In 2001, Oprah invited interior designer Nate Berkus onto The Oprah Winfrey Show for a single-room makeover, and hasn't let him out of her sight since. The Chicago-area designer already had his own firm with a long clientele list, but Berkus' career was propelled into its own stratosphere when he was named the show's featured design expert. Since then he's become a best-selling author and Sirius XM radio talk-show host; most recently he launched a line of products on the Home Shopping Network. In 2008, Berkus was also the host of Harpo Productions' first shot at a reality series, Oprah's Big Give, which wasn't picked up for a second season. Some observers speculate he's next in line to join the ranks of Dr. Phil and Rachael Ray with his own television show assuming that hosting misstep doesn't knock him out of the running.
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