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Oprah Winfrey to interview Whitney Houston's daughter

March 3, 2012 |  9:00 am

Whitney Houston and daughter Bobbi Kristina
Oprah Winfrey probably won't need to beg for Nielsen ratings later this month, when she sits down with Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only daughter of the late pop diva Whitney Houston.

Winfrey nabbed an exclusive interview with Bobbi Kristina -- who turns 19 on Sunday -- along with Whitney's brother Gary Houston and the late singer's sister-in-law and manager, Patricia Houston. The interview will air March 11 on OWN, Winfrey's cable network, as part of the "Oprah's Next Chapter" series. 

According to an OWN news release, Bobbi Kristina will share "personal memories of her mom and how she would like the iconic superstar to be remembered. The family also addresses the rumors and speculation surrounding Houston's death."

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Bobbi Kristina has been the subject of speculation herself, with numerous reports suggesting that she has spiraled downward since her mother's death.

During a Winfrey interview with Houston in 2009, the once chart-topping singer admitted buying "kilos" of cocaine, which she would freebase with her then-husband, Bobby Brown. Winfrey remained close with the Houston family and was among the celebrities invited to the singer's funeral in February. 

OWN has struggled in the ratings and undergone behind-the-scenes strife since it premiered in January 2011. On Feb. 12 -- the day after Houston's death -- the former syndicated talk queen tweeted that followers should tune in to "Oprah's Next Chapter" "especially if you have a Nielsen box." Nielsen, which measures TV ratings, considered the tweet a violation of its rules. Winfrey promptly apologized.

Looks like she's found another way to get viewers.


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Photo: Whitney Houston and her daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown in 2011. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times