Stars Share Their Favorite Oprah Memories

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Nate Berkus, Harpo Studios President Erik Logan open up to THR about working with the daytime diva.

Oprah Winfrey tapes the final edition of The Oprah Winfrey Show today, and stars are telling THR their personal memories of the daytime diva. Below, what they had to say:

Nate Berkus
Interior designer
“She’s simply one of the best teachers in the world. A great teacher doesn’t just sit and go through a laundry list of stuff that they want you learn, a great teacher opens up the way you think so that you can come up with the questions on your own.”

Kathy Griffin
Comedienne, star, My Life on the D List
“Oprah is, at once, wonderful and brilliant and talented and ridiculous. That's what makes her a great icon and a great subject for any comedian. It's also what makes me a loyal viewer — but I also love to make fun of her. She says many ridiculous things that normal people don't say. For instance, when she started doing shows about cluttering, she started taking women one-on-one to meet with that guy Peter, the organizer guy who has a show on OWN, and she was talking about cleanliness and saying, "I don't know about y'all, but I don't like to clean my sheets every day, I like to clean them every other day so they're sort of soft." And there was a great moment where the expert in the front row paused for a minute and looked at her and said something to the effect of, "Yes, well, I'm not sure everyone is able to wash all of their sheets every 48 hours, but that's a good point." I love the Oprah moments where she will say something — many times she's self-aware and many times she's not — about her insane lifestyle. She’s truly one of a kind.”

Erik Logan
President, Harpo Studios
“I met Oprah when I had an opportunity to pitch her some changes on her radio show at XM Radio, where I was EVP for programming. The first time I met her I was struck by just how present she was in the conversation. A lot of people you meet in the business are distracted, preoccupied, thinking about the next move. Oprah was 100% present. She listened to what I had to say, heard what I had to say. I recognized that her attention to detail is what made her successful in business. The person you see on The Oprah Winfrey Show is the same one you see behind the scenes. There’s not a façade. Purely from a television point of view, she is the surrogate for the audience. She has the ability to channel what the viewers are feeling. She’s your advocate, she’s there for you, she’s speaking on your behalf. Without question, she’s one of the greatest communicators on the planet. She can take information that’s emotional, statistical, hard, controversial, and find a way to thread the conversation so everybody can understand.” 

Terry Wood
former executive, Harpo Entertainment
“My daughter Livia, who is 12, heard that her show was ending. She has known Oprah her whole life. But I’ve never talked about how wealthy she is or how successful. And when she heard she was leaving her show, she said, ‘I’m really worried about her.’ I said, ‘You’re worried about Oprah? Why are you worried about Oprah?’ She said, ‘Well, what is she going to do, she won’t have a full-time job? I just hope she has saved enough money to be able to take care of herself.’ I said, ‘You know what, I think she’s been planning for this day and I think she’ll be okay.’ That’s the beauty of Oprah. You don’t think about how wealthy or how famous she is. You just thinks she’s Oprah. She transcends all that.”