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Oprah Winfrey’s celebrity interviews are up there with the best testimonials in television history. From Tom Cruise to Michelle Obama, the former talk show host has sat down with some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry.

Though each interview she’s conducted has always been different from the one before, Oprah once said that every conversation she’s had with A-listers has ended with them asking her the same-old question.

But despite hearing the question every time she interviewed someone, Oprah admitted she was caught off guard when singer Beyoncé brought up the query following an interview. Read on below to find out why.

Beyoncé and Oprah Winfrey
Beyoncé and Oprah Winfrey | Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Parkwood Entertainment

Oprah has interviewed many celebrities throughout the years

During her 25-year run as an award-winning presenter, Oprah interviewed more than 37,000 people on her daytime talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show.

From 1986-2011, Oprah had the pleasure of sitting down with everyone from Michael Jackson (one of the most-watched interviews in TV history) and President Obama to average Joes going through specific life struggles.

And just like viewers who tuned in each week to watch Winfrey conduct sit-down interviews with people from all walks of life, the media mogul can quickly tell you that no two discussions she’s had were the same.

However, there’s one commonality Oprah’s seen among all her thousands of guests, and it’s that no matter people’s place in life or their issues, “everyone you meet just wants to be seen and heard.” 

Every person Oprah has interviewed have asked her the same question

During her time as a syndicated talk show host, Oprah has heard and seen it all.

However, there’s one thing the media mogul has been heard time and time again from people she’s interviewed, and it’s their concerns about how she thinks they came across to the public.

“Everybody that I ever interviewed after every interview at some point somebody would say, ‘How was that? Was that OK? How’d I do?’ And that is whether it was Barack Obama or Beyoncé or the guy who murdered his kids or the guy who molested kids or somebody who had gone on and lost their family,” Winfrey said during a panel of OWN’s new reality series, Released (via ELLE), in 2015.

Given that fact, Winfrey had time to think about why all her guests sought approval for their performance during her interviews and explained what she came up with.

She added, “Everybody just wants to know that you heard me, you saw me, and that what I said mattered.'”

Oprah couldn’t believe that Beyoncé sought validation from her

Though many people have shown signs of insecurity after Oprah interviewed them, one celebrity’s self-doubt caught the media mogul off guard — and it was no one other than the Queen B herself, Beyoncé.


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During the panel, Oprah admitted she was taken back when the ultra-confident singer sought her opinion about how she presented herself on-screen.

“When I got to Beyoncé, I said, ‘Girrrrrrl, you’re Beyoncé,” Winfrey joked.

While we wouldn’t have thought that someone of Beyoncé’s stature would need validation from anyone, it seems that she just wanted to ensure she came across as genuine and authentic while sitting down with Winfrey.