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Friday, November 24, 2006

You Won't See A Few Of Her Favorite Things

For years now, Oprah has shared her favorite things with audiences every year, right around Thanksgiving. Those who have watched her show know that with every favorite thing she reveals, she in turn, gives away to audience members. They've received free clothing, electronics and home goods. With her genorosity came problems. Small companies that were mentioned by her were inundated with orders that they were not capable of handling initially. Some are still struggling with the growth aspects of their business just because Oprah likes their products. The icing on the cake though came when some companies made claims that Oprah had endorsed their products, when, in fact, she hadn't. For her, the bad started to outweigh the good so this year things have changed. Instead, in October, Oprah gave her audience $1,000 giftcards with the request that her audience go out and donate that money to others in need. Her follow-up show will air shortly showing how those people went out and spent that money on either charities or people in need. She calls it her "pay it forward" show. Although I always enjoyed watching her 'favorite things' show, I think that the idea of paying it forward really emphasizes the importance of this holiday season. Producers, however, are not ruling out the possiblity of bringing back 'favorite things' in years to come.


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