The final episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show aired on Wednesday, and I learned a little bit of sports trivia while watching. (Would you believe me if I told you I only watched to make sure the DVR was recording it properly for my wife?)â†µ
“On my first day at A.M. Chicago on WLS I had no publicist, no stylist, there was no hair and makeup team, just a Jheri curl and a bad fur coat,” Winfrey said on Wednesday’s final episode. “My first guests were a few Chicago football players. New Year’s Day, 1984.”
With that, Oprah showed a clip of herself and a couple of football players cooking chili together. The set looked cheesy, and Oprah did, in fact, have a Jheri curl.â†µ
Oprah didn’t identify the players by name, and I didn’t recognize them in the clip. I’m not even sure if they were on the Bears — maybe they were college players from Chicago or something. Suffice to say, Oprah wasn’t big enough back then to get Bears stars like Jim McMahon or Walter Payton.â†µ
Times have changed, and Oprah is bigger now than any NFL player, so big that her final episode didn’t have a guest at all — no one deserves to share a stage with Oprah on her last day.â†µ
But it all started with a couple of anonymous football players sharing the stage with Oprah, and cooking some chili.