"I thought, 'Well, as long as I'm stopping by our affiliate, WFAA, in Dallas, why not see if they'll let me take my old job back for just a moment?'" she says. "So I gave it a shot."
Oprah shared the anchor desk with Gloria Campos, a TV news legend in Dallas. "I'm a little nervous because she is such a good talker," Gloria says. "Time might get away from us."
As the clock ticked closer to 5 p.m., Oprah says she started to get nervous. "My anxiety dream is always I'm sitting at a news desk with Walter Cronkite and all my papers are confused," she says.
But, as soon as the teleprompter started to roll, it all came back to her.
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"It feels rather natural," she says. "Kind of like riding a bike after a long time."