Oprah Winfrey Adds an Unexpected Thing from Michelle Obama to Her Favorite Things List

One thing Oprah Winfrey is known for is her list of favorite things. Although the 2019 Oprah’s Favorite Things list was released in November, it was later announced one more thing would be added. Here’s the unexpected item Winfrey added to her list of favorite things.

The history of Oprah’s Favorite Things  

Oprah Winfrey | Andrew Chin/Getty Images
Oprah Winfrey | Andrew Chin/Getty Images

The title of this list is reportedly based on the song “My Favorite Things” from “The Sound of Music.” Winfrey’s list, which began as a segment on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” aired annually during the week of Thanksgiving. The host used this time to suggest items she felt would make great holiday gifts or were worth mentioning. The best part was that audience members would get to take home each of the items Winfrey suggested. As far as “O, The Oprah Magazine,” Winfrey’s list of favorite things is the magazine’s holiday shopping guide, according to Winfrey.

Oprah’s Favorite Things television segment became known for humorous audience reactions just as much as the gifts. Here’s a clip of one audience member Winfrey said she thought was going to pass out from excitement.

The item added to Oprah’s Favorite Things list

Winfrey originally had a list of 79 things on her list. She later added a bonus item at the last minute. What was the item that was so fabulous it had to be added after the list was complete? Winfrey revealed that item was the guided journal based on Michelle Obama’s book “Becoming.” In a video she posted to Twitter, she said she had no idea Obama was publishing a guided journal.

Former US first lady Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey | JIM YOUNG/AFP via Getty Images
Former US first lady Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey | JIM YOUNG/AFP via Getty Images

Winfrey took a moment to read a few lines from the book. Here is one line that stood out most for her:

Your story is the most powerful part of who you are. The struggles, successes, the failures, and everything in between. Remember to always stay open to new experiences and never let the doubters get in the way.

The book then prompts readers to list one struggle, failure, and success they have experienced in their life and what they learned from each of those experiences. Winfrey was so impressed with the guided journal that she turned to the camera and asked Obama why she didn’t let her know she was working on this project. “Michelle, why didn’t you tell me? This could have been on my favorite things list!” she exclaimed. “This would have been a great favorite things.”

Oprah’s Favorite Things 2019

What’s on the list of Oprah’s Favorite Things for 2019?  As mentioned earlier, Winfrey has a list of 79 of her favorite things (80, including Michelle Obama’s guided journal). There are many interesting things on the list, including some very pricey items. Showbiz Cheat Sheet’s Dirk Winifred notes the most expensive thing on Winfrey’s list is the Flywheel home exercise bike, which is priced at a whopping $1,599. Why is this bike so expensive? Well, it includes a two-month workout guide subscription, a tablet, and WiFi and Bluetooth. If you’re looking for gifts that are on the lower end of the price range, check out some of the food and kitchen items.  

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