Oprah’s secret has been a big guessing game for days. Today, Oprah’s secret will be revealed to the world, although it may be found online before some see it on TV. In these final months of daytime’s biggest show, this is the perfect time to make some jaw-dropping revelations. But for 25 years, the big O has been extremely candid about herself, in just about every aspect of her life. Therefore, if Oprah’s secret has been kept hidden for so long, it is bound to be massive – or so viewers hope.
On Thursday, promos began to air for a massive reunion show the following Monday. There have been major reunions before on the show, but this one is to involve the host herself and a “family secret”
Therefore, Oprah’s secret is expected to involve either a half-sister, or perhaps reveal that she has an unknown biological father. The Chicago Tribune’s Robert Feder claims that it is a half-sister who was uncovered by unauthorized biographer Kitty Kelley.
Kelley told Feder on Saturday that Winfrey’s alleged half-sister, Bunny, was given up at birth for adoption. She cites an “inside family source” who says that Winfrey’s mother, Vernita Lee, gave Bunny up because she couldn’t afford to care for her.
If Kelley did uncover Oprah’s secret, it would be somewhat ironic. When Kelley published her biography of Winfrey last year, it was denounced as a “so-called biography” from Winfrey herself. Yet Kelley is sticking to her story on this one, although leaks for today’s show have been otherwise hard to find.
Winfrey’s team is keeping this episode under tight wraps, as even her father told the Associated Press that he has no idea what will happen. Therefore, imaginations are running wild, as other theories include an unknown birth parent, an illegitimate baby, and more.
Since Oprah’s secret is family-related, it won’t relate to Stedman, Gale, or her sexuality – perhaps to the disappointment of tabloids. Yet whatever comes out of this episode, it will be among the biggest events yet in Winfrey’s final season.
This isn’t a case of her saving this news for the final year, as she says she just discovered this news months ago. In her promo, she says it “literally shook me to my core;” if it could have that impact for her, her fans are likely to be similarly shattered.
In just a few hours, Oprah’s secret will finally be uncovered, with a nationwide audience ready to be shocked and ready to cry.
Chicago Tribune- “Biographer: Oprah’s ‘family secret’ is half-sister she never met before”
Associated Press- “Oprah Winfrey family secret prompts buzz”