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Do you wish we still had The Oprah Show?

and were you sad when it ended?

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by Anonymousreply 102Last Wednesday at 3:28 PM

I spent a lot of time visiting my mom years ago, before she passed away, and we’d watch tv during the daytime. And there was absolutely nothing interesting on until Oprah’s show. It was always interesting and the most intelligent daytime show to watch. I give her a ton of credit. She really meant a lot to a lot of people.

by Anonymousreply 109/12/2020

R1 - Agreed. She kept it interesting, no matter what. There weren't a lot of bad shows or filler. She also did different takes on issues that have been done on TV a million times.

She was a good executive and kept her producers and the content strong.

by Anonymousreply 209/12/2020

Yes. A thousand times yes.

by Anonymousreply 309/12/2020

My memory may be off - but in the early days, it was more flyover and rednecky.

Then she became more urbane and fancy pants, more upmarket. I preferred that. The earlier shows seemed trashier and slightly depressing.

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by Anonymousreply 409/12/2020

Fuck no? What is this -- a thread to weed out all the frauen?

The only daytime talk show host I miss is Donahue. And yes, I'm old.

by Anonymousreply 509/12/2020

R4 is correct. She did some shows to rival Geraldo, Sally, and Maury in the early days as far as subject matter goes. Really trashy shit. Later on, she became all "living your best lifey."

by Anonymousreply 609/12/2020

[quote]The only daytime talk show host I miss is Donahue.

Funny, I was thinking about him at that second and how much I DON'T miss him. He was a creep.

by Anonymousreply 709/12/2020

of all the people who've gone away, Regis, Erica Kane, Viki Buchanan, the Hugheses, the Bauers, I strangely miss Oprah the most.

I worked in the media and got close enough to her at an OWN press event to ask her a specific question for a story I was writing.

Having her quote would have been AWESOME, but she drew a blank when I asked my question. I was crestfallen.

She put her hand on my forearm and said, 'Oh, I'm so sorry.' She communicated to me she genuinely felt bad she couldn't help me.

I believe she meant it.

by Anonymousreply 809/12/2020

Who was that sour-faced cunt with the red glasses? I don't miss her AT ALL either.

I know... Sally Jesse Raphael. Just came to me.

by Anonymousreply 909/12/2020

[quote]She put her hand on my forearm and said, 'Oh, I'm so sorry.' She communicated to me she genuinely felt bad she couldn't help me. I believe she meant it.

She was a genuinely warm person. No doubts about it.

by Anonymousreply 1009/12/2020

If you miss Oprah so much, you can always buy some of that cauliflower shit she hawks.

by Anonymousreply 1109/12/2020

R10 "is"

by Anonymousreply 1209/12/2020

The rise of Oprah coincided with the decline of America into a nation of whining little pussies. We used to be a country that solved problems.

Now everybody just emotes all the time and talks about how much so-and-so hurt their feelings, and meanwhile nobody is willing to take responsibility for making their own life better.

by Anonymousreply 1309/12/2020

I liked her and her show but I was also very critical of her.

I think her team raised the stakes. I've seen some of her more recent interviews and they are pretty dumb.

by Anonymousreply 1409/12/2020

Her recent video lecturing whites about their privilege were quite ridiculous.

by Anonymousreply 1509/12/2020

R13 - a lot of shows did that and then she pivoted away and became more problem resolution, like there were 2 different shows. The first 12 Oprah years and then the last 13.

She didn't really do a lot of 'woe is me' stuff - it was about stepping above it and moving forward.

by Anonymousreply 1609/12/2020

No, I could never stand her!

by Anonymousreply 1709/12/2020

I liked her trash TV early shit. I was disappointed when she crawled out of that gutter and became Frau inspirational and book clubby.

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by Anonymousreply 1909/12/2020

When she didn't have the celebrities on. Actually really enjoyed her show. Some good topics. I found some celebrities she would kiss their ass too much. But I don't know how she would do now. She's a totally different person now. Too high and mighty.

by Anonymousreply 2009/12/2020

I liked her show until the last few years when she suddenly started acting like she was above everyone and practically referred to herself in the 3rd person.

by Anonymousreply 2109/12/2020

No one ever wrote an opera about Oprah.

by Anonymousreply 2209/12/2020

Agree with R21. It got too much when her show opened every day with her receiving a one-minute-long standing ovation from the studio audience? They could have easily edited that out, but someone thought it was important for us to see it every day. She also started that weird "favorite things" bullshit where fraus would whip themselves into a beatlemania-style frenzy for overpriced designer products (even a car) that they received as part of the product manufacturers' sponsorship of the show, but somehow Oprah got all the credit.

