Behind the Scenes of Oprah and Gayle's Camping Trip
Although Oprah didn't particularly care for her 2006 road trip with Gayle, she says she couldn't turn down this opportunity. "When this proposal came up for Yosemite, I opted for it because I knew it would not be longer than two days," Oprah says. "And the biggest reason is I really wanted to see Yosemite. I love the outdoors. I love trees. So I thought Gayle would be a good choice to take because Gayle doesn't like the outdoors."
On the road, Oprah and Gayle start asking each other trivia questions. When a question sparks a heated conversation about Yogi Bear and his sidekick Boo Boo, producers think they've found television gold. What they don't realize is no one turned on the cameras in the car—and Lisa is losing every shot. "I think I'm going to throw up," Lisa says.
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Though the team has audio, they have no video. "I lost a segment or two in the show and we can't afford to do that," Lisa says. We still have another day and a half to go here, and we have to make sure that we don't miss a beat again. So now I'm going to go into hyper-producer mode and I'm going to start micromanaging everything."
Having worked up a thirst setting up the pop-up camper, Oprah starts making her new favorite drink, Moscow Mules. When the crew can't rustle up a juicer for her lime, Oprah uses her teeth instead.
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The crew holds back laughter. "What I never thought was funny was me squeezing the lime with my teeth," Oprah says. "That's what you do I think when you're camping. You're resourceful. Not the most sanitary thing, but it's effective."
Watch Oprah and Gayle bring Moscow Mules to neighboring campers
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Oprah settles on sea bass and rosemary potatoes. When Lisa sees that Oprah isn't cooking her fish correctly, producer Eric stops her from stepping in. "It's kind of funny if it burns or something," he says.
After some trial and error, Oprah and Gayle sit down to dinner. "Cheers," Oprah says. "[To] our first camping trip...and maybe our last."
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Though fly fishing and a mule ride are on the docket for the next day, Oprah and Gayle say they've already felt the full camping experience. "I feel it," Oprah says. "Truly, I have had a camping experience."
"It's the end of the day and I'm a little disappointed because I really wanted her on a personal level to have an authentic camping experience, which I'm now understanding she's not really into," Lisa says. "So we might not have the same likes."
Watch their conversation—and see how Oprah and Gayle react when they learn the Yogi Bear discussion wasn't filmed.
Although Lisa has planned a whole day of fly fishing and mule riding, she has to quickly readjust her plans when Oprah says she’s ready to go. "Oprah is done camping. She's had it. She's had enough and she wants to go home," Lisa says. "She's slashing everything. ... I'm starting to panic a little bit."
Gayle isn't as enthused about fly fishing, but Oprah is determined to enjoy it. "The time that I was there standing in the water fly fishing, I thought, 'I'm going to really appreciate this moment. Heaven only knows when I'll get a chance to do this again,'" Oprah says. "For that brief time I was there, I took it all in. Let myself feel it for a moment."
After the trip, Oprah says she loved fly fishing. "I've got all my fly fishing gear hanging in the closet right now ready for my next trip."
Oprah says it's not that she didn't want to ride the mules. "I love the producers. However, they make the mistake of thinking all of this is fun for me," she says. "This is still work—with a little fun. Would I like to be able to ride some mules up a mountain and have a lovely picnic? Would I like to be able to go fly fishing? Yeah, I would love to be able to do that without all [the cameras]."
After a short mule ride, it's a wrap. "Good job," Gayle says. "The whole crew was amazing."
Lisa is pleased with the shoot. "We just wrapped. Oprah and Gayle left happy, I think," she says. "The next step is to edit. We're going to sit down and watch every bit of video tape we shot and we're going to find out where the funny moments are—where the sweet moments are—and put together the show."
Meanwhile back at Harpo Studios, senior producer Jack and his team are working to secure an interview with Oksana Grigorieva, Mel Gibson’s ex-girlfriend. While the booking could make headlines around the world, behind the scenes it's falling apart.
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