‘She said oh you poor?’ Oprah Winfrey floored when fan says he can’t afford $100 gift

Media mogul Oprah Winfrey has a net worth somewhere around $2.5 billion, so it’s safe to say that a hundred bucks is nothing to her.

For the average working stiff, that’s a whole other story and you’d expect Oprah to be sensitive to that reality — you’d be wrong.

A TikTok video is making the rounds after a purported fan — the man has been identified as TMZ’s Washington bureau chief — approached Oprah to ask for advice on getting a Christmas present for his mother, who he said is not doing well and wanted to cheer her up.

“You know, a wonderful thing is that jewelry box that I had on ‘Favorite Things,’” Winfrey began.

The man interjected to say that was “too expensive” for him, prompting Oprah to counter, “No it’s not. It’s really not, it’s like a hundred and some dollars.”

“A little lower in my price budget,” the man interjected.

“Lower than a hundred dollars,” Oprah replied, somewhat incredulously.

Seemingly catching on finally, she shifted into PR mode to then advise the man, who mentioned that his mother was sentimental, “Ok, you do a list of your top ten reasons why you love her, and you make a beautiful card, and it’s your top ten.”

@10gsocial Oprah knows hiw to give a sentimental gift #oprah #tv #gift #christmas #suprise ♬ Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee


The reactions on TikTok were mixed.

“She said oh you poor? I got a better gift for you,” one social media user said.

“Oprah is a billionaire but she gave a gift suggestion that’s $100 .. but y’all saying she’s out of touch,” another wrote.

“Bless her heart, she was trying to help. I love both her suggestions. There was no judgement in her tone or reaction. Love her sentimental gift idea,” yet another spiel media user said.

Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:

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