24 Questionable Things About Oprah We Can't Ignore Anymore

Oprah Winfrey has a net worth of over a billion dollars which is a lot of money and it's all due to her number of projects such as the Oprah Winfrey Show, O, Oprah Winfrey Network, and acting jobs. Oprah is one busy woman as Winfrey also supports a lot of charities and owns a foundation called the Oprah Winfrey Foundation and Winfrey opened a boarding school in South Africa for underprivileged girls. Oprah even has her own book club which is very popular but with everything comes some controversies such as the scandals with the criticism of The Secret book. Remember the iconic car giveaway Oprah did for all her guests on her show? Well that ended on a sour note because it ended up being high in tax.

Winfrey also has a questionable past from poverty and abuse and before making it big, Oprah was a reporter even though she dropped out of university. Although, according to Oprah's cousin, the poverty story is far from the truth as Oprah was spoiled. Plus, Oprah also has a strict confidentiality agreement for her co-workers and guest stars — they're not allowed to talk about Oprah or even mention her name in public. Read on for more things that we just can't ignore about Oprah!

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24 Her History  

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The famous talk show host claims that her childhood was hell because she lived in poverty and made abuse claims as Oprah claims her family was very strict, especially her grandmother and father. “I went to a well to get some water and carry it in a bucket. And I was playing in the water with my fingers, and my grandmother had seen me out the window and she didn’t like it." Oprah told David Letterman that she grew up in her grandmother's farm in rural Mississippi while Oprah's unwed teenage mother was looking for work. Oprah said it was so bad that she wore a potato sack because her family couldn't afford clothing. Oprah escaped a detention centre which her mom sent her too and Winfrey fled to her father's who she said was strict. He gave her a curfew and reading and writing assignments. However, Oprah's cousin, Katherine Carr Esters reveals a different story and says the Oprah poverty story isn't true.

Oprah was confronted about it. “I’ve confronted her and asked, ‘Why do you tell such lies?’ Oprah told me, 'That’s what people want to hear. The truth is boring.’”

23 Oprah's Change To Form A Brand

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"She wanted tighter control over her image and message, and she began shutting everything down. Our access began to disappear."

Another source, Jewette Battles, also came clean and said, “Every move is calculated to further her brand and lift her image, which is why she does good works.”

22 Her Relationship With Stedman Graham

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Oprah and her partner Stedman have been together for a long time — more than 30 years — and they never plan to get married. Oprah confesses in interviews about the reasons why they decided not to tie the knot. "What would have happened if we had actually gotten married? And the answer is: 'We wouldn’t be together.'" Although Oprah's intentions sound questionable, to say the least, as once again Oprah mentions how it will affect her work. "What I realized is, I don’t want to be married because I could not have the life that I created for myself.” Which makes it even more ironic is the fact that Oprah said she wanted Stedman to propose which he did back in the early '90s, but the proposal never happened because of a project and after that, the subject was dropped. It seems Oprah's work got in the way once again.

The relationship has survived betrayal and marriage rumors which were debunked. Although a book published about Oprah paints a different story, “Oprah keeps Stedman around because she wants her audience to accept her as a normal woman with a man in her life, but from what I saw during those four years, I can tell you there’s nothing there with Stedman. Nothing at all.”

21 Sketchy Secrets In A Tell-All Book

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According to Kitty Kelley in her tell-all book about Oprah in Oprah: A Biography, Winfrey's hidden life is displayed including Oprah's sexuality which has been talked about a lot in the media, especially her friendship with Gayle King. Kelley states in the book that Oprah is actually “asexual.” Employees also shared behind-the-scene secrets with Kelley.

They stated there were “giggly late-night phone calls and a series of lavish gifts from Winfrey — including gigantic sprays of orchids and a 1-carat diamond toe ring" to Diane Sawyer.

In 1989, Winfrey also reportedly paid her ex-boyfriend $50,000 to keep quiet about her secret and she also didn't want anyone to know about her brother. According to the book, Oprah and John Tesh dated which he admits is true. "Oprah and I were cub reporters in Nashville nearly 40 years ago and we dated for a short time. We even talked about it during one of my appearances on her show. We remain friends to this day." Tesh said he ended it because of the "social pressure" of their interracial romance. Kelley doesn't think Oprah will come clean. "She's poured all of her energies into her career. And if she is, she is never, ever going to come out."

