey as she steps outside of the studio for riveting, enlightening and in-depth conversations with newsmakers, celebrities, thought leaders and real-life families. “Oprah’s Next Chapter” is produced by Harpo Studios.  Join the conversation on Twitter using #NextChapter.


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