The Oprah Winfrey Show was on air for 25 years. It was one of the most-watched television shows in US history. Here are 10 moments in the show that showed Oprah’s influence on her guests and audience.
- Oprah Claims She was Sexually Abused, 1986
The show’s topic was about sexual abuse and Oprah revealed to the audience that she was raped when she was a child. Her revelation paved the way for celebrities and ordinary people who guested on her show to confess their darkest secrets.
- The Fat Issue, 1988
In a size 10 jeans, Oprah shows off the 67 pounds she lost in 4 months. The way she talk about weight and weight loss reflected the ordinary person’s struggles about it.
- Michael Jackson Bares All, 1993
Oprah interviews Michael at the height of his popularity. The 90 minute interview in Neverland, revealed the child in Michael before he was accused of child abuse that destroyed his reputation.
- The Coming Out of Ellen DeGeneres, 1997
American actress, television host and stand-up comedian Ellen DeGeneres publicly came out as a lesbian. This enhanced Oprah’s reputation as a confidante with celebrities being comfortable sharing their darkest secrets with her.
- The “You get a car” Giveaway, 2004
The 276 studio audience were each given a free Pontiac car. This showed that Oprah was helping those in need more than those in authority were.
- Tom Cruise Professes Love, 2005
Giggling on the sofa, Tom Cruise professes his love for then girlfriend and now wife Katie Holmes.
- A Burning Exchange with JAMES FREY, 2006
His book became a bestseller after he guested on Oprah’s show. He was invited back to shed some light on the faithfulness of how he revealed events of his life in the book. He got some dressing down from Oprah.
- The Opening of the South African School, 2007
Oprah shows the opening of the $40M Winfrey’s Leadership Academy she promised to build after her 2002 meeting with former South African President Nelson Mandela.
- Backs Obama Instead of Clinton, 2007
Oprah backs Obama instead of Clinton for the then Democratic presidential nomination and was regarded as a very significant move.
- Star-Studded Farewell Show, 2011
The recording of one of the many farewell episodes of the show brought in a lot of A-list stars and was filled with appreciation and tears.