In Oprah Winfrey‘s 25 seasons and more than 4,500 episodes of The Oprah Winfrey Show, she interviewed thousands and thousands of people, from the biggest stars to self-help experts to everyday people. Of course, all interviews are not created equal, but Winfrey tends to stay on the positive side of things when looking back on her time at Oprah. However, when she was on Harry in 2017, host Harry Connick Jr. was able to squeeze out some previously undisclosed information from the prolific interviewer herself. He even got Winfrey to talk about her most unsavory guest experiences. While she wouldn’t name names, Winfrey did say the worst guest she had on Oprah was someone far less high-profile than you’d imagine. For more on Winfrey’s worst guest, read on. And for another disastrous interview to remember, check out The Worst Guest “Today” Has Ever Had, Host Says.
“Has anyone been particularly annoying, where you’re just like, ‘Gosh, I can’t wait for this person to leave?'” Connick Jr. asked. “Well, you know, the worst kind of guest—you’ve had this, too—is when you ask them question and they start talking about 1975, and then you think, ‘Oh, we are in 2017. How long is it going to take us to get to 2017?’ That’s the worst,” she responded. However, that wasn’t all she had to say on the topic.
“The other worst guest, for me, are those who think whatever it is they’re talking about is so spectacular, and you know it’s not,” she said. Winfrey admitted that her “go-to word” for guests like that was just a simple—but seemingly inauthentic—”wow!”
She then went on to describe her truly least favorite guest experience, pointing to a lawyer who had gone on Oprah to promote his book. And promote it he did. “He mentioned the book 29 times. That’s after I started counting,” Winfrey explained. “Every sentence started. ‘In my book, in my book, and if you buy my book.'”
Winfrey said she finally got fed up with the self-promoting lawyer and called him out. “Finally, around the third segment, I said, ‘We all know the name of the book. Audience, tell him the name of the book…so you don’t have to say the name of the book anymore,'” said Winfrey. Luckily the interview turned around from there. “After that, we started having conversations.”
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Who could forget when Tom Cruise spent his time on Oprah gushing about then-girlfriend Katie Holmes? In the interview, you can tell Winfrey doesn’t know how to react to Cruise’s over-the-top excitement, which leads him to jump on the couch and grab both her hands and shake her. And for an update on Cruise’s family, This Is What Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise’s Kids Together Look Like Now.
The author of A Million Little Pieces, James Frey, brought out a rarely seen side of Winfrey. The host eviscerated the writer after it was revealed that he had fictionalized much of his alleged memoir, which she had included in her signature book club. However, the two later cleared the air and had a positive discussion. And to find out which of your favorite celebrities don’t stack up in person, check out An Airport Employee Rates Celebrities Based on How Rude They Are.
The whole audience was cringing when Winfrey mistook Drew Brees’ birthmark on his face for leftover lipstick from a kiss. Trying to be a good host, she attempted to wipe the mark off his face. And for more celebrity content delivered straight to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.
Winfrey laid into Jay Leno after he was booted from The Tonight Show only to return and kick Conan O’Brien out of the coveted slot. Her searing questions included: “Were you embarrassed about how all of this transpired?” “Did you ever ask yourself, ‘Am I being selfish?'”and “Do you think celebrities will still come on your show or refuse to come on your show?” And for the stars who prefer to keep to themselves, here are 17 Major Celebrities Who Actually Hate the Spotlight.