39 Facts About The Oprah Winfrey Show


Oprah Winfrey Show, often referred to as The Oprah Show or simply Oprah, is an American daytime syndicated talk show that aired nationally for 25 seasons from September 8,1986, to May 25,2011, in Chicago, Illinois.

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In November 2009, Winfrey announced that the show would conclude in 2011 following its 25th and final season.

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The Oprah Winfrey Show took over as host on January 2,1984, and, within a month, took it from last place to first place in local Chicago ratings.

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All attempts to book Johnson failed and Winfrey decided to "do what we do best, and that is a show about and with everyday people".

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When celebrities and newsmakers were ready to share their most intimate secrets their first stop was Winfrey's couch and when a serious story hit, the Oprah show focused on putting a human face on the headlines.

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The Oprah Winfrey Show found this to be a challenge considering Taylor had been married seven times.

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On February 10,1993, Winfrey sat down in a prime-time special broadcast with Michael Jackson, who had performed nine days earlier in the Super Bowl XXVII halftime show, for what would become the most-watched interview in television history.

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The Oprah Winfrey Show interviewed Chicago's "Guardian Angels" and Raymond Lear in 1988.

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The Oprah Winfrey Show interviewed Kathy Bray three weeks after her 10-year-old son, Scott, was accidentally killed by a friend who had found his father's gun.

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The Oprah Winfrey Show wrote letters and bought gifts for Peyton to open every Christmas and birthday she was gone.

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The Oprah Winfrey Show had recorded over a hundred videos and audiotapes for her daughter.

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Items personally favored by Winfrey were featured on the show and given away to audience members.

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The Oprah Winfrey Show has said that the iPad, given away to her 2010 audience, was her all-time favorite "Favorite Thing".

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In 1976, The Oprah Winfrey Show was working as a news anchor in Baltimore when she met King, a production assistant.

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The Oprah Winfrey Show couldn't help but laugh as King remained in the air, but eventually persuaded her to let go.

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The Oprah Winfrey Show's many driving anxieties and King's tone-deaf singing made the trip a huge hit with viewers.

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The Oprah Winfrey Show started the show in its 12th season and became known for her no-nonsense, hard-hitting, and often humorous advice.

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The Oprah Winfrey Show met Phil McGraw when he worked as a consultant for her legal team during her 1998 beef trial in Amarillo, Texas.

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The Oprah Winfrey Show introduced up-and-coming public figures who generated industry buzz but not otherwise widely known.

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In March 2010, The Oprah Winfrey Show began a campaign to stop drivers from talking or texting on their cell phone in their vehicles while driving.

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Since this episode, Winfrey has used the show as a platform to help catch child predators, raise awareness, and give victims a voice.

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The Oprah Winfrey Show performed a Christmas medley; Winfrey said it was "the most beautiful I've ever heard".

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The Oprah Winfrey Show showed off her slim figure in a pair of size 10 Calvin Klein jeans.

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In 1996, The Oprah Winfrey Show spoke with seven of the Little Rock Nine and three white former classmates who tormented the group on their first day of high school in 1957 as well as a student who had befriended them.

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The Oprah Winfrey Show hoped that the episode would help survivors suffering in silence release the shame.

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On January 24,2011, The Oprah Winfrey Show revealed that just before Thanksgiving 2010 she had discovered she has a half-sister.

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The trial and move to Amarillo led to Winfrey meeting Phil McGraw; Winfrey made McGraw a regular guest on her show shortly thereafter, which eventually led to McGraw getting his own show, produced by Winfrey's Harpo Productions.

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The Oprah Winfrey Show's program was criticized for featuring alternative medicine advocates such as Suzanne Somers and vaccine denialist Jenny McCarthy.

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Early in its twelfth season, The Oprah Winfrey Show confessed she was "exhausted" and considered quitting.

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However, while making the 1998 movie Beloved, The Oprah Winfrey Show then admitted that it brought her back to her responsibility as an admired black woman with a great deal of power and influence.

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The Oprah Winfrey Show realized that being in such a position within the media industry, she could make a positive difference in people's lives.

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The Oprah Winfrey Show was inspired to continue to help people take better control of their destinies, hence her slogan, "Live Your Best Life".

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However, Harpo Productions denied the report, stating that Winfrey had "not made a final decision as to whether she will continue her show in syndication beyond [2011]".

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On November 20,2009, Winfrey officially announced that The Oprah Winfrey Show would conclude in 2011, after its 25th and final season.

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On December 11,2010, Winfrey arrived in Sydney to record shows at the Sydney Opera House.

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In May 2011, The Oprah Winfrey Show interviewed US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, her first-ever interview with a sitting president and First Lady.

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The Oprah Winfrey Show was number one in the talk show ratings since its debut.

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The Oprah Winfrey Show aired on most ABC-owned stations in the United States, CTV in most Canadian markets, Diva Universal in Malaysia, TV3 in Ireland, GNT in Brazil, national TV3 in Sweden, Network Ten in Australia, La7d in Italy, MBC 4 in the Arab world, MetroTV in Indonesia, FARSI1 in Iran, and in the Netherlands on RTL4.

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The Oprah Winfrey Show aired in 149 countries worldwide and was often renamed and dubbed into other languages.

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