Winfrey interviewed Kathy Bray three weeks after her 10-year-old son, Scott, was accidentally killed by a friend who had found his father's gun.
Viewers later commented that the interview changed their feelings about having guns in their homes.
Following Winfrey's success in—and Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for—her performance as Sofia in the movie The Color Purple, on September 8, 1986, the talk show was relaunched under its current title and picked up nationally.
The show does not attempt to profit off the products it endorses; it has had no licensing agreement with retailers when products were promoted, nor has the show made any money from endorsing books for its book club. Winfrey took over as host on January 2, 1984 and, within a month, took it from last place to first place in local Chicago ratings.Produced and hosted by its namesake, Oprah Winfrey, it remains the highest-rated daytime talk show in American television history.The show has been highly influential, and many of its topics have penetrated into the American pop-cultural consciousness.Just before the interview, Taylor asked Winfrey not to ask any questions about her relationships.Winfrey found this to be a challenge considering Taylor had been married seven times.