Oprah Spoils Hysterical Audience with Lavish Gifts

Tears flow at the hostess' "Ultimate Favorite Things" episode

Thursday, Jun 30, 2011  |  Updated 3:00 PM EDT
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Oprah Spoils Hysterical Audience with Lavish Gifts

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Oprah Winfrey was ranked 141st on Forbes' 400 richest in U.S., but lost $400 million in one year.

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Day one of Oprah Winfrey's two-part "Ultimate Favorite Things" episode was a gift-giving extravaganza so spectacular, medics were on hand during yesterday's show in case someone fainted in excitement.

"Bring out the candles, bring out the cashmere, bring out the hair things, bring out the earrings for all," said the talk show maven at her very generous annual holiday special, ABC reported, later noting that "medics were on stand by" in case anyone collapsed from hysteria.

There was screaming, there was crying, but most importantly of all there was a whole lot of gift giving to a very lucky audience.

"Hold on to yourself, it's a long hour," she said on stage, CNN reported.

Winfrey's "Ultimate Favorite Things" has always been a "joy-filled frenzy," as Winfrey described it, but this year's - split into two shows instead of the usual one - was extra-special because it is the show's farewell season, according to Oprah.com. The show is known for giving its recommended items a huge boost in sales.

Guests game in thinking they were attending a show on meditation, until Winfrey said "how about we meditate on this?" She ripped off the plain black dress she was wearing to reveal a sparkling red, floor-length gown. Christmas bells came on the speakers, confetti snow came floating down, and a curtain was lifter to reveal a Christmas-themed set. The audience, jumped, shrieked, and hugged, some coming to tears of joy.

There's no way a simple stocking over the fireplace could fit all the goodies these lucky guests were spoiled with. The big finale of presents was hidden a large polka-dotted box, from which a gigantic inflatable Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas crew ship popped out.

"You are going a a seven day cruise!" Winfrey shouted to the audience. There was even more hysterical screaming.

Nikon digital camera valued at $699.9, a custom-made cashmere sweater made for Oprah by Ralph Lauren fro $498, and  a diamond studded Limited Edition 25th Anniversary watch by Philip Stein valued at $2,475, were also among the lavish items the audience received, according to PopEater.

It doesn't end there. Gifts also included a five-year subscription to Netflix, a BRAVIA 3-D flatscreen to watch all those movies, four pairs of Nike sneakers, an $1000 elfa Closet System from The Container Store, and more.

The show ended with a bang: a performance by the Black Eyed Peas of "Time of My Life" by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes as well as "Little Drummer Boy," according to CNN. Everyone also got the band's new album, "The Beginning."

And that's only day one. A second audience was in for yet another surprise, in an episode to be aired on Monday at 4 pm on ABC.

Selected Reading: CNN, PopEater, ABC

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