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No Oprah's Favorite Things in 2009

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 25th 2009 11:32AM
oprah_winfrey_favorite_thingsIf you need more proof that the economic collapse is the real thing -- you know, other than your shrinking salary, skyrocketing medical insurance premiums, inability to pay off your credit cards -- here's a major sign. Oprah Winfrey's decided not to do her annual Favorite Things show for the holiday season. That's right, after seven years of largesse, The Oprah Winfrey Show has canceled the funfest of goodies.

Huffington Post has learned exclusively that Favorite Things was scrapped. It used to be a Thanksgiving week staple. The reasons are unclear, but it would seem incongruous to celebrate expensive robes, top of the line chocolates, camcorders and the like when so many people are out of work and in financial straits.

Last year, the show consciously did a more modest edition of Favorite Things with homemade stuff and crafts. It was a thrifty variation, but it didn't hit the all-American need for greed button and wasn't a hit.

This is all about appearances, and even if Oprah filled the audience with worthy people, as she has in the past with Katrina survivors and teachers, it still wouldn't look good. Getting stuff when people need jobs and medical coverage isn't right. Not even the all powerful Oprah can figure a way to hand out full-time employment and medical coverage for life. And LCD TVs or body lotions aren't a replacement.

It's too bad, really, because even though those shows were pretty over the top -- with people in the audience screaming and crying with joy -- I always watched them. They were entertaining, even in their excess.

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Who wants to bet Ellen will pick up the slack? Is there an episode of Ellen when she *doesn't* give away free stuff? Seriously: the lady buys her popularity.

November 25 2009 at 11:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I agree with both of the comments above. I think we need a show like this more than ever. Needy/worthy people in the audience get a helping hand and those of us at home get the "warm-fuzzies" from seeing their happiness. And as mentioned it does help the economy by stimulating business for the brands shown. Heck, maybe some of them would have to add extra workers to help with the sales. Hello!

November 25 2009 at 5:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bob Sassone

I have to agree, this seems misguided, like she's trying to be politically correct or something.

At first glance I can see why it would make sense: it's bad economic times so you don't want to go overboard with something like this. But isn't that actually the reason *to* do it, get some needy families in the audience and give them the gifts? Seems odd that she would only do it when things are "good."

November 25 2009 at 2:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Skipping this tradition doesn't just shortchange her guests, it short changes the economy. Her approval carries so much cache, a retailer's business skyrockets on her word alone.

And Heaven forbid she should do a Favorite Things for those with modest means.

November 25 2009 at 11:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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