TV Flashback: Oprah Gives Away 300 Cars

“YOU GET A CAR, YOU GET A CAR, YOU GET A CAR …!” Over many years of daytime television, Oprah gave her viewers moments that they would remember for the rest of their lives. But not many will top the day she surprised each member in her audience with a fully loaded Pontiac G6.

The live audience jumped up and down, falling over each other, erupting in screams. That moment that created the ultimate Oprah meme happened 8 years ago today. Unfortunately, after all of that excitement, the sobering fact that recipients had to fork up $7,000 for taxes on the $28,500 car or give it up brought winners back to a bleak reality. Not even Oprah’s best intentions could modify Uncle Sam’s hefty tax law. Watch Oprah explain why this was one of her favourite moments in the clip below.