Oprah’s 'Ultimate Favorite Things': Part II
November 22nd, 2010
04:07 PM ET

Oprah’s 'Ultimate Favorite Things': Part II

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
• Garrett cheese and caramel popcorn in a custom "Favorite Things" tin
• A 10-piece custom Le Creuset cookware set
• Miraclebody jeans by Miraclesuit, which make the body 10 pounds thinner because of a secret panel to hold in your tummy. (Bring on the chicken pies!)
• A jewelry box from Pottery Barn with $1900 Jessica Leigh earrings by Dana Rebecca Designs inside (delivered by the Sugarplum Fairy and Nutcracker Prince from Chicago’s Joffrey ballet)
• A $100 gift card from Bing for use on Donorschoose.org, where public school teachers post classroom wish lists online
• Mini-croissants from Williams-Sonoma, so your guilt level is miniaturized, according to Winfrey. (I say you forget the guilt and throw on those miracle jeans, but that's just me.)
• An assortment of Talbott teas and “The Book of Awakening” by Mark Nepo

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?

soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. Takin a Deuce

    Im so tired of this phuckin bytch.

    August 24, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Janette

    The Favorite things were awesome;It was not just about the things.It was about the awesome giving and sharing with others;The things were icing on the cake.The act of sharing a great experience with a great person anda great crowd of good people from all over the world was undescrible;It was an awesome experience of love.I am still crying I will be forever grateful for that great moment.

    January 2, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dan

    Oprah gives away so many amazing things. Too bad she didn't also give an awesome iPad cover from http://saddlebackleatherreview.com when she gave away the iPads. They are the BEST covers out there!

    January 1, 2011 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Helen McCarroll

    I was wondering if you were helping people for Christmas as my daughter has no job she is going to on-line school and taken care of her boys 6 and 8. Her husband has a part time job and no money after rent car payment ect.. to get the boys presents for Christmas. I sure would lve to help them but I am on ssi and can't help. Is there any way you can help Email me please

    November 29, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. celebs911

    Oprah, the Queen of everything. She says we all listen!:) we posted predictions on Tom Cruise and I remembered the infamous couch incident...he was so excited to be in love to Katie. Well things are changing:( Read on:

    November 24, 2010 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |


    November 24, 2010 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |

    Oprah was cool back in the day.

    November 24, 2010 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |

    Just like Oprah to give out free s**t to some fat, spoiled white women.

    November 23, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Odalice Yolanda Feliz

    Oprah has out done herself again.

    November 23, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. zanne

    Too bad she didn't give away Obama since he is one of her favorite things too!

    November 23, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. celebs911

    How amazing! Oprah is the Queen of day time TV and no matter the reasons she makes some people's lives better and happier. Kuddos for that! We will make predictions in our blog about Oprah soon..in the mean while check out our predictions on Giuliana Rancic.

    November 23, 2010 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  12. babycelebs411

    congrats to everyone lucky enough to be part of the show and receive all those wonderful gifts:) everyday is a celebration at Oprah's show now, and we too acknowledge in our new post Katherine Heigl and her daughter Naleigh today: http://babycelebs411.com/2010/11/23/katherine-heigls-daughter-naleigh-is-turning-2-years-old/

    November 23, 2010 at 2:35 am | Report abuse |
  13. SKY


    November 23, 2010 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  14. snooks

    Hey Jacqueline Brady, you forgot to list your address & phone number. I'm sure if you did that Oprah would call you personally. $935/mo isn't bad for doing NOTHING! My husband had a heart attack, a stroke, BOTH knees replaced at the same time, back surgery (all before the age of 50) & he has a number of other health issues. EVERYONE has problems, it's how you handle them that matter. Get your surgery & do the rehab & maybe you'll be able to get back to work and increase your monthly income.

    November 23, 2010 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
  15. bjn72

    i wonder if Oparh is going to pay the tax bill for all these people. Uncle Sam will be having a Ultimate Favorite Taxes part II thanks to Oparh. If i remember right didnt people have to pay taxes when she gave away cars before. What about those people that got that trip, she pay there taxes for that trip to. Uncle Sam will get his money no matter what

    November 22, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rainbow Bright

      You don't have to worry anymore ~ YES, Oprah is paying the taxes.