I liked her best in the early days (having ripped off Donahue's formula), when she walked into the audience, and she held up the microphone while she let audience members ask the panelists questions. It all went to hell after she lost the weight (the first time). The she show became about Oprah. She was always staring at herself in the monitors, the audience no longer got to ask questions, and now Oprah's opinion was given as much prominence as the counseling expert who brought on the show to give the panelist guidance. She always kept talking about her relationships with Stedmund and Gayle. (And she would always pronounce "husband" as "hoooosband" like she thought it was cute or funny. And her worst offense of all was unleashing Dr. Phil on the world.

by Anonymousreply 2309/12/2020

Oprah came along at just the right time during the golden age of TV, I dont think she would be received as well today.

I view Oprah's time on TV as pre/post beef trial. That was the turning point for her career, when she transformed from talk show host to cultural icon and influencer. That whole scandal inadvertently elevated her cultural importance to a completely different level, and she ran with it.

by Anonymousreply 2409/12/2020

I would give anything to get videos of the shows where she and Gail went on the road trio across the country. I've been looking for years, but can not find them anywhere.

by Anonymousreply 2509/12/2020

No, and no.

by Anonymousreply 2609/12/2020

The formula was great for boomers - consumerism, conscience, celebrity, and sometimes cancer.

by Anonymousreply 2709/12/2020

Don't forget cooking -- and the lucrative tie-in diet books.

by Anonymousreply 2809/12/2020

She aired some of the most vile, pornographic trash on television. But since she claimed it was for educational purposes, she was praised.

There's simply no evidence that the "rainbow parties" discussed in the clip below existed.

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by Anonymousreply 2909/12/2020

I think her show was great for most of its run. Wasn't a fan of the new age-y stuff she promoted in the later years, like Eckhart Tolle and The Secret. And yes, the celebrity ass-kissing could be a bit much at times. But she had so many memorable shows that stick with me after all these years. That format might not work any more, in these cynical times. But I think we could use an empathetic voice like hers right now.

by Anonymousreply 3009/12/2020

No and no. Why the fuck should I be sad? Do you mistake me for a room full of 200-lb. and 300-lb. heffalumps, weeping and squealing and oohing and aahing over diet plan books, celebrities with nothing to say, that ghoul Dr. Oz with his fountain of youth ("You too can have crepey, desiccated mummy flesh like mine!"), or that homespun turd Dr. Phil offering up homespun advice for trailer trash, the fine points of fat girl flannel sheet sets? Do you think my IQ is in the 90s?

by Anonymousreply 3109/13/2020

She is such an inspiration! I love holding rainbow parties amid a pandemic in a red zone state. It’s so risk-gay!

by Anonymousreply 3209/13/2020

Hate her. Wish her unwell.

by Anonymousreply 3309/13/2020

I once had a client who was a producer on the Oprah show. When they were in Texas, where my relatives lived, he got them tickets for her show. They had to wear shirts that were given to them in order to make the audience visually appealing. I personally wouldn't walk across the street to see her. I lived in Chicago for years and never once watched the show.

by Anonymousreply 3409/13/2020

R4 People like to conveniently forget she was trash tv for a number of the early years.

by Anonymousreply 3509/13/2020

I will never forget how the audience cheered when Dolly said she wasn't gay. No wonder she has stayed in the closet.

by Anonymousreply 3609/13/2020

R25, I'll take all the money you can possibly give me. Here ya go!

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by Anonymousreply 3709/13/2020

....And here's another

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by Anonymousreply 3809/13/2020

[quote][R4] People like to conveniently forget she was trash tv for a number of the early years.—I Haven't Forgotten, And I Won't.

