Oprah: People always tell me that I raised them with my show

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Oprah Winfrey was on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, which I just added to my list of interview bookmarks after seeing David Oyelowo’s awesome interview. Seriously watch that if you haven’t already, he’s hilarious. Oprah is getting some headlines for explaining in a between the scenes segment that she bought an avocado orchard because the price of avocados was so high. I found it more interesting that Oprah opened with the story she most often hears from fans, that they were latchkey kids and watched her show so much after school that they felt like she raised them. The way she explained it, it’s kind of predictable the way that people fan over her. Oprah is promoting her new book The Path Made Clear: Discovering Your Life’s Direction and Purpose.

On if she ever gets used to how people respond to her
Actually I love these moments. This happens to me quite often. I’ll run into someone who says ‘Oh my God, you don’t know what this means.’ I said ‘Yeah, I do. You came home from school. You were a latchkey kid. You watched me at 4 o’clock. So I raised you right?’ They’re like ‘Yes!’

So I feel rewarded by that. I did a good job raising people.

On if she ever misses her show
The only time I actually really missed it was 2016. I missed [talking to] the audience. The audience became my biggest focus group. I would not have been surprised by the election because I would have been talking to people from all states.

On her personal philosophy and finding your path
Being raised by a strong grandmother who taught me to read [with The Bible] … I got myself out of kindergarten the first day. There’s always something greater than you. No matter what you are going to be alright. That should be your mantra. Look at wherever you come from. Things are always working out for you. When you have faith you know that things always will.

You need to surround yourself from people who are going to inspire and lift you up, who are going to give you energy and not take energy away from you.

On the most common characteristic of success
People get to where they want to go because they know where they want to go. Most people don’t know where they want to go. The most important question you can ever ask yourself is ‘What do I really want?’ Have every choice you make move yourself in the direction of what you say your vision is. The forces of life rise up to meet you. As soon as you get clear, [life] clears up. Everybody is looking for the path that allows you to come home to yourself.

On if she’s running for President
You don’t even want that to happen. I have such a beautiful life. Why would I want to put myself in that?

[From The Daily Show]

I hope Oprah doesn’t preempt everyone’s stories like that! All she has to do is say “It’s so nice to hear that, I really appreciate it” and then do a side hug and maybe a selfie and be on her Oprah way. Don’t go dashing people’s hopes Oprah! I’m sure she’s super nice about it though and still makes people feel so lucky to have met her. People remember their interactions with celebrities forever. I’m not saying that they have to give us plebes a ton of time or accept rude interruptions, just maybe be fake nice for a minute. Oprah is genuinely kind so that probably comes through regardless.

As for her life advice, that was deep and I’m going to read her book once it’s available at my local library. She also talked about her mental health project with Prince Harry and said he’s such a great and involved partner. Plus she said she got a lot of hate for the Finding Neverland coverage, but that she wouldn’t change it and she never doubted the victims. You can watch Oprah’s interview below.


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  1. Slowsnow says:

    I find her comments so vague. For the life of me nothing of what she says resonates. Surround yourself with people who are good etc… What if you can’t? And if you’re in an abusive or self-destructing path that won’t help. I dunno. I think editorially she was awesome and brought awareness to a lot of issues but I cannot help feeling that so much money will eventually lead you in another direction. Not everyone gets their due and it’s that thought you need to get in touch with not that “people get to where they want to because they know where they want to go”.

    • Ader says:

      This. And she stays silent about the messy complicated stuff, so as not to “offend” her base: White women.

      • Snowslow says:

        I don’t know about her base. As I don’t live in America there is a lot of nuance I don’t get. You think she is not in touch with the African American and black population in general?

      • Wow says:

        Her base of “white women” so true. She has billionaire money and influence and really just does so little for the black community. Kim Kardashian is freeing black women and fighting for prison reform and Oprah can’t even answer a question straight for fear of insulting her audience.

        I do not care for Oprah.

    • notthisagain says:

      This is how low the bar is for white women , did you really just compare Kim Ks ability to appeal to Trumps vanity and release ONE (well deserving ) women to Oprah ?
      I am by no means an Oprah Stan but give the devil her due , she gives millions in scholarships to young black men and women (and others) , opened girls schools in Africa, donates to various charities and was a major catalyst in opening up the dialogue about child hood sexual abuse by speaking openly about her own etc.

      Its OK not to like her but Kim K is Harriet Tubman now compared to Oprah (eyeroll)

      • Ader says:

        A few points:

        1) Africa, as you know, is not the U.S. The south side of Chicago could have used a free, all-girls private school with top-notch teachers. From what I remember, Africa was chosen for tax-sheltering purposes. (Someone, however, correct me if I am wrong on this; I vaguely remember reading an article back in the day about it.)

        2) Oprah ended up hiring an abusive woman to run the school.

        To add to my other point (not addressing what you said):

        I should revise my statement and say that Oprah catered to “white women with disposable income who craved to be told that they’re perfect the way they are and don’t have to change and grow.” Not just “white women.”

