20 Odd Rules That Oprah Makes Her Audiences Obey

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The Oprah Winfrey Show became a cultural touchstone during its quarter-century run on television. Filmed in Chicago’s Harpo Studios, the talk show saw Oprah Winfrey become an important part of the lives of people all over the world. Her studio audience was almost as integral an aspect of the show as the guests – and its members all had to abide by certain strict rules.

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20. Oprah accepted no gifts

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The devotion Oprah inspired in her fans was fierce. And that may have led to the show’s producers setting this particular rule for her audience members. In the hand-out entitled “General Information About Attending A Taping” that was distributed to each of them ahead of filming, the following was made clear: “No gifts, cards, letters, etc. will be accepted at audience check-in.”

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