The show does not attempt to profit off the products it endorses; it has had no licensing agreement with retailers when products were promoted, nor has the show made any money from endorsing books for its book club. Winfrey took over as host on January 2, 1984 and, within a month, took it from last place to first place in local Chicago ratings.
Following Winfrey's success in—and Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for—her performance as Sofia in the movie The Color Purple, on September 8, 1986, the talk show was relaunched under its current title and picked up nationally.
Winfrey claims her worst interviewing experience was with Elizabeth Taylor in the show's second season.
For the premiere, the show's producers tried rigorously to book Miami Vice's Don Johnson as the first guest, even trying to bribe him with Dom Pérignon and a pair of rhinestone sunglasses.
All attempts to book Johnson failed and Winfrey decided to "do what we do best, and that is a show about and with everyday people".
The topic for the premiere show was "How to Marry the Man or Woman of Your Choice".
However, while making the 1998 movie Beloved, Winfrey then admitted that it brought her back to her responsibility as an admired black woman with a great deal of power and influence.
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