      November 23, 2010 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  16. Carol

    Had a hard time watching the shows. 21 people at work just lost their jobs, myself included so it was hard to watch something exciting like that when you're wondering about paying the bills. Congrats to everyone that did get the fantastic gifts.

    November 22, 2010 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Monique Griffin

    This is SO exciting! I was selected to attend the final taping of Oprah in Australia next month! I could not be more estatic! I am so honored to be a part of history and share the laughter and tears with Oprah! Thank you for being in my home, in my living room and in my life for 25 beautiful years! You are one in a million!

    November 22, 2010 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  18. leeceebee

    If I had one wish, it would be to have been on that show.

    November 22, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  19. rtrouble99

    With all of the people without jobs and just scrapping to get by – it's ridiculous. It makes those people struggling very angry to see all of this opulence and they still will struggle tomorrow. Oprah should know better

    November 22, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  20. tiara

    I watched Oprah's Favorite Things last Friday and didn't realize I was smiling and crying the whole time! What an awesome lady! She is the ONE and ONLY OPRAH! More power to her...

    November 22, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  21. silvereye78

    I hope oprah can go here in the philippines and spread some love.

    November 22, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Tanya

    Its real that she does all that, but we all know its a "Tax" break for her, miss goody 2 shoes, give me a break!!!!!

    November 22, 2010 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  23. crump

    Part 1 was all about food, right?

    November 22, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Ayan Hendrie

    We have been watching your show for so many years. I'm going miss her. Every year I watch and wish I was one of those luck people. May be some day I'll meet my hero (oprah).

    November 22, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Marilun Wilson

    You do a lot of good things, However your give away is SINFUL You could help a help of people rather than loading this people with so many gifts.

    November 22, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tanya

      true , with everyone out of jobs these days, it is truely a SIN, all those gifts could go to kids on this side of the pond who go hungry everyday, but like i said its a "TAX" BREAK" for her!!!!!!!, and thats all it is!!!!!

      November 22, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  26. diane

    Oprah, me and my family have been watching your show for years, you have done some of the most wonderfull things any one could ever do, i wish you all the best in your years to come, you have given us much joy and hope, and many a laugh's in the years. these past two and a half years have been really rough for i got hurt and have not been able to work so things are kinda tight, but one thing we can count on is watching your show, these past fews days you have went over the top giving us laughs and hope so Gob Bless you for all that you have done oever the years ....have a wonder thanksgiving and a merry christmas.....gonna miss ya....your viewer diane......

    November 22, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Rosa Wulczyn

    Every year I watch and wish I was one of those lucky people. This is a great Lady (Oprah) I wish her the best and I will miss her show dearly.

    November 22, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Jean Nesbitt


    You've did it again - WOW! I've been giving all my life, I wish I could be so lucky to receive a special gift from someone.


    November 22, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Rhea Brock

    I love your show today, I'd wish I am there. Watch your show everyday if I can (if not working). I want all what you giveaway especially the beetle. Wow! I can't afford any of those. Merry Christmas to you and all.

    November 22, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  30. trixie nichols

    what you did for your audience was amaing it was wonderful to watch their faces and see the tears of joy what a happy holiday for them and you. wasn't expecting the bug though that was awesome and the screeming was fonomanal. i will miss your show, i miss it now since they changed the time, but i got off work early today so i got to watch it, and it made me cry and screem with all of you. take care and happy holidays to you and yours.

    November 22, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Jane Rankin

    It would be nice if we could get some things that you are givingaway gifts. My grandchildren an I would like to have a ipad. But it would be nice it we could win some on the gifts on line.

    November 22, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Jacqueline Brady

    Your last give-a-way show. I would like to be a part of it. I love you Oprah. I'm on ssi with $935.00 to live on. I'm disable, i need knees fixed, and back fixed.I hope you can give me a good birthday, and christmas I'm going to get my knees and back done very soon. I'm in so much pain. Love you Oprah.

