The Judds' Top Secret Oprah Show Surprise
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As the most junior producer, Leslie feels pressure to make her first show of the final season the best she can. "This one's got to be great because it's going to set the tone for me for the rest of the season," she says. "I want to show Oprah I can knock this one out of the park."
At rehearsal, Leslie preps the Judds for the surprise. The rehearsal goes smoothly, but Leslie is still aware that she's taking a big risk by trying to surprise Oprah on the show. "Oprah doesn't like surprises. The gamble of doing something like that is that she's not going to react," she says. "But I'm going to go for it anyway."
The show goes on—and Oprah has an aha! moment during the taping when the Judds discuss how they've changed their communication with one another.
Watch as Naomi and Wynonna explain their new communication style
See what Oprah said to the Judds after the show
Watch the performance.
Watch their discussion
Still, Oprah says she is grateful for the realization she had during taping. "What's amazing is that it's the 25th season and I can still have an aha! moment," she says.
"Even though Oprah was a little bit upset about us trying to surprise her so early in the season, just getting that one moment where Oprah says I've learned something even after 25 years is what you want as a producer."
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