20 Oprah's Troubled Past

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The book states Oprah was a wild child and she was sent to Vernon after stealing her mother's things. Oprah stole her mom's purse and pawned her jewellery. Oprah came clean about her reckless behaviour.

 "I ran away from home. I started acting out my need for attention, my need to be loved. My mother didn't have the time. She worked every day as a maid."

Winfrey also admits her life would've turned out a lot differently if it weren't for living with her father. "If I hadn't been sent to my father when I was 14, I would have gone in another direction. I could have made a good criminal. I would have used these same instincts differently."Winfrey also was acting up because of her troubled upbringing as she states in an interview. "I stayed home from school, broke my glasses in many pieces, and called the police after I pulled down the curtains and knocked over the lamps. I lay down on the floor and faked being unconscious and having amnesia." Oprah's mother became fed up and that's why Winfrey was sent to live with her father. Her mother also felt that Oprah was "uncontrollable, ungrateful and — after the robbery stunt— maybe a little crazy."

19 Promoting Controversial Things On Her Show

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There was one incident which brought a lot of uproar and that was when Oprah did an interview with Suzanne Somers. The guest was interviewed on The Oprah Winfrey Show to share her beauty secrets on how she stays looking young. According to Somers, this treatment will help, which she does regularly. Suzanne states she rubbed an estrogen cream into the skin on her arm and smeared progesterone on her other arm for two weeks a month. Somers also said she takes 60 vitamins every day. "I take about 40 supplements in the morning," she told Oprah, "and then, before I go to bed, I try to remember, to start taking the last 20." What makes it so controversial is the fact that Suzanne is a self-help author and doctors have criticized her methods.

Dr. Nanette Santoro says, "Hormone therapy can increase a woman's risk of heart attacks, strokes, blood clots, and cancer. And despite Somers' claim that her specially-made, non-FDA-approved bioidenticals are "natural" and safe, they are actually synthetic, just like conventional hormones and FDA-approved bioidenticals from pharmacies." Oprah did everything in her power to sell Somer's methods by telling the audience how "fascinating" Oprah finds Somers' methods and that "every woman should read" what she has to say. Oprah also shared information about how she felt after taking the product.

18 Her Relationship With Gayle


Oprah's friendship with her best friend has been a controversy for a long time because of how close they are. The friendship has lasted for more than 40 years which is even longer than Winfrey's relationship with Stedman. Gayle says Oprah is family and is godmother to Gayle's kids. Oprah even admitted that their friendship is more meaningful than a partnership. "In a way, our friendship is better than a marriage." Winfrey said a relationship will end if they can't accept Gayle or her dogs. "Not negotiable" in a relationship. "Not liking my best friend — forget it! Or my dogs — you got to go!" There has been a debate for many years about the extent of their relationship and Oprah admits she understands why people think they're more than just friends which is because of their close bond with one another. Vernon, Oprah's father doesn't like Gayle. “She’s become too close to that woman Gayle.” Oprah's stepmom, Barbara Winfrey, even thinks her relationship with Gayle is unhealthy,

"Gayle is very, very present. I don’t know any man I’ve ever dated who could tolerate that, but Stedman knows Gayle’s going nowhere. They speak on the phone three or four times a day."

Barbara also admitted that Gayle is more present in Oprah's life than Stedman and when Oprah referred to herself as part of a couple, the "we" was referred to Winfrey and Gayle according to Barbara.

17 Oprah Kick-Started People's Careers

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How is it even possible that the queen of talk shows can help a person with their career and also make them famous? Well, Oprah does, and she has helped a number of people, mainly Dr. Phil, and I bet you didn't know this, but before Phil had his own show, Oprah asked Phil and his courtroom consulting firm for help with a trial. Phil is grateful for Oprah.

"When you get into Oprah's orbit, it doesn't affect your career, it defines your career. I had no desire to be on television before and she made me see the value of it and she made me understand the power of it and without Oprah, there would be no 'Dr. Phil.' That's a pretty big impact."

Winfrey also helped Dr. Oz in his career. The doctor appeared on Oprah's show in 2004 and five years later, he had his own show called, The Dr. Oz Show. Oprah was even partner with Dr.Oz. "It started a friendship that culminated in almost 80 or 90 appearances on her show, and subsequently, her being my partner in launching my show." Oprah also helped Nate Berkus, an interior designer. "You can't be around Oprah and not have her influence you, and I don't mean that because she's doling out the free advice. I mean it because she is someone that leads with truth and follows her heart. She's a force."

