Oprah's Favorite Things 2007: The Audience Freaks Out!



The best part of Oprah's "Favorite Things" episodes is the audience, who goes absolutely apeshit when it realizes everyone within is about to receive tens of thousands of dollars in awesome gifts. The annual show is the most sought-after studio audience ticket in all of TV land, and because people would do anything to get a seat, O has made it a tradition to not announce when they will be taping it. This year, she even changed up the location. She set up a taping in Macon, Georgia to play Santa to her fans there, as the city has had the highest ratings for Oprah every year since it first went national in 1986. For her fans' loyalty, she even secured them the most expensive gift in the history of Favorite Things: An LG stainless steel refrigerator with an LCD television, DVD, and digital recipe storer, which costs a whopping $3,700. Seriously, that SNL skit of Oprah's Favorite Things isn't even an exaggeration—these women really act like that.

These were the best reactions:

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But this one is my personal fave. You know how the responses to joy and pain can be really similar? Like how you can cry when you're super happy or when you're sad, or when you yell out, "Oh God!" the same way as when you're about to puke or about to orgasm, etc. This lady's free-merchandise face is the same as my hungover and blogging face.

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tracie
Tracie Egan Morrissey

@fabforever1: from oprah's website:

"A little FYI about prize tax, since a few people have asked about it. Favorite Things are gifts from the sponsors, so therefore the grand total of the gifts is not what gets it taxed - it's the price of the gift(s) from each sponsor. It only is taxable if the item exceeds $600 (it used to be $500). So, the only items that would be taxable this season is the 90th anniversary dvd set, fridge and camcorder. So the sponsors and Harpo that are covering the tax for Macon is just covering a tax on those items, but it is still very generous and nice for them to do!"

so they didn't have to pay any taxes. a few years ago, when oprah gave out those cars, people later found out they had to pay like $7k taxes on it and it caused a controversy. when oprah found out, she picked up the tab. she's like the best human being ever.