In the early days, she'd do things like travel down to some godforsaken hell hole in the deep south where some poor AIDS victim had been run out of town and "interview" the local folk. "Someone saw him at the buffet...he was spittin' in the salad!"

by Anonymousreply 3909/13/2020

Kathy Griffin's take on her "Barbra Streisand Special" was Kathy at the height of her powers. I'm not a fan of stand-up, or Kathy for that matter, but this was a masterpiece.

Oh, seems to have gone from YT.

by Anonymousreply 4009/13/2020

Not particularly and no. Nothing against Oprah; just never watched one minute of her show.

by Anonymousreply 4109/13/2020

[quote] just never watched one minute of her show.

That's just ridiculous.

Have you ever listened to a Beatles song?

by Anonymousreply 4209/13/2020

Debra Wilson on Mad TV did the all-time greatest Oprah parodies.

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by Anonymousreply 4309/13/2020

The white mic moment.

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by Anonymousreply 4409/13/2020

Oh, sorry, R25 - reading your comment again after posting the previous two videos, I see that you were looking for a specific episode(s). I looked and did not find a Cross County Road Trip video in its entirety. Hope you find it one day.

by Anonymousreply 4509/13/2020

No. I do miss trashy 90s talk shows though.

by Anonymousreply 4609/13/2020

I do miss Oprah. Particularly those times when she'd have a singer on and, when the singer inevitably performed , the camera would cut to Oprah, who'd be sitting with the audience, where Oprah would be found lip synching along to the singer with all the accuracy of a Japanese monster movie dubbed into English.

by Anonymousreply 4709/13/2020

Why is it ridiculous, r42? Do you often find yourself overwhelmingly compelled to turn on a TV show that holds no interest for you? Personally, I’ve never been a big TV watcher, am not really into talk shows, was always at work when Oprah’s show aired, and just never found any reason to bother checking out the show.

And yes, I’ve listened to a Beatles song, dippy. I like them and seek out their music to listen to, but even if I didn’t, I’d surely have heard one or more of their songs in a store, at a party, etc. TV doesn’t work that way. I mean, I suppose I may have walked into a waiting room or whatever where an episode of Oprah was airing, but even so, I didn’t actually WATCH.

by Anonymousreply 4809/13/2020

OP and R3:

Go play with your vaginas.

by Anonymousreply 4909/13/2020

[quote]OP and [R3]: Go play with your vaginas.

Expect more of this...the children start arriving on Sunday mornings. The Saturday night grace period is over.

by Anonymousreply 5009/13/2020

Oprah was the harbinger of Frau empowerment in the US. She also brought the positive thinking New Age philosophy behind THE SECRET into the mainstream, or the fraustream if you will. She was Must-See TV entertainment before Judge Judy court shows.

by Anonymousreply 5109/13/2020

R45, I appreciate your effort. I've searched everywhere that I can think of looking.

by Anonymousreply 5209/13/2020

I think Oprah would've nipped the whole "Karen" thing in the bud and told these Deplorable plants "not today, Satan! Not today!". Same thing with wearing masks. She would've educated the US about how important it is to protect yourself and others against Covid-19 and maybe even bitch slapped Dr. Phil for siding with Trump and his administration.

by Anonymousreply 5309/13/2020

Oprah was pretty cool before she was deified in the late 90s.

by Anonymousreply 5409/13/2020

I'll never forgive Oprah for popularizing the ridiculous "Lipstick Lesbians" in 1992.

Still stuck with those fake "lesbians" and "bisexuals" in 2020.

by Anonymousreply 5509/13/2020

She was always going on about what a great car that new VW Bug was, but never in my life have I ever seen pics of her driving one.

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by Anonymousreply 5609/13/2020

"Hairdresser Break-Ups" is the classic of that era.

I've looked for it on youtube but can't find it.

by Anonymousreply 5709/13/2020

I wish we had that Oprah. Not she's this arrogant, condescending, lecturer. She talks down to everyone and gives lists of books to read. Gag me. I remember when she brought her audience along with a subject and learned along with them. She was wonderful.

Also, she let down her country. She is one of the few who could have stood up to Trump with authority. But she thinks he's a "friend." She did the same with George Bush

by Anonymousreply 5809/13/2020

"She gets a paper cut and she thinks it's stigmata. She's like LOOK! STIGMATA! And you're like no Oprah. And she's like BUT....and you're like NOOOOOOO OPRAH!"

