Oprah Winfrey is one of the, if not the most famous, celebrity interviewers in the world, but even she’s embarrassed about some of her star encounters.
The US television presenter uncovered a “big mistake” in one of her celebrity interviews, which she admitted she still “flinches”.
Oprah was a guest on Rob Lowe’s “Literally” podcast when the conversation turned to Hollywood legend Burt Reynolds. Oprah revealed that she had a “story” about him.
Adam Bettcher via Getty ImagesOprah Winfrey
She revealed how she interviewed Burt’s co-star Smokey And The Bandit and former partner Sally Field as she steered the conversation to the thatched roof of the on-screen icon.
Oprah recalled, “My big mistake: I asked her, ‘Is Burt sleeping with his toupee?’
“I am now even saying that I am shocked to even think that I have asked this question. But I asked because the producers say, “You have to ask, you have to ask, you have to ask. Everyone wants to know that. ‘”
She continued, “And so I asked and she got cold on me. It shut down and I couldn’t get back on. “
Ron Galella via Getty ImagesSally Field and Burt Reynolds
Rob, who worked with Sally on the US drama series Brothers & Sisters, agreed that it was best not to get on the wrong side of her.
“She’s one of the most amazing actresses I’ve ever seen, but when Sally gets cold it’s like Khrushchev in the Cold War,” he joked. “She will bury you.”
However, Oprah said she “deserved” the reaction, adding, “It was like, ‘Whoa, Sally pissed me off on live TV. “
“I deserve it, I deserve it, I deserve it because that is such an inappropriate question.”