A TikTok of a person asking Oprah Winfrey for a gift recommendation for their mom has divided opinion after she suggested an item that was out of their price range.
During a video posted on December 18 by a TikTok user who goes by @10gsocial, an unidentified person off-camera can be seen approaching Winfrey and saying, “A favorite gift for my mom, she’s not doing well.”
Winfrey took a moment and then approached the camera, recommending “a beautiful red jewelry box,” before the person interrupted her to say, “that’s too expensive for me.” Winfrey then said, “No it’s not. It’s really not. It’s like one hundred and something dollars.”
In the 38-second video, which received over 800,000 views, the person said they were looking for something “a little lower in my price budget.” Winfrey replied, seemingly surprised, “Lower than $100?
After the person asked for a “sentimental” gift instead, Winfrey suggested they write a “list of your top 10 reasons why you love her and you make a beautiful card.”
The video received over 350 comments which included a mixed reaction to Winfrey’s reaction and original gift suggestion.
“She was SHOOK that $100 was too expensive. ‘Do they even make things that cost less than $100?'” read one comment that received over 1,800 likes. “The judgment when he said $100 was too expensive,” a comment with over 640 likes read.
The second suggestion also prompted criticism from some. “She said oh you poor? I got a better gift for you,” a comment with over 4,800 likes said. “Oprah said I’m not even gonna try to give you a suggestion for $50 Here you go free from your heart,” read one comment with over 300 likes.
Other viewers defended Winfrey’s gift idea. “Oprah is a billionaire but she gave a gift suggestion that’s $100…but ya’ll saying she’s out of touch lol,” a comment said with over 2,600 likes. “I think Oprah handled this and answered this very well,” a comment with over 77 likes said.
TikToker @lawirk posted a video reacting to the clip, pointing out Winfrey was asked to name one of her favorite gifts, not the most affordable. “Most of her favorite things gifts is gonna be like $100 or more,” he said. “She gave a very good option for a Christmas present for someone who has a job.”
This isn’t the first time Winfrey has been accused of being “out of touch.”During a 2017 interview with Ellen DeGeneres, she said she hadn’t visited a bank since 1988, and decided to line up and desposit $2 million dollars “just to do it.”
Winfrey hosted “The Oprah Winfrey Show” over the course of 25 years. In 2011 she launched a cable channel named OWN, and has a current net worth of $2.5 billion, Forbes reported.
Her website OprahDaily features a holiday gift guide named “Oprah’s Favorite Things 2022” which offers a selection of 104 gift ideas. It does not include a red jewelry box priced at $100, but it does feature a number of more affordable items such as $29 reading glasses and $18 gloves. Winfrey did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
It is unclear when the footage was filmed. The TikTok account @10gsocial has over 4,000 followers and frequently posts short interviews with celebrities, including Snoop Dogg, Tony Hawk, and Anna Wintour. The account did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.ORDER A COPY OF ROB’S NEW BEST SELLING BOOK! Called “America’s Number ONE Gossip Columnist” by The National Enquirer. Rob ‘Naughty But Nice’ Shuter breaks celebrity news every day on his website NaughtyGossip.com where he delivers all the dish about the stars we love in his naughty but nice signature style. You can also catch him co-hosting and breaking celebrity news on Good Day New York, The Today Show, The Talk, Wendy Williams Show, CNN, Extra and Z100’s ‘Elvis Duran.’ Previously, Rob was the Huffington Post’s only celebrity columnist and the former executive editor of OK! Magazine. Rob has also hosted his own Saturday night talk show on Mark Cuban’s channel and his own daily morning show, ‘The Gossip Table,’ on VH1! Breaking some of the biggest entertainment stories, including Jamie Lynn Spears’s pregnancy news, Britney’s first post-meltdown interview, Eva Longoria’s wedding, and baby exclusives for Jessica Alba, Tori Spelling and Mathew McConaughey’s tots, Rob always knows where to find the best scoop. Before Rob was one of the world’s most successful entertainment reporters, he was a publicist working for Jennifer Lopez, Alicia Keys, P. Diddy, Jessica Simpson and Jon Bon Jovi! Now he is bringing all this experience to his new show on I HEART MEDIA in his unique cheeky way, that is always a pinch and never a punch!