What do men with wombs, James Frey, and that new car smell have in common? Nothing…except Oprah! Last week’s chat with Thomas Beatie (a.k.a. the ”pregnant man”) reminded us why we’ve talked about her show for 22 years. Below, her most buzzed-about moments.
FEB. 9, 1987 — A poignant, racially charged episode took Oprah to an all-white community in Georgia, where the host confronted its racist, homophobic, N-word-dropping inhabitants.
NOV. 15, 1988 — Oprah carts out a wagon with 67 pounds of fat to represent her weight loss. In turn, she helps viewers begin their diets by drastically reducing the appeal of bacon.
SEPT. 13, 2004 — Oprah jump-starts season 19 by giving a free Pontiac G6 to every member of her convulsing audience, some of whom literally climb on the vehicles in ecstasy.
MAY 23, 2005 — Tom Cruise shakes Oprah like a rattle and jumps on her couch to declare his love for Katie Holmes. Comedians and gossip bloggers worldwide extend their gratitude.
NOV. 9, 2005 — In a supremely squirm-inducing episode, How Stella Got Her Groove Back author Terry McMillan spars with her ex-husband, who had admitted to being gay after years of marriage.
JAN. 26, 2006 — When sections of James Frey’s memoir — an Oprah’s Book Club pick — are proved to be fabricated, Oprah breaks the writer into A Million Little Pieces on live TV.