Q Screenboy Jesse Wente let's his opinions be known about the Queen of Television. You should too...
JESSE WENTE'S TOP FIVE OPRAH MOMENTS
1/ Tom Cruise - you know the appearance, it involved a couch and jumping. An example of the power of Oprah's show; it tanked Cruise's career which is still far from what it was pre-couch jump.
2/ Randy Pausch lecture - Oprah introduced millions to Pausch, a professor and scientist who used his own fatal pancreatic cancer to inspire a lecture on positive thinking. It's Oprah at her best, delivering compelling viewing and stories while also enlightening her audience.
3/ James Frey - this is why you don't wrong Oprah, and especially her book club. The author went from literary sensation to pop culture smear in the span of an episode.
4/ Michael Jackson - Oprah's 1993 interview with the pop sensation was among his most revealing, and remains among the most watched programs in television history.
5/ That cart of fat - in 1988 Oprah lost a bunch of weight and then rolled a wagon full of 67 pounds of fat onto the stage. A moment that the star never really lived down, her honesty in the aftermath was refreshing and helped build her reputation among her audience.
JESSE WENTE'S FIVE WORST OPRAH MOMENTS
1/ Tom Cruise - yes, he's the best and worst - Oprah had Tom back to look back at what had occurred since the couch jump - it was celebrity fawning at its worst as Oprah did her best to undue the damage done on the previous experience.
2/ Dr. Phil - the annoying psychologist made his debut on Oprah's show, and has gone on to get his own show and become hugely famous while spouting homespun nonsense passed off as therapy.
3/ The Secret - Oprah used two episodes of her show to promote the new age philosophy of the book and movie. Nothing against the Secret, I just don't like a host using their show to promote their personal religious beliefs.
4/ Car giveaway - Oprah's "Favorite Thing's" episodes are among the most annoying and peaked when she gave everyone in the audience a new car - each one cost $7000 in taxes for those that kept the ride - thanks Oprah!
5/ Herman Roseblat - Oprah rushed a bit in promoting the book by Rosenblat, which she famously called "the greatest love story" she'd ever heard. Turns out most of it was made up. Oops.