Oprah Winfrey Has A Code Word During Interviews With Guests She’s Not Interested In

Sure, Oprah might be the wealthiest interviewer ever, however, she has faced some heat in the past.

Howard Stern bashed Oprah for her interview alongside Adelewhile Michael Jackson fans were also irrate with Oprah and her treatment of the pop star years after their interview.

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Oprah herself also has also admitted to interviews going off the rails in the past. We’ll look at a few instances, along with Winfrey’s code word for when things aren’t going well.


Oprah Isn’t Always Excited To Interview Guests

Sure, Oprah turned into one of the biggest interviewers in the world, however, nothing comes without a struggle. So much so that at times, Oprah almost walked away from certain interviews.

That was the case alongside Lindsay Lohan, an interview that cost Oprah $2 million. At the time, Lohan was in a very bad place and difficult to deal with. Oprah was not pleased with the way Lindsay treated her crew and it would almost lead to Oprah leaving the interview.

“My truth is, I really do want you to win … but if that isn’t what you want, I’m okay with that. I will tell these guys to pack up and leave today.”

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Ultimately, the interview turned out to be just fine and in addition, the two remained very close after. Lohan was grateful for Oprah’s ways at the time.

“I think Oprah really gave me a different perspective on life and that really changed me,” Lohan told Bennett. “I was just tired of taking care of everyone and being present for everyone. I just wanted to be there for myself and be okay with being alone. We forget that it’s okay to be alone.”

That interview turned out to be great and life-changing for Lohan, however, that’s not always the case for Winfrey.

A Lawyer On Her Show Checked All Of Oprah’s ‘Don’ts’ During An Interview

Back in 2017, Harry Connick Jr. asked Oprah the question most fans have in mind and that was her worst interview ever. Oprah expanded on the question, describing the interviews she enjoyed the least.

“Well, I mean, 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,” Winfrey says.

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Oprah would further expand on her worst-guest, discussing a lawyer on the show who was promoting his book and how things went completely sideways.

“I had a guest on who was a lawyer and he mentioned the book 29 times. That’s after I started counting. Every sentence started, ‘In my book, in my book, and if you buy my book,’ and so 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,'” Winfrey recalls. “After that we started having conversations. Our intention was to tell the people, ‘You don’t ‘t have to sell your book. I will mention the book. I will take care of the book.”

During this interview, Oprah used her code word, one that is typically used when she’s just out of it.

Oprah Has A Code Word When She’s Not Interested In What Her Guest Is Saying

Yes, that’s right, the most established host in TV history also gets uninterested like we do at times. However, she always has to seem interested. So how does she do so? Well, it turns out, she has a code word when things aren’t working.

“The other worst guests, for me, are those who think whatever they are talking about is so spectacular, and you know it’s not. So, my go to word was always, ‘Wow.’ Like, ‘Wow! Really?’”

We’ve certainly heard Oprah use that line a few times in the past. To sum up, Oprah doesn’t like to go off-track when she asks a question, nor does she like when the guest is just trying to plug something the entire time.

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