The first show of the very last season of the iconic
Oprah Winfrey Show
premiered yesterday, and, living up to its reputation, it made
couch-jumping Tom Cruises
out of all of us. By now, you should know there is no Santa Claus; there is only Oprah, the goddess of daytime giveaways. In 2004, when she embarked on her 19
season, Winfrey doled out brand-
new Pontiac G-6’s to each guest at the premiere show’s taping
, famously yelling, "Everbody gets a car! Everybody gets a car! You get a CAR! YOU get a car!" Then, of course, there was the teacher appreciation episode in which
300 educators received $15,000 worth of Oprah’s "Favorite Things."
("You get a Sony notebook! YOU get a Sony notebook!")
This year, for the big premiere, audience members won a trip to Australia . But first Oprah had to tease the barely contained ladies in her studio, taking six whole minutes to make her winky way to the big reveal. Here’s the clip from Jezebel . By the end, everyone is basically hyperventilating or crying like an evangelist's church audience possessed by the spirit of Jesus. Really, the season can only go up from here.
TODAY IN SLATE
Meet the New Bosses
How the Republicans would run the Senate.
The Government Is Giving Millions of Dollars in Electric-Car Subsidies to the Wrong Drivers
Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.
Cheez-Its. Ritz. Triscuits.
Why all cracker names sound alike.
Friends Was the Last Purely Pleasurable Sitcom
This Whimsical Driverless Car Imagines Transportation in 2059
- Protesters Take to the Streets to Sound Alarm on Climate Change in New York, Across the World
- Knife-Carrying White House Jumper is Vet who Feared “Atmosphere Was Collapsing”
- North Korea: American Sentenced to Hard Labor Wanted to Become “Second Snowden”
- Almost One in Four Americans Support Idea of Splitting From the Union
Did America Get Fat by Drinking Diet Soda?
A high-profile study points the finger at artificial sweeteners.