The highs and lows of 'The Oprah Winfrey Show'

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Oprah Winfrey (Credit: Getty)

With Oprah Winfrey's groundbreaking show signing off for good on Wednesday, we took a look its highs and lows going back to the program's infancy.


Highs and Lows from “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”

High
Feb. 9, 1987: Oprah took her show to Forsyth County, Ga. to confront racism in the community where no African-Americans had lived for 75 years.

Low
Nov. 15, 1988: Oprah walked onto the set in size 10 jeans and a wagon full of 67 pounds of fat, representing the weight she lost. She regretted this move when she put on 10 pounds in the two weeks following the show.

High
Feb. 10, 1993: Michael Jackson appeared on the show in his first TV interview in moew than a decade. He answered questions on everything from his sex life to his changing skin color.

Low
April 17, 1996: When she mentioned that she would stop eating beef because of Mad Cow Disease, beef prices dropped drastically and Texas Cattle ranchers sued her for defamation. She eventually won.

High
1997 Season: Oprah began the Small Change Campaign, urging viewers to collect their loose change and send it to the Angel Network to help 50 students attend college. They collected $3.5 million by the end of the season.

Low
October 2001: Jonathan Franzen didn’t appreciate his inclusion in Oprah’s book club. He made negative remarks about her past picks and said that he considered turning her down. His comments lost him an invitation to the show.

High
Sept. 13, 2004: Oprah gave free Pontiac cars worth about $30,000 each to every one of her 276 audience members.

High
May 23, 2005: Tom Cruise jumped up onto the couch while talking about his love for Katie Holmes.

Low
March 18, 2004: During an episode on teen sexuality, Oprah broached the question of what a “tossed salad” was. Howard Stern called for people to file complaints to the FCC because if this happened on his show, he’d be cited. This produced around 1,600 complaints.

Low
March 16, 2006: After endorsing James Frey’s book “A Million Little Pieces” and defending him against accusations that he made some of it up, she confronted him on her show, bashing him for his betrayal.

High
Sept. 24, 2009: Mackenzie Philips revealed on the show that she had an ongoing incestuous relationship with her father.

High
Jan. 24, 2011: Oprah revealed her recent discovery that she had a half-sister who was given up for adoption by her mother. Her sister Patricia and her mother came onto the show.


 

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