10 Most Controversial Oprah Winfrey Interviews

1. Cindy Crawford's 1986 Interview The controversy stemmed from Oprah Winfrey asking Cindy to display her physique on The Oprah Winfrey Show, implying that her worthiness in the fashion industry was tied to her physical appearance.

2. Elizabeth Taylor's 'Worst Interview' of Her Life in February 1988 The controversy arose when Oprah Winfrey disregarded Elizabeth Taylor's request not to discuss her past relationships and pressed her on the topic. Taylor's response of "None of your business" and Winfrey's comment about Taylor revealing everything created a tense moment.

3. Jay Leno After His Show Failed The controversy surrounded Jay Leno's appearance on Oprah's show to defend himself against allegations that he stole The Tonight Show from Conan O'Brien. Despite his attempts to justify his actions, the majority of the audience sided with Conan, leading to a public backlash against Leno.

4.Lance Armstrong's Performance Drug The controversy emerged when Lance Armstrong admitted to Oprah Winfrey that he had used banned substances to enhance his cycling performance. This confession contradicted his previous claims of innocence and led to further criticism from the public and anti-doping agencies.

5. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Tell-All Interview The controversy surrounded Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's interview with Oprah, where they made allegations of racism within the royal family and discussed their strained relationships with other members, including Prince William. The interview sparked a media frenzy and divided public opinion on the couple's claims.

6. Mackenzie Phillips' Revelation in a 2009 Interview The controversy arose when Mackenzie Phillips revealed on Oprah's show that she had been sexually assaulted by her father, John Phillips, a member of the band The Mamas & the Papas.

7. Oprah Winfrey Called James Frey's Book 'Gut-Wrenching' The controversy erupted when it was revealed that James Frey had fabricated parts of his memoir, A Million Little Pieces, which Oprah had promoted on her show. This led to a public backlash against both Frey and Winfrey, who eventually confronted Frey on her show and held him accountable for his deception.

8. Oprah Winfrey Interview with Michael Jackson The controversy surrounding this interview with Michael Jackson arose from the revelations he made, including his admission to cosmetic surgery, his vitiligo diagnosis, and his complicated relationship with his father.

9. Terry McMillan Confronted Jonathan Plummer The controversy stemmed from Terry McMillan confronting her ex-husband, Jonathan Plummer, on Oprah's show about the distress and damages he caused in their marriage. The discussion highlighted their contentious relationship and the emotional fallout from their divorce.

10. The Episode That Led to a Lawsuit The controversy arose when Oprah Winfrey's statement about Mad Cow Disease and her decision to stop eating burgers during an episode led to a decrease in beef prices and affected businesses. This resulted in a class-action libel lawsuit filed against Winfrey and the show's producers by a rancher who claimed financial losses.