You’ve seen her in dramatic roles in movies like The Color Purple and Lee Daniels’ The Butler. You’ve seen her bringing the laughs on 30 Rock and on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. But there’s a good chance that hearing the name Oprah Winfrey mainly brings to mind her quasi-catchphrase “You get a car!” After all these years, Winfrey has finally explained how that moment happened, and how those eternally jubilant declarations weren’t a planned portion of the episode.
Though it took place over a decade ago, Winfrey somehow never went public with the details behind this iconic slice of daytime television. If you’ll recall, the audience for that September 13, 2004 episode all had boxes, and they were told that only one person had a new car key inside, when in fact everyone had a key. Here’s how she explained the madness behind “You get a car!”
Oprah has been known for giveaways over the years, and the car one was by far the most memorable. So it’s strange to learn that her cheers were the product of an entire audience not understanding what was happening at the time. Who can blame them, though? It’s not every day you win something so life-changing simply by being in an audience.
Of course, you might recall that the joy-inspiring giveaway wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. The “free” cars still had taxes to be paid, which set some people back around $6,000, and not everyone actually kept their new vehicles. Some had to sell them, though others were okay with paying a mere $6,000 for a car that was worth over four times that amount.
You can catch the whole Entertainment Tonight interview below, which shows off Oprah Winfrey’s changes in hair and weight throughout the years.
There’s no more Oprah Winfrey Show for audiences to watch, but you can still catch Winfrey herself on her network OWN on the show Oprah Presents: Master Class, with the next episode with Patty LaBelle airing Sunday, November 22.
Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.
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