Winfrey is a religious icon: US professor

By using the techniques of a preacher, Winfrey has been able to create a new "gospel" that goes beyond just being a simple daytime TV show, Lofton wrote in her new book ‘Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon’.

"Gospel is a word that means ``good news,``" the Daily Telegraph quoted Lofton as telling the New York Post.

"Oprah says that the good news is ``you’.”

"Her spiritual revelation was converted into a corporate makeover,” Lofton said.

"Her show became ``Change Your Life TV,” she added.