If Viewers Only Knew That...

...Oprah wouldn't mind wearing the same outfit twice: "I'm always reminding her that you can't wear the same thing multiple times if you're on TV in front of millions of people every day. But she'll walk into the closet at Harpo and go, 'I can't believe we have all these clothes! Don't add another thing.' We have an ongoing battle about buying new clothes and accessories."—Kelly Hurliman, Stylist

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...taping a show can be like a basketball game: "As many times as you've heard Oprah say, 'We'll be right back,' I've heard her say, 'Let's go, Dean, let's move it along.' She's like a basketball player, like Michael Jordan—let's get going down the court. We've got to get the energy out there." —Dean Anderson, Stage Manager

...someone does read viewers' mail: "I always go through all the show responses, e-mails and comments. I cannot wait until they come in because I want to see what people are saying. Whether we've introduced them to a great no-pucker blouse or a charitable organization that really deserved recognition, I want to know the response so we can keep doing better and better." —Leslie Grisanti, Producer

...the producers learn just as much as the viewers do. "At 19 years old, Jacqui Saburido was hit by a drunk driver, and she suffered severe burns on 60 percent of her body. She was left horribly disfigured after 40 surgeries. When we got her to come on as a guest in 2003, she said she only allows herself five minutes a day to feel sorry for herself. Now, if I'm ever going through a tough time, I think of Jacqui. When a story stays with me as much as that one did, I know it's affected a bunch of other people."—Lisa Morin, Senior Supervising Producer

...the biggest drama happens after the show: "After every show is a post-show meeting with the producer, supervising producer, Oprah, and Sheri, and those meetings can be the best of times and the worst of times. Oprah is very honest, and that constructive feedback can be hard to hear. But when there's a show where she's gushing and the champagne's coming out, there is no better feeling in the world. After meetings like that, I'd fly home from work—my feet wouldn't even touch the ground." —Jill Van Lokeren, Senior Supervising Producer

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