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It's not every day that Oprah Winfrey joins Piers Morgan for a live interview. In fact, it's only happened once before, on the program's very first night, January 17, 2011. That is, until Wednesday.
Joining the program via Skype, the universally acknowledged Queen of Media touched upon a topic she's currently championing, encouraging people to "Just Say Hello".
It's an initiative designed to combat loneliness, lift spirits, brighten days, and improve the lives of every day people. But Winfrey is not an every day person. Anything but. Which prompted the host to inquire as to whether or not she has ever suffered from the affliction of which she is so actively aiming to alleviate.
"Have you had periods of real genuine loneliness in your life, do you think," Morgan asked Winfrey.
"Absolutely not," she declared. "I am really happy being with myself."
Nonetheless, as host of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" for 25 seasons, the 60-year-old professed to have garnered a real understanding for the sole goal of all people:
"Every human being is looking for one thing, and that is to be validated, to be seen and to be heard ... at the end of almost every interview in one form or another somebody would always lean in and say, 'was that okay? Was that okay,'" described Winfrey, referencing the numerous guests she welcomed on the program that captured 47 Daytime Emmy Awards. "I started to see that pattern. And what I realized is that everybody is looking for the same thing. No matter if it's politicians, senators, presidents, Beyoncé in all of her Beyoncé-ness. We're all looking to know 'did you see me, did you hear me, and did what I say mean anything to you.' So just saying hello is a way of validating even a stranger."
Watch the clip as Morgan enjoys a rare opportunity to "Just Say Hello" to his show's first guest, and for the next episode of "Piers Morgan Live," watch CNN at 9p.
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