      • notthisagain says:

        I am aware that Africa is not the US, I am also aware that it is HER money that she earned to do with as she wishes , if you are concerned about Schools in Chicago then you donate to them , it is peak arrogance and entitlement to think its your right to tell people what to do with thier hard earned money especially when you conveniently IGNORE the several millions of dollars she has spent on charities and scholarships right here in the USA
        ( A simple google search is all that it takes )

        Again I am no Oprah Stan but my point remains one does not have to belittle her charitable works because one does not like her and @Wow’s comparison between Oprah and Kim K is beyond ridiculous.

      • Ader says:

        I wasn’t being snarky when I said, “as you know.” Truly.

        Secondly, yes, Oprah can do whatever she wants with her money. And, on this gossip site, I feel fine giving my opinion on those decisions. But more than that, I never said anything about what she should do with her dollars. I just pointed out two facts, because I think the school was a terrible PR move.

        Nobody is belittling her. I just don’t think everything she has done is worthy of high praise.

        But curiously: Please, tell me, how do you know where I donate and how much?

      • notthisagain says:

        “Africa, as you know, is not the U.S.” Nope nothing snarky there at all

        Bringing up what that money could have done in Chicago IS telling her what to do with her money instead . I have no idea about your charitable works nor did I say so, I did say if you are concerned about Chicago schools then donate if you are already doing that then fine nothing changes with my suggestion

        Oprah’s School in Africa was initially a PR nightmare as they say ‘No Good deed goes unpunished” . To her credit she took responsibility for it bad hires etc and fixed it and many girls in Africa AND students in the USA have an education because of her. ( just one example She sent 300 AA men to college in the USA)

        I cant believe pple have me out here defending Oprah who I dont really care for that much esp in the past few yrs , that said her decades of philanthropy (whatever the motivation ) is not equivalent to Kim K ‘s one deed facilitated mainly by Trumps ego. Period

      • Ader says:

        As I said, I really did not mean to be snarky. I apologize if it came off that way. Seriously.

        As for the rest. If you want to get yourself worked up about it, that’s on you. I certainly never said that Oprah doesn’t give money. But, I’ve already stated my point; so, no use beating a dead horse.

      • notthisagain says:

        @Ader “And, on this gossip site, I feel fine giving my opinion”

        @Ader anyone else giving thier opinion is “getting worked up”

        LOL Sure Jen

      • Ader says:

        “I cant believe pple have me out here defending” — sounded like you were getting worked up. My bad.

    • CheckThatPrivilege says:

      Yes, she speaks in empty, predictable platitudes — Oprah-speak. I agree that her having immense wealth for many years has changed her and encased her in a bubble. I loved her in her early years; she was so genuine and real. I’m still annoyed that she foisted “Drs.” Phil & Oz on us when she could have given responsible, discerning people a show platform instead. But hey, whatever brings in the $$$$.

      When I read she wasn’t buying any more avocados, I hopefully thought she might be taking a vocal stand against buying a product that’s resulted in so much deforestation caused by avocado demand, or refusing to purchase a crop that uses so much precious water. Ha, I shoulda known better.

  2. Denisemich says:

    She is right you choose who is in your life.

    Stop trying to make people that don’t support you supportive.

  3. Wilma says:

    Haha, so true! I was raised by Oprah and Bob Ross.

  4. anniefannie says:

    I live next to a large park that occasionally has large events in Kansas City ( Volker Park for you that know the area )
    After the event Oprah was walking her dogs and I was ( w/ my husband ) outside the barriers walking our dogs. She made a bee line for us and with a big smile on her face said “ your dogs are so cute ( swoon ) then she asked if we lived around here. We pointed to our house and she said “ I love the Plaza!” ( the shopping residential district we live in) She was so open and easy and just …
    It’s one of my favorite celebrity sightings…

  5. ThatBlackGirl says:

    I love OPRAH!

  6. stormsmama says:

    Yup! that’s how i remember it! latchkey kid! watching oprah 🙂
    thats how i learned about Maya Angelou who totally transformed my perspective

    I love Oprah! She’s the OG Queen

  7. Canber says:

    She’s the queen of gobbledygook, this one. Oh well.

  8. Escaped Convent says:

    Oprah bought an avocado orchard because the cost of avocados was so high?

    Makes sense. Buying an orchard would be °much° cheaper.

  9. Lala11_7 says:

    I have been watching Oprah Winfrey…since she started her show in Chicago on “A.M. Chicago”…when I was a pre-teen…and my stance regarding her hasn’t changed one iota…


    I just…can’t with her….

  10. GirlMonday says:

    I love that outfit with the duster, but I need her hair to take a xan and calm down.

  11. Mash says:

    oprah the most VANILLA BLAH of any black woman i have ever met…. even condi rice is more interesting and intriguing than oprah.

  12. Snazzy says:

    Lol I may be the only one here who liked what she said, and her in general. Ya the Dr Phil and Oz stuff is BS, but I can appreciate all the good she has done as well. And I love the giant hair. So dramatic!