The most meaningful guest senior producer Julie Simpson says she ever worked with was Bernadette Robinson. Bernadette had three children of her own before taking in her seven nieces and nephews after they were placed in state custody. They lived in a tiny apartment and slept three to a bed.
"[Bernadette] had really put aside her own desires, her own needs, her own wants to take care of these children," Julie says. "It's one of the most selfless acts I've ever heard of."
When the team found out about Bernadette and her family, they arranged for the kids to go on a shopping spree at Toys-R-Us. But where would they keep all their new toys?
During the show, Oprah surprised Bernadette with some news. "We are buying you a house!" she said.
"It was one of my proudest moments, not just as an Oprah Show producer, but just as a human being," Julie says.