Roger Ebert and Oprah

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For 20 years, film critic Roger Ebert has kept his lips sealed about his relationship with Oprah…until today! On Oprah's 20th anniversary special she revealed—for the first time—that Roger was the person who convinced her to go into syndicataion…while they were on a date!

Roger says since that show, his "'cred' has gone way up!" In his Chicago Sun-Times column, Roger says that he and Oprah went on not one, but two dates back in the '80s.

For their second date, Roger says they went to see the Count Basie Orchestra. But, he recalls, Oprah had to leave early so she could get up at 5 a.m. to host her new talk show.
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