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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Oprah's Seven Best Food Moments

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3. ... but Oprah also gave Rachael Ray her syndicated talk show. Without Oprah, Rachael Ray would have remained just another Food Network personality with a handful of interchangeable shows and some throwaway cookbooks. Thanks to Oprah, now we get to watch Ray make brownies with Saved By the Bell's Mario Lopez. Thanks Oprah. Thanks a lot.

2. Oprah's giant fat wagon. In 1988 Oprah lost a tremendous amount of weight in a most novel way - by going on a questionable prescription liquid diet. To celebrate, Oprah wheeled out a little red wagon filled with 67 pounds of animal fat, the equivalent of the weight she lost, while wearing the size 10 Calvin Kleins that had languished in her closet for years. Why didn't the Optifast diet work in the long run? Because it's not compatible with eating food.

1. Oprah shuns beef, gets sued, fights for the First Amendment and exposes factory farm ickiness. In 1996 Oprah did a show on Mad Cow Disease. When a guest discussed factory farming conditions, Oprah declared she'd never eat beef again. A group of Texas cattle ranchers sued, claiming that Oprah's anti-beef declaration hurt their business. They lost. Despite the fact that Oprah met Dr. Phil during her Texas trial and eventually gave him a show where he yells at people who eat too much, it was a pretty good deal.

Thanks, O.

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