3. Biggest Favorite Things Show Blunder: 2008
The audience—after noticing the set had been decorated for the holidays—thought they'd scored the hottest ticket in television. Due to the recession, though, producers had chosen to feature "How to Have the Thriftiest Holiday Ever." (One suggestion: an embellished empty shoe box.) In 2011, on the "Bloopers, Blunders, and Funniest 'What Were We Thinking' Moments" episode, Oprah said: "You know the saying that it's the thought that counts? Three years ago, we learned that's not always true. I went back into the control room during that show, and I go, 'I think they're mad at me.'"