November 19th, 2010
02:15 PM ET
Oprah wows crowd with 'Ultimate Favorite Things'
Today is the day Oprah fans look forward to the other 364 days of the year: “Oprah's Ultimate Favorite Things” special!
Because it’s the farewell season of the mega talk show, many thought this would be a massive blowout … and they were right. This year it’s a two-day “joy filled frenzy” with a “humongous twist guaranteed to curl your candy canes,” and Day One definitely didn’t let me down.
Winfrey shared her favorite things with an audience of people who have given back to their families, communities, and the world.
Oprah started the show by saying, “One of the best ways we can prepare for giving is meditation.” After asking how many audience members meditate, a sparse number slowly raise their hands. They soon perk up though, as Winfrey yells, “Meditate on this!” and rips off her black outfit to reveal a sparkling red, floor-length gown.
Snow fills the studio as a Christmas set appears, complete with a giant tree and presents, as Oprah revealed that it is indeed her “Favorite Things” special. Medics stand by as hugs and tears fill the audience. In the first two minutes of the show, one man is down on the ground clapping and crying as if he’d just seen the Messiah.
“Hold on to yourself, it’s a long hour,” Oprah jokes. She says she “saved the best for the farewell season,” and she wasn’t kidding around.
First up is “a classic favorite thing with a Season 25 twist,” according to Winfrey. It’s an Oprah watch, with 58 hand set diamonds and two “O’s” on the face. The two and five are silver in honor of show’s 25th silver anniversary. After that is a Tory Burch flannel Tory tote in gray, with custom-made matching Tory signature gray flannel flats. Oprah adds a Nikon D3100 Digital SLR camera, which she gives after showing off some pics she took of Stedman’s cousin cooking fried chicken. All of these gifts were delivered by the FedEx elves before the first break.
Next, Oprah gave away the Oprah custom sweater, the daytime queen’s favorite cashmere sweater designed by Ralph Lauren, complete with a matching cashmere cable throw. The designer let Oprah choose the color, which she said “reminded me of my dog Sadie.” Of course you have to have some sparkle to go with the sweater, so Oprah gave audience members Judith Ripka Eclipse earrings in canary crystal with white sapphires.
Andre Walker, Oprah’s only hair stylist, has bottled the magic just for the audience, giving them a hair kit including Walker’s shampoo, conditioner, Q-oil and hair makeup. She throws in eighteen candles for each person, which cost more than $50 each. “It’s a candle-palooza!!!” Winfrey screams.
Next up is the Breville Panini Press, which Oprah said she’s already bought 22 of for her friends. (Included in the box is a recipe for Oprah’s “Love Sandwich” that she makes for Stedman… ow, ow!) She added a Kyocera Ceramic Cutlery Set, Beecher’s “World’s Best” frozen mac & cheese, Ghirardelli brownie mix, Baker’s Edge lasagna and brownie pans. “Every brownie has an edge … genius!!!” the daytime queen proclaimed.
These gifts were followed appropriately with the book “A Course in Weight Loss” by Marianne Williamson and Jay-Z’s new book, “Decoded.”
After another commercial break, the audience receives a five-year Netflix membership. They open a mysterious black pouch under their chairs to find 3-D glasses and 52-inch Sony Bravia LX900 3D flat screen televisions emerge from the ceiling. Of course, every audience member is going home with one, complete with a blu-ray player. “That beat the lasagna, girl!” one member tells Winfrey.
The audience then receives a $100 gift card for use on KIVA.org to fund small businesses for people around the globe, and Groupon is adding $10 to every new loan. I imagine it was nice for the audience to think about giving rather than receiving for two seconds.
Winfrey then stood in front of a giant gingerbread house as she reveals a little bit about her life. “One of the most exciting dates Stedman and I ever had was when he took me to The Container Store,” she tells the audience while opening the doors to the house. She exposes a closet filled with Oprah’s special season 25 farewell season T-shirts and Lululemon workout pants, which the audience received.
