Along with the Royals’ interview, here are 5 interviews that grabbed global attention
A talk show is essentially structured around the act of spontaneous conversation between the celebrities and a host. Talk shows have always been a hit among fandoms as it helps fans to keep up the lives of their favourite celebrities. The recent interview of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with Oprah Winfrey, drew 17.1 million viewers worldwide as the interview was telecast on CBS. Over two hours Prince Harry and wife Meghan talked about their struggle with racism within the royal household and defended their decision to leave England. The interview is coined as the most explosive interviews in the history of the monarchy. However, if we go back in time, we will come across a profusion number of talk shows that have had their share of truth bombs drop. Along with the Royals’ interview, here are 5 interviews that grabbed global attention and got the masses talking.
- Michael Jackson in an interview with Oprah in 1993
In 1993, Oprah interviewed the 'King of Pop' Michael Jackson. The interview is the most-watched interview in television history with 90 million views. The interview was special because, after more than a decade of refusing interviews, Jackson agreed to an interview with Oprah. The iconic TV moment brought a number of controversial topics to light, including rumoured proposals and painful relationships within his family.
- The late Princess Diana in an interview with the BBC’s Panorama in 1995
Twenty-five years ago, Princess Diana revolted in a revealing interview with BBC journalist Martin Bashir in which she noted that 'there were three of us”' in her marriage to Charles, Prince of Wales. The remarkable sit-down interview sent shockwaves through the royal family at the time and shocked the masses. Further, Diana in the interview had said that the royal family had decided that was a 'nonstarter' as she did things differently and never go by the rule book.
- Ellen De Genres coming out on Oprah in 1997
In 1997, Ellen and Oprah who was highly popular around the globe for their respective talk shows, Ellen De Genres and Oprah Winfrey, came together for an iconic interview show. The moment is still considered as one of the most historic ones for the LGBTQIA community as De Genres came out about being gay. The history-changing episode was titled 'Coming Out Interview' and garnered 42 million views.
- Jennifer Aniston in an interview with David Letterman in 1998
Actor Jennifer Aniston's interview with David Letterman caused a bit of a stir. In 1998, Aniston was at the 'Late Show' promoting her film The Object of My Affection. However, Letterman went off-topic saying. 'Forgive me if this is rude, I just want to try one thing.' The host then goes on to put his hand on Aniston's neck while trying to capture a piece of her hair with his mouth. Aniston asked, 'What are you doing?' while looking extremely uncomfortable. Letterman then passed her a tissue, and she looked entirely grossed-out while drying the piece of hair he put in his mouth.
- Rihanna in an interview with Opera in 2012
American pop star and beauty mogul Rihanna’s pictures with a bruised body surfaced on the internet in 2009 leaving the world shocked. It came to light later, that she had been abused by her then-boyfriend Chris Brown who was sentenced to five years’ probation. In 2012, Rihanna sat down for an inter with Oprah Winfrey and talked about forgiving Brown and said that she had 'lost her best friend'.