Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Thank you Oprah.

So this week marks the end of Oprah's talk show and everywhere you turn people are looking back at some of the shows biggest and best moments. Every entertainment show seems to be showing the same old, same old - 

Oprah wheeling out a red wagon filled with fat (I actually remember watching this with my Mom)....

Tom Cruise (we won't even go there....I don't want 'them' to come after me).

You don't need Kitty Kelley's new biography 'Oprah' to brush up on Winfrey's most shocking moments. From her dates with Roger Ebert in the 80's to publicly reprimanding author James Frey for lying in his memoirs, the soon to be ex-Queen of Daytime Talk is an open book.<BR><BR><B>The couch jump heard 'round the world</B><BR><BR>In 2005, the then 42-year-old Tom Cruise had just started dating actress Katie Holmes. By the time he made it to Winfrey's couch in May of that year, he was quite literally ready to burst. After a few questions about his relationship with Holmes, Cruise suddenly jumped up on the couch, wildly shaking his fists like a champion. The shocking act got immediate attention nationwide and even spawned a new term for going overboard, 'jumping the couch.'

That time she made soccer moms everywhere cry when she gave away Pontiacs.

<B>"You get a car! And you get a car! And you get a car!"</B><BR><BR> Those were the magic words for the 276 people in the audience on September 14th, 2004, as Winfrey gave a Pontiac G6 (worth nearly $30,000 a pop) to everyone. She later told USA Today, "I wanted it to be bigger than Santa Clause and not to be an act of a fairy godmother, because that's not who I am. Who I am is a person who understands what it means to give back." Indeed!

And who can forget Oprah's favourite things? (side note....I tried to find the Maya Rudolph SNL parody, but no cigar).

All that aside, what in my opinion is the best thing Oprah ever did for us?

She introduced to us to one Mr. Nate Berkus.

Yup, that's right. After 25 seasons of Oprah, I've come to the conclusion that the best thing to come out of her show is designer Nate Berkus. And while I could go on and on (and possibly on) about how easy on the eyes he is, I'm here to share and discuss his design.

Nate has an awesome sense of style that's classic yet fresh and throws in unexpected elements. I love the sense of formality that's anything but stuffy. Yup, pretty much American classic at its finest. And the best part - Ms. Winfrey has given Nate an awesome platform to showcase his talent. So while she might be saying goodbye to her own program, she's recently helped Nate launch a program of his own.

And while I could ramble on for awhile, I'll cut to the chase. Here are some of my fave Nate designs -


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