Oprah Winfrey: I wouldn’t go to Don Johnson’s party because I thought I was ‘too fat’

Oprah Winfrey has admitted she once didn’t attend Don Johnson’s Christmas party because she thought she was “too fat”.

During Tuesday’s episode of the “Jamie Kern Lima” podcast, the media mogul got candid about her biggest diet mistakes, including when she lost 67 pounds on a liquid diet in 1988 and quickly gained it back.

“I didn’t have a morsel of food for five solid months of losing that weight on Optifast,” she said, referring to the weight management product that replaces food with shakes.

Winfrey, 70, reflected when she debuted how much weight she lost by wheeling around in a cart filled with grease on an episode of the “Oprah Winfrey Show” in November 1988.

“Three days later, I was 5 pounds heavier, and a week later I was 10 pounds heavier,” she recalled.

By December of that year, the TV personality was so ashamed of her rapid weight gain that she began avoiding invitations to A-list events.

“The week before Christmas, I remember Don Johnson – the Don Johnson, from ‘Miami Vice’ – had a party and invited me and some members of my show to come, and I wouldn’t go because I thought I was too fat. to go,” Winfrey said.

She continued, “I went from 145 [pounds] on the day of the show. I think I was 157 [pounds] in the course of, like, a week and a half or two. And the shame began again.”

In the midst of the “Color Purple” star’s decade-long weight loss journey, she faced “damaging” messages about her body image, including when a photo of her in a “beautiful black dress” in 1987 was printed on the front of a magazine with the headline ” Drumpy, Frumpy and Downright Lumpy.”

She also reflected on the time the comedy show “In Living Color” (1990) did an embarrassing skit about her featuring Kim Wayans.

“‘In Living Color’ did a skit where the woman did something, and she kept eating and got fatter and fatter and fatter and the comedy was that at the end she just exploded,” Winfrey said, recalling how the entire audience laughed. at the piece.

At the time, critics mocking the Mississippi native were “accepted,” while the torment stayed with her for years.

“For 25 years, there was a tabloid story or some exploitation of my weight,” she claimed. “Making fun of my weight was a national sport.”

However, since Winfrey just turned 70, she’s done weight-shaming herself into the next decade of her life.

“I was judgmental because I was so judged,” she said. “I actually don’t know anyone who has been more publicly judged for their weight than myself and I have borne and borne other people’s shame.”

In the past year, Winfrey has slimmed down as she admitted to using a weight-loss drug, although she wouldn’t confirm if it was celebrity favorite Ozempic.

“The fact that there is a medically approved prescription for weight management and staying healthier, in my life, feels like relief, like redemption, like a gift, and not something to hide and be ridiculed again,” she told People in December. .

In May, the actress also apologized for promoting non-ideal ways of losing weight over the past 25 years.

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