    November 22, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  33. deborah bennett

    God bless u & yours he knew what he was doing when he created u the hopes & dreames that u made so real for people hon i just know you have a reserved pair of ANGLE WINGS just for u whatever your next project will be it will be part of your journey to bring peace&harmony your way of making things good hear on earth BLESS YOU OPRAH &thanks again

    November 22, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Vincent Sauchelli

    I can understand why so many people want to be a guest at your show, as you are so generous with your gifts to them. You are indeed an amazing person and deserve everything you are. May the Good Lord continue to bless you and all you do. I watch you almost every day as I have little to do.
    Oh how I enjoy watching the people in your audience, their joys and happiness (which gets to me) should stay with them forever. What a great gift that would be.

    November 22, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Janet Jensen

    What a happy time, watching those happy faces including O's. Of course I would love to share it with all of them, b ut I cannot be envious, as God gives me what He wants me to have. Thank you, Oprah for all the years and your happy generosity. May you continue to have happiness follow you around, and your face shine with it as it does now. Bless you. from Phoenix & Ky. Janet Cruse Jensen

    November 22, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary Massie

      Janet, it's your cousin from Ky. Tryng to find a way to reach you. I have pictures of Uncle Willie Cruse. All your old e-mails don't work. Me: priesteres@hotmail.com. I'm in Portland OR, In touch with Betty.

      August 24, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |


    November 22, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  37. debbie

    It's good to see people who have given to other getting such deserving stuff ,oh yes Oprah u did it once again for the last time bless your heart.

    November 22, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Linda Keckler

    You are a wonderful person. The things you have done for so many people over the years is fantastic. The school that you started,and the care that you have given these children,shows what great person you are. GOD bless you Oprah.

    November 22, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Kim Washington.love you and the show P. S. The favorite things show is off the chart!!!

    Opraha I would love to me you! Actually I think I will someday.P.S. Any Favorite Things left for ME!

    November 22, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  40. sandy teats

    I think this show was great it is so much fun to see people smile and laugh. Wish we all could give and make others happy. Be Blessed Sandy Teats

    November 22, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  41. joan max

    Can you share your favorite things one more time (with me). I need some shared blessings too

    November 22, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Golde

    I am really happy for those in the audience of "My Favorite things." My question is-IIf they took a train in how do they get all those prizes home?

    November 22, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  43. joan max

    Hi OH. Have always wanted to be just like you and my heart still is just like yours. I felt the joy you shared with your audience.I've never had that experience in my life. You are a blessing to sooo many. You made my heart feel so happy to watch you share because my life is like hell right now. I'll be watching your show in the future. God bless you. Write soon. Love you always

    November 22, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Nancy

    I wish i could of been there. How does someone who can't afford to be on the show by getting there get any of the items. I am such a big fan of you and I love what you do for people. I wish I had some of your things..

    November 22, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Linda

    Oprah- it was really an eye opener to see the joy on everyone's face – including you–Wish I was in the audience–makes you really want to be there – but the faces of all those happy people was a joy to see. You have truly been an inspiration to all – you have always been so generous to your audience and really seem to enjoy it. Thank you for so many years of happiness your shows have given to everyone!

    November 22, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Phyllis Hanna

    Oh how I wish I was a part of this show. Love you Oprah But, alas, I could not be there.

    November 22, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Laura

    It's wonderful to see you make so many people so happy, but, I must admit, I am a little jealous. Good luck in all your future endeavors.

    November 22, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
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    November 22, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Evelyn

    You are the best. I wish that I could be there. How does anyone who can't afford to trip to you get some og your gifts.

    November 22, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Bettyannne

    Again oprah! Wow u fill so many with happiness with your love for giving, I grew up with u and will miss your show and love, for people and things! God bless happy thanks giving and merry Christmas !! Maybe someday I will meet u maybe on day you will visit Canada Alberta Lol. Enjoy life oprah! But I think you do so be true to u and may u continue to live well and prosperous. Love ya. C u soon lol. Oh I wrote this on my favorite thing too iPad 🙂

    November 22, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • kiki

      I will miss the Oprah show as well. I love seeing her bless so many people with surprises....it's a nice change from the train wreck reality shows.

      November 23, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |

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