Oprah Winfrey has interviewed countless celebrities over the years, but there is still one question that she asked one that makes her “cringe” to this day.
While appearing on the latest episode of the “Literally! With Rob Lowe” podcast, Oprah admitted that she still cringes when she remembers a question she asked the Academy Award-winner Sally Field many years ago. Oprah explained that the interview took place when she “was younger” and “felt a responsibility to ask the questions the viewer wanted.”
“My big mistake: I asked her, ‘Does Burt sleep with his toupee on?'” Oprah recalled. She was referring to the actor Burt Reynolds, who Field dated for years after they met on the set of the 1977 movie Smokey and the Bandit.
“I even say now, I cringe to even think that I asked that question,” Winfrey confessed. “But I asked it because the producers are like, ‘You have to ask, you have to ask, you have to ask. That’s what everybody wants to know.’ And so I asked it, and she went cold on me. She shut down, and I could not get in again.”
Lowe spent years working with Field on the show “Brothers and Sisters,” and he said, “She’s one of the most amazing actors I’ve ever known, but when Sally goes cold, it’s like Khrushchev in the Cold War. It’ll bury you.”
“It was like, ‘Whoa, Sally went cold on me on live TV,'” Oprah replied. “I deserved it, I deserved it, I deserved it, ’cause that is such an inappropriate question.”
“Meanwhile, I still want to know,” Lowe quipped, to which Oprah said, “Well, she certainly didn’t answer it.”
This isn’t the first time that Oprah has admitted her embarrassment over the Field interview. In a “Today” show interview, she described her question to Field about Reynolds as “awful.”
“I wouldn’t do it today,” Oprah added at the time.
This comes a week after Oprah admitted that she’s never been to therapy, saying that “The Oprah Winfrey Show” was her version of therapy.
“I had all of my therapy in front of the world,” Oprah explained, according to Yahoo News. “I always saw myself as a surrogate for the viewers. Every single person is looking for answers to the same question: ‘How do I become more of me?’”
She added that she feels that the show was so successful because, “I was no different than the viewer, except I was in charge of the microphone. I was empowered to ask questions and be who I was because it wasn’t just me.”