The chat show stalwart, who has interviewed a staggering 37,000 people since 1989, admitted that every guest asks her if they did “okay” after their chat.
“If there was a common denominator in the human experience of the Oprah show it would be that everybody that I ever interviewed after every interview at some point somebody would say, ‘How was that? Was that OK? How'd I do?’,” she said at the Tribeca TV Festival on Friday.
“And that is whether it was Barack Obama or Beyoncé or the guy who murdered his kids or the guy who had molested kids or somebody who had gone on and lost their family or something.”
Winfrey said she was shocked that Beyoncé sought validation, and told her she didn't need to ask.
She added: “At every interview somebody would ask. And After Beyoncé I thought ‘girl, you’re Beyoncé’.”
Winfrey, who fronted 4,589 shows said the success was no accident.
“One of the reasons why the Oprah show was number one all those years is because we had intended for it to be so,” she said.
She explained how she would meet with the producers before every episode and say: “Don’t just give me a show idea, have an intention behind the show.
“I have to be able to find my own intention within the show, some stream of truth, so that I will not be sitting there being phony.”