Hollywood's most influential celebs?
On Monday, Forbes released its annual list of Hollywood's most influential celebrities. In shocking (shocking, I tell you) news, Oprah Winfrey tops the list (again?) thanks to her "diversified portfolio of media businesses and work in television, film, radio, magazine, Web and on stage, [that] has kept her highly visible for more than two decades."
Plus: "She's spawned a secondary industry of people who give advice, and if she wasn't as influential as she is these people wouldn't have the credibility that they do."
So, spawning Dr. Phil was a pro? Okay, fair enough. But what's the deal with the rest of the list?
The complete top 10:
1. Oprah Winfrey
2. Steven Spielberg
3. Dr. Mehmet Oz
5. Clint Eastwood
6. Martin Scorsese
7. Ron Howard
8. Rush Limbaugh
9. Russell Simmons
10. James Cameron
Scores were apparently based on research by an outside polling company that ranked 5,000 celebrities on 46 different personality attributes along with "likability and awareness metrics." The net result? A list that could be described as a) dominated by the AARP set or b) compiled in 1997 since not one name on the list has achieved his or her influence post 2000.
Where, pray tell, is "American Idol" frontman Simon Cowell, who almost single-handedly ushered in the era of reality TV? Or comedy goddess Tina Fey whose tenure on "SNL" and "30 Rock" changed the face of TV comedy? Or even Jay Leno, who apparently wields
enough influence to bend an entire TV network to his will? And is Rush Limbaugh really a "Hollywood" celebrity?
Who would you have left off or added to the list?
| March 2, 2010; 12:42 PM ET
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