Poor Oprah Winfrey!
In an excerpt from her new cookbook, Food, Health and Happiness, the 62-year-old star revealed the late Joan Rivers once called her out for her recent weight gain during a 1985 appearance on The Tonight Show.
Oprah with Joan on The Tonight Show in 1986. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
"It was all going smoothly; I was starting to settle in. And then it happened: Joan interrupted with perhaps the only question I hadn’t prepared for: 'So how'd you gain the weight?'" Oprah wrote in the excerpt, published on her website on Tuesday, Dec. 13.
"Wait a minute — did she just use my national television debut to ask me why I was so fat? The studio started spinning. The word fat... fat... faaaaatttttt reverberated in my brain," she continued.
"Joan sat behind [Johnny Carson]'s big wooden desk, telling me that she didn’t want to hear my excuses and that I shouldn’t have let this happen. The audience laughed nervously as she wagged her flawlessly manicured finger at me, pointed out that I was still 'a single girl,' and challenged me to come back 15 pounds lighter next time she hosted. And the whole time I just sat there smiling breezily, wanting nothing more than to crawl under my chair," Oprah recalled.
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