- KG

by Anonymousreply 5909/13/2020

R25, I tried again with no result. I did, however, find out that the episodes were entitled "Oprah and Gayle;s Big Adventure." It aired on 9.18.06. Meanwhile, I DID find Oprah and Gayle's Big Yosemite Camping Adventure if you'd like to see that.


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by Anonymousreply 6009/13/2020

I always found all the “my friend Gayle” thing very draggy. Gayle's a nice and decent person, but not an interesting one.

Same in real life when a friend has a draggy friend, it's like a dead weight.

by Anonymousreply 6109/13/2020

The fraus really loved this fat, rich, lesbian.

by Anonymousreply 6209/13/2020

Remember when, in the late 90s, Oprah sang the new theme song, "Run On", for her show? She even made a music video (below).

Shortly after this, the Onion did an article about her called, "I believe I will run on....and Get Away from Oprah." The article included a photo of a frau watching TV, with a caption that said something like, "Millions of viewers wait to hear instructions from her leader about what books to read and how to live their lives."

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by Anonymousreply 6309/13/2020

I miss Ricki Lake and Jenny Jones more.

by Anonymousreply 6409/13/2020

Tempestt Bledsoe

Mother Love

Gordon Elliott

Doctor Dean

Charles Perez

Danny Bonaduce

The English version of Cristina

Les Brown

Ricki Lake

Morton Downey Jr.

Nine Broadcast Plaza which became the Richard Bey Show


Jenny Jones

Mo Gaffney's talk show

Jane Pratt

Rolonda Watts-I loved her show

by Anonymousreply 6509/13/2020

Amazing TV! 🤣 Who else could deliver this but Oprah?

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by Anonymousreply 6609/13/2020

I flipped through it once or twice but never watched it all the way through...five or ten minutes was enough. And I didn’t know that it was no longer on, so no, I couldn’t care less. I’m sure in a few more years it will obtain DL cult status like golden girls, and we’ll have endless insipid threads until that batch dies off also.

by Anonymousreply 6709/13/2020

Her love for Harvey Weinstein was disturbing. She knew.

by Anonymousreply 6809/13/2020

R63 - Gurl, funny post! and love the video. I'd forgotten about that.

by Anonymousreply 6909/13/2020

Oprah gets into an argument with a Karen in her audience:

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by Anonymousreply 7009/13/2020

@R66 - "How Stella Had to Give Her Groove Back."

by Anonymousreply 7109/13/2020

Wow, that clip at R70. I wonder what year it was. Oprah makes some good arguments why someone might not embrace Jesus. For example, a person might be living in a remote tribe, and never heard the word "Jesus". But these ladies insist that person will still go to hell. Future Trump voters.

by Anonymousreply 7209/13/2020

One of the reasons Oprah ended her talk show is because she was to tied down to the show. 25 years really was a good run.

After all, that very show made her a Billionaire.

by Anonymousreply 7309/15/2020

When the show came to an end they ran a short season of shows about backstage at The Oprah Show. It was pretty interesting. A lot of the brains behind the show very seemingly very ORDINARY women, but they were sharp. She had a very good team. They made her seem better than she is in many ways if her more recent interviews are anything to go by.

by Anonymousreply 7409/15/2020

R74 A lot of the people who worked with Oprah behind the scenes of her talk show, are still apart of her team today.

She keeps good talented people around.

by Anonymousreply 7509/15/2020

No. Sanctimonious blowhard.

by Anonymousreply 7609/15/2020

[quote] She had a very good team. They made her seem better than she is in many ways

But many of those people stayed to work on Rosie's show when it took over O's studio. That show underperformed, although it was no fault of Rosie.

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by Anonymousreply 7709/15/2020

It wasn't Oprah's fault either. The buck stops with Rosie.

by Anonymousreply 7809/15/2020

Drew is here now.

We no longer need O

Thanks tho.

by Anonymousreply 7909/15/2020

On balance, I think Oprah was a positive force in the world.

She admitted to being sexually molested as a child. That alone helped countless people. To have a rich, powerful woman say: "Yes, this happened to me."

