November 22nd, 2010
04:07 PM ET
If you somehow managed not to be blown away by the fabulous things Oprah Winfrey gave away Friday during her “Ultimate Favorite Things” show, never fear! The daytime queen was at it again today with part two of the last “Favorite Things” special ever. The fact that it was the very last did give the special a tinge of sadness, but let’s get on to the gifts!
The show opened with Winfrey, clad in gold, telling the audience how exhausted she was from the first part of her “Ultimate Favorite Things.”
“Were you really ticked off you missed the first show? Did you see the people leaving with all their stuff?” she asked the audience, which was filled with heroes, givers and ultimate viewers, all of whom thought they’d just missed out on the hottest ticket in television.
But as snow began to fall in the studio, Winfrey yelled, “It’s beginning to look a lot like FAVORITE THINGS!” while revealing a gold Christmas-themed set. “I got ya! I played y’all like a fiddle!” she yelled while dancing around the stage. I hope the medics stuck around, because this audience was even more hysterical than the last.
Winfrey kicked off the show with her number one favorite thing, ever. “I know it’s wrong to be in love with a thing, and I don’t normally recommend it, but from our very first moment together I knew it had stolen my heart,” Winfrey said.
So what was it? Something this good could only come from the heavens. Down from the sky floated an iPad with angel wings. Winfrey danced in circles around it, saying “words cannot describe what I feel for this magnificent device.”
Next, the talk show host shared with her audience something she says she’s literally given to everybody she knows: Sparkling Ugg boots. I bet Stedman loved his!
Then it was the “it” bag of the season, the Madison Patent Leather Sophia Satchel by Coach. The gifts were delivered by Ernie the Keebler Elf, and Santa himself drove an iPad-filled sleigh out onto the stage as the audience cried their way into the first break.
After the break, we saw Winfrey’s bestie Gayle sitting in the audience. She flew in because she knew it would be the last “Favorite Things” show, and even Stedman was on hand for the occasion, hanging out in the control room. “In 25 years Stedman has been to three shows, and this is one of them,” Winfrey said. The two watched as Winfrey gave away her next gifts, silk and cashmere leggings and a hand beaded sweater by Magaschoni.
And the presents kept coming: The audience got all three sizes of Hope in a Jar moisturizer from Philosophy and not one but TWO $500 gift cards to the Nordstrom lingerie department. “Deck the halls with bras a plenty!” Winfrey sang.
The talk show host then announced that she was giving her next gift to everybody, whether they wanted it or not! It was the herb-savor by Prepara. She says it's the most exciting thing to happen to her this year. Somehow I doubt that, but moving on.
The audience also received:
• Centerville chicken pies from Harry and David
The show came to a close with a special performance by the man behind the one Christmas album Winfrey played over and over in her house growing up: Johnny Mathis. Winfrey’s face was as excited as those in the audience as she watched Mathis sing “Christmas Time is Here” with a full orchestra behind him.
Then emerged none other than Josh Groban, singing “Silent Night” before the two joined in an once-in-a-lifetime rendition of “The Christmas Song” that could melt even the Grinch’s heart.
Winfrey sang along with tears in her eyes, and revealed that this duet was her dream wish. Each guest went home with Johnny Mathis’s “Let It Be Me” and Groban’s new album “Illuminations.”
For the grand finale - the last “Favorite Thing” of all time and what Winfrey called the biggest wow in “Favorite Things” history – the queen of talk came back from the last break in a VW Beetle driven by Santa. But, there was a twist.
“It’s not what you think,” Winfrey said. “I wanted to give these to you, but VW said no. They said, ‘sorry Oprah, we cannot give everyone this Beetle, but maybe we can do one better.’”
That’s right folks - the people sitting in the audience will be the first in the world to own the brand new 2012 Volkswagen Beetle, which will be released in May. Although Winfrey had special permission to see the Beetle, viewers only saw a sneak peak silhouette of the car inside a giant box. The audience didn’t seem to mind, as they jumped for joy while receiving their keys by special Volkswagen elves.
Winfrey ended the show in a moving way by reiterating that this is the last “Favorite Things” special she’ll ever do.
“I would like to say, I know that we are a parody. You all are a 'Saturday Night Live' skit in here." But, she went on, "It’s not about the stuff, although you're gonna love driving that Beetle. It’s about hope, and knowing that something magical and joyful can happen to you when you least expect it.”
What did you think of Oprah Winfrey's last "Favorite Things" special?
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