If only Oprah Winfrey could turn back time…
In her distinguished career, Oprah has spoken to nearly every celebrity you can think of. Throughout all of those interviews, though, it's a chat with Sally Field that still makes her cringe.
When Oprah chatted with Rob Lowe on his "Literally" podcast, the actor expressed his annoyance about how late night shows have changed. He longed for a return to the days when guests would sit down and tell stories. He specifically brought up the late Burt Reynolds.
"Oh, Burt Reynolds! Oh, gosh! I have a Burt Reynolds story," Oprah jumped in.
She then began speaking about one of the "flubs in the world," which occurred during a chat with Sally, who dated Burt for five years.
"My big mistake: I asked her, 'Does Burt sleep with his toupee on?'" Oprah recalled. "I even say now, I cringe to even think that I asked that question. But I asked it because the producers are like, 'You have to ask, you have to ask, you have to ask. That's what everybody wants to know.'"
"And so I asked it, and she went cold on me," Oprah said. "She shut down, and I could not get in again."
Having worked with Sally on "Brothers & Sisters," Rob understood.
"She's one of the most amazing actors I've ever known," he said, "but when Sally goes cold, it's like Khrushchev in the Cold War. She will bury you."
Oprah agreed. "It was like, 'Whoa, Sally went cold on me on live TV.' I deserved it, I deserved it, I deserved it, 'cause that is such an inappropriate question."