Oprah is a holy human, better than the rest of us. As such, she can create greatness from nothing. With her stamp of approval, a mediocre TV chef is the head of a million-dollar cooking empire.
With her support, a “retired” (no longer licensed) psychologist is a self-help talk show star with more than 2,000 episodes under his belt. Here are just a few of the stars who owe it all to the mighty O.
Dr. Phil McGraw hasn’t been a licensed psychologist since 2006 when he “retired” from practice. But that hasn’t stopped Dr. Phil the TV show, now in its 12th season. While many question his techniques, abilities, and the show’s concept of good taste, McGraw pulls in $15 million a year and millions or viewers.
In the vein of Oprah-approved doctors who seem like fake doctors, Mehmet Oz is actually a very fancy, well-trained doctor. He did his undergrad at Harvard, his MD and MBA at UPenn, and is a professor at Columbia University. But what do we think of when we think Dr. Oz? Diet pills that don’t work. And that one is on him, because he keeps talking up diet pills that don’t work. Such is the life of an Oprah-made millionaire.
I’ll give this to Her Royal O-ness: she doesn’t back away from a challenge. And never has there been more of a challenge than Lindsay Lohan. Oprah tried her best, giving the perpetually falling star a secondthird thousandth chance thanks to a reality show on OWN. But, when she proved uncooperative, finally even Oprah had to admit defeat — to Lohan’s face, famously telling her “you need to cut the bullshit.”
Ava DuVernay and David Oyelowo
Selma is the most acclaimed project to date for both the director and leading actor, who each received Golden Globe nominations for their work. As producer, Oprah likely had a large part in getting the now Oscar-nominated film into the right hands just in time for award season. On a personal level, Oyelowo credits Winfrey with “mothering” him throughout filming by reminding him to get enough sleep before stepping into Dr. King’s shoes.
Since 1975, Saturday Night Live has provided us with some of the best and most iconic catchphrases that have become a part our pop culture lexicon. The show has given us one-liners that went from being repeated at the watercooler on Monday mornings to something that’s become part of our daily dialogue.
Who doesn’t say they need “more cowbell” when they hear “Don’t Fear the Reaper”? Or associate Sarah Palin with being able to “see Russia from my house”? In honor of SNL‘s 40th birthday, which VH1 Classic is currently celebrating with its “SNL Rewind: 2015-1975 Mega Marathon,” here are the 20 best catchphrases throughout the years.
For more punchline goodness, revisit Kevin Hart‘s episode of SNL featuring Macklemore and Ryan Lewis: