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Oprah, Thanks for the Memories

Written by PETA | May 25, 2011




Today marks the end of a television era. After 25 years of daytime dominance, Oprah Winfrey’s CBS show is signing off. While we wait to see our 2008 Person of the Year again on her OWN network, we wanted to take a stroll down memory lane and revisit some of our favorite Oprah episodes:  

  • Oprah’s week-long move from Chicago to Amarillo was the move followed ’round the world. She captivated millions with her court appearance to defend her 1995 episode that revealed the horrors of a beef industry rampant with mad cow disease.
  • Inspired by guest Kathy Freston’s book Quantum Wellness, Oprah went vegan for three weeks and marveled, “I never imagined meatless meals could be so satisfying.”
  • Oprah dedicated an entire episode to exposing the stifling, crippling conditions of chickens, cows, and pigs on factory farms as Californians prepared to vote on Proposition 2. The measure passed by a large majority—in part thanks to her revealing show.
  • After Oprah saw a billboard off the Kennedy Expressway that read, “Oprah: Do a show on puppy mills. The dogs need you,” she immediately jumped at the opportunity to save lives. Just a few minutes of her horrifying exposé were enough to convince viewers that adopting from an animal shelter is the only way to go.
  • Our food envy was raging when Chef Tal Ronnen cooked his “Chicken” Scallopini and other delectable vegan meals on one episode of the show.
  • When captive-chimpanzee attack victim Charla Nash decided to show her face to the public for the first time, it’s no surprise that she chose to do it on Oprah’s show.
  • When Kathy Freston released her new book Veganist, Oprah did another vegan show, and one-upped herself by having 378 staffers go vegan for a week.

We’re sure that in true Oprah fashion, she will continue to be a voice for animals on her new network.

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  • kathy says:

    P.S. In the early years of her show she had the founder of In Defense of Animals on her show. She spent the hour trying to convince him his cause to help animals was interfering with what was truly important, his family. He kept mentioning the atrocities animals go through and she did not show any sympathy. She was treating him very badly the entire show. Sorry, but I get the feeling she became a better “show person” in later years, and consciously decided what attitudes to show the audience.

  • Patrick Bateman says:

    I enjoyed my free KFC from Oprah 🙂

  • kathy says:

    In the early years of her show she had a man on who shot a dog wandering in the street to “protect” the children who would be out of school soon. She thanked him for doing that. I was never a “fan” after that. I wish Donahue was the one who stayed on the air, but he was canceled when Oprah become popular.

  • Rex's Mom says:

    Oprah’s show was syndicated so she didn’t have a network. She was on channel 7, ABC in my area. I just hope she gave up fur because when she first became famous, I read that she would give her friends fur coats for their birthdays or Christmas. I dont worship her like other people do. She’s OK but I rarely watched her show unless it was animal related and she did a great job with those shows. I rather watch Judge Judy who is on the same time at 4pm to 5pm weekdays.

  • MA Moo says:

    Oprah is the symbol of inspiration. I am sure she will go on to bigger and better venues. I hope she takes Americas Wild Free Roaming Mustangs under her wing =) Thanks for the memories dear Oprah! Looking forward to see what the future holds.