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"I was trying very hard through the whole process not to be emotional. I didn't want to cry because I didn't want the girls to then start crying by seeing me crying," Oprah says. "I was thinking about [South Africa being] only 12 years out of apartheid and [having] only 12 years of real freedom. And now these girls who are 12 years old—the first of their generation to ever have this kind of freedom—will have an opportunity like no other. I thank everybody for your support for that."
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Before returning back home to Chicago, Oprah stopped by the academy one more time for "a conversation with all of the girls about giving their personal best," Oprah says.
Following Oprah to her car, the girls had a surprise ready…they all serenaded Oprah. "I'll do my best. I'll do my best, ma'am. I'll do my best for you. My very, very best," they sang.
Tune in to ABC on February 26 for a special primetime documentary on The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls–South Africa. Check your local listings.
Forest and Oprah discussed the massive buzz he was getting, and the possibility of him picking up some award hardware. After winning a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama, Forest is back!
"When you work so hard on something and you're giving something—all of your stuff with your heart—you hope people will be able to receive it," Forest says. "I feel like people received what I was trying to do. And that means a lot to me because I've been doing this a long time and I worked really hard on this one."
"I'm rooting for you in the Oscars®," Oprah says.
Oprah says she remembers Simon saying that he didn't know if the American version of Idol—now one of the biggest hits in television history—would even last even three seasons.
"I honestly thought your country would kick me out after three years," Simon says. "So the fact that I'm still here, it's a bonus."
Asked if he's impressed with the level of talent he's seen so far, Simon has a simple answer: "Not really, no."
But that doesn't mean that he thinks great things won't come from this season. "I think it's a little bit more like Season 1," Simon says. "If we were having this conversation at this time on Season 1, I wouldn't have spoken to you about Kelly Clarkson. I would have mentioned, probably, Tamyra Gray or someone like that. There are two or three girls who have great potential [this season, but] they're not very confident. And there is one guy who does stand out but he doesn't look like an American Idol."
"It was a culmination of a 20-year conversation with my best friend kind of going, 'Can't guys figure it out? Come on, get a clue,'" Felicity says.
Felicity took cameras behind the scenes on Wisteria Lane to ask probing questions of some of her male co-stars—James Denton, Doug Savant, Ricardo Chavira and Josh Henderson.
Felicity: So are all women crazy?
James: Oh, sure. Absolutely.
Felicity: So you grew up in a house full of women, right?
Ricardo: Yeah, a family full of women.
Felicity: So do you feel like you know women?
Ricardo: I know enough about women to know that I don't want to know any more.
Felicity: What does it take to make a man happy?
Doug: Sex, pretty much.
Felicity: And what does it take to make women happy?
Doug: God only knows.
Felicity: So you're single, right?
Josh: Yes. I get more and more confused it seems the more girls I date. I feel like they can just switch moods all of a sudden and you never know what you're going to get.
"Finish the sentence: Why do women…?" Felicity asks. "…Always ask your opinion and they get mad at you whenever you say it," one man says.
"So when it comes to foreplay, how much is enough? Do you always want more?" Felicity asks. "Not usually. Lots is good, though," a woman says.
The company goes well beyond their motto, "Don't Be Evil," when it comes to employee respect. "I think Google was voted the best company because we go to amazing lengths to create the best possible work environment we can for our employees," says Susan Wojcicki, Google's Vice President of Product Management.
At the Googleplex—the company's sprawling headquarters—employees are free to enjoy eye-popping perks. These include 11 cafeterias serving gourmet food, a state-of-the-art gym, foreign language classes, a dry cleaner, concierge service and a hair salon—and most of it's free.
Suddenly feel a desire to switch jobs? You're not alone. Google says they receive 1,300 resumes every day!