They also got four pairs of Nike Free Run+ tennies for the whole family. Oh yeah, and The Container Store is coming to each audience member’s home and building them a whole new closet. “Build. You. A. CLOSETTTT!” Winfrey sings amidst audience screams.
“This is pretty good for a show that started out about meditation,” Winfrey says as a giant box is rolled out by crew members dressed in Santa hats. One such crew member is Brooks. “Brooks is going to be one of your favorite people in a minute,” Oprah tells the audience, already on the edge of their seats. As Brooks begins to turn a crane to open the box, I must admit that I was probably as anxious as the audience. I’m sure they were echoing my thought … TURN THE CRANE FASTER, BROOKS!!!
Inside the box is a giant inflatable replica of Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas, the biggest cruise ship in the world. “YOU ARE GOING ON A SEVEN DAY CRUISE!” Winfrey screams to a hysterical audience. Cue the medics.
To cap off the monumental show, the Black Eyed Peas performed. I’m pretty sure my 73-year-old Grandma could have performed and the crowd would have been just as excited during their adrenaline high, but the Peas rocked the stage … and the snow globe they emerged from. The group sang “The Time of My Life” before a gospel choir emerged to back Fergie Ferg as she sang “Little Drummer Boy.” For their final gift, the audience received BEP’s new album, “The Beginning.”
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Oprah is SUPER GRAND....when you do and give from your heart it multiplies
God says to share your blessings with others. Oprah is NOT perfect but she DOES try to make a BIG difference in the lives of everyday folks who would NEVER get such a blessing, not to mention her sharing her blessings with the world and for that I commend her. It's NOT a bed of roses being a billionaire, its hard to TRUST anyone and everyone is a potential "back-stabber" for profit. You wonder if they like you for YOU or for your money and fame. Oprah was NOT born RICH, she worked her ASS OFF to get where she is and I don't begrudge her ONE MINUTE of her wealth and fame. She's always been level headed and has NEVER forgotten what it took to get her where she is today. She also knows that NOTHING is guaranteed in life, even for Oprah. So you she makes the BEST of every day and counts her blessings just like the rest of us. Too much that is given, MUCH is expected. The Lord has bigger plans for Oprah and her path is just beginning. May GOD bless her and each and every one of you in this blog. I hope you ALL have a SAFE, JOYOUS and BLESSED Holiday season!
KeeP up the good work!
@Lezzsmart; had you read YOUR BIBLE, you would have run across the the TRUTH that 'to whom much has been given, much is required'. That means if you have little, you should be giving a little. That doesn't just mean money or things. That means whatever you can give to help or enhance the lives of someone else; that could be a prayer, a visit, a meal, clothing, housing, advice, a word of encouragement, etc. OPRAH has even done all of these things, on a larger scale! 'TO WHOM MUCH IS GIVEN, MUCH IS REQUIRED'!
@Lezzsmart, you don't sound like a person who's REALLY interested in GODS' word, which I TRULY believe is contained in the HOLY BIBLE, is SPREADED OUT OVER THE NATION OR ANYWHERE. OPRAH'S not in the world nor in her line of work to 'empress' you! She's going about her CREATORS' business; she's working towards impressing the CREATOR; as WE all should be doing. There are BIBLES all over this nation and scattered all over the world, but do WE read and study them? THAT'S THE BIG QUESTION! STOP HATING GOOD WILL!
@Kimberly, I thought about that possibility, as I was writing my last comment. I started to mention it! However, she's given so much and has always done so much for us, as a nation and the world, I didn't want to open up another 'CAN OF WORMS' for her had that NOT been the case. Thank you for letting us know, ESPECIALLY 'THE MESSENGER', VON! @LEZZSMART, there are many in this nation and the world who could be giving and don't! Everyone doesn't have the spirit of giving! YOU DIDN'T KNOW! WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?