She's now been too rich for too long. She no longer has relatable revelations to draw out for audience members. (E.g., I smoked crack with a boyfriend.)

by Anonymousreply 8009/15/2020

Yes I do miss her show.. a simpler time, before her disastrous own network took up all her time. It was easy, entertaining television

by Anonymousreply 8109/15/2020

I miss Queen O as being the primary dyke on tv.. Think of all the pain she could have saved us had she stayed. Instead we’ve all had to suffer through that shrill carpet-muncher spawn of Satan, Ellen

by Anonymousreply 8209/15/2020

Judge Judy gives me all I need on the daily. I expect her new show will as well.

by Anonymousreply 8309/15/2020

Ugh, completely full of herself. NO

by Anonymousreply 8409/16/2020

What, R65???

I am LAST on your list? LAST???

by Anonymousreply 8509/16/2020

search - oprah winfrey - look for the choc chip cookies - 217 of them!

by Anonymousreply 8609/16/2020

The Oprah brand is unique. There was a feel good quality about watching her show. Especially when I was a kid growing up.

I absolutely miss "The Oprah Winfrey show. Those were good ole simple days.

Everyone is on edge constantly now.

by Anonymousreply 8709/16/2020

Speaking of Drew -- she needs to stop screeching!

by Anonymousreply 8809/16/2020

God no! I never could stand her. I pegged her for a fraud decades ago. And then when she stared foisting all those acolytes of hers (I'll never forgive her for Dr. Phil) on the public and decided she needed to be burned at the stake.

by Anonymousreply 8909/16/2020

No, and it ended?

by Anonymousreply 9009/16/2020

R89 Is Jealous.

by Anonymousreply 9109/16/2020

Foisting Dr. Phil and her crash diet on the public was the worst.

At this point, I have zero confidence that Oprah knows very much about food and exercise.

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by Anonymousreply 9209/16/2020

I like Oprah, but don't miss her show, and wasn't sad. I associate daytime TV with being a shut-in.

by Anonymousreply 9309/16/2020

I made her caged bird sing.

by Anonymousreply 9409/16/2020

Oprah did really, really good. Oprah is an extraordinary success tale for the ages. She's incredible. Sorry, haters.

by Anonymousreply 95Last Monday at 1:04 PM

My friend used to work in Water Tower Place and saw her there in early days, before she was really Oprah. He recognized her from the news. She came into his store. (I think it was Body Shop, but I always confuse whether it was that or Bath and Body Works. He was a shopbottom in one of those places.

He was walking about 10 feet behind her and said as she was walking, she was cutting the longest fart. One of those ones that sounds like a train....little bursts, rolling into the station.

People could hear it. A little kid looked back and wrinkled her nose.

by Anonymousreply 96Last Monday at 1:41 PM

Fuck Oprah! How about Sally Jessy Raphael or Jenny Jones? How about fuckin Tempest Bledsoe??

by Anonymousreply 97Last Monday at 1:43 PM

I live Oprah, fuck the haters.

by Anonymousreply 98Last Monday at 3:19 PM

Oprah is the best! There are hundreds - HUNDREDS it was ten years ago so who knows what the number is today - of young black men in the US who were fortunate enough to be educated at Morehouse College through Oprah Winfrey's generosity.

Likewise, we pay tribute to GWTW's famed writer, Margaret Mitchell, who paid for the education of some 50-80 young black medical doctors way back when.

by Anonymousreply 99Last Wednesday at 7:24 AM

Oprah did occupy a space in media and culture that was like a voice of reason and some sort of morality even though she later became a dangerous new ager. There aren’t many places anymore where people can go to and just be united and Oprah was that.

by Anonymousreply 100Last Wednesday at 7:45 AM

I'll never stop bitching about her first interview of Streisand.

I eagerly tuned in.

At 15 minutes in I had to force my eyelids to stay open from boredom induced sleepiness: "...the colors of my flowers outside my window are continued into my room interiors which match my landscaping...when I'm looking out my windows I have to see the continuity of the exterior colors with those on my walls and furniture ....


by Anonymousreply 101Last Wednesday at 3:19 PM

Reading the Kitty Kelley bio right now. At the point where she just moved to Chicago. So far, so good. Oprah is magic, so she has legitimate reason for her particular brand of jargon. Oprah amazes Oprah. And it all came about because she believed it all would.

by Anonymousreply 102Last Wednesday at 3:28 PM
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