There’s a reason Oprah is one of the world’s most famous television personalities: She gets celebrities to crack faster than Anonymous can crack Shirley Phelps-Roper’s Twitter password. Lance Armstrong isn’t the first to admit a shocking secret beneath Oprah’s sympathetic gaze. Here are five other stunners that came to light in Harpo Studios.
12. STEPHEN COLBERT OPENS UP ABOUT THE PLANE CRASH THAT KILLED HIS FATHER AND TWO BROTHERS.
Most of the time, we see Stephen Colbert the character. So when Oprah managed to get Stephen Colbert the man to come on her show, that in and of itself was quite the get. What may have surprised people the most, however, was when he opened up about the Eastern Airlines crash in 1974 that killed his father and brothers when he was just 10 years old.
10. TED HAGGARD CONFESSES A LOT OF STUFF.
Ted Haggard was once one of the world’s foremost evangelical leaders and even advised George W. Bush on a weekly basis. So it was quite the shock when he went on Oprah and announced that all of the rumors were true—he had cheated on his wife with a male escort and was also dabbling with drugs.
3. RIHANNA SAYS CHRIS BROWN IS THE LOVE OF HER LIFE.
When photos surfaced of how badly Chris Brown beat Rihanna after a pre-Grammy party in 2009, almost the whole world turned against him. Over time, though, it became clear that Rihanna was still seeing her attacker. In an interview with Oprah last year, she stunned the world (sort of) by saying she was, indeed, still in love with him. Soon afterward, she began posting pictures on Instagram and Twitter of the two of them hanging out in intimate settings.
2. MICHAEL JACKSON REVEALS THAT HE’S SUFFERING FROM VITILIGO.
After years of public speculation that he was bleaching his skin for cosmetic reasons, Michael Jackson finally explained that he was actually suffering from vitiligo, a disease that causes depigmentation of the skin. During the most-watched interview in television history, the King of Pop also confessed that he had, in fact, had plastic surgery—but not as much as everyone assumed.
1. WHITNEY HOUSTON ADMITS THAT SHE DIDN’T THINK CRACK WAS SO WACK.
After denying a drug problem in a 2002 interview with Diane Sawyer—the source of the infamous “crack is wack” declaration—Whitney Houston came clean to Oprah seven years later. She said her drug of choice was marijuana mixed with rock cocaine, a.k.a. crack.
She starts talking about her heavy drug use around the 29-minute mark
The biggest interview eluding Oprah? O.J. Simpson. Word has it that she was pushing O.J. to come on her show to confess to the murder of Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman. Thus far, O.J. has refused, believing that Oprah is the reason he’s in jail right now. His promoter says O.J. is upset with Oprah for not allowing anyone who was on his side to come on her show and defend him.
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