I was there for the show, with my Dad. The people in the audience were folks that had been nominated as a hero of some sort, inspired someone, saved a life or perhaps changed a life but in some way they had made a difference. I nominated my Dad and we were a bit sad none of the stories were shared because there were so many amazing ones. Oprah gave us things that perhaps for some you may be able to buy for yourself however for us it was a huge blessing. My Dad didn't even want to go because he doesn't think he did anything "hero" like and the best part is on our way home all we could do is talk about who we were going to share our things with. It was fun, exciting and just down right amazing. Monday's show is supposed to be even bigger so I can't wait to see how she surprises the next audience...I'm sure she will have just as many screams of delight as she did in ours. Don't be jealous just be happy knowing that those there were deserving...I know my Dad was.
hugs for your dad 🙂
Enjoy the seven day cruise 🙂
I am sad for the JEALOUS NAYSAYERS, AND HATEFUL PESIMISTS, who actually blogged they were jealous and one disagreeable who tried to spoil the happiness by even mentioning 'taxes'. You're mocking and looking ONE of GODS' GIFTHORSES IN THE MOUTH with sourness and hate. SHAME ON YOU! Thankyou OPRAH for being the eyes, ears, mind, heart, and love of GOD for all of these years. Thankyou for always having allowed GOD to work through you! HE HAS WORKED MIRACLES THROUGH YOU AND I KNOW YOU WILL CONTINUE TO OBEY HIM!
Holy smokes...Oprah I'll definitely miss you. My jaw always drops whenever I watch My favorite things.
Btw, for the person who said that all of those "things" were just donated to the show and didn't cost OPRAH anything, well it MIGHT be true, but still, OPRAH didn't get paid for an ad and just ENDORSED the products, she STILL SHARED THEM.
i wished to be there:) we posted our predictions on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills start Camille Grammer and her life without Kelsey Grammer. Interesting information:http://celebs911.com/2010/11/21/life-without-kelsey-grammer-read-on-camille/
Wow! She does it again, this woman is truly amazing. Here's the thing though, who wouldn't do all those amazings things, she has no kids, no man, or friends. If she really want to empress me spread "God's" word and give out some "BIBLES". Oh! but of course not she's apart of the "Secret Society".
Actually I'm even more jealous of Oprah's friendships than I am of her money. Oprah & Gayle is the most beautiful friendship I have ever witnessed. They have a deep intimate bond, talk every single day and go on fabulous road trips & camping trips together. And just because Oprah chose not to get married does not mean she lacks a man. Oprah and Steadman have been in a stable relationship for 25 years which is amazing in show business where relationships end at the drop of a hat. And just because Oprah has no surviving biological kids does not make her any less of a mother to the 300 girls who live at her school in Africa.
****correction*** how desperate they had become....still rotfl
@queenofbs thank you....i was feeling bad for these people because maybe thats how desperate they have begun..its truly sad...but your comments...still have me lmfao
Sounds great. Would love to have been there. Congratulations to all who were. Oprah, you can fly me out any time.
She is a giving person.
I cannot believe that there are people on here giving their phone numbers because they need financial help. Get your lazy butt off of CNN.com & go to Monster.com or Careerbuilders.com instead of begging for money from Oprah (like she's going to read this & send you a check). Anyone who has to tell others how much they've done for their community or neighbors really hasn't done that much. Also, if you can't afford to have a baby...use birth control! There is absolutely no excuse in this day & age to have an unplanned pregnancy.
i believe this year the audience was selected based on their contribution to others:) these people have helped, supported and inspired others throughout their lives. All those great gifts..so wonderful. On the celebration subject, our write up on little Bronx Wentz, Ashlee Simpson's son as he is celebrating his 2 year's birthday. Our wishes with a little twist: http://babycelebs411.com/2010/11/20/ashlee-simpsons-son-bronx-wentz-is-turning-2-years-old-today/
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Of course the Oprah crowd would be wowed if she picked her nose. I hate to tell you people, but as with the cars she "gave" her audience, these gifts were donated to the show for the publicity; they didn't cost her anything.
I want to know if the audience is handpicked because of a certain reason such as all being teachers (or whatever) or if it's just the audience that happened to have tickets for the day and it happened to be the "Favorite Things" show. Is it just the luck of the draw?