16 Strained Relationship With Her Parents

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According to Kelley, Oprah doesn't have a relationship with her mom at all.

"Oprah has no relationship with her biological mother, Vernita Lee — Oprah herself has often said she was much closer to her late stepmother Zelma, dad Vernon’s former wife — but still takes scrupulous care of her."

Winfrey doesn't even give her her number. “Oprah does not like her mother, she does not give her phone number to her mother." Oprah also has a strained relationship with her father according to Vernon. “We talk on the phone maybe a couple of times a year — on her birthday and my birthday, a couple of days later. We’ll talk for about 20 minutes.” A source says Oprah also hardly supports her father. “Oprah could change everything with a day’s pay check, but she only does the bare minimum to help him out.” The source says Vernon is too proud to ask for help. “He’s a proud man and doesn’t like to say it, but he’s struggling to cope and feels like he’s been cut off." According to Barbara, Oprah's stepmom, "Oprah doesn’t want to know the truth of her past, where she’s from. She’s a human like anybody else, but she spends so much energy hiding the real her. "

15 The Confidential Agreement With Staff And Guest Stars

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In Kitty Kelley's tell-all book about Oprah, the author also mentions the confidentiality agreement that co-workers and guest stars have to sign. According to Kelley,

"Every member of the 500 or so Harpo staff has to sign one, as well as those on the fringes – that includes caterers, florists, upholsterers, plumbers, and the vets who treat her dogs. The legal restraint lasts for life."

A former Harpo producer, Elizabeth Coady, states she tried to write a book about her time at the company, but the courts stopped her, and Elizabeth felt tied to the agreement she signed. Winfrey's stepmom, Barbara, also came clean about the agreement. "Her brand is that she’s a nice, caring, generous, giving person. That’s not how it is. She’s controlling — it’s all about control. She has confidentiality agreements with pretty much everybody in her life. She has them sign their life away and she has them in her pocket." In 2010, Unicus Performance Training filed a lawsuit against Harpo and Oprah. The company says they were fired for violating the terms of the agreement which was "use HARPO's name, Oprah.com's name, or Ms. Winfrey's name" for any advertising or promotional purposes. There'll be a lockdown if something is said about Oprah and Harpo without "express, written permission."

14 Strict Dieting Over The Years

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Over the years, Oprah has admitted in a number of interviews her struggles with weight and it's all due to people telling her she was going to fail.

"Eating has been my way of saying, well, if I fail, it's because of the weight, it's because I'm fat. I gained 10 pounds the first week I was in Chicago because everyone told me I was going to fail. I think weight has been a way of sheltering my own sense of power. It makes people more comfortable with me and in many ways, me more comfortable with other people."

Over the years, Winfrey did some strict dieting to lose weight including a liquid diet and crash dieting, but now, Oprah learned how to love herself. "Around 1995, after years of yo-yoing, I finally realized that being grateful to my body, whatever shape it was in, was key to giving more love to myself." Oprah's presence for the dieting program Weight Watchers increased their membership up to 2.8 million people within a year after Oprah's involvement which is a significant number, but critics are saying Oprah's empowering messages about weight isn't empowering because she talks about being healthy physically and mentally. Winfrey admits she doesn't want to enforce people that way as she states it's important to her and not everybody.

13 Celebrity Friends And Enemies

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Oprah has a long list of celebrity friends who can't stop gushing about from Beyoncé, Nicole Kidman, Madonna and the list just goes on. Beyoncé gushed about Oprah in an interview: "Oprah, because of you, women have graduated to a new level of understanding of who we can be. We can run the world!" Madonna said she learned a lot from Winfrey.

“It's no secret that millions of people are inspired by Oprah. I am one of those people. She fights for things she believes in, even if it makes her unpopular. I have learned so much from her."

And then you get those who don't like Oprah and have admitted it to the media. Rapper 50 cent doesn't like Oprah because of her comments about rappers' "hateful" and "degrading lyrics." Actress, Mo’Nique blames Oprah for being rejected in Hollywood and in 2015, the actress let the world know by saying, "Thank you, Ms. Oprah Winfrey,” during a comedy speech at the Apollo Theatre. Ludacris also admitted in an interview that he felt uncomfortable about being interviewed by Oprah because he felt he wasn't acceptable to her as a rapper. "I don't see why people like Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle, who I am huge fans of, it's okay for them to go on Oprah. They speak the same language as I do, but they do it through comedy, so I guess that's acceptable to her."

