RT @ZiyahKarmali: Got to personally say hello and shake her hand! @oprah in #yeg!
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Oprah fever has taken hold firmly in Alberta, and it’s likely we’ll see much of the same adoration when the philanthropist and talk show legend makes her way to Vancouver on Thursday.
In Edmonton, her first stop on a three-city tour through Alberta and B.C., Winfrey handled a puzzling welcoming gift of “truck balls” with aplomb, strolling out on stage swinging the balls in her right hand and quipping: “Just what I needed, some bull’s balls.”
Winfrey was barely minutes into her Edmonton appearance on Monday when she paused and asked: “Are you all tweeting me right now?” (Yes, they were.)
She then mused: “How amazing is it that you would all come out on a cold winter’s night – that wasn’t so cheap (intoned in singsongy Winfrey style) – to be here? You know I don’t sing, right?”
From there, it was on to the subject of weather. “What was I thinking?” she laughed when relating the story of her invitation to speak in Edmonton in winter. “Why didn’t you tell me to come in the spring or fall?”
She charmed similarly in Calgary, poking her head out of her limousine to chat – again about the weather – with media and fans.
“I’ve only been here an hour,” she said as cries of “We love you, Oprah” could be heard in the background. “So far, it’s a lot warmer than Edmonton.”
She then asked a Calgary Herald reporter: “Oh my God. Are you with the newspaper?” Upon receiving an affirmative, Winfrey hastily slipped on a pair of sunglasses.
“It’s amazing that people are taking showers and coming out to see me,” she continued. “Not only taking showers, looking GREAT. People are dressing up and coming out, it’s really great.”
Winfrey was about to wrap things up when she spied reporter Reid Fiest of Global Calgary wearing a suit but no overcoat. “And where is your coat, young man?” Winfrey chastised. “What did your mother tell you? You’re going to get a cold out here.”
As her limo rolled away slowly, Winfrey turned around in the vehicle to call back out the window: “It’s at least five degrees warmer than Edmonton.”
Winfrey speaks at a sold-out Rogers Arena Thursday in Vancouver.
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