Oprah Winfrey Recalls “You Get A Car” Giveaway Moment: “People Were Confused”

Apr16,2024


Oprah Winfrey recalls 'you get a car' gift moment: 'People were confused'

Oprah Winfrey shared this image. (Courtesy: Oprah)

Washington:

Twenty years later, Oprah Winfrey has revealed one of the most epic moments from her popular daytime talk show that has become a timeless meme, People reports. Oprah Winfrey, 70, described the moment of the memorable car gift, saying, “That day, I said to everyone in the audience, 'Please don't move your boxes,' because I knew if you moved the boxes , then you might be able to feel the keys moving around.”

She continued, “Everyone opened the boxes at the same time. So you're looking at the person next to you who got theirs, and you're like, 'Oh, they got it. But I got it too.' So I was like, 'You get a car, you get a car, you get a car, everybody gets a car.' Because people were confused.”

At first, Oprah Winfrey intended to give cars only to the first 12 people in the audience. However, understanding how access to a vehicle can change one's life, he decided to give the entire crowd a car prize.

“We have to make it meaningful because, by the time we delivered the cars, I was already working with our manufacturers with the philosophy that we don't do anything that isn't done intentionally,” she explained.

The iconic segment — which totaled more than $7 million — was once a classic TV moment but the Internet has immortalized the excitement in its library of reaction photos. A video showing Winfrey swinging her arms enthusiastically has been shared repeatedly on social media.

On the day of the gift, the 'What I Know for Sure' author remembered wanting to wear her red Celine suit, despite the initial disapproval of her best friend Gayle King.

“I was like, 'I'm going to wear the red suit because the red suit matches the red bow.' And that was the best decision. That red suit has carried us through the last few decades,” said Oprah Winfrey.

King, who offered Winfrey the gift, detailed to People's Pop Cultured in 2022 how a chance meeting with a Pontiac executive led to “You'll get a car!” Moment. “I said, 'I'll take your card and give it to his team.' And I couldn't get to the phone fast enough and then from there the question became, how do we implement this?” 69-year-old Raja said.

On the day of the unveiling, the CBS Mornings presenter traveled to watch the ceremony and commented that Winfrey was “so excited.”

“That was one of the happiest days of my life,” Winfrey said during a 2022 Pop Culture episode. “It makes me happy, it makes me very happy, to see other people happy and to be able to do that. It's one of the greatest joys of my life,” she told People.

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