12 Her Mean Streak And Diva Behavior

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Oprah is portrayed with a nice sweet image, but Winfrey's stepmother says there's another side to Oprah that the public doesn't know about until now. "Her brand is that she’s a nice, caring, generous, giving person. That’s not how it is. She’s controlling – it’s all about control." Barbara says Oprah didn't let her and Vernon stay at her house. If they weren't allowed to stay, they had to go to hotels, and when Oprah threw her Legends Ball in Santa Barbara, Vernon and Barbara had to stay at the hotel and weren't allowed to mingle with the celebrities on the main floor but were instead "tucked in the corner on the second floor."

Barbara also said what she would say to Gayle that after a fallout with people, Oprah would say, “Fire so and so and so and so and so and so.” Winfrey's stepmother also mentioned Oprah's diva demands when Oprah came for a visit. "She complained my sheets didn’t have a 1000-thread count when she came to stay and that the bath towels and the coffee cups weren’t big enough." Oprah should know that the truth always comes out, especially when there's bad blood between family members. And even if it's not true, these family members can start rumors that have a long shelf life.

11 Oprah's Weird Spiritual Exercises

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In an interview with Harper's Bazaar, Oprah mentioned her daily morning routine. At 8:30 am in the morning, Winfrey does a variety of spiritual exercises. "After reading Gathered Truths, I check out “Bowl of Saki” on my phone; it’s delivered to my in-box every morning. It contains the teachings of the Sufis." After reading, Oprah meditates.

"This morning, I observed 20 minutes of silence sitting in my breakfast chair. When I want to meditate, I can go to a special rock that’s carved into the shape of a seat. Or I can sit underneath the 12 live oak trees that I call the Apostles. It’s my absolute favorite place on Earth."

Winfrey's zen-like praises have been criticized, especially since she had self-fulfillment guru experts on her show and gushed about guru Gary Zukav's preachings. "I love that!" Your soul comes first, and becoming happy is 'your life's work.' Oprah's magazine also features articles on how to "tap your personal courage," and gives spiritual advice for the readers. The magazine has been criticized because it's mostly about Oprah and also because "Oprah is a brand, an icon, a cultural touchstone. She is the key to creating and living out your grandest, highest vision." Winfrey is promoting her magazine by saying she is the reason to buy it.

10 Oprah Made Her Staff Do A 21-Day Vegan Cleanse

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Winfrey even has power over her staff to change their beliefs and quite possibly even the world with her messages about being a vegan. PETA worker, Heather Moore, praises Oprah for promoting the lifestyle. "I've been trying to persuade people to go vegan for more than 16 years, but my voice is merely a whisper compared to that of the queen of daytime TV. When Oprah speaks, people listen." Winfrey has done a lot in promoting the cause as she raves about it on her blog. "I never imagined meatless meals could be so satisfying." Oprah even got her staff to join her on the 21-day vegan cleanse which 378 staff members signed up for the challenge.

On day four of the cleanse, Oprah said this: "I just cleaned my dinner plate, down to the last grain of brown rice left under my oh-so-deliciously seasoned soy chicken. I cannot believe how tasty, spicy, and wonderful it all was. I'm ever more surprised at how I don't miss anything and feel so satisfied at every meal." It's still unclear if she's still on a vegan diet, but with this, she got to promote the healthy lifestyle and reveal how much in control she is. Plus she gushed about vegan chef Tal Ronnen's meals, which gained him some popularity. She also promoted Kathy Freston's book, Quantum Wellness, where the cleanse arose from, which would've given Kathy even more popularity and possibly even an increase in sales.

9 Her Lavish Lifestyle

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As mentioned before, Oprah is worth billions, so it's no wonder she has a lavish lifestyle. Winfrey supports a lot of charities as well and gives $40 million of her hard-earned cash to charities that mean a lot to her. All the support is done through the Oprah Winfrey Foundation. Winfrey supports education and programs for women and children. But Oprah still knows how to live a lavish life, especially since she has all that money to spend. Although Winfrey's main hobby is real estate, since she owns many mansions, Oprah's first home is a 23,000-square-foot home in Montecito which cost $50 million in 2004. Oprah also has a 23-acre cabin in the woods which is worth $15 million and even has a holiday home in Maui. The property is 163 acres and includes a renovated farmhouse on the property.