They were nominated to be in the audience based on their humanitarian leadership
I just watched coverage of this event on the NBC Evening News, and first of all, just the fact that this was deemed important enough to report on the national news when there is so much going on in the world says a lot about the state of our society. The audience behaved as if it were the second coming of the Messiah, which I suppose for those who worship material goods, it was. Do you detect a hint of jealousy? Maybe so, but I hope I wouldn't behave in such a manner as that audience did if I were to be granted such a windfall. I wish Oprah luck with her future endeavors, but will be glad to see her annual "Festival of Greed" become a thing of the past.
I watched the show this afternoon. I enjoy seeing the reactions of the audience members. But, does anyone know or thinks about, whether or not the audience members have to pay Taxes to the state of Illinois and the federal government on the value of Oprah's favorite things for 2010. Don't shoot the messenger. I'm only wondering. 🙂
She took care of the taxes.
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I will sure miss the Oprah show when it is over. I try and watch the show everyday, you learn alot and very interesting. Oprah is such a loving and caring person. That is so wonderful that Oprah can give all those gifts away. It would sure be nice to be there, LOL Congrats to everyone who was able to be at her show. Will surley miss the shows. Thanks for the great enjoyment you have given me. Marilyn.
opra you are the most giveing person ive ever seen GOD has blessed you and you bless so many others , ive been blessed all so with 1 son and 2 girls , 7 grandkids , they help me when they have hard times to .i love them so much and im sure you are loved so very much to. my god be with you
My son passed away last year and it has been very very hard for me. Watching Opran's Show, there she goes again being a blessing to her audience members for Christmas. WOW
Ms. Oprah winfrey is a true angel! I'm a caribbean girl always inspired by her. I would love to meet her someday.
Hi!!!! Oprah 😉 I love so much.... I wish 😉 I was there.... Im going to have a baby boy anyday now.... It's been so hard this year trying to get baby things for my lil guy and I really need help.... My husband lost his Job and no work still.... It's been so hard and Im the only one that is working in the house hold.... So so what keeps me going everyday is my Li l man that is 8years old and his name is Lance Jr. and all I do is keep on praying everyday something has to change and that I have to beleive in God...... So if u can help me mamas 😉 I Love you so much..... Please call me @ 561-351-5709 love u
This one of my favorite Oprah shows. I smile the whole time. Sure going to miss The Oprah Show! Congratulations to all, wish I was there.
what about a year of a gym merbership?
What a fabulous lady you are Oprah. It makes my day watching you give so many people such wonderful gifts. My four daughters and I have talked for years about traveling to Chicago to attend your show, guess we procrastinated a little too long. You have touched so many lives, God bless you and yours.
The people in the audience looked like they honestly didn't know it was Oprah's Favorite Things show. Many were crying and they had medics there too! Was wondering how you get picked for the "special" shows. I would love to see Oprah just one time before her final season ends. I'm unemployed, so I have the time, just not the money to go to Chicago. Just a dream to see her before she leaves regular tv. Guessing that when she starts OWN, it will be on pay tv and I won't be able to watch it. Happy holidays to everyone. Here's wishing you get a fraction of what the audience just received!!!
I think Oprah is such a loving and caring person.I love her shows. She gives from the heart.May she have a blessed new endevor. I would have loved to be in her audience today.
God will always bless Oprah in whatever she does, wish I was there to get those awesome gifts especially when my husband business not doing well don't know if I will get a gift this Christmas, love u OPRAH.
Oprah we will all miss you.Thank you for being in our lives for 25 years. Wish I was there today.
all i can do.is wish i was there,
I was in the audience and I'm still having smelling salts waved underneath my nose...
That Oprah sure knows how to throw a party!
I am sooo jealous of you!! When was the show taped? Did you know it was her Favorite's Show before you went? Were you picked to be on this show or did you want to go to a certain show on a certain date? How did you get all of the goodies home? Just curious. Thanks for sharing.
I wish I was there.
