Oprah Winfrey is one of – if not the most – celebrated celebrity interviewers in the world, but even she gets embarrassed about some of her encounters with the stars.
The US TV host has revealed a “big mistake” from one of her celebrity interviews that she admitted still makes her “cringe”.
She revealed how she was interviewing Burt’s Smokey And The Bandit co-star and former partner Sally Field when she steered the conversation to the screen icon’s thatch.
Oprah recalled: “My big mistake: I asked her, ‘Does Burt sleep with his toupee on?’
“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.’”
She continued: “And so I asked it, and she went cold on me. She shut down, and I could not get in again.”
Rob, who worked with Sally on the US drama series Brothers & Sisters, agreed it was best not to get on the wrong side of her.
“She’s one of the most amazing actors I’ve ever known, but when Sally goes cold, it’s like Khrushchev in the Cold War,” he joked. “She will bury you.”
However, Oprah said she “deserved” the reaction, adding: “It was like, ‘Whoa, Sally went cold on me on live TV.’
“I deserved it, I deserved it, I deserved it, because that is such an inappropriate question.”
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This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.