Winfrey also loves her lavish vacations with her longtime best friend Gayle. The pair jet set to Italy and she even travels to Tahiti with the Obamas. Oprah has an impressive portfolio of houses which she can enjoy, and Winfrey also enjoys the occasional R and R at lavish destinations with A-listers and the former President.

8 Oprah Promotes Beauty With Her School

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Winfrey opened a boarding school for girls in South Africa called Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls. The property is outside of Johannesburg and it's 52 acres. Classrooms don't include any normal teaching areas which you would expect at a normal public school as Oprah also included indoor and outdoor theaters, original works of art, a yoga studio, and a beauty salon. Oprah wants the girls to feel and look pretty. There was controversy with the beauty salon as people say Oprah could've built ten modest schools with that money, but Oprah had her reasons. "These girls deserve to be surrounded by beauty, and beauty does inspire. I wanted this to be a place of honor for them." Oprah said she wanted to give the girls this opportunity with the beauty salon as Winfrey never had the experience when she was growing up.

"These girls have never been told they are pretty or have wonderful dimples. I wanted to hear those things as a child."

Oprah does like to talk about beauty products and fashion and she does it to promote self-confidence. Winfrey even developed a movement called Girl Effect to promote her beliefs on the subject matter. “I have a strong interest — and now background experience — in helping girls become who they were meant to be.”

7 Introducing Her Half-Sister To The Public

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Before Thanksgiving in 2010, Oprah found out that she has a half-sister called Patricia and she learned about the secret in 2007 but didn't want to say anything because of the media frenzy. Winfrey said,

"She never once thought to go to the press. She never even thought to sell her story."

Patricia had a worse story than Oprah's upbringing as she was raised in foster homes since she was seven. Patricia's wanting to keep it private was scorched when Oprah introduced her to the world in an episode in 2011 and Oprah told the 300 audience members, “It is true that my mother is also Patricia's birth mother. That means Patricia is my half-sister who I never knew existed." Winfrey also explained how she felt. “Imagine my shock just a few months ago, at the end of October, when I found out I have another sister living just 90 minutes away.”

Before Patricia's grand entrance, a video was displayed of Oprah on her way to meet Patricia for the first time on Thanksgiving. The half-sisters decided to share the information publicly because of Oprah's role in the media. "It's family business and family business needed to be handled by family." Patricia is lucky as Oprah bought her a half million-dollar home in Wisconsin and gave her a monthly allowance so she could focus on her studies instead of working.

6 Oprah's Many Brands

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The term the "Oprah effect" describes how a product becomes popular after getting an endorsement from a celebrity and Oprah has a lot of endorsements including Carol's Daughter, a beauty company which won millions of funding from celebrities after an appearance on Oprah's show in 2002, and L’Oréal ended up buying the business. Authors included in Oprah's Book Club have made best-sellers lists. Howard Bragman who knows Oprah said, "As much power as Oprah has, she has used her power for good — she hasn't invested to just watch her stock go up. And the reason she is so powerful is her authenticity. She gets involved in things she believes in. She does well by doing good." Bragman believes she will continue having this kind of effect.

"And as long as she remains true to herself and her life and to how things affect her emotionally and physically, she will continue to have this effect."

Oprah has an effect that makes people want to buy the products. "There's never been any question that when Oprah speaks, people listen — her word is very powerful. If she picks a book, book sales go through the roof. "

5 The Famous Car Gift Controversy

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Remember the famous lines of Oprah's show, "you get a car?" Well, Oprah was skeptical about the car giveaway, but Gayle came up with the idea and the producers liked it. “For the most part, the whole audience genuinely needed new cars, and that made it even more special.” Jenn White said, “The car giveaway is a surprise because they ‘fake it out.’ Winfrey brought 11 teachers on stage who all desperately needed a new car and announced that their “wildest dream” was coming true." The audience received keys in boxes and there were keys in each box. Producer Terry Goulder said, “It was really hard to produce shows after that, because all the audience wanted was a car.” Although it was a free gift, the audience members still had to pay with what is known as a "gift tax." Producer Lisa Erspamer said,

“But we paid for the sales tax and the registration for each car, and we told the audience after, if they didn’t want to have to pay a gift tax, they could actually take cash for the car.”