It is nice to see her give away things she loves.It would be nice if she had a way viewers could win
hey Oprah, you are the best when it comes to giving, I am not working right now, I lost my job due to my boss hires an off the street bum cause his friends work for the company, he harassed me for six months, "I put up I Put up I cannot take it no more I had to leave, I was giving my two kids and husband a very stessful evening everyday I came home. I was taking home $750.00 after tax every week. My job is EGK technologist. I have no unemployment due to the fact i walked off the job. Can you be my Santa this year, I love you Oprea. My phone # is 9176515516. Thank you Kammy Latchman
I watch her show everyday and she is so amazing,may the Lord protect her all the time.
This year after helping other people all my life and becoming diabled myself and living on a fixed income. I can't even give my grandchildren and my greatgrandson a present at xmas this year. I'm really going to miss it. I REALLY wish I was there in your audience everyday. I have watched your show for years.
I have the chil just sitting watching all these things that she is given. I wish i was in this audience right now. I always want to go to a cruise I am saving up for one day.
Opra love you and your tv show we will miss you.I just wanted to say it would be nice if canadians could win something or get something for free. The only thing I ever won was 2 tickets to see Gwen Stefanie that my husband and myself enjoyed. Well I am 58 years old and went this far without getting anything for free and still enjoy life I guess it can't be that bad. We love you Opra you are a very kind individual.Thank You for being you
What a Grand woman. Oprah knows the true meaning of giving back. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.
I thing it is so special that Oprah is such a giving person. I also wish that I could be in the audience right now I watch it every year.
it so nice to is people so happy it makes me smile 🙂
Oprah is an unbelieveably kind women in the world! I can't imagine how happy she is to always give and help people who are deserved it! Wish I were there! Congratulation all the audienceS 🙂
I think its awesome!! would love to be in audiance too 🙂 congrads all 🙂
I am so happy to see people who deserve this are on the show. Will definitely miss Oprah when she is gone.
I get so emotional watching Oprah give away those beautiful things, how can we get some of that stuff, without being there?
what a wonderful generous person she is,I'm really going to miss her everyday!
So happy for the audience!!!!! I get so excited watching all the excitement.. Oprah you are truly a special person to take care of so many people in so many ways. Wishing you a happy holiday!!!
It makes me Happy to see others Happy
Way Togo oprah, u never cec to amaze you r the gift that keeps on giving, love and spirit, oh and happy thanks giving oprah,
I love Oprah, but it's a shame that the viewers are always left out on the favorite things!! What about us too Oprah???
Thanks Oprah you have taught me the true meaning of envy and jelously I will try to stop weeping. Maybe................
I'm a homeless unemployed mom of 3, a 19 yr old college freshman daughter, a 16 yr old high school son and a 13 yr old middle school son. Just driving them across town to school in my ragedy 1994 Cadillac is my favorite thing now. I dare not dream of more. Congratulations to them all. "The ALLURE".....WOW.
How are you making a post on the comments board if you're homeless?
Really, kush? Libraries, job training centers, public buildings....lots of places for everyone to have access to the internet these days.
Here is the link to the Nike Free 5.0 iD shoes mentioned in this article that Oprah picked
It's not Christmas without Oprah's show. She's so much fun. Love nothing better than to gather my family with a warm cup of coco and watch Oprah against the cold outside.
How fun for the audience to be surprised with all those gifts!
I would have been happy with just one of the candles! From my understanding, I think the audience members chosen deserved the great gifts.
Oh man, I so wish I was in that audience! A new tv?! A cruise?! That watch! I could not be more jealous right now.
We have the same name..let's go to Oprah together and win stuff 🙂
Wish I was there!
I think that is incredible to give all those gifts away. Some of those people I'm sure has never received gifts like that in their lifetime. Maybe one of them, thats so giving of you Oprah
I think that is incredible to give all those gifts away. Some of those people I'm sure has never received gifts like that in their lifetime. Maybe one of them, thats so giving of you Oprah. I too wish I could of been there to receive those beautiful gifts and I would bring my daughter who is so giving of herself to others no matter what she has going on in her life with her 3 children.