*Oprah Winfrey has made everyone at Harpo sign a pledge not to use their cell phones while driving – be it talking or texting – and staffers are reportedly very upset at the inconvenience.
The talk show host launched her “no phone zone pledge” after taping an episode that featured a young couple who lost their daughter after a man, who was talking on his cell phone, hit their SUV. [Watch Oprah’s plea below.]
While Oprah’s goal to save lives is well-intentioned, many feel her tactics were heavy-handed and that she shouldn’t be ruling their lives, according to Radar Online.
“Some were complaining that they had just purchased hands-free devices and now they can’t use them,” one source told the Web site. “They’re worried this will hurt them from doing their jobs. Some employees talk on the phone while drive because they are under deadlines and their jobs are not 9-to-5.”
Although Oprah did not force her employees to sign the pledge, all were approached with the request. “It was pretty clear to everyone that it would not be good to resist signing it,” one insider told RadarOnline.com. “You don’t mess with Oprah. …They all felt pressure and Oprah’s people even taped some people signing it.”
Many employees support the pledge, which reads: “I pledge to make my car a No Phone Zone. Beginning right now, I will do my part to help put an end to distracted driving by not texting or using my phone while I am driving. I will ask other drivers I know to do the same. I pledge to make a difference.”
Radar Online quoted another “insider” who joked, “Of course Oprah can sign the pledge, she’s in the back of a limo all the time, texting away.”
The insider said many employees who signed the pledge have already violated it.