After that, audience members had to pay a fee though, “You can understand why some of the audience might be annoyed with getting a bill of up to $7,000 depending on your tax bracket, but you can also understand the producers looking at that and going ‘we just gave you a car.’”

4 Scandal On Oprah's Show

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There were a number of questionable happenings during Oprah's time on one of the world's most popular talk shows and Oprah was under a lot of crossfire for her health advice. In 2007, Oprah promoted the book The Secret, a self-help book which is very questionable with its theories on how good thoughts are a cure for emotional, financial, and physical problems. Oprah promoted the book on her show and a believer, Kim Tinkham, did an interview with Oprah on the show and said the system inspired her to ignore the doctors after a cancer diagnosis. “I've decided to heal myself.” Oprah's response was, “I'm really happy the message, or certainly some of the message, is reaching mass consciousness.” Although Winfrey tried to get Kim to get partial treatment medically. Oprah also caused a widespread panic during a 1996 episode where Oprah spoke about a so-called cow disease. Winfrey made this statement: “It has just stopped me from eating another burger!”

Ranchers sued Oprah for the comment as "beef prices crashed to a 10-year-low the next day." Oprah won and she told the public, "I am still off hamburgers and I think I'm going to be off hamburgers."

Oprah made the court proceedings a public affair when it was over by making a speech, "My reaction is that free speech not only lives, it rocks!"

3 The Oprah Winfrey For President 2020 Went Viral

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Oprah's speech at the Golden Globes this year was the most popular thing at the event because Winfrey made a very powerful speech. It was a long speech and at the end, Oprah made this statement which became known as the #MeToo movement.

Fans also went crazy and started sharing on social media how Oprah should run for presidency in 2020. Oprah responded and said, "I am definitely not running for president. You know, you give a speech and then you sit down and you have surprisingly started to run for president." Oprah called it “a humbling thing to have people think that you can run the country." Oprah said politics isn't in her future. "My strength is bringing people together, and my strength is connecting people to ideas. My strength is allowing people to see the best of themselves even in the worst of times and circumstances." Winfrey is so powerful that she even started a movement and went viral on the Internet after making one speech!

2 Oprah's Obsessions And Hidden Agenda

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Winfrey also confesses that she can relate to her audience. "The reason that I can relate to my audience so well is that I am my audience." Oprah said that difficulties from her childhood made her an essential host for the talk show. Winfrey also confesses about her obsessions with love. "In my shows, I dealt a lot with obsessed people who came on and talked about their problems. I understood them because I spent the whole of my 20s as an obsessive." Oprah admitted that the last relationship she was in, she felt like she had no control.

'This will never happen to me again. I will never be in a position where I love someone more than myself; where I give over my power to someone else."

If there's one thing Oprah is and will forever be obsessed with, it's bathtubs. “I still have a nice bathtub. I major in bathtubs. I spend my time looking for the best possible bathtub a woman can buy." Winfrey does have many bathrooms for her obsession. According to Kelley's book, Oprah also has hidden agendas. Oprah is obsessed with money. "I am going to be the richest black woman in the world," she thought when she was a kid. Employees told Kelley that "she cares far more about the ratings and her personal wealth than about her guests, and she only reveals personal information about herself if there's something in it for her."

1 Struggles With Emotions

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Oprah has come clean about her struggles with depression and anxiety and Winfrey felt like she had a nervous breakdown after failing to gain success with OWN - The Oprah Winfrey Network. Oprah said she developed depression after her failed 1998 film Beloved. “I actually started to think, maybe I really am depressed. Because it’s more than I feel bad about this. I felt like I was behind a veil. I felt like what many people had described over the years on my show, and I could never imagine it. What’s depression? Why don’t you just pick yourself up?” Winfrey said it took her six weeks to recover as she started changing her mind process.

“That’s when the gratitude practice became really strong for me because it’s hard to remain sad if you’re focused on what you have instead of what you don’t have.”

Winfrey started experiencing feelings after her new show OWN was struggling to succeed. "In the beginning, it was just sort of speeding and a kind of numbness and going from one thing to the next thing to the next thing." Oprah said she was worried. "All right, if I don't calm down, I'm going to be in serious trouble. I was in the middle of doing voiceovers, you know? And I remember closing my eyes in between each page because looking at the page and the words at the same time was too much stimulation for my brain."

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