Behind the Scenes of Oprah's Birthday
For her 57th birthday, Oprah is spending part of the day taping with actress Jennifer Aniston, comedian Adam Sandler and talk show host Piers Morgan. After the show, producers are planning a party complete with presents and champagne. "I didn't grow up with anybody celebrating my birthday," Oprah says. "So birthdays really don't mean that much to me."
That's not the case for the rest of the staff. "It's kind of a company holiday," executive producer Sheri says.
Meanwhile, senior supervising producer Jill and producer Terry are hard at work making sure Oprah has a standout show on her birthday. "The fact that we're having Jen and Adam on is great and great for them," Jill says. "But they have to come to play. They need to do something fun. They need to do something to make it special."
Watch Terry and his team brainstorm ideas for the show
After the preshow meeting, Oprah does something radical—she leaves early. "Oprah's never out of here before 9 at night," Sheri says.
"Alert the team," Oprah jokes. "Breaking news. I'm going to go home."
Watch to find out what Oprah did with the rest of her day
Oprah says the audience is gift enough. "When I walk out on that stage, every day I come out, and there are crowds of cheering people," she says. "That's a birthday every single day for me. And I don't take that for granted. I get celebrated every single day."
First up is Jennifer. "Jen brought Oprah a yoga mat with a picture of all of her dogs on it," Jill says. "I thought that was actually really creative."
Watch Oprah open Adam's unforgettable gift
Oprah is left in stitches. "I thought he was delightful and came to play. That's always great when guests do that," Oprah says. "I would have to say that, perhaps more this season than any other season, guests have come to play."
See what Adam really gave Oprah after the show
After two segments with Piers tape, Oprah's birthday show is deemed a success. "I was thrilled with the show in the end," Jill says. "Everyone ended up bringing their A-game."
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