"Before the show starts and after the show ends, our cameras are always rolling," Oprah says. "Things are a little more relaxed. People just kind of stand up and start talking and sharing all of their business."
One of those people was Layla, an audience member who found out the hard way that she had a kidney stone. Traveling to the show, she started feeling excruciating pain. Fortunately, she met a doctor on the plane who was also on her way to The Oprah Show. "She held my hair and rubbed my back as I vomited all the way here," Layla says. "Then when I got [to Chicago], she said, 'I'll see you on The Oprah Show.' I said, 'Am I going to make it?'"
After a trip to the emergency room and a prescription for painkillers, Layla was in line at Harpo Studios, ready to be an audience member.
"It never ceases to amaze me the lengths people will go to get here," Oprah says.